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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.66/5 rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
03-07-2012 15:14:44 | More by LeeMarvin
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
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
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
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
4.26/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Dive bar much like the Toronado, complete with loud metal, bartenders with rolling eyes, and weed in the air. Loads of taps and lots of great beer by the glass or pitcher. Prices are very good for SF, cash only. Open patio also which looked like a better option than sitting at the bar watching the bartenders give attitude.
Dirty bathrooms with no toilet paper, I definitely would not order food there, way too grungy and dirty.
All in all a decent dive bar with exceptional beers and service with an attitude.
05-17-2013 01:37:32 | More by brewandbbq
Zeitgeist in San Francisco, CA
91 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.