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Zeitgeist

Not Rated.
ZeitgeistZeitgeist
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.11%
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

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nephilae

California

3.2/5  rDev -21.4%

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 -14.3%

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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RodBurg

Missouri

3.79/5  rDev -6.9%

Stopped here last Saturday night after a trip to Lucky 13. The place is a total dive...in a good way. Not being very crowded it was a nice change from the very loud and busy establishments I had visited previously that night. Bartender seemed nice enough and there was a good selection of micros on tap. Wasn't too happy about the cash only thing, but no big deal. In the back is a huge patio with picnic tables, very nice. I didn't try the food but whatever they were grilling was making my mouth water. Great hang out. Like the place quite a bit.

09-02-2008 17:20:24 | More by RodBurg
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ojclark

California

3.86/5  rDev -5.2%

Kind of dumpy (in a cool way) interior. Huge patio with several picnic tables and BBQ being prepared outside. Full bar with 25 nice taps of beer, basically all micros, mostly local and California beers. Had a holdiay beer from Moonlight called "Rated X-Mas" that I hadn't seen before or since. Slow service, but it was New Years Day and several people were ordering the elaborately prepared bloody marys. Kind of like the Toronado, but with a full bar and beer barden. Good vibe. I could imagine hanging out in back for several hours at a time.

02-17-2008 16:28:34 | More by ojclark
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Schultz

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

After reading the reviews I had to stop in to check it out. Inside bar area has a pool table and unisex bathroom and acts as the keg storage area. Out side beer garden is packed with picnic tables, a large grill, and people enjoying the beer. Seemed to be lots of regulars and everyone was enjoying themselves. I seemed to be the only one without multiple tatoos and/or piercings.

They had about 20 beers on tap, evenly split between imports and domestics. No problems with service despite previous reviews. In fact, on both visits bartenders were more then willing to give samples of beers before ordering. I guess if youn treat people right they will treat you right. I enjoyed a Reality Czech, Damnation, and a Poppy Jasper Amber to mention a few on my visits and all were fresh and delicious. Had to limit my visits to only a few beers as both times i was there the wind was blowing all of the smoke from the grill into the bar area and i could not stand more then an hour of drinking in a campfire. Left here and took the 10 minute walk to Toronado.

01-25-2008 21:34:12 | More by Schultz
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bcm119

California

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

At first glance this place appears to be a hipster and biker bar, but its much, much more. There is a grill outside, a huge outdoor, enclosed beer garden almost underneath a freeway ramp, and eccentric but friendly people. The beer garden has an industrial feel, and nice artwork on the adjoining building walls. Bike racks are mounted on the inside of the garden wall so you don't have to worry about locking up out on the street. A good place to take out-of-towners, as it embodies the Mission vibe without being too irritating.

Beer selection is very good to excellent-- they have a nice cross section of styles from mostly local brewers, and the high turnover ensures a fresh pint. Moonlight and Russian River are highlights.

I've never spent less than 3 hours here, and its always been hard to leave. When all the other beer-geek bars are slammed and loud as hell, come here and relax outside.

01-18-2008 06:17:35 | More by bcm119
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jgnatek

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

i spent two days here while on a beer vacation on the west coast. it is by far my favorite place on earth. motorcycles, rock and roll and lots of beer.

most everyone loves a good dive, which may never be fully understood, but none the less, this place is one. dirty, a bit smelly, dark... the porta johns filled up when i was there on saturday night and started overflowing on the floor. no worries, i am home. this place fills up quickly, so if you want your best chance of enjoying it, go on a weekday at noon. you will have the place to yourself. oh and its happy hour for a ridiculous length of time around here.

service is good, they are pretty quick. sometimes you might feel like they don't care, because well, they don't. thats okay, i just want a beer, not someone to listen to my sad story. honestly they are just busy, they deal with a million people, and sometimes they might say THANKS, but don't hold your breath. one of the guys bought me a beer when he found out i was a bartender back east and i had just arrived at mecca for the first time. my kind of place.

selection isn't bad. i guess i have high expectations, because i work with one of the best selections in the country, but i had plenty to enjoy here. a lot of california brews, anything out of the west coast was a bit lamer. i think its just harder to get a lot of quality belgian and german beers out here (read shelton bros). i had beers from russian river, bear republic, speak easy, green flash, and a few others which must have resided on now dead brain cells.

food was awesome. they only have brats and burgers with a side of homefries, but it is fantastic after a few pitchers of racer 5. can't complain.

value wise, you can drink a LOT of beer here and have a burger without hurting your wallet too much. beers range from about 2.5 to 4 i believe, depending on happy hour situations. pitchers are a deal as well.

if you aren't a total puss, you owe it to yourself to come here.

09-10-2007 17:07:46 | More by jgnatek
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

One night, after eating some great pizza at a Punk Rock pizza joint, I and my three companions wandered to Zeitgeist for some quality brew and good times. I needed more Reality Czeck dammit!

When I walked in I was surprised at just how much of a dive it was. Straight up biker bar with tons of kegs all over the place and just crowded to the rafters. Nonetheless, after we got our beers we headed outside, and lo, it was a whole new world. Awesome setup with picnic tables all over and a massive crowd of people all partying, smoking weed, and enjoying good beer. The service was as fast as could be expected from such a busy joint, and the selection was second only to Toronado that I saw in the city. The food comes from a BBQ setup that they have out back, and they yell at you when your food is ready. I didn't try anything, but I liked the setup. It was all very punk rock/biker, but without the shitty beer. Tons of fun, I'd go again.

08-10-2007 02:01:15 | More by trevorwideman
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0tt0

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Grungy, biker bar decor. Small front bar area with a pool table in back. Two unisex bathrooms with a long line. Lots of tap handles. Metal and old-school punk on the 'box (Minutemen playing when I arrive.) Overall, seems cool enough. Then, the revalation: a monster back patio area with picnic tables and a shitload of people. A big grill is posted in the corner cooking brats and burgers. The cooks shouts your name when your order is ready (example: John, Renee, Todd-- Come get your damn food!!!). I'm hooked already.

Nothing shocking on tap, but there are roughly 40 of them and a very attentive staff. Had a blast here.

06-14-2007 14:38:40 | More by 0tt0
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

This is a killer place - one of my favorite bars in SF.

You have to go when it's warm out because the inside is small and littered with kegs, but the outdoor atmosphere is spectacular. Row after row of picnic benches lined edge to edge, you'll make new friends whether you want to or not. Always hopping, this is the place to be on Sunday afternoons when everyone and their mom is the mood for a pint. It's friendly, easy going, and encourages ruckus behavior for those who like to misbehave. It's got the label of a biker-bar, but I'd say in general it's just a place for an older crowd. Escape the college kids and mingle with 30-40 somethings.

Beer list is pretty good - draught list is almost all domestic though. Having Moonlight and Russian River on tap isn't something you see everywhere, and at $4 a pint no one can complain.

I like this place and recommend to everyone.

09-26-2006 17:57:20 | More by clickpush
Zeitgeist in San Francisco, CA
91 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.