When to Go: Try planning your visit to coincide with the the annual Barleywine Festival, when bartenders devote all of their taps to this strong, fruity ale.
While You’re Waiting: Scan the menu that hangs above the bar. It’s best to have an order in mind by the time you reach the bartender—the staff can be a touch surly.
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The Vibe: Toronado definitely gives off a divey vibe. Its walls are covered with antique beer signs, and old draft handles look down from the ceiling like the ghosts of pints past.
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While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Order a bratwurst at Rosamunde Sausage Grill (545 Haight Street), and bring it with you to the bar.
After: Take a class in night photography or darkroom techniques at Harvey Milk Photo Center (50 Scott Street).
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Play pinball between beers at Lucky 13 (2140 Market Street).
If it isn’t obvious by the stickers and graffiti on the walls, then the Pogues blaring from the jukebox should clue you in: Molotov’s is a punk-rock dive bar. Here are a few more things you need to know before mohawking your hair and heading over: