Contact/Weekly Club Info
Telephone: 415-282-3325 Basic club info and a line we try to answer during open hours.
Address: 3158 Mission Street between Cesar Chavez and Valencia. San Francisco, Ca 94110

Hours– Mon-Sat 2p-2a. Sundays we close at midnight. There are a couple of exceptions so best to check our calendar page.

Lost and Found– We will do our best to look for your stuff if you ring us. 415 282 3325.
We keep stuff for 2 weeks and then donate to Community Thrift.

El Rio
began her life in 1978 as  a Leather Brazilian Gay Bar! Our Papa’s,
Malcolm and Robert ran things until their retirement when the helm passed to The Posse.
We are a LGBTQ+ space who is welcoming to all good people.
We actively invest in communities to promote social change.
We actively invest in our local arts and music scene to give space for artists.
We actively pursue underserved communities in the use of our space.

Happy Hours
Mondays- Tecate $2 till close
Tuesday- Friday 2p-8p- $6 Well and Draft
Friday-Sunday 2-5p Bloody Mary Bar w Infused Vodkas
Daily Bartender Concoctions- At their leisure… 🙂

General Info-
We are a bar so you must be 21+ to enter. We id folks we don’t know.
You are welcome to bring in food. Clean up, use compostables and write us under
groups if the food if more organized for a party. See groups.

All events are rain or shine.
We have wireless and it’s super duper strong!
We are friendly folks who can make a mean margarita and we love love love what we do.
We also have a bad bad temper for jerks so if you are one, don’t come and if you run
across one here, let us know and we will happily have a chat with them.
We do not allow recording in the club other than you and your friends. We respect
everyones privacy and appreciate that you do too.
We don’t take reservations but will help bring in groups based on time and events already
scheduled. See groups.
We have no dress code but a strong preference for tutu’s and wigs.
We accept credit cards! Everyday except large Saturday / Sunday parties! Thanks for understanding.
We have two atm machines.

Wheelchair accessibility:

Our entrance and most of the club is wheelchair accessible including the back deck but not the yard. There are high lips on doorways out to patio. Our bathrooms are likely not wheelchair accessible without assistance (please see exact measurements below), but three of them are equipped with grab bars.


Parking can be difficult. We are across from Muni bus stops and 3 blocks from the 24th street BART. There are 2 red meters out front that – if vacant – could be used for van unloading.


We have 3 gender neutral single stall bathrooms, and one bathroom with 2 urinals.  Two of our bathrooms are located off a narrow hallway (with a 22” entry), those bathrooms are both 6’x4.5’, with doorways that measure 21.5”.  The easier to access bathroom in the front hall is 5’x5’, with a 25” wide doorway. All of our bathrooms with toilets have about 2 feet of clearance between the toilet and the wall/door, and they all have grab bars installed next to the toilets. The bathroom with two urinals is 5’x5’ with a doorway that measures 26”, with 3 feet of clearance between the wall/door and the urinals, it has no grab bars at this time.  Our bathrooms may not be accessible without assistance.


Lighting is typical of most bars – we use a lot of christmas lights for ambiance. Back room has stage lighting that can be raised or lowered at the request of the performer.

Smoke Free:

We are a non smoking / vaping space. Folks smoking may only do so out front and must be 15 feet away from the entrance / building. We are not a fragrance free space. 

Noise level:

Events here can be loud. Earplugs are available from the bartender or sound tech.

Service Animals:

We welcome (and adore!) service animals at most times. On mellower evenings and daytimes we encourage both service animals and pets in the bar.  Though service animals are always welcome, please be aware that we do not allow pets to our larger parties, and we encourage people to be thoughtful when bringing any animal to the club during those events- they are very crowded, loud, chaotic, and can be overwhelming even for normally calm animals.  If you do decide to bring a service animal to a large event, please attempt to arrive early to secure a secluded spot where your animal can go with you to relax during the party. We care about you and your service animal and want everyone to have a good time!


We have a few water stations set up around the bar with cups. We welcome you to use your own container but will need you to bring it in to the space empty.

We love this place, it’s our home.
We have a pool table & shuffle board and have been known to have very loud dice
We are a work in progress and open to hearing opinions so speak up-
And lastly, we are not for everyone but for those of you who feel welcome and at home,
we are very, very happy you found us.

Address (again): 3158 Mission Street between Cesar Chavez and Valencia.

Google Map,

Public transport

Muni: 12 Folsom, 14 Mission, 14L Mission Limited, 26 Valencia, 49 Van ness-Mission, 67 Bernal Heights.
Bart: 24th St Station (We are four blocks south.)

By vehicle
East Bay: take 80 into San Francisco (Bay Bridge) to 101 South; exit Cesar Chavez (West) to
Mission Street (left). We are one block (at Precita) on the right.
South Bay: take 101 North into San Francisco; exit Cesar Chavez (West) to Mission Street (left).
We are one block (at Precita) on the right.
North Bay: from 101 South into San Francisco; take Lombard Street to Van Ness (right), to
Market Street (right), to Valencia Street (left), to Cesar Chavez (left), to Mission Street (right).
We are one block on the the right.

Mon-Thurs: is usually ok but the weekend can be tough. There is a lot across the street from our neighbor, Roccopulco, left side. It’s a tiny driveway.  $10.

Tips: come early; and/or dump your vehicle, support public transportation, ride your bike,
your skateboard, use your feet, rollerblades, hop and skip your way over, whatever ,
just come. oh and bring your mom, cause we love moms!!!

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