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Toronado

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

417 Ratings
Ratings: 417
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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Photo of babydoc
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

What an interesting and eclectic place. The cab driver asked me twice if I really wanted to be taken there from my "nice" hotel downtown. When he slowed if front of the place I saw why! Not much to look like on the outside, and parts of the neighborhood would probably keep some from exiting the taxi. But, there we were, and we had to see the Toronado!

The inside is dark and dingy. Not just loud, but noisy. Single row of table and stools down one side, and countless taps along and behind the bar on the other. Off to the left in back were a couple booths and a few tables. On the back wall hung the classic Oldsmobile Toronado logo.

Marvelous selection on tap the nights I was there, and they had each of the selections I asked for. The staff was generously pierced, tattooed, frazzled, gruff, but polite. They had little time for conversation because of the standing-room-only crowd, but answered my questions about brews. Each beer was served in the appropriate glassware, and temps seemed right.

Food is not available, go next door for the great sausages.

Only downside on the busy nights I was there was the raucous noise. I would have preferred the opportunity to more quietly savor some of the rare treats I sampled those nights. I'll certainly go back when I get the opportunity because of their selection.

Photo of flexabull
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

One of the greatest beer bars. Period.

The staff can be a bit surly, but I guess it's just a part of the experience and atmosphere, plus the place can be jammed packed, so they usually do the best they can.

It's a somewhat dumpy and dark little place, and not in the greatest neighborhood, but it's not that bad. Plus the sausage place next door is great, and the very nice Magnolia Brewery is only a few blocks up the road. It just kind of feels "right", with the worn in feel, and all the beer stuff all over the walls.

They have an excellent beer selection, always tons of local stuff like Russian River, Moonlight, and Bear Republic, not to mention lots of great Belgians.

A must visit for everyone visiting San Francisco. Just remember it's a little rough around the edges, and also... bring cash!

Photo of OStrungT
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

First off, I just wanted to say that this place is awsome.

It is located ab out a mile from Golden Gate park. It is sort of small. Inside, there is one row of tables along one wall. The bar is on the other wall. In the back, there is a small side room with a few tables. Beer and music stickers are littered all over the walls. There is a jukebox with some good music in it.

The service was great. Each time I was there, the bartenders were very cool. They were talkative when they were not too busy. They were definately knowledgable about beer. They never kept us waiting. Also, they gave us many free or underpriced beers. I think I paid for less than half of the beers I had.

The beer selection was great. They had many locals, and a few imports. They had beers from just about every local place. They had a beer to suit every palate. They probably had more IPA's that any other style. I had a bunch of beers that I have never tried before, and I always like to try something new.

I dont know how this place got any ratings for food though. Maybe they used to serve some, but when I was there, they didnt have any food. There was a sausage place next door that they let you bring in, so most people were eating those. They were great, but not from the Toronado.

This place was very nicely priced. Some of the beers were listed at a slightly high price, but every one I ordered was cheaper. They were hooking me up, but even the first round I ordered was only $3 a pint. Not too bad. I will definately go back the next time I am in San Francisco.

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5

Toronado has one of the most amazing beer selections of any beerpub I've been to. The owner clearly has a penchant for exotic beers, both local and foreign. As a small independent business, the owner sypathetically makes a point to keep on tap many local microbrews such as Moonlight, El Toro, and Russian River.

I was a little bummed out that their online beer list is several years out of date and the highly coveted Westvleteren 12 is no longer stocked there.

The atmosphere is cozy and bustling with hip converstation. San Francisco is a world-class city and the patrons of Toronado are wonderfully representative of the city's culture, politics, and vibe. The bathrooms are pretty nasty though. Guys, be thankful you can pee standing up. Women, make sure to master the zen art of the "hover-squat" before "breaking the seal."

Unfortunately, my group and I did have a serious problem with the service. When we settled down into a table in the back, there were still baskets (from the sandwich shop next door) and junk strewn across the table. Finally after we'd been there for 2 hours, someone came by and started clearing our empty glasses. My brother thanked her and politely asked if she would be so kind as to clear the baskets from the table. She snapped and said that she didn't work there and was only clearing the glasses as a favor to one of her bartender friends. She raised her voice and said that if we had a problem that we should clean up the mess ourselves. She then stomed off in a huff. We were all taken aback wondering just what set her off.

