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Taps: 43 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]
547 Haight St
phone: (415) 863-2276
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The service really is their gimmick in my opinion. Have some great beers and 3 hand pumps going. Little dicey of place to bring the mrs unless she is as gung ho for the beer as you are. Mine unfortunately had to try to use the rest room which pretty much sent our evening into a critical tailspin. There was a comment about a smell of bad fish... Had some great guze which I thought was ridiculously well priced. I'd go back if I were just going out for some beers solo or with a group prepared for the place.
I think this place will always be a must visit for beer nuts but what if they actually turned up the service?
Just so it's said enough - cash only - ATM is there though small room off the bar for overflow.
09-20-2012 03:08:59 |
More by CraftedBlackout
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $
By now, people more or less know the deal here - it's the seminal dive-bar-for-beer-geeks. It's generally considered one of the few must-go beer spots in SF proper, which has absolutely nothing to do with the ambiance (charitably described as "well-worn"), or the personalities of much of the bar staff, which often seem most concerned with not having to listen any longer to YOU and your indecisive twaddle. Step in, read the beer list posted up by the ceiling, realize it's mostly word-for-word the same list you saw 6 months ago when you were here last, and skip to the Pliny and Blind Pig that, mercifully, never, ever seem to come off the tap list. Ask for the bottle list if you can grab the attention of one of the staff - no, Cable Car isn't on the list, and quit fucking asking. Nut console yourself with one of the other stone-cold miracles that often pop up on that list. $20 bottles of 4-5 year-old Abyss? Yes, please. $20 for 10 year-old Boon gueuze? Sure, why not? The mind reels when imagining what bottled treasures lay buried in that Toronado basement. Just take your mind off the Cable Car. It isn't happening.
I suppose I could give this place a rating for food, but since it's all about food brought in from outside (90% of which consists of sausages toted over from Rosamunde next door), I feel like that'd be giving the place too much credit.
Toronado - just hold your nose and deal with the place. There's gems to be found if you're willing to dig thru a lot of dirt.
05-11-2013 18:33:08 |
More by bugdoc
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
I have nothing bad to say about the beer on tap here. Also a great selections at reasonable prices. Every time I am in the City I try to make it out here to grab a pint but recently its been more and more unattractive simply because of that service. I know they get good and rare beers on tap but shoot, can't they treat their costumers a bit better ,given that we're the one paying their damn rent.
If your new to the SF, definitely worth checking out but there are so many other better pub house with awesome taps with MUCH better services.
09-29-2013 21:13:48 |
More by Charliechu
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
this is the best place i have ever drank beer in my life, i came in for 1 beer and didnt end up leaving for 6 hours. happy hour is the time to come and pick up a wild boar sausage next door. great place and one that i will visit again! the bartenders personalities are questionable but they serve the beer up with minimal complaints and are fast considering the sizeable amount of people they serve . a great place to drink and expand your beer horizions. also its worth noting the memphis minnies down the street and the rosemeade sausages are the best grub to eat when in at a bar session and they encourage you to bring them in.
09-25-2006 00:54:12 |
More by anchored
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$
I recently visited this historic beer bar this past weekend and to be honest, I was very impressed with the beer selection but the atmosphere and the service, in my humble opinion, were lacking. I completely agree that the service is not a main of the point and I completely understand the need to be quick about it to get to all of the customers. However, having a personable bartender who is engaging can make a very large difference between a great experience and a bad one. Thus, I don't want the the service to be a sticking point but it did play a role in my evaluation.
The beer selection was amazing, especially considering that me and a buddy hit this place up during their belgian beer month and I love belgian's. After looking over the beers that were on tap I was extremely impressed, I started off with a simple Abt 12 and followed with a N'Ice Chouffe which was absolutely phenominal. I then had a 5 year old lambic, that honestly tasted like diluted floor cleaner, but I can appreciate the beer and finished the glass to make sure I had the full the experience.
