Toronado | San Francisco, California
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Toronado
Excellent based on 291 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)
Moonlight Reality Czeck 95, The Bruery Oude Tart 99, Moonlight Bombay by Boat IPA 92, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA 98, Moonlight Death and Taxes 97, Almanac Saison Dolores , Almanac Farmers Reserve Blackberry 99, Deschutes Not The Stoic 98, 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, Boneyard Notorious IPA3 99
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291 reviews for Toronado
 Ambiance  76%
 Service  68%
 Selection  89%
 Food  80%
 Value  83%
 Overall  85%
 Rating  95%
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78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Frank  (54) Chicago, Illinois | March 22, 2012
This place gets serious traffic even on a weekday afternoon so if you donít like crowds go early. The reputation of this place really preceded it in my case and it is indeed a very nice beer bar. It has sort of a tough rock-n-roll vibe to it and a heavy focus on California beers.The tap list was great and there were plenty of beers to try for sure, esp. for someone visiting from out of state. This place reminds me quite a lot of being in the Maproom in Chicago where you can just tell that itís been a great beer bar for forever and not somewhere cashing in on a trend.
78
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops  (123) 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!!
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
alagnak  (71) 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.
72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Lothore  (40) 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.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (701) 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.
84
  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.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol  (157) 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.
76
  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
64
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 13/20
kevinsenn  (80) 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. 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.
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko  (283) 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 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.
70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
fletchfighters  (69) , 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.

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