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Beer Bar and Dive Bar$$$$
Lower Haight, San Francisco
285 Tips and reviews
  • pliny
  • beer
  • blind pig
  • lively
  • casual
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  • Neel H.
    Neel Hajare1 week ago
    Solid beer list
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley Mead2 weeks ago
    Pliny on tap. Just wish they had more cider options.
  • Alex D.
    Alex Dobyan3 weeks ago
    Everything you want in a beer bar. Tons of excellent brews on tap, more in bottles, unpretentious environs. Big winner.
  • Liana V.
    Incredible tap list and service - we cannot wait to be back, and felt very very at home on our first visit.
  • Kacy F.
    Kacy FortnerJuly 2
    Been here 25+ times
    never👏🏻wave 👏🏻your👏🏻money. unless you want to get yelled at or ignored all night. tip strong. respect the legacy. come at happy hour for a $1 off all drafts.
  • Kacy F.
    Kacy FortnerJuly 2
    Been here 25+ times
    use the back bathroom. it's kind if hidden and usually cleaner
  • Chris V.
    Chris VodolaApril 21
    Amazing place. Just casually serving $6 pints of Pliny. As far as beer bars ago, it's one of the best in the country.
  • Alex E.
    Outstanding beer selection! Guys behind bar are pretty cool too. Cheers all!
  • H A.
    H AMarch 6
    Great beer selection. Cash only (has an ATM inside).
  • Dustin S.
    Dustin SenosFebruary 8
    Huge beer selection. Hipster crowd. Bartenders who don't put up with shit. Worth checking out.
  • Chris
    ChrisJanuary 2
    The Lost Abbey Cable Car this the only place you'll find this sour beer! Be ready to shell out $80.00 for the bottle.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BDecember 17, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    If the Cuban guy at the bar tells you he saw a black panther in a field in Pennsylvania, Don't trust him
  • Michael L.
    Michael LunøeDecember 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place! Great selection of beers. Rowdy and divy, and usually heavy metal playing on the speakers. Sometimes they do themed nights, e.g. barley wine, sour beers, or porters.
    Upvoted Aug 29
  • Drew S.
    Drew S.September 21, 2016
    Great place to grab a pint of Pliny The Elder if you're visiting from the East Coast. Otherwise, any craft beer here is tasty.
  • Adrianna T.
    Adrianna TanSeptember 16, 2016
    Perfect cross between divey and crafty. Love most of the beers except the one that tasted like coriander soap. Friendly bouncer with cute dog.
  • Rafael G.
    Rafael GuzmanSeptember 10, 2016
    Beer. Cash Only!!
  • Nana
    NanaSeptember 3, 2016
    Cool bar, good beer selection, grab a 🌭 next door and chill 🍻
  • Marcus E.
    Marcus EricssonJuly 18, 2016
    Awesome beer selection. Try Pliny the Elder or any hand pulled beers!
  • A B.
    A BallesterosJuly 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    This place has the best beer selection in town. Take some time to read the menu on the board above the bar because there are many choices.🍻
  • Jenna S.
    Jenna SJune 15, 2016
    great beer bar
  • Dan P.
    Dan PhifferJune 7, 2016
    Superb beer list. Also, the bratwurst place next door has vegan options.
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdJune 7, 2016
    Very awesome bar with great beer selection. Pliny the Elder and other Russian River drafts are regularly on tap here.
  • cami j.
    cami j.May 21, 2016
    awesome selection.
  • Kait G.
    Kait GaissMay 13, 2016
    The other legendary beer bar in the Lower Haight (more so than Noc Noc), you grab a sausage from Rosamunde's next door and head in with it.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BarclayMay 11, 2016
    Pliny the Elder on tap -- say no more.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuMarch 21, 2016
    Great beer selection. Order sausages next door and eat it in toronado with sides of beer.
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonMarch 13, 2016
    Grouchy bar tenders, good beer selection.
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 11, 2016
    The surly bartenders are part of the experience
  • Drew M.
    Drew MilamMarch 7, 2016
    Can't go wrong with Pliny. Know what you want at the bar and bring cash. Cash only!
  • Mansi S.
    Mansi ShahMarch 3, 2016
    Great beer selection
  • Eli H.
    Eli HickoxFebruary 22, 2016
    Good prices, bartender was an asshole
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff LeeFebruary 17, 2016
    World class beer selection.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SampsonFebruary 2, 2016
    Super Beer list on Tap - This is a beer lovers paradise.
  • Austin R.
    Austin RheeJanuary 25, 2016
    Amazing beer selection.
  • Lennart L.
