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

jredmond  (268) New York, New York | December 14, 2014
A bit disappointed. Draft list was okay. Cash only which is a hassle. Bartender is in your face but in a nice way? Not too many bottles available worth getting. Maybe I caught them at a bad moment, but Toronado SD has been much better expierences imo.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
troubles  (200) Tel Aviv, Israel | November 25, 2014
Visited Friday night. Seems more like a nostalgic place than an up-to date spot. Selection is OK, nothing really amazing. Had 4 casks which is nice. No food whatsoever, service was not that pleasant, but i guess thatís like it is when itís packed. Itís nice for a first visit, but I donít think Iíll come back, there are other good places in town.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
jonnyguns  (41) , Australia | November 6, 2014
This place is fucking overrated...yeah they have a cool beer list with russian river etc on tap and its fucking cheap but the staff are rude and the ambiance is so out dated and boring. Good beer doesnt make a place, needs atmosphere...
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops  (168) Epping, New Hampshire | August 22, 2014
What a dive!! Young crowd, jukebox in the back corner blasting hard rock, the place wasnít clean at all, in fact the floor was so sticky I could have done a Spider-Man impression and climbed on the ceiling.

Being from the East Coast 90% of the beers on tap I canít get back home so for me it was a win. However, I will say that it was NOT fun coming here on a Friday night. Nothing but college kids, I think Iím getting too old for that shit. Oh, and in case you have heard, cash only!!
alagnak  (78) Littleton, Colorado | June 30, 2014
Not sure what to say on top of the other ~300 reviews. Itís an SF landmark for beers. Cash only - giant selection on the board over the bar. Not a place where you will get lyrical, comprehensive recommendations from the barkeeps, but the selection is awesome.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Lothore  (74) California | June 3, 2014
Small dive bar with loud music and amazing beer. I had Pliny the Younger for the first time here years ago and I keep coming back every year during SF beer week for either russian river night or the barleywine festival. Great value and they tend to have beer here you probably canít find anywhere else. Bartenders tend to be fairly grumpy and seem to always have a scowl and an attitude. I guess thatís part of their charm? I donít get it. Cash only.
  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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Dfonorow  (71) Chicago, Illinois | March 15, 2014
Small, crowded, and loud, but for some reason I still really enjoyed my time at this bar. Service was great considering how many people were packed into this small area. They have a large selection of hard to find locals and a few of the heavy hitters. They donít serve food, but they allow you to BYOF.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol  (159) Pennsylvania | February 17, 2014
Stopped in here twice during SF beer week, once for an event and another when nothing was going on. I have wanted to check this place out ever since I stopped at the one in SD, glad I could finally visit it. Atmosphere was exactly how I expected it to be, jam packed and loud. Tons of people all over the place enjoying themselves, some a little too much. I like these kinds of beer bars so if you donít I could see why some wouldnít like it. Service was good even when they were getting slammed with orders. I had a bit of trouble getting their attention but once they saw me it was smooth sailing. Quality was high on the beer end, correct glasses and such, the bar itself could use a hose down every once in a while but it wasnít that bad. Selection was excellent as expected. I was able to try a bunch of the Moonlight beers which was awesome as well as Anchor OBA which has been on my wants for years, all of which was after the -tion night beers which were incredible. Since they are connected to the sausage house next door I am just going to include it, the merguez sausage was awesome. Prices were quite good, even during the event. Overall it was exactly what I was expecting, and even a little more. I would be a regular here if I lived in the bay area.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
salvaticas  (20) , | January 19, 2014
Canít beat the selection, honestly, but as much as I like dives, this place is a little too grimy. Especially the service. But canít argue with one of the only places to get a varied selection of Russian River in SF proper

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