Toronado | San Francisco, California
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Toronado
Excellent based on 299 ratings
Type: Bar

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

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


Mayor: AirForceHops (4) | Taps: About 50 | Bottles: About 50


Toronado

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Beer Available At Toronado (arranged by most recent)
Social Kitchen & Brewery The Smell , Moonlight Reality Czeck 95, Moonlight Death and Taxes 96, Two Rivers Pomegranate Cider , Russian River Pliny the Elder 100, Lost Abbey Cable Car 100, Georgetown Lucille IPA 98, New Belgium / Alpine Lips of Faith - Super India Pale Ale 99, Humboldt 500 BC 95, La Choulette de Noël 85, Russian River Blind Pig IPA 100, Thirsty Bear Stave Series #14: Bugs & Cherries , Faction 2 Hop Pale Ale (Nelson and Galaxy) 93, Thirsty Bear Bearly Legal Barley Wine 93, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA 98, Cismontane Marea Roja Flemish Red 67, Cellarmaker Rodney Dankerfield 92, Uinta Wet’n Wyld 70, Moonlight Bombay by Boat IPA 91, Cellarmaker Otto’s Backpack
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299 reviews for Toronado
 Ambiance  75%
 Service  68%
 Selection  89%
 Food  80%
 Value  83%
 Overall  85%
 Rating  95%
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72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Lothore  (54) 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 can’t find anywhere else. Bartenders tend to be fairly grumpy and seem to always have a scowl and an attitude. I guess that’s part of their charm? I don’t get it. Cash only.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (796) 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 it’s divey San Fran beer mecca credentials. I would definitely visit again.
84
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Dfonorow  (64) 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 don’t serve food, but they allow you to BYOF.
86
  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 don’t I could see why some wouldn’t 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 wasn’t 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.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
salvaticas  (20) , | January 19, 2014
Can’t beat the selection, honestly, but as much as I like dives, this place is a little too grimy. Especially the service. But can’t argue with one of the only places to get a varied selection of Russian River in SF proper
64
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 13/20
kevinsenn  (92) Waterloo, Ontario | January 10, 2014| Updated March 21, 2014
Inadvertently popped in during a 49ers playoffs game. So... pretty busy. Big high quality selection. Returned another time when it was not busy, and the bartender made me feel very unwelcome; all but pushed me out the door. Don’t let the high score food food on rb fool you - there is no food here. I can put up with subpar service for good beer, but this was probably bad enough to keep me coming back.
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko  (469) Vancouver, British Columbia | December 24, 2013| Updated December 25, 2013
Compared to the San Diego location, this is more like a rustic dive bar. Tap selection is solid, though there wasn’t anything crazy / special on draught. Bottle list wasn’t very interesting, surprisingly. Servers have a bit of attitude, but are generally helpful. Prices are reasonable. No food served, but you can bring your own food inside. Worth a stop, but definitely an overrated place.
70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
fletchfighters  (85) , Australia | December 12, 2013
Utter dive bar. Loud, noisy, and smelly. Nice to smell weed right off the bat there. For a busy night I got good service and was impressed by that. Tap list was a bit meh and bottle list was not any better but the markup was worse. Yes it is a historical place in beer culture but not my type of place.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
VastActiv  (58) Oulu, Finland | December 5, 2013
Has some sense of original beer culture. No hints of commercial bullshit. Toilets are fabulous. Lady behind desk seems to know every customer expect me (which is natural because this is my first time here). Because I am Finnish I have to say something negative: All beers are very cold.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
emartell  (23) Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico | December 3, 2013
Buen ambiente, aun que en general el lugar y rumbo no son de lo más amigables. Buenq selección de ceevezas, ya que sin ser la más extensa, tienen excelentes cervezas, incluso algunas muy buenas añejadas. El precio es justo y el servicio sumamente básico. Aun así muy recomendable.

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