Zeitgeist

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: n/a
Taps: 48
Bottles: --
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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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Alpine Nelson on tap? Yes please.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of LeeMarvin
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Bierman9
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Prosit!!

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

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Photo of Schultz
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of trevorwideman
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of axisjones
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of jgnatek
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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Photo of francisweizen
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A Zeinheitsgebot revisit, as we’ve got some time this afternoon before dinnerings go down, and last night was, well, yeah. Today will be, well, yeah, too, but this is the early before it all goes wrong; when I can’t remember the name of the place and start calling it Zagnut or Zoltar or Zappa or other things it isn’t, or just badly mispronouncing what it is it is. Yep, I’m pretty sure we’ll be well in by the time we leave Zebra Face...

Insides, it’s kinda divey and grungy in a good way. Reminds me of a cross between Delilah’s in Chicgago (with metal instead of punk), and a full on biker bar. Off to the left, a wood bar varnished over with a worn and carved up lip, black panel base and foot box, stooling upwards of a dozen. The barback is a series of tap towers (16 duped on the ends, and then an 8 on the inside, and then a solo standalone in between with an 8 on both sides) over glassware shelved below, and booze tiered on the ends. 64 handles in all, 48 of them are unique. shelved booze on the curvy corrugated metal barback walls, with vertical windows to both sides of the standalone 16 tap tower to the rear porch, they open. The wall space above in red with soap box derby posters, and a black trim stickered. Bottle cooler on the forward end, and a large horizontal board above listing tap selections grouped conveniently by style, but painfully lacking the breweries names (She knows what’s what, but it’s difficult for the tourist, me).

Crazy mosaic tile floor in white and off shades, and a black ceiling with track spots, a stop light, random neons, a strung motorcycle, racing car hoods back there. Shwag corner with logo Death Bunny wear I think the Playboy people might have a problem with. 3 stainless steel hightops across the room and slight bar counterings around a center side pillar. Rear room holds a single pool table with some bar counter space alongside, a pair of pinball machines and whatever ‘Target Terror’ is, they’ve got one. Also, a service window for burgers and the like. Tap handles displayed all around, brewery signage, placards, etc. Hey, is it just me or has the music has gotten a bit more intense?

And through to a spacious gravel ground backyard space alongside the below the highway, with sorry bastards living above, to be sure. Murals on 2 walls, an old pickup truck in the corner of the yard, trees planted in the center, 2 dozen pic-a-nic tables, and just a great fuckin’ scene. Bike zone friendly, even. It’s a kickin’ backyard space; rivals the best of ‘em, true. And what is the smell a-wafting my way? Hmmmn.

48 beers up, and like I said; with the printed blackboard list being devoid of brewery names, this will not be easy. 2/3 of them CA offerings; 7 offerings from Sierra Nevada on the heels on their event here (Pale Ale, Ovila Quad, 2x4 Ale, Persimmon Farmhouse, Beer Camp #10 - Hoptimum, Beer Camp #36 - Hopsichord, & Beer Camp #31 - FestivAle Blonde), 5 from Anchor (Liberty Ale, Steam Beer, Our Barrel Ale, Brekle’s Brown, & Zymaster Series No. 1 California Lager), 4 from SoPac (IPA, Black Lager, Belgian Wit, & Coal Stoker Porter), a pair each from Moonlight (Death & Taxes Black Beer & Reality Czeck), Firestone Walker (Double Barrel Ale & Velvet Merkin Oatmeal Stout), 21st Amendment (Back in Black & Allies Win the War), and Russian River (Damnation & Supplication), and then one offs (Thirsty Bear Meyer ESB, Marin Mt. Tam Pale Ale, Bear Republic Racer 5, Anderson Valley Oatmeal Porter, Lost Coast Great White, Widmer Hefe, El Toro Poppy Jasper Amber, & Trumer Pils). The other 1/3 holds a mix of this and that; craft offerings from this coast’s Ninkasi (Maiden the Shade IPA, Total Domination IPA, Little One Bitter, Sleigh’r Dark Double Alt, & the Speakeasy/Shmaltz/Ninkasi collaboration 3 Ring Circus), and not (New Belgium Clutch Collabeeration, Ommegang Abbey), too many not terribly exciting imports (La Chouffe, Chimay Tripel, Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Lindemans Framboise, Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel, Guinness), and a cider (Ace Joker Apple Cider).

Between last night and today, I primarily drank Moonlight Death & Taxes (laughingly), Moonlight Reality Czech, and the Trumer Pils of does not suck. Also sampled some things as I needed to know just how clutch the New Belgium Clutch was (It, um, really wasn’t). And what? The Speakeasy/Shmaltz/Ninkasi 3 Ring Circus is done up caramel, peanut & popcorn? (It’s salty caramel crazy good, truth be known, but is a bit too much for a full pint).

A cool enough place that I wanted to get back a second time in the limited days to play we had. Solid selection, good folks, excellent space. Very much so do ‘Like!’

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4.18/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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4.16/5  rDev +2.5%

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Zeitgeist in San Francisco, CA
91 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.