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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
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12:00 pm - 1:30 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:30 am

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Probably the Oldest Pub in SF

This is simply an amazing place and every time I go to SF, I make sure to spend at least one evening at The Saloon. This is one of the oldest pubs (if not The oldest) pub in San... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 24, 2015

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Smelled like urine and of an elderly living home....makes sense because the staff and patrons look to be of that age. Walked in. Sat down. Looked around. Smelled around. Hit the road.

Thank Michael L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

This is simply an amazing place and every time I go to SF, I make sure to spend at least one evening at The Saloon. This is one of the oldest pubs (if not The oldest) pub in San Francisco and one of the very few places that survived the great fire of 1906. You get cheap drinks and amazing... More 

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Ayrshire UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Hi Just back in Scotland after a 2 wk fab holiday in San Fran. We were walking around North Beach area when we came across this amazing venue. It's for all music lovers, especially blues and jazz fans. We were greeted by Joanne who made us more than welcome, and advised us of the upcoming gigs. Joanne was a great... More 

2 Thank pineapplechunk009
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Great dive bar it was recommended by the bartender at gold dust as an authentic SF dive CASH ONLY. Good live music and diverse crowd, served by the mistress of alcohol.

Thank janine l
Arvada, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Awesome little corner dive bar with some funky live music to enjoy! The crowd is eclectic and the prices are cheap! The bartender looked as old as the bar! Great place for a drink and look at an extremely diverse crowd!

Thank tattersall_12
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Great funky little bar with awesome live jazz and blues. Not for the preppies or yuppies. Place looks it's age and the bar tenders look their's. They must have some amazing stories.

1 Thank Michael V
Koping, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The wife and myself heard some blues music already out in the streets which made us go in. We stayed for four hours that felt like 1,5. Besides the band at the time we meet some nice and interseting people and the prices where affordable.

Thank Stefan J
Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Went to this great little bar for some blues. Got there about 8.15pm and caught the end of the warm up act. By the time The Daniel Castro Band started the place was heaving. Amazing atmosphere that night and we stayed much longer than expected, befriending a mother and daughter from Texas, a local couple from North of the Bay... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Good atmosphere, but what is the point of having a juke box when the bar staff skip the tracks you've paid for with a remote control because they don't like it!!?

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Originally went in for one drink but ended up staying most of the afternoon. Typical dive bar but the bar man was friendly, drinks were cheap and the band playing were great. Was quiet empty when we arrive but filled up quickly. I wouldn't leave my drink unattended.....there was a boy collecting them for himself!! Loos .... have been in... More 

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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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