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Toronado

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world-class

418 Ratings
Ratings: 418
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: n/a
Taps: 43
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar ]

547 Haight St
San Francisco, California, 94117-3406
United States
phone: (415) 863-2276

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Reviews by Hibernator:
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4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Bigdoc91
4.87/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of benzalman
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of M_chav
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Any place that has PtY on tap is great, fast paced and fun place to visit - don't get offended!

Photo of noproduction
4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Deggar
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.41/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5

Photo of BartS
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1.75 | selection: 5

Photo of erha2
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I personally had no problems with the bartenders but could see trouble for clueless customers. Love the speed metal vibe while drinking some of the best beers in the world. They had Cable Car for $60 or $80/bottle depending on vintage.

Photo of almostjay
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

The original, come correct or get to steppin.

Photo of Robert17529
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of babyrocks
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jbriggs7
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75

Photo of MichaelLamb
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jimh67
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've been wanting to visit this place for a long time. It was everything I was looking for and more....
Patrons and staff were awesome! Sat with one of the staff (steeler fan) and watched MNF-Falcons/Packers. Very knowledagble on beer and suggested some bay area breweries that I might like-Faction in Alameda-I was staying in east bay. It is def. worth the trip across the bay bridge.
Forgot how good the Pliny was when fresh like that. Reaffirmed to me that it is the best.

Photo of smekermann
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ckeegan04
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Great selection. Cool, low key vibe. A little divey, but that is fine with me. Patrons were friendly as could be and the service was fine. Definitely a place worth checking out.

Photo of Kishanti
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of cletusdog
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Anaxagoris
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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Toronado in San Francisco, CA
95 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.