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Zeitgeist

Not Rated.
ZeitgeistZeitgeist
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.33%
Taps: 48
Bottles: 0
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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(Place added by: noob)
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Photo of BenHesk12
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

BenHesk12, May 05, 2012
Photo of LeeMarvin
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

LeeMarvin, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of coldriver
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

Stop 2 on a San Francisco pubcrawl 7/17/2011. Gotta say being middle aged somewhat conservative Texans we were slightly apprehensive going in to this place. But this establishment is all about diversity and from that aspect we fit right in. With a table of bikers, a table of college kids, a table of tattoo exhibitionists, a table of lesbians, etc, the only thing missing was a table of middle-aged Texans and we were somewhat amazed to find the crowd to be very friendly and accepting.

Outdoor beer garden with picnic tables was a great place to enjoy the cool San Fran weather. A bit divy on the interior side but again a very comfortable vibe. Tap selection wasn't huge, but certainly adequate and nicely selected with plenty of the west coast hop bombs we'd come for. Wish we'd stayed longer instead of wasting our time in the touristy Fisherman's Wharf area - Zeitgeist seems like the quintessential San Francisco beer experience.

coldriver, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Cmack15
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%

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

Cmack15, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Gambac
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Gambac, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Chincino
4/5  rDev -2%

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.

Chincino, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

ThreeWiseMen, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of drseamus
4/5  rDev -2%

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.

drseamus, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of berkey
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

berkey, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

woodychandler, Nov 26, 2009
Zeitgeist in San Francisco, CA
91 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.