Toronado | San Francisco, California
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Excellent based on 304 ratings
Type: Bar

547 Haight St
San Francisco, California United States 94117 [ print map ]
415 863 2276 | facebook

Hours: 11:30am to 2:00am daily

Mayor: b3shine (2) | Taps: About 50 | Bottles: About 50


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Beer Available At Toronado (arranged by most recent)
Cellarmaker Laces Out IPA , Boneyard Armored Fist Imperial CDA 98, Russian River Blind Pig IPA 100, Track 7 White Stout , Lost Abbey Cable Car 100, Cellarmaker Dank Side of the Moon , Social Kitchen The Smell , Moonlight Reality Czeck 95, Moonlight Death and Taxes 96, Two Rivers Pomegranate Cider , Russian River Pliny the Elder 100, Georgetown Lucille IPA 98, New Belgium / Alpine Lips of Faith - Super India Pale Ale 99, Humboldt 500 BC 94, La Choulette de NoŽl 85, Thirsty Bear Stave Series #14: Bugs & Cherries , Faction 2 Hop Pale Ale (Nelson and Galaxy) 97, Thirsty Bear Bearly Legal Barley Wine 93, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA 98, Cismontane Marea Roja Flemish Red 65
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304 reviews for Toronado
 Ambiance  75%
 Service  68%
 Selection  89%
 Food  80%
 Value  83%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  95%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (2041) Washington, Washington DC | November 30, 2010
Cheeseburger Tuesdays, next door, til they run out. Amazing taps and bottles here, and they never run out. Place filled up very quickly on a Tuesday around lunchtime, but still the bartender (Johnnie) was friendly, helpful, fast, and gave out samples left and right. Scruffy, with that lived-in look. Great bathroom graffiti. What more can you ask for?
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1510) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 23, 2012
Visited at least a dozen times Thanksgiving 2008.

I wont rant too much about the really shitty service, just know that if they treat you like dirt you can send it back and also not tip. You can always get a glass of Pliny and a couple of ticks, the jukebox has some good music on it, and Cable Car is always available if youíre looking for an expensive sour beer.

No food served but you can bring outside food in. Check out Rosemunde next door. Prices on draft are good, prices on bottles suck.

Iíll keep going back.
3fourths  (1458) Boulder, Colorado | August 16, 2004| Updated January 21, 2013
Do I even need to say anything? Simply the best damn beer bar Iíve ever visited. Awesome staff, knew their shit, awesome crowd with some nice dogs in attendance, I like that they allow pets :) Great beer, great happy hour prices... I left there floating from the awesome beer and a lighter wallet. Wish I could visit every day. My longsleeve shirt is awesome.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail  (1137) Orange County, California | August 15, 2012
The infamous/world famous Toronado. Itís really not much different from your average dive bar, other than they happen to have some really good beers. The tap list is always solid, the bartenders can be a little bit surly, but I donít think Iíve ever had a problem. Prices are good, especially for San Francisco. Atmosphere is dark, smelly, and loud. Definitely an experience if youíve never been before. No food and cash only.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
nate2g  (1045) Boomtown!, Australia | October 19, 2013
Came by for a few visits during my SF stay. Dunno man, I just reckon Toronado rocks. From my limited experience here everyone was pretty cool. Great beers, surly staff, byo food, happy hour Pliny, chatty locals, good music, beery paraphernalia all over the place, dive atmosphere. Loved it.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois  (856) Tourist Town (West), England | January 16, 2013
Visisted in Sep í08. Great selection - 53 taps from memory good mix of beers. The bar didnít cope with all the taps so half a dozen or so were in a little overspill cupboard to the side of the bar. Dive bar atmosphere but fine - passed the girlfriend test anyhow. Bar tender was a miserable fucker to start with but seemed to warm to us!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (797) Columbus, Ohio | May 2, 2014
Toronado is located on Haight Street in the lower Haight area of downtown San Francisco. Street parking is available in the surrounding area but could be challenging depending on time of day.

The exterior exudes neighborhood bar. Inside is dark with a DYI feel. The bar runs along the right side and there are high top tables along the left. There is a large board with a lot of stickers overhanging the center of the space listing the beers. Behind the bar is a view of the tap handles and a neon "GARAGE SERVICE" sign. A couple TVs above the bar as well.

Toronado has around 50 draughts, with CA breweries like Russian River, Golden Road, Marin, Ballast Point, Speakeasy, Stone, Out Of Bounds and Alpine represented. The bottled selection is over 50 again with many CA breweries on the menu, and some vintage and rare beers.

Service on a busy weekday evening was decent. The bar was packed so it was a pretty straightforward "ask for and receive a beer" transaction.

Toronado does not serve food.

All in all I can see why Toronado has earned itís divey San Fran beer mecca credentials. I would definitely visit again.
Braudog  (792) Phoenix, Arizona | April 13, 2008
April 2008 - Iíve finally made it ... one of the all-timers on my wanna-visit list. And it was actually nicer than Iíd be groomed to expect! This is definitely not your neighborhood yuppie beer bar. But itís not quite the seedy joint Iíd been led to believe either. It fits into the Haight scene, with an eclectic crowd of street backpackers to, well ... me. I think everyone was equally welcome. Of course, the draft beer selection was second to none and I found the bartender friendly enough. Classic.
Oakes  (738) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 29, 2006
Small space...a dive with beer decor. The stickers are good entertainment for the wandering mind. The tap list wasnít bad but heavy on the easy-to-find stuff. Bottles had good beer but again all the easy standards. Not a massive selection. Atmosphere loud and divey. I could see that working for some people. I prefer to drink in more peaceful climes.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 1, 2009
To me, this is unarguably the only one must-hit spot in San Francisco. An essential visit at least once in a lifetime wherever you live, Toronado is a classic. Still, we were quite impressed that the selection was actually inferior to the San Diego house where it seems as if the rarer bottles remain on the shelves longer (Cable Car for instance). In SF, the place was packed through the whole weekday evening and fortunately, it was not closing at 12. The tap list is impressive indeed with even 2 beers from breweries Iíd never heard of (Iron Springs) and goodies like Consecration, Moonlight, Port Brewing 3rd anniversary. Lots of IPAs, lots of Belgian takes, this is a beer-geek menu. A single waiter attended the bar, but managed pretty well on hiw own despite the high number of patrons. The atmosphere is very loud, with heavy metal bands playing on the speakers (which I enjoy, but is not for everyone) at a volume that competed with the tight crowd. While a large part of the crowd consists of beer enthusiasts, I donít know how much I liked the place. I would spend an evening here without hesitating on the selection alone, but since Toronado can only be compared to world-class establishments itís not as comfortable to me as other classics like the Ginger Man or Spuyten Duyvil in NYC. The prices are a bit steep, especially on the bottles, but you can find something youíre interested in at a good price on draught. We came back with T-shirts, so it had to be good!

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