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Beer Available At Toronado (arranged by most recent)
Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA 98, 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 68, Almanac Farmers Reserve Blackberry 98, Deschutes Not The Stoic 99, Lost Abbey Judgment Day 99, Deschutes Pine Drops IPA 92, El Segundo Blue House Pale Ale - Citra 92, Bear Republic Tartare Rouge 94, Bear Republic Mach 10 97, Beachwood Pole Position IPA 87, Golden Road Wolf Among Weeds IPA 94, Stone Cali-Belgique IPA (Cali-BelgiŽ) 98, Half Moon Bay Mavericks Pit Stop Chocolate Porter 57, Widmer Brothers Reserve Vanilla Barrel Aged Brrrbon 91, New Belgium Lips of Faith - Coconut Curry Hefeweizen 82
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Maverick34 (52) New York | September 27, 2011
64 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 11/20
Kind of a dive. Good selection and low prices, but the blaring heavy metal, aggressive tender, and crowd kind of make it hard to sit and enjoy the subtleties of some of the brews.
AirForceHops (126) Epping, New Hampshire | August 22, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
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
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
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.
Lothore (40) California | June 3, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Dogbrick (733) Columbus, Ohio | May 2, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Dfonorow (56) Chicago, Illinois | March 15, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
orangesol (157) Pennsylvania | February 17, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
salvaticas (20) , | January 19, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
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
kevinsenn (80) Waterloo, Ontario | January 10, 2014| Updated March 21, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 13/20
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. Donít 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.
mcberko (292) Vancouver, British Columbia | December 24, 2013| Updated December 25, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Compared to the San Diego location, this is more like a rustic dive bar. Tap selection is solid, though there wasnít anything crazy / special on draught. Bottle list wasnít 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.
fletchfighters (70) , Australia | December 12, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.
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