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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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The Saloon is genuine

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
Stefan J
Koping, Sweden

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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.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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Edinburgh. Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
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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Indianapolis, IN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Went in for a drink after lunch in Chinatown. Went to the end of the bar as there weren't 2 seats together elsewhere. Strong urine smell there. Left and went elsewhere for a libation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This is truly a dive bar and looks quite unappealing from the outside. The area doesn't have the best look and it is a slight detour from the main road which may put some people off (my wife certainly let me know several times on the way round that she wasn't happy about it). BUT, if you get past that... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Set your expectations for a really old urban bar serving up drinks at a good price, music, and easy conversations. Imagine decades of sailors (old school), veterans, musicians, and neighborhood folks enjoying the small space and good music. Blues Power entertained us and the bartendress was quick and very pleasant (a range of drinks and bottled beer but only PBR... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We walked past this bar three times during the afternoon as we were looking for a beer and some live music. We were a little daunted at first as this is really not the prettiest looking bar in town. However after you order your first drink and settle in and listen to the outstanding music they have there you realise... More 

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This establishment has been around since the 1800s, and if you like a mix of biker bar/neighborhood watering hole/mix of ages and backgrounds, and GREAT blues music, the Saloon is it!!!

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White Rock, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

After a day of Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf and cable cars, we stumbled onto this place. Now, I should have known about it, as it is quite famous, but didn't.. What attracted me was the authentic (and it is) look of an old saloon on the corner of a side street. We were there in the afternoon and had a drink... 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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