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The Saloon

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1232 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3910
+1 415-989-7666
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Good STRONG Drinks and No-Frills Charm

If you are looking for a fun and affordable night out in San Francisco head over to the Saloon, one... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
DonnaandCraig
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Oldest bar in San Francisco

This bar was part of the walking tour, as it was right at one end of Jack Kerouac Alley. It turns... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Peter H
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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“oldest bar” (16 reviews)
“blues bar” (12 reviews)
“great blues” (12 reviews)
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1232 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3910
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for a fun and affordable night out in San Francisco head over to the Saloon, one of the city's oldest historic bars, dating from the 1860s. Having survived city fires, earthquakes and a bordello upstairs over its long tenure, it still...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This bar was part of the walking tour, as it was right at one end of Jack Kerouac Alley. It turns out to be the oldest bar in San Francisco because it was one of the only structures to survive the earthquake and fires during...More

Thank Peter H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dropped in on our recent trip to San Fran just needing an adult beverage. WOW...little did we KNOW...it was the oldest bar in the city!!! Imagine our surprise that the band was starting in just a few minutes...it was FOUR in the afternoon!! This is...More

Thank Stacy S
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Reviewed April 19, 2018

Old school, crowded, Blues Bar. Great vibes. A for sure not to miss spot with real people in SF. Just outside of North Beach.

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Reviewed April 11, 2018

We stopped in, wanting to visit the oldest bar in California and were so happy we did! The patrons and bartender were extremely friendly. Conversation was fun as well as the shots and other drinks. And guys, not many restrooms like this one! A most...More

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Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

Wow! I was in search for a cold drink and a bathroom break one block off popular Columbus St in hopes to find something a little more interesting and we totally hit the jackpot with this place. I follow my ears to the music and...More

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Reviewed March 8, 2018 via mobile

Grungy , stale, and glorious! Filled with a mix of bohemian characters. Love the atmosphere. Live music was spectacular and premium drinks are $6. This should be part of any visit to SF.

Thank Kotcho
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

It's more than a dive bar - it's one of the only places in SF that always has live music at 5pm! The bands are always terrific, the second show starts at 9 or 9:30. There is generally a cover charge for the second show...More

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Reviewed December 22, 2017

The music was very good. Band was a group of veteran musicians who know their craft. Beer was inexpensive and the barkeep was friendly and efficient. The bar itself is smorgasbord of people, noises and sights. This is not for the faint of heart...but enjoyable...More

Thank No N
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Reviewed December 2, 2017 via mobile

So much fun!! Music is amazing. No where to sit and we loved it! Classic dive bar. Oldest bar in San Francisco.

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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.
...More
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Gail F
April 7, 2016|
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Response from WAMBLI2013 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, we were staying at the Grant Hotel on Bush Street. I do not know of any hotels. It is in the area called North Beach, a great area with unique shops and restaurants.
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Pearl T
January 8, 2015|
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Response from Melanie L | Reviewed this property |
Sometimes on weekend nights, I believe it was $5 but during the day and weekdays there didn't seem to be.
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