hogfodder (34) Washington | January 27, 2007| Updated February 19, 2008
Although I live elsewhere (Pacific NW), I have been here many times over the years. Now whenever I go to SF, I ask myself why should I? Is it worth it? The main reason I am writing this review is in hopes that someone (Dave) realizes how much his staff can negatively impact the experience. The bad service is so omnipresent it is almost unimaginable. Everyone has bad nights behind the bar, but Iíve been there over 20 times in 10 years and canít remember more than 2 good night (of bartenders). Iím not buying the whole they want it to be that way thing. If I owned that bar, and saw the number of people walk out on a Sat nite when it wasnít busy (12/16/06)without being served (which is why they left), Iíd make changes. It is really sad because there is so much about the Tornado that could be (used to be?) great. Now it just makes me realize how few choices there are for great beer bars in SF. No kidding. Name embut back it up. Theyíre not there. I canít believe such a baddass city A) doesnít have more great beer bars already, and B) hasnít had somewone figure this out and open the Tornado w/o Attitude. It is really getting to be a shame. The good news is, if they fix that ONE THING, I would probably put this in the top 5 beer bars in the country.
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.
The bartender was very helpful, giving us plenty of samplers. The beers are great, and not just "standard" local ones, with a good selection of sours. This is also the best bang for your buck for good beer in SF.
A great place overall. The bar itself sits comfortably in the ídiveí category in terms of its decor and ambiance. The beer range, though, is top of the line, with an excellent selection on keg and in bottle. Lots of local stuff. And pretty good prices. The service on my visit was curt but efficient. The cash-only policy is a little annoying, but itís their call.
Overall, this is a stellar bar and definitely worth visiting if you are in SF.
Divey, grungy spot. Cash only. I was concerned that Iíd be subjected to this placeís notoriously surly service, but I ended up finding the staff to be really pleasant (despite their grizzled appearances). Just know what you want to order before you get to the counter. The extensive tap list featured mostly quality locals (including plenty from Russian River). I was also able to score a Cable Car for onsite consumption for the expensive, yet still reasonable, price of $80. Overall, I enjoyed my visit. A place absolutely worth checking out.