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$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]
547 Haight St
phone: (415) 863-2276
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
Walked in on Sunday afternoon not an exceptionally large crowd but busy. From the outside the place looks like just about any neighborhood bar in any neighbhorhood in America. When I walked in all the seats at the bar were taken and most of the tables were being used. I waited my turn at the bar and orderd a Pliny I was pleasantly surprised to learn it was happy hour and all pints were one dollar off. I stood for a few minutes sipping my pliny and watching the Giants on the tv and observing the people and bartender. After a few minutes a guy at the bar offered me the seat next to him and had me watch his seat while he went to the bathroom. When he came back we sat at the bar talking about baseball and beer. He was local and a Giants fan but I never caught his name. If you read this I am the Red Sox fan. My second pint was a Blind Pig I was informed by the bartender that it was "a step down from Pliny". I had heard that the bartenders could be snobby but I thought it was in a fun way not overly hateful. Overall I really enjoyed my hour and three beers. This is a place my beer loving friends and I could hangout in. Also bought a T-shirt can't wait to wear at my next beer tasting.
I will definitely make Toronado a must stop everytime I visit San Francisco.
08-31-2011 02:22:40 |
More by Poorpatz
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
On a trip to San Francisco this past April I was scouting out good beer related places to visit. It seamed like everyone I talked to and in the BA forums that the Toronado was the place to go. So after a day at the California Academy of Sciences we popped on in the Toronado.
The placed was packed. It was late afternoon when we were there and the was not a seat to be had in the front of the bar. We were able to get a table in the back room. When I first walked in I saw the insane list of beers available. Being from the east coast, I had only one beer on my mind, Pliny. After several minutes of waiting I finally got a pint and sat down. When it was time for beer number 2 the service was much better.
Overall the experience was great. I did not mind the short wait to get beer as I was on vacation and in no hurry. Also waiting for the beer they have was not bad since everything I had cannot be bought where I am on the east.
08-28-2011 15:48:56 |
More by dnolan36
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
1st night - Walked in, run down bar, didn't expect much. I was happy to find Pliny, Blind Pig, Abyss, etc. on draft. Great beers being poured. Really chill beer loving crowd. A place I could go daily.
2nd night - PACKED! Little did I know it was the day after *tion day. I had Consecration, Supplication, Sanctification, Pliny, etc. Toronado 20th blew just before I ordered it. Many vintages as well. Bartenders were surly and pissed as hell. Crowd was way BA heavy. Met a few good members there. You could tell after leaving that place, that it can get seriously epic there.
Minus the pissed, surly ass bartenders, I would say it was one of the best experiences in beer I have had.
Bring cash, no card. Lameness on that as well.
08-27-2011 03:34:38 |
More by JRorie
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
What can be added about this high quality, high athmosphere beer dive as another reviewer called it?
Easy to miss, we drove by it at least 2 times, its thankfully not on Haight in the area where all the head shops and tourists are.
Expect a dark and dingy joint, moderate in size, with a friendly and spirited crowd. Also expect draft selections that will make you very happy...west coast centric and Russian River infused....I'd try to get there during quiter times of the week as peek times will be loud and crowded..unless you are into that sort of thing
08-04-2011 15:48:28 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I flew out to the Bay Area August 2010 for the Cable Car release among other things. Got to the release at Toronado a few hours early that morning. This turned out not to be the best idea since the folks delivering the cases+kegs of Cable Car, Duck Duck Gooze, vintage Red Poppy, etc. from The Lost Abbey pulled up right around the scheduled release time. Because of this the doors opened a couple hours late as I remember it (and man it was cold outside being used to 100+ degree weather back home :D). Moments before the doors opened, a man came out and handed everyone in line sheets that had the tap menu for the day. The menu was full of solid beers with nice descriptions... except for the "on premise only" next to the description of Cable Car which surprised quite a few folks. Once inside for the release, everyone fanned out to tables. My wife ran and grabbed us one while I walked directly to the middle of the bar where I proceeded to order the first bottle of Cable Car at the release. A gruff guy in old fatigue pants and a t-shirt reluctantly took my order... then before he handed me the overpriced bottle notified me that _he_ would have to open it before handing it to me... I sighed and said, "okay."
Instead of taking home a couple of bottles of Cable Car that day to enjoy with my local tasting group, I sat there and drank an entire bottle and had a pour of the original SN Hoptimum. I was satisfied by both beers... but between the late release, crappy service, lack of prior notification about $45 on premise only CC bottles being sold, and the "meh" looks of the place... I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. The selection of beer for downtown SF is good, Rosamunde right next door serves up some very fresh sausage, and Haight St. is a lot of fun to explore. Beyond this, I'd say forget Toronado.... I had a much better time visiting bottle shops around SF and making the trek a few times to Russian River.
