Zeitgeist

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

70 Ratings
Ratings: 70
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: n/a
Taps: 48
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of mike312
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Alpine Nelson on tap? Yes please.

Photo of LeeMarvin
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of Bierman9
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
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 | $

112

Photo of Schultz
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +5.2%
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 +4.7%
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 +4.7%
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.

Photo of jgnatek
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of slander
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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!’

Photo of clickpush
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of noob
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
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
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?

Photo of rikatine
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

We really enjoyed our visit to Zeitgeist. We started out our day here around noontime on Thursday. There were only a couple of people at the bar, and a few small groups outside. It was a gorgeous sunny day. They had a very nice tap list while we were there, and a nice selection of stuff we did not see elsewhere in our six day beer tour of SF and points north.

The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable about the beer, and offered us a taste to help us decide what we wanted to order. We were interested in local beers that we could not get at home, and we were not disappointed.

Decided to move outside, and enjoy the sun and the outdoor space. If we didn't have many more stops to make we could have hung out here all day. Didn't get to eat, but the stuff people were bringing out looked good. If is self service here, but that is fine with us. No waitress to deal with etc.

Used the bathroom off the outdoor space, and it was unbelievably new and modern and clean.

Glad we put this place on our "must do" list. Would not have wanted to miss it. It was very easy to get here using the Muni system.

Photo of Cmack15
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Zeitgeist means "spirit of the times" and I think this bar is appropriately named. The inside has a small bar with like 10-12 seats and two long tables. In the back room there is a pool table and some pinball machines. There is also an outside sitting area with picnic tables and a rack to hang your bike. The draft list had about 30 or so beers and all of them were quality. I ordered Deschuttes Mirror Pond Ale and my friend got a Russian River Supplication. The place was packed witha young college and thirty something crowd, lot of tattoos and hipster but its all good. I really liked this spot and can see why its rated so high.
Cheers

Photo of bcm119
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

At first glance this place appears to be a hipster and biker bar, but its much, much more. There is a grill outside, a huge outdoor, enclosed beer garden almost underneath a freeway ramp, and eccentric but friendly people. The beer garden has an industrial feel, and nice artwork on the adjoining building walls. Bike racks are mounted on the inside of the garden wall so you don't have to worry about locking up out on the street. A good place to take out-of-towners, as it embodies the Mission vibe without being too irritating.

Beer selection is very good to excellent-- they have a nice cross section of styles from mostly local brewers, and the high turnover ensures a fresh pint. Moonlight and Russian River are highlights.

I've never spent less than 3 hours here, and its always been hard to leave. When all the other beer-geek bars are slammed and loud as hell, come here and relax outside.

Photo of coldriver
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stop 2 on a San Francisco pubcrawl 7/17/2011. Gotta say being middle aged somewhat conservative Texans we were slightly apprehensive going in to this place. But this establishment is all about diversity and from that aspect we fit right in. With a table of bikers, a table of college kids, a table of tattoo exhibitionists, a table of lesbians, etc, the only thing missing was a table of middle-aged Texans and we were somewhat amazed to find the crowd to be very friendly and accepting.

Outdoor beer garden with picnic tables was a great place to enjoy the cool San Fran weather. A bit divy on the interior side but again a very comfortable vibe. Tap selection wasn't huge, but certainly adequate and nicely selected with plenty of the west coast hop bombs we'd come for. Wish we'd stayed longer instead of wasting our time in the touristy Fisherman's Wharf area - Zeitgeist seems like the quintessential San Francisco beer experience.

Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

There I was, rolling westbound on the 26 Valencia as we sat at the corner of Duboce waiting for the light to change. All of a sudden, it hit me that place is on the to-do list! I quickly pulled the cord and jumped off of the bus as soon as the doors opened. Woody hit 'n' run Pauline, [SF] bus doors opened ...

Entering, it reminded me of the Chatterbox, another dive-y Valencia Street bar that I used to frequent in a past life. This was no-frills drinking at its lowest. Just my kind of place. The place was littered with spent barrels, plus the flat black paint and low-key lighting just reinforced the mood. The battle-scarred bar ran along the left wall with some industrial looking tables off to the right. Aft was the kitchen to the left and the center was a game room with several electronic games, a couple of pinball machines, and a red velvet pool table. I really dug the mosaic tile floor. Expansive outdoor patio to left of bar.

Beer: 16 CA, 9 non-state. 27 taps, running the gamut from PBR to Delirium Tremens.

