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Zeitgeist

Not Rated.
ZeitgeistZeitgeist

Taps: 48 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 7.6%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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mikebauman

California

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.

08-02-2013 17:43:11 | More by mikebauman
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dirtylou

Washington

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.

07-09-2013 01:04:25 | More by dirtylou
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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.

05-17-2013 01:37:32 | More by brewandbbq
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MatthewPlus

Florida

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.

03-07-2013 18:39:10 | More by MatthewPlus
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elNopalero

Texas

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.

11-20-2012 08:44:54 | More by elNopalero
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excalibur

Kentucky

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.

11-07-2012 03:49:53 | More by excalibur
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slander

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

A Zeinheitsgebot revisit, as we’ve got some time this afternoon before dinnerings go down, and last night was, well, yeah. Today will be, well, yeah, too, but this is the early before it all goes wrong; when I can’t remember the name of the place and start calling it Zagnut or Zoltar or Zappa or other things it isn’t, or just badly mispronouncing what it is it is. Yep, I’m pretty sure we’ll be well in by the time we leave Zebra Face...

Insides, it’s kinda divey and grungy in a good way. Reminds me of a cross between Delilah’s in Chicgago (with metal instead of punk), and a full on biker bar. Off to the left, a wood bar varnished over with a worn and carved up lip, black panel base and foot box, stooling upwards of a dozen. The barback is a series of tap towers (16 duped on the ends, and then an 8 on the inside, and then a solo standalone in between with an 8 on both sides) over glassware shelved below, and booze tiered on the ends. 64 handles in all, 48 of them are unique. shelved booze on the curvy corrugated metal barback walls, with vertical windows to both sides of the standalone 16 tap tower to the rear porch, they open. The wall space above in red with soap box derby posters, and a black trim stickered. Bottle cooler on the forward end, and a large horizontal board above listing tap selections grouped conveniently by style, but painfully lacking the breweries names (She knows what’s what, but it’s difficult for the tourist, me).

Crazy mosaic tile floor in white and off shades, and a black ceiling with track spots, a stop light, random neons, a strung motorcycle, racing car hoods back there. Shwag corner with logo Death Bunny wear I think the Playboy people might have a problem with. 3 stainless steel hightops across the room and slight bar counterings around a center side pillar. Rear room holds a single pool table with some bar counter space alongside, a pair of pinball machines and whatever ‘Target Terror’ is, they’ve got one. Also, a service window for burgers and the like. Tap handles displayed all around, brewery signage, placards, etc. Hey, is it just me or has the music has gotten a bit more intense?

And through to a spacious gravel ground backyard space alongside the below the highway, with sorry bastards living above, to be sure. Murals on 2 walls, an old pickup truck in the corner of the yard, trees planted in the center, 2 dozen pic-a-nic tables, and just a great fuckin’ scene. Bike zone friendly, even. It’s a kickin’ backyard space; rivals the best of ‘em, true. And what is the smell a-wafting my way? Hmmmn.

48 beers up, and like I said; with the printed blackboard list being devoid of brewery names, this will not be easy. 2/3 of them CA offerings; 7 offerings from Sierra Nevada on the heels on their event here (Pale Ale, Ovila Quad, 2x4 Ale, Persimmon Farmhouse, Beer Camp #10 - Hoptimum, Beer Camp #36 - Hopsichord, & Beer Camp #31 - FestivAle Blonde), 5 from Anchor (Liberty Ale, Steam Beer, Our Barrel Ale, Brekle’s Brown, & Zymaster Series No. 1 California Lager), 4 from SoPac (IPA, Black Lager, Belgian Wit, & Coal Stoker Porter), a pair each from Moonlight (Death & Taxes Black Beer & Reality Czeck), Firestone Walker (Double Barrel Ale & Velvet Merkin Oatmeal Stout), 21st Amendment (Back in Black & Allies Win the War), and Russian River (Damnation & Supplication), and then one offs (Thirsty Bear Meyer ESB, Marin Mt. Tam Pale Ale, Bear Republic Racer 5, Anderson Valley Oatmeal Porter, Lost Coast Great White, Widmer Hefe, El Toro Poppy Jasper Amber, & Trumer Pils). The other 1/3 holds a mix of this and that; craft offerings from this coast’s Ninkasi (Maiden the Shade IPA, Total Domination IPA, Little One Bitter, Sleigh’r Dark Double Alt, & the Speakeasy/Shmaltz/Ninkasi collaboration 3 Ring Circus), and not (New Belgium Clutch Collabeeration, Ommegang Abbey), too many not terribly exciting imports (La Chouffe, Chimay Tripel, Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Lindemans Framboise, Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel, Guinness), and a cider (Ace Joker Apple Cider).