Regardless, I wanted to clear things up. I went up to the bar and again thanked her for clearing our empty glasses. Before I said anything else, she asked if that was my "fucking asshole friend" who "ordered" her to clear the baskets and junk from the table. It was my brother she was talking about and that was unacceptable. For no reason she'd now insulted me. I don't ask much, but I thought an apology was in order. I politely asked her to go back to the table and apologize to my friends and family. She did, but in the most perfunctory way. I thought things had been resolved until I heard her talking shit to one of the bartenders and he was way to eager to indulge her nasty words and attitude. Contempt for your customers is never good for business. Misunderstandings happen, but when ego becomes number one, things never get resolved.

Photo of millhouse
4.88/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Lower Haight, while having more than a few beautiful row houses, seems to be pretty quiet. I ended up walking here from the Hilton Towers San Francisco, (looong walk). But, just saying that I've been here and have talked politics with the staff here is one of the highlights of my BA life. Beware... I didn't expect to see San Francisco's (and one of the US's) best beer bar to be smack dab in the middle of a quiet neighborhood.

NO imports here. Mainly California brews. And NONE of the ones I tried were less than stellar. None were ice cold - i.e., they were at proper temps. The staff was beyond knowledgeable about their wares, but they really did seem to appear tough. One random group walked in and asked a few questions about the beer, ordered something else (NO IMPORTS AND NO MAINSTREAM US BEERS, I SAY) and then proceeded to ridicule the establishment's "NO PLASTIC" policy (even though an ATM lies across the street). They were immediately told where to go by the gruff, seemingly Scottish, bartender. He literally followed them out of the establishment... BUT. They did deserve it.

Toronado is about as unique a beer experience as I believe you can expect in this country. Don't bother asking for a Guiness or a Stella or even one of the Belgian brews that so many BA's salivate over. And bring cash.

Photo of benito
2.7/5  rDev -36.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Maybe it had been built up too much by the BA Top 50 Places to have a pint and all of the good things that my friends had to say about the beer selection, but Toronado, the Haight's famous beer bar, was not my cup of tea, or rather, pint of beer per se.

A few things I liked about this place: they've got a beautiful selection of glassware, hundreds of pint glasses, pilsener glasses, weizen glasses, flutes, and chalices. Their selection of California brews is impressive, and they seem to have a good eye for keeping a variety of styles available (I had a saison, a double IPA, and a kriek lambic).

And then there is Rosamunde, the sausage shop next door, with a selection of sausages to make one's head spin--wild boar, duck, lamb, vegan, merguez, andoullie and so much more. The Toronado folks recommend bringing in the sausages; at only $4 a pop, the sausages almost redeemed the Toronado experience for me. Almost.

Because then there are some things that are hard to enjoy about this place. The atmosphere is dark. Not dark as in dimly lit and kind of oddly endearing, but just dark, sparse and dirty. Even with a packed bar (on a Monday afternoon!), this place never had the feel of a fun bar. Then the service. My friends assure me that had the owner been behind the bar, things would have been different, so take these comments with a grain of salt, but I was served by a rude, slothlike bartender who seemed more interested in drinking his own beer and talking about his guns than serving the customers. This alone was more than enough to color the experience negative for me.

I also had a mediocre beer experience here that I think reflects more poorly on the bar than on the brewery in question. I ordered a bottle of New Belgium's Transatlantique Kriek, a beer that's been out of production now for over a year. Excited, I figured that if they had it on the menu (which had been updated only a week earlier) the beer must still be of decent quality. Given the style, the listing, and the price $5.25 for a 12 oz. bottle, I was happy to give it a shot. The bottle had a 'Best Before' date on it of 3/23/04. Before I go any further, I want to own completely the fact that this should have been my red flag. Nonetheless, I assumed that the folks at Toronado knew what they were doing and wouldn't sell a beer that they knew might be had (how long had it been sitting in their cellar?). It was bad. Not horrible, but certainly not fresh and certainly not something that a self-respecting beer bar ought to be serving or charging big bucks for. Again, I know that part of this was my fault, but Toronado shares some of the responsability as well. Caveat emptor and caveat me.

