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Not Rated.

43 Reviews
Reviews: 43
Visits: 77
Avg: 4.04
pDev: n/a
Taps: 48
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 43 | Visits: 77
Photo of axisjones
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Hell yeah, this is grunge done right. Dank? Check. Smoke? Check. 1980's arcade machines? Check.

Zeitgeist is a dive lovers dream come true. Step through the door into a room smokey with bbq, cracked tile floors, grimy, with an arcade in the back and a pool table. Walk past the bar and check out the amazing outdoor patio area, murals on the walls, high fences, lots of wooden tables and a massive bbq pit. This is truly a unique San Francisco experience. This level of dive is truly artistic, and the contact high you get in the back can only raise the score higher.

Not only is this bar completely comfortable, it has a killer selection. With a focus on California greats, Russian River and Moonlight are properly represented with a smattering of Belgians and Micros as well. Probably about 15-20 beers on tap, mostly quality.

The service was fast and non chalant, friendly for sure.

I really wanted to try the food but I had gorged at Magnolia so that will have to wait for another time.

Zeitgeist is a great place to kick back on a hot day, have a beer, get some sun and eat some bbq. After dark, i would really recommend walking the 4 blocks or so to Toronado. The environment was great, laid back and casual and the selection is damn fine as well.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Grungy, Valencia mission atmosphere with tons of really interesting pople mulling about. Divey with tons of bikers, and all sorts really. I love places like this, but many don't so take it or leave it. Quality of the beer is very good, but I did not sample the food. Service is quick and to the point. Selection is good, but not killer with some macros and many locals on tap. Freshly tapped moonlight pils for $4. Sure. This is a pretty kick ass bar in the mission, but the Toronado is better in the end. Still go here you are in the mission and too lazy to walk to lower haight.

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Photo of noob
4.16/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Ahhh.... the Zeitgeist Bar and Guest Haus, where the attitude sucks and the beer is amazing. I go here every time I am in San Francisco and have always been given major attitude by all of the staff, which is very easy to ignore, but this time I was pleasantly surprised to get the service of a very knowledgeable, friendly bartender that let me try the Russian River Damnation before getting a full pint. There were probably 20 taps or so and at least a dozen bottles. All the drafts were crafts or imports, with the bottles being mostly domestics. This is my second favorite place to go in SF besides Toronado. This place has a huge backyard "Beer Garden", packed with picnic tables, that is very chill and inviting.

Beers when I was there:
2 Speakeasy Beers (Prohibition and Big Daddy)
Russian River Damnation
Bear Republic Racer 5
Deschutes Black Butte
Anderson Valley
Full Sail
Hoegaarden or Paulaner?
and a bunch more...

This place is a little rough around the edges and does not win any awards for cleanliness, but is really fun with a group of friends. Plus, they run a guest house upstairs that one could stay at in a pinch (if you get too drunk or get lucky!!!) for $35 bucks.

Did I mention they have an amazing jukebox that always seems to play at least one Misfits song while I am there?

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Zeitgeist in San Francisco, CA
90 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.