    Lennart LövstrandJanuary 21, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Fantastic beer selection at very decent prices! Usually two cask condition "real ale" beers available too.
  • Kian L.
    Kian LaviJanuary 19, 2016
    Get some Rosamunde's and kick back with a beer
  • tina h.
    tina huangDecember 14, 2015
    LOVE the beer selection. consistently have stuff from Almanac (some of my favorite sour beers) and Russian River (blind pig IPA is my go-to) on rotation. also one of the few places w/ Pliny on tap
  • Kevin-John B.
    Kevin-John BlackNovember 29, 2015
    Go early if you want a seat at the bar. Great selection of beers from all over.
  • Thomas M.
    Thomas MeyerNovember 22, 2015
    Some serious beer business. Great combination with sausage place next door
  • Lennart L.
    Lennart LövstrandNovember 11, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Awesome beer selection, great prices!
  • Erik C.
    Erik CoxNovember 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    They have a huge beer selection. Rosamunde's next door will deliver food here.
  • Adam R.
    Adam ROctober 14, 2015
    Incredible beer selection
  • Al S.
    Al SSeptember 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cable Car, Cable Car, Cable Car. (Cable Car.)
  • Ty S.
    Ty SmithSeptember 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    At least 5 handpumps.
  • Frank D.
    Frank DieboldAugust 30, 2015
    Rainbow neon color pallette with fantastic beer selection.
  • Team S.
    Team SlobbrAugust 25, 2015
    Dogs are allowed inside (and on top of tables)...a very dog friendly, dog-friendly place!
  • Chuck R.
    Chuck RoslofAugust 23, 2015
    Don't rely on the draft list on their website—it's almost certainly out-of-date.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SuhAugust 23, 2015
    Great vibe
  • Chuck R.
    Chuck RoslofAugust 23, 2015
    Fantastic beer list at unbeatable prices.
  • Miguel I.
    Miguel IzquierdoAugust 18, 2015
    Ipa pliny russian river
  • Adil M.
    Adil MajidAugust 17, 2015
    Great cheap beers!
  • Kimberly A.
    Kimberly AginAugust 4, 2015
    Super divey (which I love) and an extensive, good beer selection. But be warned - they only have beer and they only take cash.
  • Jordan F.
    Jordan FineJuly 31, 2015
    Cheap beer 👌🏼
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AtkinsonJuly 24, 2015
    Great beer. Too loud. Good music.
  • Theresa G.
    Theresa GarritanoJuly 23, 2015
    Great bear selection
  • Leah W.
    Leah W.June 27, 2015
    Super laid-back, awesome selection of beers, can't wait to go back!
  • Patrick K.
    Patrick KochJune 22, 2015
    Try the Craft Beer Dawg
  • Taylen
    TaylenJune 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Constantly rotating selection of local and micro brews. Easily one of the top tap lists in the city.
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiJune 6, 2015
    Lots of beer options. Quick service. You can get food from Rosamunde or the pizza place next door.
  • Rayna
    RaynaMay 31, 2015
    Probably my favorite bar of all time. Huge beer list, large selection of sours. Incredible atmosphere and music selection.
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RipperMay 20, 2015
    Long happy hour, great selection, and a great place to eat some sausages from Rosamunde. Beautiful place
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen S. P.May 20, 2015
    Great place for trying lots of beers. Fun tappers from old kegs line the room.
  • Vegard H.
    Vegard HellandMay 7, 2015
    Excellent beer selection and great atmosphere. Bar staff is funny as.
  • Beer 47
    Beer 47March 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The worst of the best beer bars in San Francisco.
  • Beer 47
    Beer 47March 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The only things clean here are the beer lines and glassware. Selection is only great if you go once. Go again in a week, same selection. Another week, *maybe* some new stuff. You can do better SF.
  • Estefania H.
    Estefania HMarch 8, 2015
    Although they have a selection of some artisanal beers, the offer is not outstanding. The place has a bad smell.
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.February 23, 2015
    Awesome selection of beers. One of the few places to occasionally offer De Koninck (my favorite Belgian style pale ale). If they have it, get it.
  • Deon N.
    Deon NashFebruary 19, 2015
    Best bear place in all of the Bay! Read more
  • Christian B.
    Christian BakerFebruary 16, 2015
    SF's craft beer scene has caught up enough that there's no need to endure an asshat bartender to get the goods. Toronado SF should take a page from Toronado SD's book. Beers go great w/ smiles, dudes
  • Bob R.
    Bob RafieFebruary 15, 2015
    Great beer, (one) fascist bartender
  • Lucas M.