Next time I'm in the Haight, it will be Rosamunde, not Toronado, that I will patronize a second time. For beer in SF, I'll look elsewhere.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Toronado is the Map Room of San Francisco only I was there during Belgian Beer Month so their tap selection was actually much better than the Map Room’s!!! How good was the tap selection…Well I started with an Alaskan Smoked Porter, moved onto a Tripel Imperial, then a La Folie, a Plinny the Elder, and finally a bottle of 2001 Cantillon Lou Pepe. I returned to Toronado again and again to try more of their fantastic beers and often at pretty low prices (they have a great happy hour). Service was a bit strange. The first night I was in there it was packed and yet service was pretty good, albeit surly. The second time I was there the place was quite but there was no bartender. Seriously, the bartender was gone for more than ten minutes while four or five of us just sat waiting. Normally I would have left but not when I was anxiously awaiting some really killer beers. Quality is as high as it gets. The proper, usually brewery issued glassware is used for even the most obscure of beers. The atmosphere is tops. The place itself is punk rockish but the stuff on the walls is all beer related and the real deal, no kitsch. Hundreds of rare tap handles are proudly displayed as are dozens empty 3 liters from Duvel and other considerably more prized bottles. No food is served but they encourage bringing sausages in from next door. Toronado is an international beer drinker’s destination and should be first on every BAs list of places to go in the Bay Area.

Photo of TheLoneGunman
4.88/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of my favorite bars. More on the punk side of things and located in a somewhat crappy part of Haight, Toronado is one of the best beer bars in the country.

I walked in, raving and drooling and sat at the bar. I immediately asked if they had any Moonlight on-tap and the bartender pointed to the board. I felt like a child, mad with excitement over the coming experience. I snapped out of it to see so many great West Coast beers, ready for consumption.

The service was outstanding and the bartenders were not only friendly, but willing to give an out-of-towner like me a chance to sample practically everything! Of course, I rewarded their hospitality by dropping a load of cash on beer plus a great tip. They deserved it.

The crowd was a great mix of friendly people. Not much more to say.

Toronado isn't a beautiful bar and the neighborhood isn't great. But it's not dangerous either. Just use some common sense and you should be just fine. Enjoy!

Photo of mickeymac
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

On a recent trip to San Francisco, I met a cycling buddy and two BAs at Toronado. We got there a bit before 6:00 and I was amazed to find that our first order of four amazing beers, including a Blind Pig IPA and an Alaskan Smoked Porter, was $12 and change. We luckily caught the end of happy hour, but even after happy hour drink prices were very reasonable. The place is dark and loud, with beer memorobilia everywhere. The selection is absolutely incredible. Coming from a beer-deprived county, I was overjoyed to see Russian River, New Belgium brews other than Fat Tire, and a great selection of Belgians. I'll admit my beer travels are not extensive, but the only place I've seen that even comes close to this selection is Lucky Baldwin's. The service was prompt. In the middle of our session, we ran two doors down for some fantastic Indian food and then came back to finish the evening with a couple more beers. All in all, an experience that lived up to high expectations. Thanks to brewbacca and DaPeculiarDane for sharing some pints with us.

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

Went to the Toronado after it was recommended to me by the owner of Naja's and the brewmaster at Hoptown. I took it that those were pretty damn good recommendations, so this must be a place I had to hit up.

Walked in the pub at around 10pm on a Saturday night. It was quite hoppin', but we still found a place to sit and sidled up to the bar to order a few pints.

I tried a few of the local beers and settled on a Moonlight Bombay by the Boat IPA and the Speakeasy Old Godfather. I also ended up trying the New Belgium 2 Below and the Full Sail Wreck the Halls. The place was rather crowded, so I didn't ask for too many tastes before deciding on what I wanted. They had a ton of Craft Brews on tap and most of them were pretty big beers. It was like heaven for beer drinkers.

The environment was full of men and seemed rather punky, but it was very comfortable. It didn't have that pick-up bar feel which is very nice. Nothing like going to a place with a bunch of meat heads bothering the hell out of you.

