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424 Haight St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Toronado: A User’s Guide

Craft Beers | Drafts and Cans | Early-Afternoon Hours | Outside Food Welcome | Nationally Renowned Dive Bar

Sample Drinks

  • Double IPA: Russian River’s Pliny the Elder
  • Barleywine: Anchor’s Old Foghorn
  • Dark lager: Moonlight’s Death & Taxes
  • Soft drink: Lost Coast Draught Root Beer

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.

By the Numbers

  • More than 50 microbrews
  • About 100 bottled beers

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.

Inside Tips

  • Toronado lets patrons bring in outside food.
  • Make a beeline for the ATM since this bar only accepts cash.
  • Come earlier in the day to beat the large crowds.

In the Press

  • Anthony Bourdain visited the bar for his show The Layover, saying “daytime drinking is a tradition here, as it is in any great city.
  • Esquire magazine calls Toronado’s drinks “hardcore.”

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).

547 Haight St
San Francisco,
CA
US

552 Haight St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Five Things to Know About Molotov’s

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:

  • The local CBS affiliate named it one of San Francisco’s Best Jukebox Bars in 2012. Expect to hear Motorhead and the Ramones alongside the Wu-Tang Clan and Johnny Cash.
  • The beer selection includes cheap lagers and craft brews. Molotov’s makes it easy to follow up a flavorful Fat Tire with a $2 PBR.
  • There are pool tables and pinball machines.
  • Dogs are welcome. Bring Rex for a night of interspecies bonding.
  • It’s cash only. Luckily, there’s an ATM on hand to refill wallets.

582 Haight St
San Francisco,
CA
US

In Focus: Harrington’s Harry Pub

  • What most people come to do: grab cheap beers and mixed drinks
  • Things you can do besides drink: order food, queue up songs on the jukebox
  • If you forget your phone: the pub has an actual, fully-functional phone booth.
  • Before you even walk inside: check out the elaborate mural outside, featuring a fairy, a bird, and a surreal landscape done up in Irish green, orange, and white.
  • A bit ‘o history: the pub was founded by Harry Patrick Harrington, the late local saloon-keeper whose bars attracted the likes of John Wayne and Bing Crosby.

460 Larkin St
San Francisco,
CA
US

939 Geary St
San Francisco,
CA
US