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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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Dive bar with a great atmosphere and good music

Wandered into The Saloon - saw it on Anthony Bourdain show - "layover". First thing I saw was the bartender taking a shot - he just started his shift and got started on the right... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
RNA1958
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Bend, Oregon
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Bend, Oregon
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267 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wandered into The Saloon - saw it on Anthony Bourdain show - "layover". First thing I saw was the bartender taking a shot - he just started his shift and got started on the right foot. He was a fantastic bartender - never missed a beat. The music was great - a couple of local guys jamming. The real band... More 

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Leeds
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic music. Amazing atmosphere. Great service. Well worth a visit if you are in the city. Been on both my trips from the UK including our honeymoon. This place is San Francisco for me.

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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So this place is not luxurious and the service at the bar is terrible with not much choice and the old battleaxe behind the bar will not afford you much time - it is very much a locals bar and you will be ignored in favour of the regulars, it is quite gritty - perfectly clean, but gritty. That said,... More 

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Ashland, ME
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perhaps it was the time we were there, but I didn't get the vibe I expected from previous reviews. The live music was good, though. Bartender was slow getting to us and never checked to see if we wanted another drink.

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Thank JulesG72
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was recommended by a friend to go to the Saloon bar for great music. Quite some way from Union Square, up Grant Street. Once you get over the initial smell of the place, it is quite good. The barman was not overly inviting but the music was great.... We ended up going back a couple of times, just for the... More 

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England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Basic and busy but you go there for the character and the music and you will not be disappointed as long as you pick the right night

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

Wow, when you first walk in you are met with the worst smell but it wears off after a minute. The crowd is so very mixed. There are 60's plus regulars to late 20's one drinkers. The drink is cheap and the live music is good. Would love to go back next time.

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Thank delkeegan
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

Was impressed with a mix of oldies and youngies together. Love the music. And their drink is not expensive at all but need to pay in cash.

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Kavala, Greece
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28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

We enjoyed the jazz and blues music by an old traditional group. Many people are in this very old bar singing and dancing all the time. You can not tell it clean place but it worths to visit it.

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Newcastle, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016 via mobile

This was an amazing place. We were having dinner at the stinking rose across the street and noticed the constant stream of people going in there. After dinner we walked across and were very happy to find a really cool bar with a band playing blues. This is the oldest bar in town so if you are expecting some kind... More 

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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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