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The Saloon

1232 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA (Telegraph Hill)
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Ranked #7 of 277 nightlife in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs
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San Francisco, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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23 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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
3 reviews 3 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
59 helpful votes 59 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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Oxford, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

Lovely bar with a good atmosphere, shame that the barman was the rudeness person I have ever met, completely ruined the experience and I would not recommend this place for that reason.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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82 reviews 82 reviews
23 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Ok, first....this is a dive bar....they serve Pabst Blue Ribbon drafts.....but we had the greatest time listening to live music and hanging with the locals....we walked past this bar earlier in the evening and my friend took a picture of it....the door was open and the people turned around and gave us the finger! Got to love it....when we walked... More

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Helsinki, Finland
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Absolute dive in every single way, I know a lot about bars and this wasn't somewhere you wouldn't even let your pet step inside.(that dodgey) Smelt like vomit, service -2/10, selection horrible. If you have a bar then have a selection of drinks.... Come on! I read a few other reviews and can't believe what I was reading, did these... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014 via mobile

Stumbled upon this gem walking through North Beach one night. Couldn't resist the powerful music that was rolling out the door and infecting the very air! Love it, love it, love it! No real selection of wine. I ordered a glass of Cabernet and was told they have one kind of red wine, which was served in a tall highball... More

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Scotland UK
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Doesn't look much from the outside but what an amazing wee bar. Has blues bands on every night of the week and a very mixed crowd of people. Fantastic atmosphere, great band and service good. Can't recommend highly enough for anyone visiting San Francisco.

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