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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
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+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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Tho is a dive bar, that hosted some of the best blues I've heard. The band, GG3 played a 2.5 hour set and it was incredible. The saloon is the oldest in D.C. and makes no... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Olympia, WA
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Olympia, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Tho is a dive bar, that hosted some of the best blues I've heard. The band, GG3 played a 2.5 hour set and it was incredible. The saloon is the oldest in D.C. and makes no apologies for its rustic atmosphere. The people were real, the music was real and P.B.R. was the only beer on tap. An absolute must... More 

Thank mjfoster
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017 via mobile

Very nice bar oldest in SF, when we was there on a tuesday in january a band called Lucky Strike played really good band and then they called in the guest singer, the great Derek Evans. Thanks Sherry in the bar for the perfect 80-20 drinks, yeah it's strong stuff. Well worth visit, see you again sometime.

Thank Joakim A
Amersham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

If you want a relaxed night, propped up at the bar, listening to great blues and drinking a bottle of beer then you've found the right place... there seems to be music on most nights - some nights there was a $5 cover, sometimes it was free... The bar staff are friendly and funny as are the locals. Highly recommended.... More 

Thank Samantha S
Camberley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

Why not go! It's the oldest bar around, cash only bar! The bar staff are friendly! The place is a bit unusual at first but it's a place for everyone. Only two toilets, one for male and one for females when I say only it's just one toilet haha!! Band nights are busy better to get there early for a... More 

Thank katydoris
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016

Dive -to-the-bottom bar, but for music fans. Instead of that annoying TV sports game, 1 or 2 bands a night. Very crowded as it's a small space - it's like a music, honky tonk and dance bar in Little Rock, but with San Francisco grunge dating back decades. Cover is $5 and the band welcomes tips - these are groups... More 

Thank GypsyTravelerCountry
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

I came down to s.f to go to a Oakland raider on a short trip and did a little research on local dive bars in the area. Personally, I think they should be called character bars. The saloon is the oldest standing continuously running bar in San Francisco. I believe 150 years old. Yeah you read that right. The bar... More 

Thank midniterambler8
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

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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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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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 

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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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