    Lucas MacallanFebruary 8, 2015
    one of my favorite bars in the city. Beer snobs rejoice!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseJanuary 29, 2015
    Sour beers abound & they let you bring sausages from next door. What more could you ask for? If your 1st thought to my last Q was 'A David Cross doppelganger!' you're in luck cause they had that too
    Upvoted Sep 1
  • Fredrik S.
    Fredrik SelarpJanuary 20, 2015
    For those who likes beer it's paradice.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GoldenJanuary 19, 2015
    Looking for a quieter but just as fun place to watch football? Back room of Toronado
  • Virginia M.
    Virginia MurdochDecember 21, 2014
    Pliny until death.
  • Erik
    ErikDecember 11, 2014
    Great selection of beers served by a helpful bunch of guys. Ask them for some recommendations.
  • Beer 47
    Beer 47December 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Classic beer dive bar. This placed helped make craft beer popular in the 90s & 00s. However, it often stinks like toilets, vomit, & BO. "Sister" bars Horse Brass (OR) & Falling Rock (CO) are nicer.
  • Angela K.
    Angela KleinDecember 8, 2014
    It's an experience if nothing else. Be prepared and bring cash.
  • Dan W.
    Dan WinterbergNovember 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tons of craft beer on tap and an extensive bottle list. Come for the Barleywine festival. Know your order before approaching the bar, dummy.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BrazilOctober 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get food at Rosemunde next door & eat it here.
  • Jon
    JonSeptember 24, 2014
    Take a stroll up Divisadero and grab a stool and a bottle of fantastic beer here. Great crowd during the day--really welcoming place.
  • Brooks H.
    Brooks HurdSeptember 21, 2014
    Toronado has a great selection of craft beer on tap. We saw 4 Russian Rivers and 4 Moonlights on tap. They also have a massive bottle list. This is one of the world's great beer centric bars!
  • John D.
    John DohertySeptember 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best beer bar in San Francisco!
  • Yarian G.
    Yarian GómezSeptember 9, 2014
    Barley wine.
  • Rebekah W.
    Rebekah WolfSeptember 8, 2014
    Good beer and the sweetest chihuahua in all the land.
  • Joel B.
    Joel BonaseraSeptember 6, 2014
    Bring cash. Drink beer.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableSeptember 5, 2014
    45-plus beer selection (and low prices) at this Lower Haight institution is unbeatable, from rare Belgians to local brews (Russian River, Almanac, Half Moon Bay). Read more
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 2, 2014
    Check out Toronado Bar as seen on The Layover Read more
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WhitesideAugust 31, 2014
    Draught craft Beer, counterculture atmosphere
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Bartenders are pretty great overall, despite their grumpy reputation. Absolutely worth getting a beer (or four...)
  • Ben M.
    Ben McChesneyAugust 19, 2014
    Great beer selection
  • Niko D.
    Niko DeMordauntAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of, if not the, best beer bar in the city. Cash only, gruff barkeeps. Love it, go for the awesome beer. Pliny and blind pig on tap.
  • Christian V.
    Christian Van Der Henst S.August 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great selection of beers. They dont sell food, but get mexican nachos, burritos or hotdogs from nearby.
  • Raj S.
    Raj S.August 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    They don't sell liquor here but if you want to switch things up with the beer order a digestif shot.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan StensonAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    For tap takeovers make sure you order by number and in order. Prepare for it to take a while so order a few at a time.
  • Valerio S.
    Valerio SoldaniAugust 15, 2014
    Awesome ales and anniversary beers
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IAugust 14, 2014
    Nicer dive bar w hip SF vibe n interesting craft beers. Parking wd b tough..
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 13, 2014
    Almanac turns three, and they're celebrating with a beer bash at the Toronado, featuring a keg of every barrel-aged brew they've ever made. Read more
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff ScottAugust 13, 2014
    Cash only - craft and high end imported beer only.
  • 💕Linds💕
    💕Linds💕August 12, 2014
    Vast beer selection. Cash only.
  • ☃
    August 11, 2014
    Get a sour! Best are usually from Russian River, e.g. the heavenly Supplication
  • John D.
    John DohertyAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best beer bar in SF
  • Mark G.
    Mark GeyerAugust 7, 2014
    Lots of beer handles on he wall. The bartender on this night was a douche!!!
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LapeyreAugust 7, 2014
    Beer, draft beers
  • lynn f.
    lynn friedmanAugust 7, 2014
    ask the person next to you what they're drinking - find something new & easy conversation starter. this place is friendly like a Midwest bar. you can bring over sausages from Rosamund next door
  • David ☕️ K.
    David ☕️ KleinAugust 7, 2014
    One of the best beer selections in SF.
  • James T.