I don't know if there was food in the place, but I do know that you can order full on German sausage from the place next door. I don't eat meat, or else I would have tried it...it smelled rather good.

I would hit this place up anytime. Too bad I don't currently live in San Fran. If I did, the bar would know me by name.

Photo of libertygrails
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Made a point to stop here on our recent jaunt down to the Bay Area to see David Gilmour at the Paramount. Neighborhood bar/Watering Hole feel. TV with "Da Game" on above the bar. Tables on the left. Bar on the right. Larger seating area with 2 tables in the back to the left. No staff. No food. A loveable surley ("Tip You Bastards!" sticker on the till) Bartender. Just Beer with many rare High Quality Import Lagers and Ales available on roughly 20-25 taps. Availabily in plain sight on a HUGE reader board as you walk in. Well done. Makes makin' a difficult choice less difficult. No: "Damn, i wished i knew you had ___" which happens often in a few of our local PDX Pubs. Again, well done.

Place was filled with what i assume were local Beer Nuts and/or sports fans cheerin' the Oakland A's on. As Toronado has a fine selection of Belgians on tap, me and the wife tried 4. All served in Tulips which was a first and much appreciated. I noticed the appropriate glassware was made a point here. That's good. Somewhat spendy pints when compared to what we pay in Portland, but i guess that's to be expected.

Overall, a pleasant experience.
If i lived in the neighborhood, i'd return.

Photo of Crosling
5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

May I begin with that fact that I have been to several bars all over the United States and I am convinced that this is the best bar in the country by far, even better than bars in NYC, Brooklyn and Boston. It's all about their selection, which varies from being absolutely amazing to unbelievably, wide-eyed amazing. The best breweries from Southern California and North California end up on draught here, and it's the rarest most exclusive beers. They also have a great Belgian list, with vintage saison. There are several local eateries nearby where you can bring food inside. It's in San Fran, one of the best cities in the world. This is one of the best in the world, maybe even better than Kulminator, IMHO.

Photo of mghotbi
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Toronado is a San Francisco classic. A very low-key store front in the Lower Haight with only the Chimay signs hanging outside giving you a clue to the cornucopia of beer inside.

Usually about 50 beers on tap, with many styles and regions represented. Lately, I've noted a preponderance of IPA's and other hop-heavy craft brews, but the selection changes frequently (just check out the collection of tap handles). Great place for tap and bottle Belgians as well. Lots of beer poured here so the selections are usually very fresh.

Just a few wooden tables and stools inside - nothing spectacular. No food, but Memphis Minnies BBQ across the street, Rosamunde Sausage grill next door and an average pizza joint on the other side - you can bring food in. Just as an aside...San Francisco's most famous "medical marijuana" dispensary (The Vapor Room) is just a few doors west (you'll need a doctor's prescription to get in).

Daily happy hour from 11AM to 6PM. Yearly barleywine festival and Belgian Beer month (April) are other reasons to go.

Very friendly staff - as long as it's not too crowded and you don't order a Bud Light.

Been in San Francisco for many years and still haven't been to a better beer bar.

Photo of germaniac
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Ventured into the Toronado on the second night of the 06 Barleywine Fest. It was understandably packed, since it's not that big of a place to begin with.

Lots of taps, of course. A little patience was required to get to the bar, and the bartenders were rushed and businesslike, but there was none of the asshole factor I 've seen in alot of reviews of this joint.

Lots of friendly folks to be found in all three rooms. My buddy's BA shirt got some attention from the local BA crew, and I got to briefly meet Vinnie of Russian River fame. A couple dudes were about to beat the hell out of each other to see who got to use the bathroom first, and that's really the only bad vibes I got for the couple of hours we hung out.

It's dark, kinda grungy, and really focused on beer. Sort of like me!

Photo of rdrummer
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The Toronado was the one beer bar in SF that I was not going to miss after reading about it here. It met all of my expectations. This is not a fancy place. I would not take my mother here, but for the beer lover, this is mecca. I loved the smallness, the beer talk going on, and especially the beer.

