this joint is smack dab in the center of the lower haight cool, so the locals are inked up and pierced. great big chalkboard, hundreds of taps all over the walls. very overwhelming for your first itme in. essential selection and top notch themed "festivals". one time getting drinks was a pisser though, took five minutes before the barmaid got to me, she missed one of two drinks, then took another five mins to get the other. a local approached the bar through the crowd and then the barmaid said loudly, "finally, someone I like is here". go next door for the best sausage at rosamundes and they are way nicer to you there.
I went to Toronado because Iím into US craft beer, and Iíd heard they have a large number of drafts. I was happy to find an English bartender, but things quickly turned bad. The bartender was abusively rude. Okay, okay, so get that attitude is this placeís quirk, and itís what to expect, and thatís sort of fine... until they start giving you the wrong order. The bartender served the wrong beer three times. The first time, he reluctantly poured a random other one for me. The second time, he swore at me, refused to replace it and verbally abused me, and the third time, he ignored me. Beer people will probably want to seek out this place, but they seriously shouldnít bother. I know Toronado is a chain, and I donít know what the owners think of all this. Iíd love to be recommending this place to others, but Iíll be doing exactly the opposite.
My only favorite...ever.
1. Donít be a d*ck
2. Have an idea of what youíre after when you go to order.
3. Be patient. The Bartenders might not tell you "youíre next" but they see you and you are in line. If you start waving at them, you move toward the end of the line.
4. Great food on the block. Just remember to bus your own table and get enough napkins from your food vendor.
Enjoy! And remember tip #1!
When I was making my agenda about which places to visit while I will be in San Francisco I didnt add this place in it. I thought it was just the name and nothing interesting any more. Luckily during my first night in the city some places that I had in mind to visit that night closed too early (around 10-10:30 pm) so we decided to go to Toronado. I was reading about "dive bars" and when I came in I understood exactly what a dive bar is! And I loved it! I liked the ambiance and the music. The tap list was good, 5 Russian River beers on tap (Happy Hops was my favorite of RR in the whole trip) and a bottle of Cable Car to end the night. OK prices for beers on tap. Good prices for some bottles too ($22 for the new Abyss variants bombers). Cable Car was $80. Service was OK. For sure I would come back!
En Toronado empezů la craft beer revolution en San Francisco. Un sitio autťntico con unos precios bastante buenos. Recomendable 100%.
Puedes comprar los perritos en el bar de al lado y comerlos en el pub.
Donít get offended by the rude service of the bartender, heís very cool when you chat with him... Also donít miss the very attractive happy hours. PS: try the beer sausages next door, you can bring them back inside the pub.
Visited in 08, 15 & 16. In 2008 this was one of the best places, fast forward to 2015 and this place changed very little, including the tap list. Now itís just a decent place, with lots of better places around the bay. Selection is decent, a bit boring, but I stop here at least once every trip as they tend to have a few interesting and sometimes rare beers. The bouncers at the door can be very rude and obnoxious, and they get angry at you with no reason, which can really ruin your experience with this place. Once inside, the bar staff service is not great, but tend to be kinda OK.
50 taps with a lot of good stuff, but also some irrelevants (Radeberger Pils WTF?). Prices are very good compared to other Frisco bars. $5 for a beer, I payed $7.75 for last might for example. Service is kind but at the bar. Interior is pretty low scale but who cares?
Stopped by while on vacation in San Fran. Same dumpy style location as in San Diego and crappy service. Not as good tap list and bottles as SD though. Cantillon Rose at $180, just unreal. No plans to ever go back.