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NileGuide Expert Says:
The best of the DINOs (Dives-In-Name-Only)
3158 Mission Street
(between Cesar Chavez and Valencia)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 282 3325
NileGuide Expert tip:
The perfect spot for a session of outdoor drinking under a warm night sky.
This self-proclaimed "dive" is in fact one of the hipper bars in the Outer Mission, and its status as a DINO (dive-in-name-only) is further reinforced by its location two doors down from Naps Only, one of the most epic true dive bars in The City. Remember, of course, that unless you're looking for a fight, are doing sociological research on semi-functional alcoholics, or simply must do karaoke in Spanish, a DINO is definitely a good thing, and El Rio is one of the best.
Whether you want to sip the night away quietly at the bar, take advantage of the Mission's balmy weather in a plush patio, play some table-top shuffleboard, or shake a leg to local rock bands, El Rio has it going on, often all in the same night.
Cover charges vary, and the bar is cash only.