Gold Dust Lounge

(Now Closed)
Bar, Arcade, and Dive Bar · Downtown San Francisco-Union Square
247 Powell St (at Geary St), San Francisco, CA 94102, United States

The Gold Dust Lounge opened in 1933 and has been a San Francisco institution ever since. But now the historic Union Square watering hole may be forced to close its doors after receiving a lease cancellation notice from its landlord... Save the Gold Dust Lounge!

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    Clodagh B.
    "Save the Gold Dust!!! Real bars in San Francisco for real people!"(3 Tips)
    Oliver X.
    "delicious margarita for 3.50$ and listen to the house band"(3 Tips)
    Andres M.
    "Before 8:30PM Irish Coffees are only 3.50 each."(6 Tips)
    cooper b.
    "Alas, they are closing for good on March 10."(2 Tips)
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  • Clodagh B.

    Save the Gold Dust!!! Real bars in San Francisco for real people!

    Clodagh Byrne · April 29, 2012
  • Thumper

    Daniel is the best doorman ever created. Tactful, handsome, and looks out for the females in the bar. Army training's best exemplified.

    Thumper · April 12, 2012
  • Dionne K.

    Great house band!

    Dionne Kiloh · April 11, 2012
  • Jonathan F.

    Eurovision once again..reasonable drinks, a good kick off to a night of undiscovered mischief. ;)

    Jonathan Ford · April 7, 2012
  • Zaahid R.

    Liquid cocaine, try that shit.

    Zaahid Rahman · March 26, 2012
  • cooper b.

    Alas, they are closing for good on March 10. Get in while you can!

    cooper bethea · March 5, 2012
  • Karina K.

    $3.50 Irish Coffee, Champagne, and Margarita! Local cool hang

    Karina K · March 1, 2012
  • Jan S.

    So bright in here!!

    Jan Sichermann · February 29, 2012
  • Marco R.

    Closing march 10. What a shame

    Marco Rizzo · February 26, 2012
  • J J.

    Handlery Hotels ; the landlords , want to shut this historical landmark down for more retail...

    J J · February 24, 2012
  • Donald W.

    Great specials all day and the bar staff is friendly given the location (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more

    Donald Wilson · February 2, 2012
  • Marija M.

    SAVE THE GOLD DUST!!! Ask the bertenders to sign the petition to keep the bar running! I love this place.

    Marija M · January 29, 2012
  • wheat knee

    Order a glass of bubbly enjoy the live music! Best bar in the city ;)

    wheat knee · January 5, 2012
  • Quirks B.

    Nice environment.. Happy hour ends at 7:30pm or so- don't miss it or you'll pay a lot extra. Also, get the drinks with the awkward dirty names (ie dirty nipple).

    Quirks B. · January 5, 2012
  • Tanner S.

    Margaritas were pretty damn cheap. Sometimes live music.

    Tanner Shamrock · December 4, 2011
  • Heather

    Irish coffee rocked my face

    Heather · November 20, 2011
  • Nick K.

    Live music, European tourists and Irish coffees

    Nick Kinling · October 12, 2011
  • Lindsay S.

    Don't call the bartender honey! Consider yourself warned.

    Lindsay Shoemaker · September 5, 2011

    Live music great for sing-along. Saloon-like atmosphere so wear your jeans and boots. Delish fruit-flavored cocktail called the Wowo.

    THE CHIC SPY · August 21, 2011
  • Derek O.

    That isn't a giant mint in the toilet.

    Derek Overbey · July 29, 2011
  • Nic C.

    $3.50 Mimosas and Margaritas

    Nic Callahan · July 4, 2011
  • RJ A.

    Irish coffee. 3.50

    RJ Atengco · June 26, 2011
  • The Corcoran Group

    This fantastic dive bar from another era caters to the tourists, but we come here for the atmosphere, the cheap prices (cash only) and the bartenders. Opens at 7am!

    The Corcoran Group · June 19, 2011
  • Sylvain C.

    The house band is awesome. As in "what California was in the sixties awesome". If that suits you fine... Enjoy!

    Sylvain Carle · June 2, 2011
  • Matt W.

    Ask The waitress for a Dutch rudder on the rocks. Seriously. Delish.

    Matt Wilbanks · March 31, 2011
  • Patty M.

    Check out the lovely ladies painted on the ceiling.

    Patty Melara · March 30, 2011
  • Oliver X.

    Come here before 8.30 pm and get a delicious margarita for 3.50$ and listen to the house band after 8.30pm.

    Oliver Xylander · March 22, 2011
  • Hannah C.

    Mike and Casey are the sweetest bar tenders! You will find them both there on Fridays! They love to make em strong!

    Hannah Coughlin · March 21, 2011
  • Marvin V.

    Live music! Enough said.

    Marvin Vitatoe · March 14, 2011
  • The Bold Italic

    Herb Caen called the Gold Dust "last of the authentic night capperies." Tip a glass here in his honor. Read more

    The Bold Italic · March 10, 2011
  • Allison F.

    "Extra large" margaritas are awful small.

    Allison Ford · February 11, 2011
  • Sharda R.

    Happy Hour $4 Margaritas :)

    Sharda Rekha · January 6, 2011
  • Van N.

    the gay bartender has an attitude. had to wait 15min at the bar to get service, than comes over with a "what do u want" look on his face. I shouldnt have left a tip.

    Van Nguyen · December 18, 2010
  • Don J.

    The band starts at 8:30. Different band each night. $3.50 Margaritas and Irish Coffee!

    Don J · August 29, 2010
  • Dee Dee R.

    Super safe for solo chicks staff monitors constantly-GREAT live trio LOVE THIS PLACE also 5 buck stiff vodka drinks makes me happy

    Dee Dee Russell · August 25, 2010
  • Anthony A.

    The band is great if you like the classics. A tip will get your favorites played.

    Anthony A · June 3, 2010
  • Kimmie N.

    People over 60 still hangout here. Cocktails are cheap and strong.

    Kimmie Nguyen · April 10, 2010
  • Ruari H.

    Only bar in SF I've been kicked out of.

    Ruari Horan · March 19, 2010
  • Andres M.

    Before 8:30PM Irish Coffees are only 3.50 each.

    Andres Mendieta · March 9, 2010
  • Valerie G.

    Tip Johnny Z and the Camaro's to play "Sweet Caroline" for you as you sip on a drink.

    Valerie Green · January 6, 2010
  • Angela S.

    chat-up the tourists, or pretend you're one!

    Angela S. · July 9, 2009

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