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The Saloon

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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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A great place to go if you love live music!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Indianapolis, IN
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

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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Nottingham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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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45 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

What a nice surprise! This is totally a dive bar but they serve some good drinks. We've met some nice folks here. It seems that people who visit San Fran frequently like to make at least one stop to The Saloon during their stay. They have some good music. There is an early set and then a later group comes... More 

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Fresno, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This place is a total dive bar, and really doesn't feel like you are in SF once you walk in. 2 cocktails cost us $7, which was refreshing after just paying $25 for 2 drinks around the corner. The bartender was an old lady with a heavy hand, who I want to believe is the owner of the establishment. This... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

My favourite bar in SF, but you have to time your visit. Fantastic live blues really makes the atmosphere but, without it, it's a dull bar. Don't be put off by the interesting characters hanging out at the entrance or the snarling barman. Stride confidently into the place and order a beer and find a spot to listen to the... More 

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Windermere, Florida
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 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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Additional Information about The Saloon

Address: Address: 1232 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415-989-7666
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Monday 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Thursday 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Friday 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Saturday 12:00 pm - 1:30 am

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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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