Between last night and today, I primarily drank Moonlight Death & Taxes (laughingly), Moonlight Reality Czech, and the Trumer Pils of does not suck. Also sampled some things as I needed to know just how clutch the New Belgium Clutch was (It, um, really wasn’t). And what? The Speakeasy/Shmaltz/Ninkasi 3 Ring Circus is done up caramel, peanut & popcorn? (It’s salty caramel crazy good, truth be known, but is a bit too much for a full pint).

A cool enough place that I wanted to get back a second time in the limited days to play we had. Solid selection, good folks, excellent space. Very much so do ‘Like!’

06-01-2012 14:03:15 | More by slander
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rikatine

New York

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $

We really enjoyed our visit to Zeitgeist. We started out our day here around noontime on Thursday. There were only a couple of people at the bar, and a few small groups outside. It was a gorgeous sunny day. They had a very nice tap list while we were there, and a nice selection of stuff we did not see elsewhere in our six day beer tour of SF and points north.

The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable about the beer, and offered us a taste to help us decide what we wanted to order. We were interested in local beers that we could not get at home, and we were not disappointed.

Decided to move outside, and enjoy the sun and the outdoor space. If we didn't have many more stops to make we could have hung out here all day. Didn't get to eat, but the stuff people were bringing out looked good. If is self service here, but that is fine with us. No waitress to deal with etc.

Used the bathroom off the outdoor space, and it was unbelievably new and modern and clean.

Glad we put this place on our "must do" list. Would not have wanted to miss it. It was very easy to get here using the Muni system.

05-16-2012 00:12:42 | More by rikatine
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BenHesk12

California

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Zeitgeist is exactly what you would expect for a divey beer bar in the mission. The place has black and red paint and is moderately dirty. The place gets very crowded and has limited standing room indoors so you will be fighting the crowd to get a beer. Prices are a little bit more than you would expect and at the time I went, the selection was limited to a few popular microbrews that most people have already tried. The best part about ZG is the large outdoor area which has lots of wooden benches for you to sit at. It's a great place to share a pitcher with friends, but be sure to bring a warm jacket because it gets cold and breezy at night. Overall, if you can mind the crowd, this is a good place to come with a few people and have a few beers, sit on a bench, and have a good time.

05-05-2012 02:22:45 | More by BenHesk12
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LeeMarvin

Massachusetts

4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

The first stop on a day-long bar crawl in San Fran. We arrived early on a Friday afternoon before the rush. Zeitgeist is an old biker bar with tons of character and an old school bar staff. So old school that they have a Bultaco sign hanging hugely on one wall. Other motorcycle memorabilia and What Would Lemmy Do stickers contrast with an impressively refined craft beer list. Heavy Metal was blaring out of the jukebox when we walked in.

After ordering an Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout, the no nonsense bartenders doled out our orders and we adjourned to the back yard to enjoy the sunny day. This is the kind of place you can get really comfortable at, and we stayed for three hours, nursing our beers and pitchers of water as we let the hair of the dog heal our previous night’s hangovers. Bands like Corrosion of Conformity, W.A.S.P. and Slayer provided a fitting soundtrack. By the time we left, the place was hoppin’. I didn’t get a chance to try the food, but it looked good. This place will figure prominently upon my return.

03-07-2012 15:14:44 | More by LeeMarvin
Zeitgeist in San Francisco, CA
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