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Zeitgeist

Not Rated.
ZeitgeistZeitgeist
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

61 Ratings
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.29%
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 0tt0
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

0tt0, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of clickpush
4.18/5  rDev +2%

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.

clickpush, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of bradybeer
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%

After eating at a Mission Mexican joint and walking around the Mission looking for a bar that wasn't a Hipster Dufus hang out-our friends mentioned this place-so off we went.

Folks, this is in the Mission which is seedy-period-no getting around it-it is however a 5-10 minute walk to the BART.

The atmosphere rocks-it was much more to my liking-inside is a typical bar with about 2 dozen taps-with Lagunitas, Mt. Tam, Speakeasy, etc.

Outside there is a biergarten with picnic benches and Portapotties (sic).

I didn't give it high marks for service because it is cash only-which blows when there are so many good beers to try.

Didn't try the food-however, from what I saw it is very basic-Brats, dogs, etc.

I was only able to drink the Speakeasy Big Daddy-because we were out of cash.

We loved this place and I have moved this to the top of my must vist beer bars when we are in the city.

bradybeer, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of Tbone
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

Tbone, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Denali
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

Denali, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.06/5  rDev -1%

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.

GeoffFromSJ, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of Bierman9
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%

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!

Prosit!!

overall: 4.36
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: n/a | $

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Bierman9, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of Troyone
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

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,

Troyone, May 22, 2005
Photo of axisjones
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

axisjones, May 04, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

francisweizen, May 03, 2005
Photo of noob
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

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
Lagunitas
Anchor
Sierra
Pyramid
Full Sail
Stella
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?

noob, Feb 17, 2005
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Zeitgeist in San Francisco, CA
91 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.