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Zeitgeist

Not Rated.
ZeitgeistZeitgeist

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

57 Ratings
Ratings: 57
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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Cmack15

Massachusetts

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

Zeitgeist means "spirit of the times" and I think this bar is appropriately named. The inside has a small bar with like 10-12 seats and two long tables. In the back room there is a pool table and some pinball machines. There is also an outside sitting area with picnic tables and a rack to hang your bike. The draft list had about 30 or so beers and all of them were quality. I ordered Deschuttes Mirror Pond Ale and my friend got a Russian River Supplication. The place was packed witha young college and thirty something crowd, lot of tattoos and hipster but its all good. I really liked this spot and can see why its rated so high.
Cheers

07-04-2011 15:11:04 | More by Cmack15
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Gambac

California

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Surprised to read how some people don't find the selection extensive. True, the list is West Coast centric, but is that really a problem with 50+ beers available?

Able to get some unique beers from Moylan's, Anderson Valley, and El Toro brewing, all West Coast, but also had Chimay on tap, as well as some Weihenstephaner beers. Bartenders were patient and helped me with a couple of things, food servers the same.

Hard to find a good beer garden on the peninsula, but Zeitgeist is definitely a good place to kick back. Cheap, decent food and reasonable beer prices make this a solid foray into the mission. Some taps run out sooner than others, just beware of that.

06-21-2011 01:31:06 | More by Gambac
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Chincino

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

I visited Zeitgeist after attending a festival in the area. From both the outside and the inside this establishment looks and feels like a dive bar-a fun dive bar. Upon entering, I was informed by a not so courteous bartender that my friend and I were not allowed to take photos inside, but besides that person we had prompt and helpful service by our served and the other bartender who was working.

We opted to sit outside at one of the family-style seating tables which were benches surrounding long tables. The outdoor section resembled a german biergarten while the inside resembled your average dive bar. The outside was very german-esque, while the inside was biker bar/dive bar style. The food at this establishment was good and there was a self-proclaimed "Tamale lady" who sold vegetarian and chicken tamales outside for only three dollars each. From what our server said, everyone loves the "Tamale Lady."

The beer selection was decent with about 8 beers on-tap. We split two pitchers of beers, one a Pilsner and one a Hefeweizen.

The prices for both food and beer were reasonable.

While I agree with a previous review that this place is by no means Toronado, it is worth stopping by if you are in San Francsico.

12-01-2010 12:11:30 | More by Chincino
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

A crumbling wooden complex nestled under the freeway and surrounded by barbed wire - welcome to Zeitgeist! Complete with pool table, dim lighting, port-a-johns, and countless cigarette butts, it's got all the makings of dive bar. And it certainly is one helluva dive bar. Don't expect to find any weathered sots though; the crowd at Zeitgeist is decidedly youthful and energetic.

My girlfriend and I drank and people-watched out back in Zeitgeist's massive, picnic table-spotted, gravel pit. The mood was relaxed and comfortable, and it felt really nice being outside on a clear San Francisco night. The airiness and openness of Zeitgeist's backyard allowed smokers and non-smokers to enjoy their drinks together. While neither of us smoke cigarettes, we've got friends who do, and this is one of the few places I've come across (in San Francisco) that's so smoker friendly.

The beer selection wasn't extensive, but all of the offerings were high quality and very drinkable. Nearly everything was from California or Oregon, but the beer styles were pretty diverse. I started things off with a Damnation and followed with a Stone Pale Ale and then Black Butte Porter. All three were delicious.

The bartenders were both very attentive and friendly, and I never had to wait for a drink.

08-29-2010 19:49:25 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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drseamus

New York

4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

What this place lacks in selection it makes up for with it's courtyard. Not that the selection sucks but it's no Toronado. The courtyard is pretty big and the weather in San Francisco is such that you can use it frequently.

Their selection has a decent selection of California beers and some other west coast beers but almost nothing from the east. The place is hugely biker influenced but it seems that as craft beer has become "cool" the hipsters have moved in also. They also apparently have awesome burgers but I did not partake.

