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Check out our upcoming classes
Saturday Afternoons
Cocktail making, spirits tasting, and more!
Just click the picture above. 




ELIXIR is open SEVEN DAYS A WEEK! Come get your holiday groove on in our festive, welcoming saloon. No "miracle" needed, nor a ticket, just a desire to be there! 

Hours of operation - Inside and Outside seating available.

  • Mon, Tues, 4pm -12am, or later 

  • Weds, Thurs, & Fri 4pm - 2am

  • Sat 12pm - 2am

  • Sun 4pm - 12am, or later 


Hello Summer! 

Memorial Day kicks off the summer with picnics in Dolores Park and beautiful weather for a shopping stroll down Valencia St.  We're also honoring Dads and Grads in June, so why not make ELIXIR a stop for all of your Mission District outings!?  Follow @elixirsf on Instagram our sign up for our email newsletter for updates on our programs as they emerge!

  • Join us Thursdays for our free Cocktail Club tastings to discover the spirits that make our cocktails great.

  • Check out our updated Low Impact Men on the  MENU page to see all of the drinks and download a PDF with all of the recipes.

  • Pick up tix to any cocktail class or whiskey tasting class on our Eventbrite ticketing page (directions of how to gift those on that page). 








Click the E-Gift Card image above and send the gift of drinks at ELIXIR! Good for drinks and merchandise at the bar, all the recipient has to do is bring it up on their phone and show it to the bartender! Purchase in any amount you like.


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The Murphy Sour

Now on menu:
Anchor 1
Anchor 2

Our mission is to serve the neighborhood and the city as a communal gathering place, 365 days a year, while preserving and promoting history, operating as a Certified Green Business, and providing opportunities to support charities.

ELIXIR is the second oldest continually operating saloon location in San Francisco, making it one of the most historic bars in the country. Just one block from where the Mission Dolores was founded in 1776, we have documented evidence of saloon service on this corner since at least 1858, and it is possible that it goes back as much as another 10 years (before that is highly unlikely). The original Mission Plank Road that connected the outpost of the Mission Dolores with the bustling commerce of Yerba Buena ended at our doorway. 


Over the years the bar changed hands and audiences. The original saloon burned down in 1906 and became one of the only bars to be rebuilt in the same place by the same owner after that catastrophe. Today you can see the original 1907 architect’s plans framed and on the walls, depicting the bar (expanded in 1933), the stock room (converted to a women’s bathroom in 1933), the Cigar Lobby (now the dart board area), and the Boot Black Stand complete with 4 seats. 


She was called The Hunt-In Club in the 1940’s complete with a neon sign, Swede’s - a merchant marine bar in the 60’s and 70’s, La Bandita - a gay bar in the late 80’s, and Jack’s Elixir Bar - a draft beer mecca in the 90’s, before falling into disrepair and neglect. That’s when I found her.


I was the first Proprietor in 100 years to strip things down, fix them, reinforce them and bring back the beautiful mahogany, redwood and Victorian glory of her bones. I uncovered her story and continue to do so. We were a significant bar in the early days of the recent cocktail revival, and we currently hold tight on the "best whisky bars" lists. There’s a lot more to tell, but you’ll just have to catch me in the bar and ask questions. I love to talk about her with a whiskey in my hand, so come find me. I truly look forward to it!


H. Joseph Ehrmann

Proprietor, 2003 - Present

The cocktail images below are from our last Original Cocktails Menu prior to shutdown in Marsh 2020.

Click on them to read about them. Some are currently available, and we hope to bring the rest back soon.


The Golden Hydrant No2 3 (photo Shayna G
The Mission Statement
The Murphy Sour
Kiss of Fire
The Wild Pony
16th Street Sling
Pamplemousse au Poivre
The Refresher
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