    James TegelaarAugust 7, 2014
    World class beer bar!
  • Tim H.
    Tim HarrisonAugust 6, 2014
    Always a great tap and bottle selection. I never leave without having at least something that's new to me.
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    Beware - if you don’t know beer, just be up front about it. We witnessed two self-proclaimed beer experts get schooled and wimper away with their tails between their legs.
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJuly 18, 2014
    So many amazing beers - grab a sausage from Rosamunde and eat it in the bar!
  • A B.
    A BallesterosJune 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you don't like IPAs like I do, get a Reality Czeck Pils.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BurgJune 7, 2014
    There is a very large beer list here. Try something new. Also it's cash only.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonMay 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This bar has an amazing selection of craft beers on tap. Grab a sausage sandwich next door at Rosamunde, bring it over, and chow down with a pint. Read all about my visit on WinstonWanders below!! Read more
  • Brad G.
    Brad GrahamMay 10, 2014
    Daytime drinking is a tradition here, as it is in any great city. 50-plus microbrews on tap and 100 bottled beers. Jukebox with no Grateful Dead policy
  • Galley S.
    Galley SaraiApril 29, 2014
    Loud and interesting!!! Very casual place!
  • Jon M.
    Jon McDonaldApril 22, 2014
    SF isn't great when it comes to craft beer, but this place makes up for it. The best place to try interesting brews. Get a booth and dive into some strange taps (maybe even Pliny the Younger).
  • Matyas C.
    Matyas ChomickiApril 6, 2014
    The bartender is rude as fuck. Nice place.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SMarch 29, 2014
    Cash only! Great selection of beers on tap and in the bottle! Don't forget your Toronado's tee for only $15!
  • Charlie F.
    Charlie FerreiraMarch 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Ayn Rand was inspired to write "The Fountainhead" after drinking a Pliny the Younger in a table in the backroom.
  • sri r.
    sri raghavanMarch 13, 2014
  • Sachin S.
    Sachin ShresthaMarch 9, 2014
    Enjoy a beer.
  • Amritha P.
    Amritha PrasadFebruary 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Never come here and ask for a "girly beer." Just don't do it.
  • Adam L.
    Adam LowryFebruary 23, 2014
    BRING CASH, whether you like it or not!!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 20, 2014
    This Haight Street bar has offered great beer in San Francisco since 1987.
  • Mike F.
    Mike FazzoneJanuary 16, 2014
    Russian River. Pliny the Elder. End of story.
  • Mutineer Magazine
    Mutineer MagazineDecember 29, 2013
    They don't serve food and cash only!
  • Lorene C.
    Lorene CarlstonDecember 8, 2013
    Excellent tasty beer selection, very rude bartenders.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MeyerNovember 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get your beer snob on. Go next door to Rosamunde and bring your sausage back to Toronado.
  • Justin M.
    Justin McClintickNovember 17, 2013
    Great beer selection!
  • Dan J.
    Dan JacksonNovember 11, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the beer.
  • Marcus E.
    Marcus EricssonOctober 17, 2013
    Pliny or gtfo
  • Aru
    AruOctober 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    don't even mention bud, coors, corona, guinness, or anything else stupid like that. don't even mention them.
  • Graham H.
    Graham HarbisonOctober 2, 2013
    Good beer but sometimes raucous and uncontrollable crowd.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SiskSeptember 27, 2013
    Smells like sick but has unreal beers
  • Connor H.
    Connor HayesSeptember 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome beer list, Russian River beers.
  • Jim S.
    Jim S.September 1, 2013
    Fantastic beer selection with 5 cask beers to choose from. Unspoken rule for ordering in this joint to wait until you are are asked.
  • Christopher W.
    Christopher WestcottAugust 24, 2013
    Great beer selection!
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff Cutler™August 22, 2013
    Don't be intimidated by the bouncer or bartender...unless you're a hipster doofus. Both seem to have dealt with LOTS of hipsters and their patience has worn thin.
  • Rodney A.
    Rodney AAugust 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beer selection, love the Rosamunde connection, needs more non-white peops and females
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinAugust 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Unpretentious place to grab beer, eat a sausage from next door, or wings from down the street. Come on an off night or during the day to sit at the bar.
  • Jeffrey C.
    Jeffrey CachaperoJuly 26, 2013
    Pliny the Elder on tap... YES 😃
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FroncekJuly 20, 2013
    Great selection, good vibes, good neighborhood. My favorite bar in San Francisco. Try something you've never heard of!
  • Juan Camilo R.
    Juan Camilo RuizJune 6, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Enjoy yourself in the beer heaven
  • Karen O.
