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?
3fourths (1537) 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.
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.
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.
A dive with some sticky surfaces, which is expected if you know of the place. Service was surprisingly good. Selection was fantastic, although bottle list at other locations is much better. Half pours and no flights. Prices were decent for what they were offering. A good spot where there is no pretense.
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.
Visited on a Tuesday night in November 2015. Dive bar on Haight St, great range of beer on, music pumping and decent service. Sat in the back room which was fairly quiet, tried a couple of good beers. Itís a good place to go visit but think other places in the city are better.
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!
A great place overall. The bar itself sits comfortably in the ídiveí category in terms of its decor and ambiance. The beer range, though, is top of the line, with an excellent selection on keg and in bottle. Lots of local stuff. And pretty good prices. The service on my visit was curt but efficient. The cash-only policy is a little annoying, but itís their call.
Overall, this is a stellar bar and definitely worth visiting if you are in SF.
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.