We love this city and the many fine folks in it! Thanks for the LOVE back!!

2016 “Best Neighborhood Bar”, Bay Area Reporter
2016 “Best Small Live Music Venue”, Bay Area Reporter
2016 “Best Women’s Party, Mango”, Bay Area Reporter
2016 Best Nightlife Party, Hard French”. Bay Area Reporter

2015/16 “Best Dog Friendly Bar” Bay Woof Readers
2015 “Best Neighborhood Bar, Mango, Best Womens Party, Hard French Best Afternoon Party” Bay Area Reporter

2014 “Best Dog Friendly Bar” Bay Woof Readers
2014 “Best Lesbian Bar” Bay Guardian Readers
2013 “Best Dive Bar” Bay Guardian
2013 “Best Dive Bar” foursquare
2013 “Best Queer Dance Spot~Hard French” Bay Guardian
2013 “Best Food Cart~Rocky’s Fry Bread” Bay Guardian

2012 “Small Business Award: Community Service”
2012 Harvey Milk Club: “Community Ally Award”
2012 SF Pride: “Pride Community Award”
2012 SF Mayor/Board Of Supervisors: “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition”2012 Board of Supervisors: “Certificate of Honor”

Bay Guardian Best Of
“Best Place to pretend you’re in a Fellini Movie- El Rio on a Sunday Afternoon”
1995 “Best Dive Bar”
1998 “Best of the Bay”
1999 “Best Salsa Club”
2000 “Best Place to meet Women, Mango on Saturday”
2001 “Best Salsa Club”
2002 “Best Bar To Play Pool In”
2002 “Best Salsa Club”
2003 “Best Gayish Bar”
2004 “Best Queer Revolutionary Headquarters”
2005  “Best Happy Hour- Audience Award”
2008 “Best Happy Hour”
2008 “Small Business Award: Community Service”
2008 “Best Happy Hour- Free Oysters”- Audience Award
2009 “Best Happy Hour” and Swing Goth
2011  “Community Spirit Award”- Framline
2011  “Best Dive Bar” and “Best Super Duper Gay Party- Hard French”


Bar Stool Charity 08

City Search
2006 “Best OutDoor Bar” Audience Winner
2008 “Best Happy Hours”
2010 “Best Happy Hour”

AOL City Guide
“Best Gay Bar”

Examiner & The Independant
“Peninsulas Best Latin Music Club”

Bay Guardian Scene Spring 2007
“Party spaces that give a damn: Billing itself as ‘your dive’, El Rio defines ‘you’ as a crowd of anarchists, trannies, feminists, retro cool kids, and heat-seaking salseros as diverse as you’re likely to find congregating around one shuffle board table. Whether featuring a rawkin Gender Pirates benefit show or a rare screening of ‘The Fall of the I-Hotel as part of a radical film series Televising The Revolution, El Rio encourages and intimacy and camaraderie among it’s dance floor-loving patons less frequently found these days in an increasingly class divided Mission.”

SF Chronicle/BayList Winner 09 Voted Best Neighborhood Bar

Sf Chronicle/SF Gate 09 Best Nightlife/Neighborhood Bar

Dick Cheney On El Rio
“This is a very scary place. I highly recommend against it. Do not let your children, your inlaws and particularly not your wife go there. They will never be the same.”

Somebody from the World Bank on El Rio
“We love El Rio. If only more for profits acted like non profits, the world would be such a pretty place. We are seriously considering their business model.”

It’s a mutual appreciation party (Andy and Vetiver)

Red Hots Burlesque



El Rio on You Tube

El Rio on Flickr

Gay Cities

The Bloody Mary Mary


Thanks Burrito Justice for some history on our location


And our WEDDINGS..
Rock -n- Roll Bride – A DIY, Lesbian Wedding: Natalie & Sarah