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Dive Bar and Beer Bar$$$$
Lower Haight, San Francisco
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    The experts at Eater and Men's Health Mag recommend this place
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    Matthew L.
    "The Pliny is amazing, but I recommend Blind Pig IPA."(32 Tips)
    Leah W.
    "Super laid-back, awesome selection of beers, can't wait to go back!"(68 Tips)
    tina h.
    "blind pig IPA"(6 Tips)
    chris t.
    "Best beer bar in SF if not the US."(4 Tips)
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  • lynn f.heart icon on user image
    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
    Upvoted Sep 30
  • Jack O.
    Jack OsborneOctober 2, 2018
    If you love your beer then you're in beer heaven. Absolutely unbelievable! Over forty on tap and you can bring in food from Rosamund next door! Yeah, this might be beer heaven.
  • Brooks H.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Mike W.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Michael L.heart icon on user image
    Michael LunøeDecember 11, 2016
    Been here 10+ 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.
  • Chris V.heart icon on user image
    Chris VodolaApril 21, 2017
    Amazing place. Just casually serving $6 pints of Pliny. As far as beer bars ago, it's one of the best in the country.
  • Michael M.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Beer 47heart icon on user image
    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.
  • tina h.heart icon on user image
    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
  • 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.
  • Niko
    NikoAugust 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.
  • Stephanyheart icon on user image
    StephanySeptember 9, 2018
    Get a sausage next door at Rosamunde and they’ll let you bring it in to enjoy with your Pliney the Elder.
  • Jeff W.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Karthik R.heart icon on user image
    Karthik RangarajanJanuary 3, 2018
    Fantastic selection of beers at a very reasonable price. Gets very crowded, and is a cash only bar
  • 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
  • WhiskyAvengerheart icon on user image
    WhiskyAvengerJune 14, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Great beer list with ever increasingly douchey patrons. The bartenders still act like assholes but now it feels like it’s just for show to appease the touristas.
  • 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
  • Chris H.heart icon on user image
    Chris H.February 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • A B.heart icon on user image
    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.🍻
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 20, 2014
    This Haight Street bar has offered great beer in San Francisco since 1987.
  • Beer 47heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Adam S.heart icon on user image
    Adam SampsonFebruary 2, 2016
    Super Beer list on Tap - This is a beer lovers paradise.
  • Michael A.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Drew S.
    Drew SicklerSeptember 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.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan StensonAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ 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.
    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.
  • Alex D.heart icon on user image
    Alex DobyanOctober 29, 2017
    Everything you want in a beer bar. Tons of excellent brews on tap, more in bottles, unpretentious environs. Big winner.
  • Kimberly A.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Dan P.heart icon on user image
    Dan PhifferJune 7, 2016
    Superb beer list. Also, the bratwurst place next door has vegan options.
  • Raynaheart icon on user image
    RaynaMay 31, 2015
    Probably my favorite bar of all time. Huge beer list, large selection of sours. Incredible atmosphere and music selection.
  • Dan W.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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
  • John S.heart icon on user image
    John SteidleFebruary 16, 2020
    One of the best tap lists in the city - cash only. Come here if it’s too cold to be outside at zeitgeist.
  • Chris
    ChrisJanuary 2, 2017
    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.
  • 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.
  • Alex E.heart icon on user image
    Alex EscamillaMarch 19, 2017
    Outstanding beer selection! Guys behind bar are pretty cool too. Cheers all!
  • 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'.
  • Liana V.heart icon on user image
    Liana VitousekOctober 8, 2017
    Incredible tap list and service - we cannot wait to be back, and felt very very at home on our first visit.
  • Brew L.
    Brew LatelyJanuary 26, 2022
    Amazing local tap list of craft beers, cash only and bartenders with and without a personality 😉
  • 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.
  • Lennart L.heart icon on user image
    Lennart LövstrandJanuary 21, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Fantastic beer selection at very decent prices! Usually two cask condition "real ale" beers available too.
  • Drew M.heart icon on user image
    Drew MilamMarch 7, 2016
    Can't go wrong with Pliny. Know what you want at the bar and bring cash. Cash only!
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LaCroixMay 15, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Consistently great beer list. Grab a sausage next door at Rosamunde if you need some food after a few brews.
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