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The Saloon

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Address: 1232 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415-989-7666
12:00 pm - 1:30 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:30 am

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Best blues in SF, maybe the world!

My favourite bar in SF, but you have to time your visit. Fantastic live blues really makes the atmosphere but, without it, it's a dull bar. Don't be put off by the interesting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 8, 2015
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72 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Fresno, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This place is a total dive bar, and really doesn't feel like you are in SF once you walk in. 2 cocktails cost us $7, which was refreshing after just paying $25 for 2 drinks around the corner. The bartender was an old lady with a heavy hand, who I want to believe is the owner of the establishment. This... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

My favourite bar in SF, but you have to time your visit. Fantastic live blues really makes the atmosphere but, without it, it's a dull bar. Don't be put off by the interesting characters hanging out at the entrance or the snarling barman. Stride confidently into the place and order a beer and find a spot to listen to the... More 

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Windermere, Florida
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105 reviews 105 reviews
27 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

If you like music that's the place to go when in San Francisco. We had a great time and lots of fun. Was recommended by hop on hop off tour guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

So the place is small, it smells old, it is in a rather "interesting" part of town but I would change nothing. Went 3 nights in a row and the music was good every night, friendly bar staff, cheap drinks, great vibe. If you want a fancy sit down place don't go, if you want a place that oozes soul... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

Great live jazz and blues music, good quality, value drinks and great atmosphere. Usually standing room only. Worth a visit in the daytime as well as the evening.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great music and cheap drinks. Came twice while I was on vacation because of the music and character. Different crowd each time, but had a great time!

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I went here in 1989 and in 2014. It looks like it hasn't been decorated during that time or it hasnt changed AND THAT IS THE POINT. It is the oldest bar in The City, blues every night of the week apart from Monday when its Rockabilly. Locals and tourists blend in. All ages blend in but its a slightly... More 

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San Francisco, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Been here twice in the last 3 months and last night proved our experience in April was no fluke. Exceptionally nasty bar staff, terrible drinks in tiny glasses (but cheap as they should be), gross bathrooms and several patrons that are "uppity" (as our friends said). The saving grace - and reason for 2 stars instead of 1 - is... More 

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Sutton, United Kingdom
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168 reviews 168 reviews
39 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

If you like your bars neat and tidy, with plush carpets and shiny glassware, then the Saloon is not for you! On the other hand if you like real drinks with real people and some of the best live music in the world, then The Saloon is for you. It doesn't look much from the outside, a corner site on... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A good blues band and great drink prices. A little bit on the seedy side. Old school SF bar with a unique style

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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