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Buena Vista

2765 Hyde Street at Beach Street, San Francisco, CA (Russian Hill)
415 474 5044
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Ranked #2 of 281 Nightlife in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs
Description: Take in a view of the Bay at this popular Fisherman's Wharf watering hole.
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Buena vista is at the end of the tram line at fishermans warf we were told by a friend to go and try the irish coffee wow was we in for a treat we happened to get a seat at the bar in front of where he makes them , its a art form we were amazed and was very... More

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sunshine state
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Was there a long long time ago during college and had return to see if the Irish Coffee was still as good as I remembered. This time with the family in tow. It is still that good! Chilly August day, particularly for this Florida boy, and frankly the warm burn of the Irish Coffee and the smooth cream was just... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Recommended by a co-worker who was born in the area. The place is old and really run down, but clearly their customers like it that way. The wait staff look as if they've worked there for decades. Menu is like a diner's but quite limited. Had a corned beef sandwich, and although it was skimpy by NY standards it was... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Great Irish style Bar serving good Guinness and Irish Coffees. Had supper there and it was fine, plentiful and well served etc.

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Llubi, Spain
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

While in San Francisco visiting friends who live there, they insisted we visit the Buena Vista. It was late in the evening when we got there and it was already crowded. However within minutes a table became free and we were able to sit (8 of us) Our host, Mike O'Bannon of Irish extraction ordered us all Irish coffee. It... More

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I hear the food here s really good. Unfortunately, we never got a table as the place is usually packed from shoulder to shoulder. However we sat at the bar and upon a friend's recommendation ordered the Irish coffee. Perfectly delicious. We got one each day we were there, it was perfect way to take the chill off of walking... More

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San Diego
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We absolutely LOVE this place. The breakfasts are fabulous, the Irish Coffee is even better. This joint has been around forever. Get the San Fran Sourdough Toast, hummmm and the grilled cheese on that same toast, to die for. Sitting in at big round tables, so you may be sitting with people you don't know but it is a great... More

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122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Wonderful institution in San Francisco. Delicious Bailey's or even just straight Irish Coffee, but they are small and $8. Easy to drink super quickly! I enjoyed watching the bartender making these drinks, but the waitress seemed aggressive and harried. Know that you will, quite possibly, be sitting at a table with others. The waitress threw the cocktail napkins down on... More

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Boise, Idaho
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Located where the cable cars turn around by the water. Best Irish coffee in the world! Great atmosphere fun and hip place to hang out and enjoy the locals. Must sit at the bar and watch the bartenders pour the Irish coffees. Most of the bartenders have even there 30 years or more!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

Irish Coffee is great, more than great, exceptional! No place else does it like the BV. Service was great and I had the french dip, which was great on sourdough. Went back for breakfast and it was very good.. Make sure to get the sourghdough toast.

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