Taps: 48 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is now third on my list of S.F. beer destinations, after Toronado and Magnolia. The neighborhood is a bit sketchy and gets worse to the south. If you feel a little too "normal" and deficient in piercings and tatoos at Toronado, you will feel more so here. But the crowd isn't as rough as it looks (or rough as it used to be according to one of their bartenders). I gave it extra atmosphere points for the local color who frequent (there was a 400 pound transvestite with two midgets that made me feel like I just walked into a David Lynch film). The highlight of the atmosphere is the enormous 4000 sq foot beer garden in back with a dozen large picnic tables, tall trees, and a Grill that they serve burgers and brats from.
They have about a dozen taps that include good locals, such as Russian River (Damnation when I was there).
You have to order from the bar and you'd better know what you want when you get there, but I got decent service all night.
08-03-2006 19:51:28 | More by Tbone
4/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I have been here a couple of times, once during the day and once at night.
This is a very dark laid back dive-bar like place. Bar seats around 15 people. Tables are also available inside. They also have a pool table in a room next to the bar.
There is also a really cool large beer garden outside with about 10-15 picnic tables and some really nice and tall trees. Really cool murals on the walls outside too. This is where to hang if the weather is good. The BBQ pit out there smelled really good too, although I haven't had any of the food yet. That is on the to-do list.
Beer selection is very good. About 15-20 taps, of which includes California micros (Moonlight, Russian River, Bear Republic, El Toro, etc...). I had a Racer 5 and a Poppy Jasper. Both were in very good condition. They also serve plenty of mixed drinks which makes for a very mixed crowd - some are really into the beer and others don't really care. On a side note, as for the liquor, I was very surprised to see that they had Green Chartreuse - not many places carry that stuff.
Crowd is very friendly as are the bartenders, but its probably better to go with someone as opposed to going alone.
Not too far from the Toronado and worth coming in for a change of pace. I will be going back.
01-21-2006 03:59:00 | More by Denali
4.06/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Walked from the Toronado down to this establishment.
Atmosphere: outside drinking garden with some shade. 101 within view. Biker feel. A couple of pinball machines and video games. Big bbq pit to the right. A lot of mixed drinks being served. To answer blitheringidiot's famous question: you cannot bring mom.
Selection micros I've seen around the West frequently plus Moonlight Pils (goes by "Reality Czech"). That's why I really came.
Didn't try the food. Food looks like bbq, but take note. Pancho Villa Taqueria on 16th between Mission and Valencia is nearby. It has tremendous Mexican food for cheap. It would be a crime to be so close and not eat there.
Service: busy but good and friendly.
Pubcrawling notes: a somewhat short walk from the Church or Van Ness subway stops. I would take the Van Ness stop. Not too bad from the Toronado either. I used to live near here so listen up: sometimes it looks pretty threatening in the neighborhood esp. at night but no harm has come to me in the area. Would go in groups or by taxi at night. Be smart about your surroundings. Daytime: you should be alright, esp. if you are male.
07-26-2005 18:21:55 | More by GeoffFromSJ
4.36/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Interesting, divey kind of place. Think Bukowskis Boston but with an outdoor Biergarten attached. Visited on a lovely, sunny Saturday afternoon (28MAY) with Axisjones. The place has lots of black; walls, tables, etc.... tall tables with stools align the right side of the room, and a long bar is along the left side. Bier posters and typical paraphernalia adorn the walls and open spaces. Mid room on the right are the spacious (Ha!) bathrooms, and further beyond the WCs is a room with a pool table for your shooting pleasure. Past the bar on the left is a doorway leading to their "Biergarten". The far left corner has 3-4 porta-potties, and the far back right corner has an old, beat up tow-truck. Looming above the back wall is a mid-city expressway. Not quite an idyllic scene in the Alps somewhere, but a big-ass tree in the middle of the area leaves lots of shade to relax in. Scattered about are about a dozen picnic-like tables; long, german-style suckers that allow you to BS with table mates if you like (or, yes, pass a joint if you like). A nice touch is the pink elephants painted on one of the walls in the Biergarten. Music was all types...some grunge, some funky stuff.... and the staff was solid and reasonably friendly. Top-shelf selection of about 20 drafts, most being A-1 California brews like Moonlight and Russian River. Had some Moonlight Pils and RR Damnation, for only $4.00 per pint. Yummy!! I stopped by again later that night, and the place was packed and jumping. Didn't try the food, but it smelled great. A must visit!
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: n/a | $
06-09-2005 14:05:40 | More by Bierman9
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Not much seating around the bar and there is a couple of tables inside with a pool table. Most of the seating is outside where the gravel ground has picnic tables similar to a festival at a park. There is an area for bicyclist to store their bikes and portable potties.
The food is cooked outside on a grill. After one orders their meal next to the pool table the cook will yell their name when it is ready. The unisex restrooms inside are clean.
The service at the bar is prompt and knowlegable. The service for food is ok however they will take breaks from orders until they catch up.
Decent selection of microbrew and Belgian styles, no cask.
Food is good, maybe a little over cooked.
The value is OK for the area,
05-22-2005 06:49:43 | More by Troyone
4.26/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
05-04-2005 07:36:14 | More by axisjones
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
05-03-2005 09:07:34 | More by francisweizen
4.16/5 rDev +2%
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
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?
02-17-2005 19:36:51 | More by noob
Zeitgeist in San Francisco, CA
91 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.