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Blind Cat

Bar, Dive Bar, and Whisky Bar$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
  • The folks at SF Weekly and SFist like this place. Would you agree?
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  • Sean C.
    "Beware the Demolition Man pinball, it's not level."(2 Tips)
    Kristin V.
    "PBR mid-boy"(3 Tips)
    Laurence B.
    "Kind of smelly, jukebox a bit too loud, drinks cheap and plentiful."(3 Tips)
    Emily B.
    "Pool table."(3 Tips)
47 Tips and reviews
  • whiskey
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • great value
  • jukebox
  • pool tables
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  • SFist
    SFistJune 24, 2015
    The jukebox is curated to reflect the vibe of the place in its various moods, which include everything from AC/DC, to War, to Merle Haggard, the Ramones, and Aretha Franklin. Read more
  • gabriel f.
    gabriel fowlerJanuary 9, 2015
    The quintessential dive bar. Has a pool table and great bartenders. 24th St south of Mission is still the real deal Mission District, an endangered species.
  • Becky O.
    Becky OtterBotMarch 21, 2016
    Super friendly bartenders. Learned a lot about each beer available. Quiet bar, best to bring a friend to chat with.
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 31, 2012
    Best Place for Whiskey in Peace..You’re looking for good whiskey in a quiet place. The Internet will point you to Nihon Whisky Lounge... Read more
  • Best of
    Best ofAugust 27, 2014
    Head over to The Blind Cat, mix with locals and get ridiculously cheap beer- for SF standards. The hardest part is deciding whether to start or end the night there. Read more
  • Laurence B.
    Laurence BerlandJanuary 26, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Kind of smelly, jukebox a bit too loud, drinks cheap and plentiful. Get tacos from vallarta and bring them here when you get hungry
  • Charles H.
    Charles HudsonApril 12, 2014
    Beer and a shot for $7. Can't beat it. And they'll usually let you sub out PBR for something better.
  • Brett L.
    Brett LiderJuly 20, 2013
    When you order a Bitters and Soda, they may ask you what kind of bitters you want. (I choose chocolate.)
  • Michael J.
    Michael JosephJanuary 28, 2014
    Diviest of dive bars. Great service, extremely laid back atmosphere. Strong college bar vibe.
  • Megan Allison
    Megan AllisonJanuary 22
    A place for whiskey, and people who love it
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BurlingtonApril 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ok bar if you're interested in puke smells, crack heads and Fireball shots. Most the bartenders are pretty cool, except the chick with the blonde hair might be constantly on her rag.
  • Emily B.
    Emily BJuly 11, 2015
    Pretty typical dive bar. Good specials. Pool table. Bar art. Close to hella taqueria's.
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LorenFebruary 7, 2014
    Come see Jeff on a th/f/sat night or Sunday afternoon for an excellent whisk(e)y tasting
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissNovember 16, 2012
    James at the bar sure makes folks happy here. Don't forget to add inappropriate jams to the jukebox on his behalf.
  • Lee
    LeeAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are in the mood for Yahtzee, they have it behind the bar!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MeadowsJune 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Good unpretentious neighborhood bar. Don't be afraid!
  • Eric B.
    Eric BlessingSeptember 5, 2011
    Rob serves up a great Chilaquile Bloody Mary on Monday afternoons. Quantities are limited, don't miss out!
  • Clay S.
    Clay SmithMay 1, 2011
    There's a great selection of American whiskeys. Order something you haven't heard of.
  • Charles H.
    Charles HudsonApril 16, 2014
    Come for the cheap drinks, stay for the local OH convos.
  • Christian
    ChristianJuly 1, 2012
    Get a bloody mary, you won't be disappointed.
  • shalzers M.
    shalzers McGeeFebruary 20, 2012
    Do you love it when your bloody merry comes with a meals worth of garnishes? Come here after 5 on Sunday.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HarrisonSeptember 18, 2014
    Decent tap list, and solid liquor selection.
  • Kristin V.
    Kristin VJuly 13, 2011
    Great special until 5pm: PBR mid-boy and a cheap whiskey shot for $5.
  • Andy F.
    Andy FreebergAugust 27, 2011
    Ask for a good whiskey and you'll get one.
  • Sean C.
    Sean CampbellJuly 13, 2011
    Beware the Demolition Man pinball, it's not level. Never seen shots drain or not make it up the ramps so often on that game.
  • smallprint
    smallprintSeptember 11, 2014
    Gin, whiskey, pool.......
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GSeptember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This is a good bar to drink alcohol at.
  • Danny B.
    Danny BloomfieldJanuary 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    A lot of times they have Dogfish 90 minute. Those times you drink it.
  • Dee B.
    Dee BeutelApril 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Jeff, the world's most awesome bartender, drives a moto guzzi. Not a ducati, aprilla, triumph, or any other nonsense. A moto guzzi. Screw this up at your own risk.
  • Michael T.
    Michael ThomasSeptember 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Nice dive bar. Good juke. Cute girls.
  • Annah H.
    Annah HayesNovember 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Jeff is the best but my liver sighs everytime I visit this fine establishment.
  • Major J.
    Major JulianDecember 14, 2013
    Interesting bar. Straight guy proposed messing around but only if it involved another woman. I respectfully declined. 😒
  • Benjamin R.
    Benjamin RoodmanMay 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Crossing a black cat on your way to Blind Cat is good luck.
  • Meghan M.
    Meghan MurphyMarch 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Black Maple Hill, 3 ice cubes. Small batch whiskey deliciousness.
  • Toby C.
    Toby C.October 23, 2010
    ask the bartender for a recommendation
  • John Z.
    John ZahrSeptember 13, 2014
    PBR and a Jameson and talk to you tomorrow.
  • Valentina C.
    Valentina CJune 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Nice and crowded. Having a cold one with my buddy DC.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MApril 8, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    The top-shelf Pappy Van Winkle is incredible. I also recommend the Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey.
  • Benjamin R.
    Benjamin RoodmanJuly 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    It's easy to get shitfaced here. Take shots of whiskey.
  • da3mon m.
    da3mon mccormickSeptember 27, 2009
    the pool table has ball-hungry pockets and leans toward the pinball machine.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SudanoAugust 21, 2011
  • Drea J.
    Drea JMay 31, 2011
    The blind cat looks dead.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BellewJanuary 19, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Sink the eight ball on the break.
  • Richie G.
    Richie GoodtimesDecember 23, 2010
    If this place had Budweiser...nah...I still want to leave.
  • Monica M.
    Monica MillerOctober 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    terribly hit or miss. sometimes its epic, sometimes its epicly terrible.
  • kristine m.
    kristine molnarMarch 3, 2010
    Cash only!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DMay 21, 2011
    Used to be called Dirty Thieves
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