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Toronado

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ToronadoToronado
BA SCORE
95
world-class

385 Ratings
Ratings: 385
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 13.08%
Taps: 43
Bottles: 0
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 nickd717:
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4.16/5  rDev -2.8%

What can I say that hasn't already been said? The Toronado is a great beer bar. From fresh Pliny the Elder to semi-rare Belgian bottles, you can get it here. There are probably about 40 taps and 100+ bottles if I had to guess.

Bottle prices are pretty reasonable for a bar, with markups often only 25% or so over store prices. You can get many bottles to go, and can often find rarities there after they've disappeared from other local stores.

The service is a bit questionable at times and can appear rude, but sometimes you've got to admire the staff's no bullshit approach.

The place gets a little crowded, especially on weekend nights, and it can take awhile to get a drink and/or seat.

Toronado hosts lots of great events, from the annual Barleywine fest to the anniversary party where if you're lucky you can score bottled rarities like Cable Car (albeit overpriced). Their beer dinners are also amazing but can also often be overpriced.

Also, don't forget about Rosamunde's sausages next door. They are awesome and you can bring them into the bar to enjoy with your beer.

nickd717, Oct 12, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of MJSJr
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

MJSJr, Saturday at 01:13 AM
Photo of ChanChan
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

I stopped by on 9/13/2014. I had been looking forward to coming for a long time. Here is what I thought of this place.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is not bad, a guy stands at the front and asks for an ID to come in. Once inside the bar is dimly light. It was a Saturday afternoon so the bar was packed. A couple were gracious enough to share their table so that was nice.

Selection: The selection was pretty excellent!! I did not see anything that blew my mind but when you have Nelson, Blind Pig, and Pliny all on-tap you know they don't mess around!!

Service: Eh, wasn't there for the service. The bartenders look like they are not there to make friends. I have read from several reviews that say that their service made for a terrible experience but I drove +300 miles to have a pint at this bar so a rude bartender is not gonna ruin my experience!!

Value: The value was excellent. $5.00 Pints of Pliny, Nelson, etc, hell yeah!! Please remember to bring cash, I believe that is all they take. Luckily that was what I had at the time.

Food: This bar does not serve food but I have heard they let you take food inside. As this is a very popular street, there are several restaurants around the area. It actually smells of food when you walk out. I decided to stop by Memphis Minnies across the street and had a delicious tri-tip sandwich!!

Overall: I recommend this place!! This is a cool and historic beer pub. The Cons include the fact that The atmosphere and service is not for everyone. Also, the parking is a complete nightmare!! Nevertheless, next time I am in SF I will try and stop by, have a pint or four, and make my way to some of those really great restaurants!!

ChanChan, Sep 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

visited the afternoon of 9/10. had alpine's nelson, moonlight's death & taxes, and faction's summer ipa on draft. great tap variety (allagash, russian river, moonlight, etc) to choose from, but not the most exhaustive list, by any means. bottled beer list seemed a bit slim when i visited. brewery stickers & other memorabilia decorate every inch of the place. very comfortable, relaxed. jukebox is filled w. a lot of metal and its played loud. fortunately, i was able to sneak in some elvis. this place is legendary & did not disappoint.

craft_shannie, Sep 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

aoampm, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of AlexM
5/5  rDev +16.8%

AlexM, Sep 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

_morandi_, Sep 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

brywhite, Sep 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

mpalm118, Sep 01, 2014
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Toronado in San Francisco, CA
95 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.