    Karen OliverJune 5, 2013
    The pomegranate cider is delicious!!
  • Tiffany B.
    Tiffany BukowskiMay 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    One time I came here with my iPad (alone) & a drunk dude behind me began touching my screen; the bartender, without a comment, immediately throws the guy out. I've never felt so respected in my life.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SoukupApril 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you know your beer, then you are in heaven.
  • Jolene O.
    Jolene OropillaApril 14, 2013
    Cash only. Bring your taste buds, there's the bottle list on top of the draft board. BYON (bring your own noms) because they don't serve food, but you're welcome to bring in your own.
  • Derek P.
    Derek PeplauApril 5, 2013
    Any bar that has a jukebox with a Naked Raygun CD in it (even if it's a greatest hits) deserves some serious respect. I recommend 'Treason'.
  • Derek P.
    Derek PeplauApril 5, 2013
    If you're reading this, it's already too late, but they are cash ONLY. Please to enjoy $1.50 ATM fee under the "Toronado by Oldsmobile" sign at the back.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FajkowskiMarch 30, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Burn everything to the ground. Except for the bartenders. They're cool. And the bar and glassware. Lots of love. Burn everything and everyone else, though. Dick Cheney.
  • Neal J.
    Neal JosephMarch 25, 2013
    3 cask engines. 40+ other well-curated beers on tap. If that's not enough to entice you, go somewhere else. #lovethisplace
  • David J. N.
    David J. NeffMarch 23, 2013
    Try the Pliny the Elder.
  • Mario Z.
    Mario ZaizarFebruary 25, 2013
    Never ever ask for a different beer than the ones listed on the wall, even by mistake the bartender will act like an ass. Despite that, it's a nice place.
  • Hans D.
    Hans De LeenheerFebruary 24, 2013
    I am Belgian and this is the ONLY place in SF that could satisfy my needs :-) Tip: Old Embalmer. Read more
  • Sam S.
    Sam SpadeFebruary 11, 2013
    The bartenders are quite mean. Beer selection is great though.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SavageFebruary 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Todd seriously enjoys Pliny the Younger.
  • H K.
    H KJanuary 25, 2013
    Try Pliny the Elder...
  • Steve C.
    Steve CalderonJanuary 20, 2013
    Don't forget to smile at people!
  • drew w.
    drew wJanuary 7, 2013
    Smells like vomit, but not so bad
  • Alex F.
    Alex FajkowskiJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Budweiser.
  • Untappd
    UntappdDecember 29, 2012
    If we have to tell you why you need to go here - you shouldn't be here. Cash only!
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SprungNovember 17, 2012
    Lots of amazing beer! Cash only so bring plenty of money
  • Tantek Ç.
    Tantek ÇelikNovember 15, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Drivers, check out the non-alcoholic menu behind the bartender. I recommend the root beer.
  • James P.
    James Pimentel-PintoNovember 7, 2012
    The chillest place for any afternoon beer drinking . The best selection of global beers and you are guaranteed to meet a new friend every time you hit this place
  • Josh W.
    Josh WindsorOctober 18, 2012
    Noisy and packed with people. Worth it if you are looking for a great tap selection - although a little heavy on the IPA's.
  • Nika
    NikaOctober 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best beer bars in sf
  • Aru
    AruOctober 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    don't wave your money around to get the bartenders' attention. they see you and will get to you when they're ready. be patient and they'll be nice to you.
  • Jack H.
    Jack HoganSeptember 27, 2012
    Gotta love a place with Pliny the Elder on tap.
  • Petko M.
    Petko MinkovAugust 13, 2012
    They were playing Pantera when I entered. Bonus points for the good beer selection as well.
  • Kerrie P.
    Kerrie PelkeyAugust 11, 2012
    Hang out with Kevin P Hickey...
  • Gene K.
    Gene KeenanAugust 4, 2012
    A great place on a late SF afternoon before hitting the city up for some grub.
  • Tianna J.
    Tianna JohnsonJuly 27, 2012
    Great cheap beer! You can take food in from surrounding restaurants AND it is pet friendly!!
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    With roughly 50 beers on tap, including a handful of hand-pumped options, as well as an extensive bottle list - it's easy to see why the bar has achieved a cult-like status among beer enthusiasts.
  • Christian
    ChristianJuly 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Drink lots of good beer, now.
  • David P.
    David PascualJuly 13, 2012
    best bar for beers, order from Rosamunde Sausage next door!
  • Jenn H.
    Jenn HughesJuly 1, 2012
    Pliny is super bitter. Bitterphobs need not apply.
  • Carl J.
    Carl J.June 16, 2012
    They are just "mean" Californians but nothing compared to New Yorker haha to us they are nice!!
