Toronado | San Francisco, California
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Excellent based on 296 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: AirForceHops (4) | Taps: About 50 | Bottles: About 50


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Beer Available At Toronado (arranged by most recent)
Humboldt 500 BC 94, La Choulette de NoŽl 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 99, Cismontane Marea Roja Flemish Red 62, Cellarmaker Rodney Dankerfield , Uinta Wetín Wyld 67, Moonlight Bombay by Boat IPA 92, Cellarmaker Ottoís Backpack , Moonlight Reality Czeck 95, The Bruery Oude Tart 99, Moonlight Death and Taxes 96, Almanac Saison Dolores 82, Almanac Farmers Reserve Blackberry 98, Deschutes Not The Stoic 99, Lost Abbey Judgment Day 99, Deschutes Pinedrops IPA 93
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296 reviews for Toronado
 Ambiance  75%
 Service  68%
 Selection  89%
 Food  80%
 Value  83%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  95%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
GG  (15) NorCal, California | February 5, 2010
Canít count the times Iíve been to this place. Each time, I think it can use a good cleaning top to bottom, but the beer is what brings me back. Fantastic tap list, great bottle list and nice tap prices. Yeah, the bartenders arenít the guys from Cheers, and they arenít going to talk to you about sports while drinking a cup a joe. Know what your want, order it and enjoy the company you brought with ya. Donít expect the bartenders to be the entertainment (or even social for that matter).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
svastuber  (2) , Australia | January 25, 2015
Great bar in San Francisco,the selection was very good, I only concentrated on the taps. Pliny the Elder for 5 USD.Very crowded at 11:30am.Exactly like I expected it would be.i will come back.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
badhack  (32) San Francisco, California | January 3, 2015
Dive bar. This is a rock bar, donít come here if youíre dainty or delicate. Good beer list from mild to wild. Also a bottle list. Prices are great. No food, but Rosamunde next door sells sausages and you can bring them in.
jredmond  (213) Manhattan, 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  (155) 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  (136) 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  (73) 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  (45) 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  (775) 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  (56) 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.

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