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Zeitgeist

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67 Ratings
Ratings: 67
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: n/a
Taps: 48
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

199 Valencia St
San Francisco, California, 94103-1117
United States
phone: (415) 255-7505

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @zeitgeistsf

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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 42
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Decent tap list with better than usual SF prices. Atmosphere is not for everyone. Not the the most welcoming of SF beer bars...I get sick of surly doormen and waitresses and the hipster crowd in the back.

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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

After a long morning walk through the streets of San Francisco, I found myself near the Toronado which wasn't opened yet, so I continued on a few more blocks to the Zeitgeist. I had actually heard about it online in an article about great dive bars in SF, and when I saw that they also served excellent beers, I decided to start my day here.

Really a cool place, black walls, long bar, games and a small kitchen in the back. And behind the bar is a door to the outside beer garden, which is large, with quite a few benches and turned out to be a great place to sip my beer while soaking up the great weather.

Quality and selection were both top notch. The beer board had a wide variety of excellent brews. I really liked how they list beers by style instead of brewery. I was looking for an IPA, and I noticed Double Tap from Berryessa, so I enjoyed a pint outside.

Service was fine. The bartenders and patrons were buzzing about a crack head lady that had just left right after I entered. But she acknowledged me fairly quickly, and served me.

Prices were slightly high, but not bad for SF.

Overall, this place was great. I definitely will come back. You have to love edgy grimy dive bars though to really appreciate this place.

Photo of rixcat
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Walked in, mid afternoon. Was greeted by a foxy young gothic hipster (if there is such a thing) bikery babe with a perfect endless white grill welcoming us in and taking our order. Looking up at a large chalkboard style beer menu there was a healthy and unique variety ranging from a kölsch to an oatmeal stout. I could really sit down and try new-to-me beers there. We ordered a pitcher of the El Toro Oatmeal Stout and headed outside for a picnic table in the shade. Yep, the sun was actually shining that day. Inside was a high-ceilinged indoor open cellar type environment with some music playing and a bunch of people were standing around happily gesticulating, laughing, and leaning in for the punchline. Outside was a large court area populated by a light crowd, cigarette smoke lingering in the midday air. We enthusiastically talked about nothing important. It was kinda dirty outside, but in that good dirty way. Cool place except for the tobacco smoke.(hence the 2.5 on the vibe rating.) I've been here at night before and it's pretty fun bumping around with an undeniably urban look, and feel. Guys put on your jeans, gals get in a short summer dress and some cork platforms and get in here!

Photo of mikebauman
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Good neighborhood bar. Lots of room on the patio out back. It's one of the few bars you can get kicked out of that I know of. If you don't mind the smell of weed and waiting in line for a beer, this place is a great stop.

Oh, the bloodymarys are super bomb.

Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Very interesting night-spot. Pretty large, vaulted, interior with a huge board of taps. The exterior is one of the larger urban beer gardens you'll find, full of people on a pretty chilly SF night.

I had a pour of the Bruery White Oak to make sure things headed in the right direction and washed it down with a few pitchers of Moonlight Reality Czech. Had a pretty solid night out back, which I'd venture to say wasn't by chance.

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4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Dive bar much like the Toronado, complete with loud metal, bartenders with rolling eyes, and weed in the air. Loads of taps and lots of great beer by the glass or pitcher. Prices are very good for SF, cash only. Open patio also which looked like a better option than sitting at the bar watching the bartenders give attitude.
Dirty bathrooms with no toilet paper, I definitely would not order food there, way too grungy and dirty.
All in all a decent dive bar with exceptional beers and service with an attitude.

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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75

So i was visiting San Fran back in September '12 and was only thinking about visiting Toronado. My buddies and i caught a comedy show in the mission one night and more or less just stumbled upon this place.
Straight dive/metal/punk/biker bar. If you want skinny puppy on the juke box, this place is for you. The scene really wouldve appealed to me much more if i was still 22 years old, but nonetheless i didnt mind the grunginess of it, it has a certain charm.
Being a Florida boy, i was happy to see many local offerings on their draft list, all at very reasonable prices. Supplication and Aroma Coma are pretty much what i stuck to. We went twice, once during the week, once on the weekend.
Service was fine during the week, friendly and prompt. Its a cash only bar, which i have no problem with, but apparently many tourists dont get this concept. At one point a bartender was literally yelling and swearing at a guy about the policy. I get it, tourists suck if you're a local, but seriously guy, calm down.
Service was adequate during the more busy weekend hours.
Tons of hipsters hanging around, seemed to be a good amount of people on various drugs, and alot of folks smoking weed in their "biergarten", which is just a glorified outdoor seating area. Im cool with all that, just be prepared for some whacked-out dude to try to start a conversation with you, or mooch one of your tamales.
Speaking of which, i didnt try the house food (was there any?) but they let the "Tamale Lady" come in and do her thing, which is kind of cool. Apparently you havent done San Francisco unless youve eaten one of these things. it was ok, but i was glad to be up to date on my shots.
Overall, i dug the place, but certainly wanted to be left alone. They had a good selection, and thats what i find most important.

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3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

San Franciscans love this place—and I can definitely see why, as it has all the right elements to make it a hipster’s paradise (especially when it’s sunny outside, as then one can truly appreciate all the picnic benches and outdoor patio space)—but to me it will always be “Toronado with a patio, if the Toronado was the way everyone says it is.”

Which is to say, killer tap selection combined with surely bouncers and abrasive bartenders, only with more sunlight to illuminate the nasty bathrooms. And to be fair since their remodel a few years back the bathrooms are surprisingly clean and modern, in a stainless-steel prison vibe sort of way. And now that I know the routine (I have my ID in hand as I enter) I’m not on the receiving end of the attitude the way I once was.

But… points off for serving bad beer. Not bad as in macros, bad as in infected. Wasn’t my order so I didn’t go up to fight it. If you’re going to position yourself as a serious beer bar you have to take your beer seriously, and cleaning the lines is part of that. ‘Nuff said.

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3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We weren't sure what to expect as this was my first experience with a dive bar and it was an eye opener. We arrived around 4PM. There were assorted posters on the walls and it was dark. But they did have a good selection of beers, many unknown to me, and the bartenders were friendly and offered samples and discriptions to the visitors. After making a selection we were about to sit at the bar on a worn out stool, when the bartender suggested we check out the beer garden, which we did. It was a large gravel area with long picnic benches and a good crowd drinking. There were Christmas lights strung around and a few large trees here and there and I thought it looked pretty nice. I think the pitcher prices must have been good, although we only had a pint, as many were bringing out 2 glasses and a pitcher. It's worth a visit to this unique place if you're in the area and I would probably go back.

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