Taps: 43 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by Arbitrator:
3.61/5 rDev -15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $
This is definitely a bar to hit during the day. Happy hour before 6pm, the bartenders don't look like they hate you, and it's much less crowded.
The selection used to be amazing, back in '08 and early '09, but it has started slipping over the past year. I'm not going to complain about being able to drink a variety of Russian River and Moonlight all day, but most of the time, that's ALL that is interesting. Its selection doesn't compare to some of the amazing bars down in SoCal, and the events they hold here are nothing to write home about.
The bartenders are also surly assholes. It's not charming.
There is no food in the bar, but you can bring food in. There is an EXCELLENT sausage place next door, and they will deliver to the Toronado if you ask, so go for it. There are also dozens of pizza places around the street. A great compromise.
This used to be THE TORONADO. Now it's the Toronado.
10-05-2010 22:03:14 | More by Arbitrator
More User Reviews:
4.31/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
As we walked down to the Lower Haight this afternoon, the sun decided to make a cameo appearance and I made a quick detour stop at Groove Records. After finishing up there, we finally arrived at Toronado. The entrance was a half door with an old school western saloon thing going on. The type of half door that you hope doesn’t hit your balls on the back swing.
The long bar is located to the right and tables to the left. This place was vibrant and unexpectedly crowded at 3PM on Tuesday. Other than a bar in New York City, I’m not sure that I would expect to see a congregation of people enjoying great beers at such an unconventional time. Nevertheless, I completely embraced it and was pumped to have the opportunity to order a fresh Pliny on tap.
It was dimly lit inside with loud metal music thumping through the speakers. A gigantic beer list menu greets your eyes as you tilt your head upwards toward the sign. Beer options are nicely organized and well defined, as it offers all of the 50 or so options available (with about 3 hand pump beers). Selections included Pliny the Elder (oh mommy!), Damnation, Blind Pig IPA, Class of ‘88, Merle Saison, Sculpin IPA, Moonlight Death & Taxes and many more. The beer list appears to favor IPA’s with some interesting European offerings mixed in. All beers are served in appropriate glassware.
Worth noting is that there are some really good deals to be found at this beer bar destination. For example, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale & Anchor Steam are only $4 and the real mind-blower is Sierra Nevada Bigfoot for $4! Maybe it’s the East Coast in me, but that gets me really excited.
The atmosphere at Toronado is raw and filled with true character. This place is the antithesis of a place like Yard House. If you are looking for a sterile place to go to, you should look elsewhere. You belly up to the bar, pay in cash and are rewarded with a quality craft beer and you repeat as needed. One of the greatest attractions is that feeling of trying something new that you’ve either never had before or read about and are eager to have for the first time.
I felt an immense amount of appreciation for the décor of this place. It’s packed with breweriana such as stickers, tin signs, neon signs, flags, tap handles, etc. I spotted a spectacular collection of Anchor Our Special Ale tap handles. I was also psyched to see the Tennessee George ‘No Show’ Jones plate and ‘Zappa for Ever’ sign. Such appreciation to these musical greats truly resonates with me.
Toronado is an establishment with legendary status in the beer bar scene in this country. A ‘must stop’ on my list for many years and I'm so glad I made the visit.
03-26-2014 05:38:22 | More by Hibernator
Toronado in San Francisco, CA
95 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.