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“A classic for Awesome Irish Coffee”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Buena Vista

Buena Vista
Ranked #5 of 318 Nightlife in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Take in a view of the Bay at this popular Fisherman's Wharf watering hole.
Incline Village, Nevada
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89 reviews
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“A classic for Awesome Irish Coffee”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

You have to have an Irish Coffee when visiting San Fran and you have to have one here at the Buena Vista. The atmosphere is awesome and they care for everyone even when it is crowded. A tip also is they cannot serve an Irish Coffee to go but they can sell you the makings for it and let you take it and pour the contents into your coffee outside. This is good for those cold windy San Fran days of summer when the fog rolls in and you are tryng to walk around see the sights and stay a little warm (on the inside)...........Happy Travels

Visited May 2012
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Palm Desert, California
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“Irish Coffee Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

Jameson's is the ONLY Irish Whiskey to use and Buena Vista knows it! Not worth going to San Francisco if you don't drop by to share the tradition of sipping a hot Irish Coffee. Watching the bartenders making them is an experience in itself. Friendly staff; friendly customers ... and the food is very good besides! Do yourselves a favor and ... imbibe!

Visited September 2012
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Banning, California
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“BEST Irish Coffee”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

You have to stop in and have the Irish Coffee! Watch the bartenders make them - a real show! DELISH!!!! Wish I lived closer.....

Visited February 2013
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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“Always packed, but best irish coffee!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

Came here on the first night, just like Mary-Ann Singleton. We drunk 3 irish coffees each then stumbled on to the cable cars. Really busy place, but the irish coffee is amazing. Just to see the way they make them alone is worth the visit, and money!!

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San Rafael, California
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“Still agreat place to go.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

It has been around for a long time and yes it is a tourist trap. But the fact is it still gives you good food and the irish coffee is absolutely the best,

We did a breakfast stop on a busy Sunday. We had to wait about 15 minutes for a table. They have open seating which can be a hassle. Make sure to check the back room for a table, Most don't know it is back there.

Everyone was happy with their food. A couple irish coffees and you are ready to go across the street for the cable cars,

Visited February 2013
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