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyJune 13, 2012
    SF Weekly's Best of Winner 2012 - Reader's Poll - BEST BEER SELECTION
  • Alex W.
    Alex WJune 8, 2012
    If you like a bar that smells like piss, is packed with douchebags and plays shitty music loud... This place is for you!
  • rich m.
    rich masioJune 7, 2012
    Cash only. No table service.
  • Bre L.
    Bre LambertJune 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You must get a table and have a Rosamunde sausage in hand to fully enjoy Toronado. You could drink for days & still not touch everything on this well-priced beer menu.
    Upvoted Sep 1
  • Joe C.
    Joe CaputoJune 1, 2012
    Unreal beer selection. Good crowd too!
  • Wesley H.
    Wesley HodgsonMay 21, 2012
    Delicious collection of beers in a just-divey-enough setting. Plus you can grab a sausage next door at Rosamunde and bring it in.
  • Madison S.
    Madison SmithApril 10, 2012
    Famous for their beer selection and general beer snobbery. Both are true.
  • Raimo Tuisku
    Raimo TuiskuMarch 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Drink beer more than me
  • Joseph R.
    Joseph RuvelFebruary 19, 2012
    Day two at the barley wine fest is a lot more chill.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WaltonFebruary 18, 2012
    Know your size and number.
  • Gieson C.
    Gieson CachoFebruary 13, 2012
    Bring cash. They don't accept plastic.
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MaujeanFebruary 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't offer to flip a coin for the seat that belongs to Mike the doorman. You could get yourself kicked the fuck out of there. That seat is his, and not to be disputed. He (sic)Has a Short Fuse.
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MaujeanFebruary 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a merguez next door, and bring it in here.
  • atom
    atomFebruary 2, 2012
    Ask about the beers on the board, and have the bartender tell you to get a fucking beer guide! Best bar ever!
  • Donald
    DonaldJanuary 31, 2012
    What a great selection of local and international brews. One of the better brew bars in the city (2 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Toby C.
    Toby C.January 29, 2012
    get a dog next door at Rosamunde
  • John M.
    John McCreaJanuary 27, 2012
    Go hand- pumped! Twist of Fate, perhaps?
  • jcII
    jcIIJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    If its busy you get one question about one beer. Not two. If you don't like the answer have a set backup or you're waiting a few minutes.
  • Evan V.
    Evan VandenBrinkDecember 28, 2011
    Pliny. All day every day.
  • Kari
    KariDecember 27, 2011
    Father of SF's dive bars. Bad music, too loud. Good selection of beers from the US and Europe. Try sausages from the next door.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelDecember 9, 2011
    With over 50 microbrews on tap and 100 bottled beers, this is a great stop for an afternoon drink. As seen on Travel Channel’s The Layover with Anthony Bourdain.
    Upvoted Sep 1
  • Beebs B.
    Beebs BDecember 2, 2011
    Loads of seasonal beer! Good find
  • Travis L.
    Travis LibbyNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You can get bottles of beer to go which is pretty cool!
  • Chris H.
    Chris HofmannNovember 16, 2011
    Cash only!
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 15, 2011
    The owners here worship beer. They’ll talk your ear off about the 100-plus beers in the back. It would be overwhelming if it wasn’t so damn genuine. Ask for a local brew and win their attention.
  • Joe S.
    Joe SarabiaNovember 2, 2011
    Bosteels Tri
  • Chris G.
    Chris GallagherOctober 5, 2011
    great craft beer list
  • Jon R.
    Jon RobsonSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Damnation is a good one!
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew TarantolaSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    don't drink too much
  • Gary B.
    Gary BakerAugust 29, 2011
    I don't drink no more, but this place still has all it's lower Haight charm. Read more
  • Jessica J.
    Jessica JenkinsAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Allagash curieux
  • Matt L.
    Matt LAugust 21, 2011
    If you don't want the sausage from next door, there's some great taco joints in the Haight to bring in from and have with your Pliny
  • Jori L.
    Jori LalloAugust 18, 2011
    Popular beer bar just next to Noc Noc
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy ColeAugust 17, 2011
    The grungiest place for the most comprehensive beer selection! Classic.
  • ryan k.
    ryan kingAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try a beer you've never had before.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SarandosAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Outstanding beer selection. You better know what you want when they ask you or you will get passed up, it's usually busy
  • Brian M.
    Brian McMullenAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the bottle of liquor under the TV with the snake in it!
  • Benjamin C.
    Benjamin ChongAugust 2, 2011
    The Festina Peche is pretty sour with a strong aftertaste of barley. Reminds me of 'wort'. Not unpleasant but I'll probably get a Pliny the Elder next!