There were about 50 beers on tap, with four handpumps. There was a great mix of local microbrews, microbrews from futher away, and imports from Belgium, Germany, and the UK. I didn't see a bad beer on tap. There were probably eight double IPAs on tap from Denogginizer to Double Daddy and Racer X. Great selection. The bartender was quiet but after asking his advice on some CA beers, became much more friendly and willing to talk. He was, of course, very knowledgeable. His recommendations were all on the money.

There is no food at the Toronado, but they allow you to bring in food from any restaurant in the area. There is a great mixture of types of food within a block or two, including the great sausage shop that is next door.

Toronado is a must if you're in San Francisco.

Photo of bultrey
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

What else to say about the Toronado? Atmosphere is uniquely good (though not for everyone, and let's face it, kind of dirty), quality and selection blow most places out of the water, and service is gruff, knowledgeable, and friendly once it becomes aware that you fit in. And how do you fit in? Easy. Be yourself. No pretentions. They don't have any. Don't be rude. Show passion and respect for the beer. Don't be a know-it-all turd, because you don't know it all.
Look, I certainly don't "look" the part of a typical Toronado customer, and am aware that I probably more closely resemble on the outside the type of tool that comes in and asks for a Corona. But I went twice in 2004, and then again in late 2005... and the bartender -- after I ordered a couple of the more obscure/better beers on the menu -- remembered me. Got a buy-back on every occaison too. So warm up to the service folks, and they'll warm up to you.
Something to be aware about: their extensive bottle list can be purchased to go, which was very exciting for me as I scored a couple of RR Temptations on my last visit for $14 each to take home to NY. Not awful.
They don't have food, per se, but the sausage place next door serves 'em up quick, hot, and delicious, and might as well have an official business partnership with the bar.
I never go to San Francisco and don't go to Toronado. You shouldn't either.

Photo of xoqx
4.88/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This bar is amongst the best I’ve ever visited and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It’s in the Haight in SF and has a genuine rundown look and feel, is long and skinny, very working-man-ish and has a great beer selection and a great bartender. I’ve been told if you look too yuppified, you’ll have a hard time getting a drink in a timely manner. I found the service to be exceptional. The place was packed and the lone bartender was all over it. They place has a great selection and five beers on a hand pump. They served quite a few pints in brewery glassware. Though there is no food available, there is a great sausage place next door where people get their food and come back to the bar. The walls are decked with years old [authentic] memorabilia including empty growlers and large bottles, innumerable taps, old beer signs and bumperstickers. This place is top notch and should be visited by any beer advocate in SF.

Photo of wlhagan3
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Got to stop here while visiting my brother in Bay Area after a ski trip to Lake Tahoe.

A very cool place in the Haight district in S.F. Exactly what I would expect of a great beer bar. Tap handles lining the walls, 30 plus beers on tap, dogs allowed and no BMC products. (I.E. Basically all crafted brewed or import beer.)

I sampled three beers that I cannot get back home in Indy. Two Russian River beers, Blind Pig IPA and Damnation and New Belgium's 2 Below Winter Ale.

Not a huge place. A bar with stools on one side and wall mounted tables on the other, and a small back room with more tables. The place was standing room only at 4:00 pm on a Sunday with people watching an NFL play-off game.

A round of three beers averaged $8-10 with tip. Not bad at all based on the beer choices. No food is served but your are welcome to sneak next door and score a grilled sausage or pizza and bring it in to munch on.

Service was a little slow with one bar tender but she did a good job once you placed an order. Appropriate glassware was used where appropriate. Always a plus.

This place is hard to beat and nothing like places I have back home. And I hear their beer events are pretty killer as well.

Photo of rowew
5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Quite simply, Toronado is what a beer bar should be. The main room is long and narrow, with the bar and taps dominating one side. One the other side are tables, and I think there are more rooms in the back but I never made it past the bar. Servce was excellent - friendly and knowledgable about the beer they were serving. Many local beers that don't make it out of San Francisco, including a few hand pump offerings. Prices were very reasonable - when I was there it was happy hour so I drank hand-pumped Moonlight for $2.50! No food is available, but they allow outside food, and if you order next door at the sausage place they will yell in the front door when it is ready. Definitely worth the trek if you are in the bay area.