Photo of flexabull
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

After a long morning walk through the streets of San Francisco, I found myself near the Toronado which wasn't opened yet, so I continued on a few more blocks to the Zeitgeist. I had actually heard about it online in an article about great dive bars in SF, and when I saw that they also served excellent beers, I decided to start my day here.

Really a cool place, black walls, long bar, games and a small kitchen in the back. And behind the bar is a door to the outside beer garden, which is large, with quite a few benches and turned out to be a great place to sip my beer while soaking up the great weather.

Quality and selection were both top notch. The beer board had a wide variety of excellent brews. I really liked how they list beers by style instead of brewery. I was looking for an IPA, and I noticed Double Tap from Berryessa, so I enjoyed a pint outside.

Service was fine. The bartenders and patrons were buzzing about a crack head lady that had just left right after I entered. But she acknowledged me fairly quickly, and served me.

Prices were slightly high, but not bad for SF.

Overall, this place was great. I definitely will come back. You have to love edgy grimy dive bars though to really appreciate this place.

Photo of Gambac
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Surprised to read how some people don't find the selection extensive. True, the list is West Coast centric, but is that really a problem with 50+ beers available?

Able to get some unique beers from Moylan's, Anderson Valley, and El Toro brewing, all West Coast, but also had Chimay on tap, as well as some Weihenstephaner beers. Bartenders were patient and helped me with a couple of things, food servers the same.

Hard to find a good beer garden on the peninsula, but Zeitgeist is definitely a good place to kick back. Cheap, decent food and reasonable beer prices make this a solid foray into the mission. Some taps run out sooner than others, just beware of that.

Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Very interesting night-spot. Pretty large, vaulted, interior with a huge board of taps. The exterior is one of the larger urban beer gardens you'll find, full of people on a pretty chilly SF night.

I had a pour of the Bruery White Oak to make sure things headed in the right direction and washed it down with a few pitchers of Moonlight Reality Czech. Had a pretty solid night out back, which I'd venture to say wasn't by chance.

Photo of rixcat
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Walked in, mid afternoon. Was greeted by a foxy young gothic hipster (if there is such a thing) bikery babe with a perfect endless white grill welcoming us in and taking our order. Looking up at a large chalkboard style beer menu there was a healthy and unique variety ranging from a kölsch to an oatmeal stout. I could really sit down and try new-to-me beers there. We ordered a pitcher of the El Toro Oatmeal Stout and headed outside for a picnic table in the shade. Yep, the sun was actually shining that day. Inside was a high-ceilinged indoor open cellar type environment with some music playing and a bunch of people were standing around happily gesticulating, laughing, and leaning in for the punchline. Outside was a large court area populated by a light crowd, cigarette smoke lingering in the midday air. We enthusiastically talked about nothing important. It was kinda dirty outside, but in that good dirty way. Cool place except for the tobacco smoke.(hence the 2.5 on the vibe rating.) I've been here at night before and it's pretty fun bumping around with an undeniably urban look, and feel. Guys put on your jeans, gals get in a short summer dress and some cork platforms and get in here!

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of MatthewPlus
4.03/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75

So i was visiting San Fran back in September '12 and was only thinking about visiting Toronado. My buddies and i caught a comedy show in the mission one night and more or less just stumbled upon this place.
Straight dive/metal/punk/biker bar. If you want skinny puppy on the juke box, this place is for you. The scene really wouldve appealed to me much more if i was still 22 years old, but nonetheless i didnt mind the grunginess of it, it has a certain charm.
Being a Florida boy, i was happy to see many local offerings on their draft list, all at very reasonable prices. Supplication and Aroma Coma are pretty much what i stuck to. We went twice, once during the week, once on the weekend.
Service was fine during the week, friendly and prompt. Its a cash only bar, which i have no problem with, but apparently many tourists dont get this concept. At one point a bartender was literally yelling and swearing at a guy about the policy. I get it, tourists suck if you're a local, but seriously guy, calm down.
Service was adequate during the more busy weekend hours.
Tons of hipsters hanging around, seemed to be a good amount of people on various drugs, and alot of folks smoking weed in their "biergarten", which is just a glorified outdoor seating area. Im cool with all that, just be prepared for some whacked-out dude to try to start a conversation with you, or mooch one of your tamales.
Speaking of which, i didnt try the house food (was there any?) but they let the "Tamale Lady" come in and do her thing, which is kind of cool. Apparently you havent done San Francisco unless youve eaten one of these things. it was ok, but i was glad to be up to date on my shots.
Overall, i dug the place, but certainly wanted to be left alone. They had a good selection, and thats what i find most important.

Photo of Troyone
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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,

Photo of bradybeer
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

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.

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Zeitgeist in San Francisco, CA
91 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.