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The Saloon

1232 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA (Telegraph Hill)
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Ranked #4 of 281 Nightlife in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs
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Windermere, Florida
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105 reviews 105 reviews
25 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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 via mobile

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
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

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
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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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77 reviews 77 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Top Contributor
138 reviews 138 reviews
27 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

If you are a khaki wearing code writer from Apple this might not be the best choice of establishment for you. In fact, please stay away from what is one of the greatest dive bars in the world. I hope they never change a thing about the Saloon!

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Nanaimo, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

This has to be the most unpretentious place in San Francisco to have a drink, enjoy some music, dance a bit, and have some good old fashioned fun. This is a bar, not a lounge...no teeny-boppers, no glitzed up short skirt fashionistas, not Rico Suave's...average age is 40+, blue collar real people. A group of four of us girls visiting... More

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