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Address: 547 Haight St. between Fillmore and Steiner, Lower Haight, San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone Number: 415-863-2276
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11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am

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DIVE on in to a great bar

The Toronado has simply become my standard against which all future dive bars will be judged. A simple, no-nonsense atmosphere with a beer list that is anything but... and prices... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jennifer B

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Toronado has simply become my standard against which all future dive bars will be judged. A simple, no-nonsense atmosphere with a beer list that is anything but... and prices that are killer cheap in a city known for extravagance. I go there anytime I'm in San Francisco, and I never, ever want to leave.

Thank Jennifer B
Aliso Viejo, California
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49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Crowded. Check. Bouncer. Check. Beers on tap. Check. All sorts of beer memorabilia on the wall. Check. Cash only. Crap, but there's an ATM. Toronado is a dive bar on Haight St if you didn't already know. The place was busy when we managed to walk in and busy when we stumbled out. There are plenty of TV flatscreens to... More 

Thank Trina D
Chantilly, Virginia
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69 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been going here for almost 15 years. So what! Listen, this place has a pulse and it is more about the vibe and being a place that is unassuming. Sure, the bartenders are a-holes. . . that's part of the charm and its by designed to keep the bone heads who leave lousy tips and slam back a... More 

Thank JoeTD
Buckhannon, WV
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Funny timing - the evening before I had my first Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA - so darn good! Out we head to Toronado the next night went for a Pliny, the Elder - what a letdown! As all reviewers have noted - this is a noisy, crowded, bare bones bar noted only for the extensive beer selection. And really, there... More 

Thank WV-Spindrift
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

I really can't fault the beer. Great selection and served in good condition. They even have a cask beer selection which is nice if you are from the UK. Sadly though my enjoyment of the bar was overshadowed by a very aggressive barman tearing strips off a customer who he felt had left a derisory tip. Seems like unless you... More 

3 Thank Nick M
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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161 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I would not visit this bar again. The bar has a lot of character with nice beer selection. But, the employees stink and service levels, or lack thereof, make this a bad place. I don't see how this place stays in business.

2 Thank Steve C
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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145 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Yeah, the bartenders are perpetually grumpy. So what? The beer selection is unrivaled. I stop here every time I am in SF.

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Austin, Texas
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I'd been on a search for Pliny the Elder on draft on previous visits to San Francisco. As far as I know, this is one of two places in the city to get it. I much prefer this place to the other (a hotel bar downtown). It seems like a dive, and I guess it is, but it was clean... More 

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San Diego
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58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Dark, dingy and divey buuut with a huge assortment of beers. Was there in the mid-afternoon so the crowds hadn't shown up yet so there was plenty of seating but I can see how this place can get packed. Happy hour deals are great considering the kinds of beer they are serving, no bud-lite here. Walk in, inhale the stale... More 

Thank Sam B
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1,009 reviews
329 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 555 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Great place to go for beers just make sure you have ID as pretty much everyone was getting IDd even my partner and he's 40! Bar lady was very helpful and made good beer recommendations. Tasty beer.

Thank eatydrinky

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