07-25-2011 18:45:43 |
More by gs1397
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | $$
Atmosphere: a really dark and smaller place that smells like stale beer. its really crowded inside, though its at least large enough that finding a seat won't be too difficult if you don't bring too many friends.
Selection: near perfect. they have a large bottle list of belgians and a really large tap list of good and rare beers. various russian river beers as well as many beers i haven't heard of...which doesn't happen often.
Service: this was absolutely awful. there were 2 terribly rude bartenders. they also have a very poor knowledge of beer. i asked for the 3F Oude Kriek, which i pointed out to them on the menu...and they brought me a bottle of a different kriek beer. i told them it was wrong, so they go back and bring back a new, but wrong, kriek. i told them it was wrong so they left and didn't come back to take my order for another 5 minutes. i don't care if you're not a beer snob, but don't get annoyed at me if you work at a premiere beer bar and don't even know anything about the beers you have. First and only bar that i ever refused tip at.
07-10-2011 18:24:28 |
More by AdamBear
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Toronado is a no frills bar that has a small street facade and seems a bit out of place compared to the surroundings.
When you get inside, it takes little time to figure out what this place is about. The walls are littered with beer paraphernalia. The left walls features empty magnums of some fairly special brews. The right wall is covered with signs and beer taps. Overall, it's a bit grungy, but the average BA won't feel out of place at all.
I went there two times during my trip to SF. The first was during the middle of the week in the early afternoon. There were maybe a dozen people in there. The service was quick and courteous and I even got a Pliny on the house after purchasing a Cable Car. The second time I went on a Friday late afternoon. At this point, it was nearly packed, but at no point did I have to wait longer than a minute or two for a drink.
The selection was very good. Plenty of Cali staples including four RR brews on-tap. The Moonlight beers I had were particularly tasty. A few beers on cask and something for everyone. They also have a fairly extensive bottle list with some nice brews on it, but nothing too exciting.
If you ever find yourself in SF, you can't do wrong by going here.
07-06-2011 21:57:14 |
More by DavoleBomb
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$
Toronado is the definition of a beer dive. We stopped two locals to ask for directions when we didn't immediately find the place. Their response was that they had lived in the area for 13 years and never heard of it. We found it only three doors down from where we asked the locals. That's saying something.
Toronado smells like they cleaned the floors with old beer. The bartenders are surly, but competent. The glorifying moment for me was when someone came in and asked for a light beer. The bartender just walked away. When he came back, the guy was still there, so the bartender said "I have a Pilsner on tap". When the guy asked again for something light, the bartender just repeated "I have a Pilsner on tap. Do you want it or not?"
The beer selection was fantastic. I chose to visit on my birthday, and got thoroughly toasted on Double Mountains, Russian Rivers, and a variety of collaboration ales. Most of what is on draught is from the West coast, but that's not really a downside. We met some fantastically friendly people, and the beers are reasonably priced.
Overall, this is an institution, and a must see for beer lovers in San Fran.
06-28-2011 20:09:57 |
More by FoxiBoxi
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I stopped by here on a Saturday afternoon this past weekend while visiting San Francisco. We sat in a booth in the back. This bar very much has a neighborhood bar feel, with lots of beer paraphernalia, a half door entrance, and interesting decor. I dig it.
The service was mostly basic get you a beer. I didn't strike up a conversation, but there really wasn't time to as this place was fairly busy and there were no servers. If you know what you want, it's no problem. However, don't expect to get a few samples and make a decision.
The selection is quite good. They don't have anything too obscure, but a very solid draft and bottle list. Obviously Cable Car is a big hit, they also had Supplication, PtE, Old Rasputin XII, and four casks! This is a very solid selection.
They don't have food, and many people have already mentioned the sausages next door.
I highly recommend this place. It's very inexpensive and expansive for both bottles and draft and it's got a great atmosphere. It really seems to cater to people who know the beer menu and order accordingly, probably less so to people who might not know what to get.
06-28-2011 15:35:08 |
More by coreyfmcdonald
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Maybe it's because of where I spent most of my college days (at the Stone Balloon in Newark, DE), but I didn't think there was anything wrong with this place. Sure it was a little on the dingy side, but the quality of the beers far outweighs the negatives.
Many, many awesome beers. The servers were fine, they did get a little annoyed at a couple people who didn't know what they wanted, or ordered stuff that wasn't on the list.
The selection was superb, I'd come here all the time if I lived in the area.
06-23-2011 05:11:36 |
More by prg1976
Toronado in San Francisco, CA
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