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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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Great Blues venue

The reviews on here tell the whole story. It is what it is....an old saloon...looks old...smells old.... but a great music venue. The night I was there it was jammed with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago

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Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love a good dive bar, but this place was just a big noope! My fiance and I were visiting San Francisco and read the fantastic reviews for this place so we decided to stop by for drinks after dinner one night. Again, nooope. This place has a VERY strong urine smell. As soon as we walked in and sat... More 

Thank Vanessa N
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60 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The reviews on here tell the whole story. It is what it is....an old saloon...looks old...smells old.... but a great music venue. The night I was there it was jammed with Wendy DeWitt and the band playing old jazz classics. The crowd really enjoyed themselves. Reluctantly I had to leave around 11pm as I had an early morning rise...but I... More 

Thank Irishwhite01
Prince Albert, Canada
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42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped after a great meal at Sotto Mare, spent 2 hour s listening to two great local bands, who jammed for the last set. Very interesting place, we even danced. The history is unique, a place to visit force the adventurous. A must place to see.

Thank WAMBLI2013
Los Altos, California
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289 reviews
124 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

This place was, um, interesting. Definitely a dive bar, but it raises the term to new heights. The drinks were surely overpriced for even a dive bar. Simple drinks - albeit watered-down - in 8 ounce juice glasses. As I attempted to pay (in cash, of course since there were no less than 15 "CASH ONLY" signs plastered above the... More 

Thank JChB64
Pleasanton, California
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Love this place and will go back. Check your pride, high expectations, and judgements at the door and allow yourself to let loose, enjoy, the live blues music, met some very neat interesting people, and have fun! Cash only and don't be shocked if a beer and mixed drink are different prices at each order as the bar tenders partaking... More 

Thank David C
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60 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

Very cool bar. Live musik was amazing and very topical. People who visit this bar are very open this is also part of the vibe of this place. Not the best one to take your partner to after a candle light dinner. But always to take a beer and listen to cool musik.

Thank gcorleto
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

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.

2 Thank Michael L
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 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 

1 Thank rishi3211us
Ayrshire UK
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

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

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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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