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The Saloon

Open Now: 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Open today: 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
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A must visit

Came across The Saloon by accident while walking back to our hotel. It was the live Jazz music... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2018
Dolina M
Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
Cheap beer and cool rockabilly music ...

What a great Monday evening in San Fran we had at this dive bar. We were in search of live music... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2018
Freshwater East, United Kingdom
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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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“blues bar”(12 reviews)
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1232 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3910
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
+1 415-989-7666
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Reviewed 20 November 2018

Came across The Saloon by accident while walking back to our hotel. It was the live Jazz music that brought it to our notice so we decided to pop in. What a surprise! Its so old and thats not just the place thats old! Very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Dolina M
Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

What a great Monday evening in San Fran we had at this dive bar. We were in search of live music and google pointed is in the direction of this place. We absolutely LOVED the three piece band that played - awesome guitarist, great drummer...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

Visited this bar on a few nights very busy and the drinks were cheap compared to other bars in the area the live bands added to the fun and dancing on the floor. This is a cash only bar and recommend when in SAN Francisco...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank P1949NLianw
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

We had a great evening here. Daniel Castro and his band put on a great show. The bar was packed and everyone was really into the music. The atmosphere was lively and friendly. And this is the oldest bar in SF! Great place for an...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank CeciT_13
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

This bar is in one of the few buildings that survived the fires that began with the 1906 earthquake. It hasn’t changed much, which is just the way we like it. It is a friendly bar filled with regulars. A rare setting in San Francisco...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank taradiddle
Reviewed 15 June 2018

If you are looking for a fun and affordable night out in San Francisco head over to the Saloon, one of the city's oldest historic bars, dating from the 1860s. Having survived city fires, earthquakes and a bordello upstairs over its long tenure, it still...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank DonnaandCraig
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

This bar was part of the walking tour, as it was right at one end of Jack Kerouac Alley. It turns out to be the oldest bar in San Francisco because it was one of the only structures to survive the earthquake and fires during...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Peterharris32
Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

Dropped in on our recent trip to San Fran just needing an adult beverage. WOW...little did we KNOW...it was the oldest bar in the city!!! Imagine our surprise that the band was starting in just a few minutes...it was FOUR in the afternoon!! This is...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Stacy S
Reviewed 19 April 2018

Old school, crowded, Blues Bar. Great vibes. A for sure not to miss spot with real people in SF. Just outside of North Beach.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank David J
Reviewed 12 April 2018

We stopped in, wanting to visit the oldest bar in California and were so happy we did! The patrons and bartender were extremely friendly. Conversation was fun as well as the shots and other drinks. And guys, not many restrooms like this one! A most...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds
of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian
ristorante come together to create the charming
neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping
grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of
North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always
suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in
the city exude as much European charm and style.
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Gail F
7 April 2016|
Response from WAMBLI2013 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, we were staying at the Grant Hotel on Bush Street. I do not know of any hotels. It is in the area called North Beach, a great area with unique shops and restaurants.
Pearl T
9 January 2015|
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Response from 76MelanieL | Reviewed this property |
Sometimes on weekend nights, I believe it was $5 but during the day and weekdays there didn't seem to be.