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LockJuly 31, 2011
    The Pliny is amazing, but I recommend Blind Pig IPA. It's possible to drink a few of these and still be able to talk.
  • cooper b.
    cooper betheaJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    the evening crowd has gone downhill, but the beers are still great.
  • cooper b.
    cooper betheaJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    it's gotten surprisingly douchey over the past year, but they still have the best selection in town.
  • Adam C.
    Adam CantandoJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Lagunitas heaven
  • Madeline L.
    Madeline LynchJuly 19, 2011
    Starting off with the Damnation Ale from Russian River and then moving on to Death and Taxes!
  • Michael A.
    Michael AldereteJuly 16, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Always has Russian River beers on tap. Pliny the Elder is RR's best seller at other bars, but those in the know order Blind Pig instead.
  • Gabriel S.
    Gabriel SuitsJuly 11, 2011
    Aventinus on tap!? Cheers! Read more
  • Leilani C.
    Leilani CarraraJuly 11, 2011
    So many brews, so little time. This place quickly gets full, but sneak over to the side room to see if you can score a couple of seats. Read more
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 20, 2011
    This bar is known for its well-curated beer selection, but it stands out for its lack of pretension. Brave the divey atmosphere and loud music to enjoy its hard-to-come-by craft beers. Read more
  • Roberto R.
    Great beer joint. Grab a Pliny, if on tap!
  • Brian A.
    Brian ArmstrongJune 3, 2011
    Blind Pig = win
  • Miki R.
    Miki ReynoldsMay 15, 2011
    Van Steenberg Bornem Triple. You are welcome. Oh, and grab a beer sausage next-door then come grab a beer.
  • Anessa D.
    Anessa DaileyApril 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Give me sour brew
  • Kasie V.
    Kasie VinsonApril 27, 2011
    'da best! Get a sausage (veggie) next store at Rosamunde's and enjoy yourself a pint.
  • Bachelor10
    Bachelor10April 27, 2011
    Try a hand-pumped beer. It may take you a minute to get over the lukewarm, slightly flat texture, but you can forever after be the obnoxious beer expert at the party. Read more
  • Dave P.
    Dave PaolaApril 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Blind pig!
  • AskMen
    AskMenMarch 18, 2011
    There are 100 beers on tap & at least that many more in bottles, which is why it is world famous for the depth & breadth of its beer selection. If the main room is full, hit the little side room. Read more
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealMarch 17, 2011
    Dozens of tap handles lining the walls and more than 40 craft beers, most sold for barely more than the price of a Bud. -- Joshua M. Bernstein, The Daily Meal Read more
  • mathew m.
    mathew mcgeeMarch 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    get some food next door, bring it in, and try out the sour beers.
  • Bill S.
    Bill SandersMarch 3, 2011
    If your bartender is surly, you're not tipping enough!
  • Stroud Action
    Stroud ActionFebruary 28, 2011
    They have sweet hoodies in the way back fur $45, they're not with the merch. You have to ask fur one.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RFebruary 23, 2011
    Best bar if you like beer.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RFebruary 15, 2011
    Come here if you like beer!!
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Go next door for a sausage and tuck into a pint of Pliny the Elder at the bar. You're welcome.
  • Shelly M.
    Shelly MillerJanuary 29, 2011
    Weird Al Yankovic...A personality wouldn't hurt.
  • Tyke L.
    Tyke LewisJanuary 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the pliney the elder. You won't regret it...or you won't remember it.
  • ted h.
    ted hertegDecember 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Pliny the elder and a beer sausage from next door. And let life be embraced with awesomeness!
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 22, 2010
    Arguably one of the best beer selections in the Bay Area. They update their menu daily, so there's always a new beer to try.
  • Haighteration
    HaighterationNovember 21, 2010
    Do not ask for PBR or Bud. Know what you want before you order. -Josh K.
  • Tantek Ç.
    Tantek ÇelikNovember 16, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    order something from Two Rivers.
  • Wil B.
    Wil BaileyNovember 8, 2010
    Most proper place for a Pliny and whatever else classy beer you desire.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BrodyOctober 19, 2010
    Great beer selection. Get a sausage next door at Rosamunde, and take it in to Toronado and enjoy a Pliny the Elder.
  • Brooks R.
    Brooks RoccoOctober 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Order a bud light and keep eye contact with bartender. It's like playing chicken!
  • Ivan K.
    Ivan KovacevicOctober 16, 2010
    Pliny the Elder is the name of the game hete
  • Greg W.