Overall, I can understand why this establishment is so highly regarded as it does provide an excellent selection and strives on providing beers that are rare to find on tap of the highest quality. But I find myself in no rush to return to the Toronado. Don't get me wrong, I know I will go back eventually, but I am definitely not planning it out anytime soon.
04-09-2008 03:33:09 |
More by Pipmeister
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $
First, the bad news: The Toronado is the best beer bar in S.F.? Really? Hmm. It reeked of B.O. and farts (sorry, but it did) and the service was surly. The bartender was swamped, though, so he gets a bit of a pass.
The good news: Everyone knows the selection is incredible. I found the prices to be superb, too. Their happy hour lasts all day, and I got a pint of Pliny the Elder for, I believe, $3.50. That's awesome. They also have wi-fi.
Overall, I'm not sure this is a must-stop unless you're looking for something really obscure. I mean, it's San Francisco -- there's great beer everywhere. Even the crappy sports bar attached to my hotel had Russian River and Bear Republic on tap.
P.S. I see BA's auto grade policy thinks I want to give the Toronado an A-. I don't. More like a B. Just fyi.
09-13-2008 21:34:52 |
More by scribeguy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is one of my favorite spots in the Bay Area. Its appearance is that of a dive bar, but the selection of beer and the quality of service will surprise you. It's in the Lower Haight district, so be prepared to drive in circles for 30min trying to find parking. Once you make it there, however, you will not be disappointed.
The bartenders are amazing. Even when the place is packed with people, I somehow manage to get a drink within a reasonable amount of time. It's not like I'm receiving preferential treatment, they're just that good!
Their selection of beers is impressive with some 30+(?) on tap, and although there have been times when I haven't found anything new that I was dying to try, there's always something that I can fall back on.
One of my favorite things about Toronado is that it hosts the Barley Wine Festival, which is one of the few opportunities to taste a type of drink that you'll find nowhere else. From Old Thunderpussy to Hoptimus Prime, they'll have it all!
12-26-2008 07:33:19 |
More by pkpdogg
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
I just moved back to the bay area from Fresno where my local bar had a lot to say about the Toronado. Visiting the Toronado was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. Great pub experiences are few and far between. We got there early around noon and were able to establish a rapport with the bartender. My glass was never empty for more then a minute before I got served. Even despite my foul of not tipping after every beer and waiting till the end, the service was great. I believe this is because we got there early before it got too busy and were able to chat with the bartender. The music was a bit on the loud side but contributed to a unique experience. I can see how people have gotten bad service since the place is run on their terms and there is certainly no shortage of patrons. Beer selection was amazing as amazing as it could have been.
07-03-2009 18:33:38 |
More by mongodestroy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
I was pleasantly surprised with the Toronado. I went there on a Saturday afternoon (5/29/10) expecting it to be packed, but it was only at about 80% capacity. I pulled up a stool at the bar and ordered a Russian River Consecration, which was one of their 30 or so draft options on this particular. Turns out it was happy hour and the beer only cost $3. I was in a sour mood and also had a New Belgium Eric's Ale ($4) and an Ouze Gueuze Tradition ($5). They also have a very nice bottle list full of hard to find Belgians which can be purchased to go. For the road I picked up a bottle of Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze. Bottom line, is if you are in San Francisco then I highly recommend checking this place out. Awesome selection and really reasonable prices.
05-30-2010 06:06:35 |
More by timo
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is a complete high quality dive. Great location, but let's keep the place a little cleaner, yeah? The bartenders are rude and act as if you are lucky to even have a chance at ordering a drink - the hipster way of service. However, the selection was very good and they have a few great beers on cask. I am always curious to seee what they are offering from some of the local spots. Toronado is the "old" types of craft brew places. There are so many better places with great food now. The beer game has changed so much since then, even the dynamics of Haight-Ashebury.
07-10-2010 16:40:32 |
More by westsideblaze
Toronado in San Francisco, CA
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