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The Saloon

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Address: 1232 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: +1 415-989-7666
12:00 pm - 1:30 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:30 am

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This small bar is a classic. Nothing fancy. But it has lots of character and characters. Cash only is accepted. The afternoon we went there a Blues band started playing at 4:00... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This small bar is a classic. Nothing fancy. But it has lots of character and characters. Cash only is accepted. The afternoon we went there a Blues band started playing at 4:00. The music was enjoyable. It appeared to us that several individuals were under the influence of some drink or substance. Still everyone was well-behaved. The Saloon is near... More 

Thank BKC2003
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The real characters of this place are behind the bar serving the drinks, and the measures served are certainly character building. Neglect to tip at your peril! A great authentic and atmospheric live blues/rock venue. Highly recommended for a fun and, by San Francisco standards, relatively inexpensive night out.

Thank gweru
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

Great bar, one bartender running the whole place, so drinks weren't too fast. The band was amazing (every monday night the Bachelors play apparently). Crowd was old and young, local and travellers, and entirely friendly. I'll be back next time I'm in town.

Thank phoebe g
Pioneer, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

If you want sophistication, bearded hipsters and snobby tech brats, you should skip this place. It's a bar and probably hasn't changed all that much since Prohibition. (Especially since it's the oldest continuously operating bar in SF!) The cocktail pours are generous, the bartender entertaining and friendly, prices are very reasonable by SF standards and it has the homey feeling... More 

Thank emcii
Emerald, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

Amazing blues band and music! we were fortunate to see a band which had played for 44 years strong.. Amazing music cheap drinks (stiff)!! And whatever goes it's a great dive bar and one of those great experiences you will remember... Or not;) Not for the posh uppities

Thank ryanyearsley
Atlanta, Georgia
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

This was my 2nd time to this bar. First time was years ago with a bartender named Rebel. I never forgot her or the bar. Friend and I were in Chinatown and happened upon this place again. Walked in and the bar still smelled and looked the same. Bartender looked like Hal Holbrook and had a hard time understanding him... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016

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 

Thank RNA1958
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016 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.

Thank ralphmalphshafran
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

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.

Thank JulesG72

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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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