02-08-2010 20:19:42 | More by drseamus
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berkey

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $

I don't get out to The City as much as I used to but I've been here many times over the years and have a fair amount of affection for this place. Atmosphere is extremely relaxed, a good place to dress down and not stress. I've met many interesting and friendly people here, the clientele seems to be mostly locals. The outdoor area has lines of benches and is very convenient for killing time on a cool Summer night. I've seen cleanliness issues at this bar at times though, especially in the bathrooms.

Service is mixed but overall not bad, you might wait awhile for your drink if it's busy though. Selection is a little uneven, sometimes they'll surprise you with something great and other times it's relatively standard issue. I don't really like the fact they have a good number of taps taken up by non-craft offerings but the full bar makes it easier if you have non-beer drinkers with you. Prices are very good for the area. Parking is a complete hassle but it's not a bad walk from BART.

Overall not amazing but a decent place to stop for a pint of good beer if you're in the neighborhood. The selection is decent enough that I'll often try to steer my group here when I'm on the Peninsula.

12-26-2009 20:20:41 | More by berkey
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

There I was, rolling westbound on the 26 Valencia as we sat at the corner of Duboce waiting for the light to change. All of a sudden, it hit me that place is on the to-do list! I quickly pulled the cord and jumped off of the bus as soon as the doors opened. Woody hit 'n' run Pauline, [SF] bus doors opened ...

Entering, it reminded me of the Chatterbox, another dive-y Valencia Street bar that I used to frequent in a past life. This was no-frills drinking at its lowest. Just my kind of place. The place was littered with spent barrels, plus the flat black paint and low-key lighting just reinforced the mood. The battle-scarred bar ran along the left wall with some industrial looking tables off to the right. Aft was the kitchen to the left and the center was a game room with several electronic games, a couple of pinball machines, and a red velvet pool table. I really dug the mosaic tile floor. Expansive outdoor patio to left of bar.

Beer: 16 CA, 9 non-state. 27 taps, running the gamut from PBR to Delirium Tremens.

11-26-2009 13:54:10 | More by woodychandler
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Irie

California

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

I always love going to Zeitgeist.

Good selection of beers, quick serving and quick tongued bar tenders which I like. Plus, they had pitchers of Guinness for $12 which surprised the hell out of me.

The best part is the fact that the outdoor seating area is larger than the entire bar. Plus the tamale lady that just wanders around selling fresh tamales.

The atmosphere leans towards hipsters and bikers (motor and regular) but is a good drinking environment.

Great place for a nice day happy hour.

12-01-2008 19:49:02 | More by Irie
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nephilae

California

3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

I'm not sure what all the hype is about. Sure, it's a trendy dive bar, with a decent beer-list, but there are a lot of those. The 'biergarten' people rave about is just a dirty, overcrowded, smokey, patio, with grungy picnic tables at which you have to practically climb over people just to get a seat (IF you can find one, and IF it's not right next to the rank porto-potties). I really dislike being around cigarette smoke, and hipsters who summarily judge you with a glance.

The draught beers are not bad, generally a lot of domestic, local microbrews. But for the selection, I'd much rather go to the Toronado. I've also tried the Niman ranch burgers which aren't bad at $5.00, but not the best I've had. Service tends to be a little slow and apathetic, but I've never experienced anything completely rude and unacceptable. Kudos for the jukebox having Gogol Bordello.

Overall, I'd give the place an "eh". It's okay. I go if I'm right in the vicinity, or if others in my crew demand it. But it's just simply not worth the hype.

09-22-2008 03:31:34 | More by nephilae
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DaveHS

California

3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $

My impressions of Zeitgeist are pretty mixed. On one hand, the service is almost always bad. I have waited up to 20 minutes for a drink on busy nights. My general policy is that if I am not at least acknowledged within 5 minutes of entering a bar, they do not get my business. Of course there are exceptions, but they are reserved for places like Toronado. Zeitgeist is a hipster bar, filled with bike kids and squatters. But that's part of its charm. They always seem to have RR Damnation and Pliny on draught ($4.50 a pint!) as well as lots of Moonlight beers and other cool micros.
What makes Zeitgeist a really notable bar is the outdoor section, with its long picnic tables, port-o-potties, and view of the highway. I always seem to meet interesting people here. The atmosphere is electric, and if they would just hire a few more bartenders, I would spend a lot more time there.
If you're in the mission, it beats most of the other beer bars.

09-16-2008 09:43:36 | More by DaveHS
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