    Greg WohlenbergOctober 13, 2010
    Tremendous beer selection and casual atmosphere in the Haight. You can buy sausages/hot dogs next door and bring them in for free!
  • Patricia
    PatriciaOctober 10, 2010
    Great beer selection!
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HungerfordOctober 4, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Rodenbach
  • Paul M.
    Paul McSheaSeptember 29, 2010
    DO NOT GO HERE!! Only unless you like being treated incredibly poorly by the bitter/rude/surly staff
  • David T.
    David TeykaertsSeptember 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Greatest beer bar on the west coast, maybe the world. The barleywine festival has to be witnessed to be believed. Grab pizza from Mythic next door and go to town on these amazing beers. Dont forget to
  • boland
    bolandAugust 17, 2010
    If You find a seat in the back be forewarned that the acoustics sux, however a small price to pay for such good beer choices!
  • ViatorStaff
    ViatorStaffAugust 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a sausage from Rosamunde next door and settle in with a giant German beer. Or just get option paralysis from the dozens of beer choices on tap.
  • Joshua K.
    Joshua KaufmanJuly 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Drink the 2 liter Winterbier Doppelboc - if you dare!
  • Dalton C.
    Dalton CrosthwaitJuly 13, 2010
    If you're lucky enough to venture into this wondrous tavern - try ANYTHING they have from Stone Brewery. Guaranteed to be wonderful.
  • Adrianne S.
    Adrianne SteichenJune 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go early and take advantage of happy hour pricing - $1 off all beers!
  • Gwyn C.
    Gwyn CMay 31, 2010
    Bring a Sharpie
  • J.Fred D.
    J.Fred DeckerMay 17, 2010
    Get a sausage next door at Rosamunde--get one of many, many brews on draught here--excellent!
  • Websuccess
    WebsuccessMay 9, 2010
    Great homade beets. Ask yhe bartender to recommend a beer. They will choose a brewbased on your preferences.
  • Paul P.
    Paul PoppletonApril 21, 2010
    They have one of my favorite beers here. It is usually on tap. Schneider Aventinus. Delicious and rare to find in America!
  • Sean S.
    Sean SmithMarch 5, 2010
    Four moonlight beers on tap. Awesome.
  • Jolie O.
    Jolie O'DellFebruary 28, 2010
    The smell was positively medieval... won't try that again.
  • Pete R.
    Pete RichardsFebruary 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    One word: Pliny the Younger.
  • jcII
    jcIIDecember 26, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    Get something on cask, like the Firestone 31.
  • Mauricio B.
    Mauricio BalvaneraNovember 19, 2009
    get yourself a pint of Pliny the Elder here at some point or forever regret your choices in life.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SprakeNovember 10, 2009
    $4 American micro brews at Toronado. Nuff said.
  • chris t.
    chris tacyNovember 6, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Best beer bar in SF if not the US. Great sausage next door
  • Brad S.
    Brad SelbySeptember 21, 2009
    the napa smith ipa is surprisingly good.
  • Good & P.
    Good & PlentyJuly 3, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Make out with Sara at Toronado
  • Good & P.
    Good & PlentyJuly 3, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Tip you bastards!
  • Sara R.
    Sara RothJuly 3, 2009
    have a beer & a sausage!!!
  • David I.
    David IbisonMay 23, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    drink beer
  • Adrian C.
    Adrian ChanMay 7, 2009
    catch the barley wine festival in february
  • Wendy N.
    Wendy NessApril 12, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Go to Toronado and drink the 2 liter Winterbier Doppelbock.
  • Andrei Z.
    Andrei ZmievskiApril 4, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for their bottle menu - they have some really good Belgian and Belgian-style beers. Order La Folie if you want to splurge and impress.
  • john f.
    john fosterMarch 30, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    DO NOT turn to your friends to ask "whatyawant" when have the bartenders attention. be ready with your whole order.
  • andrea c.
    andrea cohanMarch 25, 2009
    Alligash white-mmmm!
  • Jason U.
    Jason UntulisMarch 25, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    If its busy, know what you want. If you don't know, don't come in when its busy. Look at the board straight ahead when you walk in. Don't order Bud, Heineken, Stella, Guinness.
  • Jessica N.
    Jessica N.March 19, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    I love surly yet knowledgeable bartenders.
  • Sig L.
    Sig LMarch 15, 2009
    get the hop stoopid
  • Frank V.
    Frank VásquezDecember 27, 2014
    Hartas cervezas artesanales, incluso por día hay nuevas.
  • Catalina F.
    Catalina FravegaOctober 26, 2014
    Bar de cervezas. Mucha variedad y cada una en su vaso. Aceptan mascotas :)
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