Photo of DuqTroops
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Visited the Toronado this past week. Has a very unique environment. We visited it during the day and it was very warm to guests / tourists. There was no food available, we had to go next door to a sausage shop (which was excellent - I would definitely recommend the Beer Sausage sandwich). We had three beers on draught in the Toronado and they all were excellent. There are some beer on the hand pump - would recommend that as well.

Cash Only - no Credit Cards!

Over 50 beers on draught and many from the west coast. Must try the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale and the Russian River Ales are excellent.

Photo of Denali
5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Ahhh... the Toronado. I just moved out to Santa Clara in late October 2005 and first went to the Toronado on 10/29/05. I have been back 6 times since, even though its about a two hour trip each way.

Totally worth the trip. Not even considering the beer, this is by far the greatest bar I have ever been to. The patrons are the coolest ever - EVERY time I go alone I end up talking all night with people I have never met, often times even sharing a table with them. And its sooo easy for that to happen. I have had that happen for me from time to time at certain bars, but not with the consistency of the Toronado. And the bartenders are awesome. From square one they were incredibly friendly to me and treated me like I had been coming there forever, no matter whether its super crowded or not. The stuff about there being lousy service at the Toronado is bullshit. The Toronado is so cool that many of the bartenders hang out there on their days off, just sitting at the bar like anyone else.

With regard to the beer, suffice it to say that the Toronado is awesome. Many local breweries on draft including Moonlight, Bear Republic, Russian River, and Drake's. Bottle list contains primarily Belgians and is also excellent.

As for the food, even though technically they don't serve any, they allow people to bring in their own. There are plenty of excellent restaurants within walking distance. They are right next door to Mythic Pizza and Rosamunde Sausage, and both are outstanding. Mythic Pizza has NY style Pizza slices too. Because of the incredible convenience, I therefore consider Toronado food to be 5/5, even though Toronado doesn't serve the food themselves.

Go to the Toronado...now.

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

What a place. I was visiting from Philly last weekend and although we have some great bars here at home, I was very happy with my Toronado experience. I was expected very good things here but was floored by the huge happy hour and the great selection of beers on tap....New Belgian La Folie (never had outside of the brewery in Fort Collins), Moonlight, Russian River and many, many more. I would have spent the entire weekend there if I had the chance. I will make sure to make it back next time I am on the west coast to take in the great scenery and the great beers!@

Photo of Matthew
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I found this place by accident. I was walking down Haight and heard raging bone crushing high on fire riffs of metal blaring out of the door and wandered in solely based on the ungodly amazing metal, and found that their tap selection was incredible. Being a pretty big unibroue fan was impressed with ephemere and maudite on tap as well as a number of other great beers. Theres a bar area with some bar stools and a few tables in front of that, as well as a back room with some booths. I found that the bar tender on that night was very knowledgable and was pleasent enough to talk beer for a bit. If you can handle loud music and good beer, heres a great place to drink great craft beer.

Photo of kdog630
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

What a scary place on the outside. Went with my brother and wife after a SF Giants game. He told me not to worry about being mugged, but you couldn't help but look over your shoulder. Especially after seeing the bum on the sidewalk just outside.

Inside is a different story. A bar that ran a good 20 feet down one side the main room. Tappers all along the wall. The sign over the door to the next room was easily read.

I chose a Bombay By Boat IPA while the wife had Bud Light. (I can't take her anywhere.) Not very crowded, but it was a Wednesday night. Everyone seemed friendly and, while there was no wait staff, the bartenders were quick to take care of you.

We stayed for over an hour and saw all types of people. I will definitely go again, and would like to see it in the daytime.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I finally made it to Toronado's. I entered with expectations, some met and some not met.

First off, the atmosphere was kind of dirty, and smelled of vomit slightly (this on a Sunday afternoon).

But the selection, quality, and price of the beers makes up for this in general. All drafts were served at $2.75! And it's mostly top-shelf: I had Pliny the Elder, La Folie, and Denogginizer. There were about 50 taps to choose from, and 30 were no-brainer good choices.

In addition there was an extensive list of bottled beer. You can comfortably stay away from these, as they're more expensive than the drafts.

There is no food, but you can bring in sausage from next door. I had duck sausage with figs for $4.

Definitely recommended if in the Bay area.

Toronado in San Francisco, CA
95 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.