Welcome to the Mercury Cafe

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March 16, 2009, Mercury Cafe  opened. This photo was taken at 7 am, when we first opened our doors. Ten years later, we’re still here. No  small feat for a little local, independent cafe. We’ve seen many changes. We’ve been through many changes. So we celebrate.

Mercury Cafe offers locally roasted direct-trade coffee. Our coffees are from Four Barrel Coffee. While we like to do pour-over coffee, we also have a French press brewed in bulk for those in a hurry.

We also offer small-batch baked goods, made-to-order sandwiches, and house-made soups. Our food is as local and organic as possible. Pies and scones are our specialty and our sandwiches are made to order and come with an organic mixed green salad.  Consider having lunch with us. Plenty of light and lots of seats.

Mercury carries a selection of draft beers, mostly from Northern California, and usually some cheap red and white wine. And there are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available as well.

We’re trying something new. The last Friday of every month will be our community night where we feature guests–might be political, might be artistic, might be activist, might be all of the above–and people can drop by, enjoy drink and food, and meet the neighbors.

New stuff at the Mercury Cafe…


  Labor Strikes the Warrior Pose!  Militant Labor Activism, Yesterday and Today

  • Fred Glass on the 1934 San Francisco General Strike
  • Robbin Légère Henderson on her grandmother Matilda Rabinowitz’s memoir Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman
  • Brace Belden, Co-Founder of the Anchor Brewery Organizing Committtee
  • Cassidy of the Facebook Bike-share Workers Union
  • Steve Onegerth of the Industrial Workers of the World
  • Plus live music by The Hayes Valley Satanic Tambourine Jazz Trio Delight!

Friday, June 21, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Mercury Café, 201 Octavia St., San Francisco

Tired of doing the Downward Dog? Sick of feeling like a brain-in-a-vat during mediation? Experience genuine mind-body unity, while learning revolutionary labor asanas such as: the Wildcat, the Sit-Down, the Sick-Out, the Slow-Down, the Work-to-Rule, the Walk-Out, and the 1934 San Francisco General Strike! Grab your yoga mat and drag your physical body to June’s Community Night at Mercury Cafe. We’ll be serving up homemade, organic dal with brown basmati (for $5), and offering Happy Hour prices on beer. Namaste!

Donations to benefit the San Francisco Bay Area
Industrial Workers of the World

The I.W.W. is a member-run union for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our industries and in our communities.

And Remember: 

Mercury Cafe is now open until 8pm Fridays. Great selection of draft beers and some wine. And those tasty sandwiches. And soups. And biscuits. And scones.

And don’t forget, if you’re a SF Bike Coalition Member, you get 10 percent off food purchases at Mercury Cafe, from scones to sandwiches.

Regular Hours
Monday – Friday 7am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday 8am – 5pm


Yes, we have take-out (415-252-7855). Save time and a little money by calling ahead.

Cafe InteriorPleasant atmosphere, good coffee, and fresh organic food. As a neighborhood café, we prefer to support local businesses by offering as much regionally grown and produced food as possible.

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