1232 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9413337.798573 -122.406998
Open daily from 12 noon.
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Telegraph Hill
not bad but not great – Not sure how to compare but its no Chicago blues club that for sure.
Is OK for a few beers but I wouldn't go just to hear blues. Set up is terrible. Not a place to take a dump either. see photo 3. had to post for the pure humor of it. Old dude with zz top beard at the door was funny too.
Gold Rush-era neighborhood bar with live blues and gritty appeal. – As the oldest bar in San Francisco--it opened during the Gold Rush and survived the 1906 quake--Saloon has had over 150 years to get its act together and it still isn't even close. Cracked barstools, a dusty wooden floor, and a huge, ornate wooden back bar are the nicest looking things in here; best to just stare at your beer, lest a friendly regular wearing a bathrobe and no shoes hits you up for a drink, or one of the grizzled, bloodshot-eyed bikers demands one. If that does happen, at least the beers are cheap ($2.50), the cocktails just as strong as they are poorly mixed, and the nightly live music lures in tourists whose obvious discomfort may draw the attention of the more malevolent patrons away from you. Good times.
High energy, local flavor, never missing the mark for a great time – I love the Saloon. I've been traveling to San Francisco on business for over a year, and I always make it a point to experience a city's local flavor, searching out restaurants, clubs, working out, etc. from a "local perspective." My favorite cab driver, Jeff, recommended the Saloon after I had gone to a great sushi bar at 9th and Irving. There were no regrets with this recommendation, and I always try to go back, particularly when Johnny Nitro is playing on Friday nights. His wife plays the sax, and she's a high energy, working the crowd kinda lady. Their lead singer who plays keyboards (Susan) is from Nebraska, but belts out songs like she was born and raised in New Orleans. I always dance my socks off, and it doesn't seem to matter whether I have a chair or not as I spend most of my time on the dance floor. It's not a pick-up joint, and the patrons are diverse - like SF. The age group is from 45 - 80. There are many regulars that I recognize, and always a few chaps from the other side of the pond, who dance badly, but are fun to listen to. I went to the Saloon last Friday as a going away party for myself with a few friends (I've been transferred to a new territory). I've ended my work in SF with many good friends and experiences, and great memories. The Saloon is one of them. To Doc... you're a great dancer... don't stop kicking up your heels.
FUN – Ok, so this place is a total dive and always smells bad BUT it's always a great time! They've had live music every night I've been there and it's so much fun to just hang out with friends, listen to fun super loud music and dance like crazy. We usually end up here on our way home so it's a last stop of the night and we always love it.
A diamond in the rough – The Saloon is the oldest saloon in SF that said it isn't a fancy fern bar, but it delivers the best, blues and inexpensive drinks. I have gone there for years, the bartenders are part of the atmosphere. They are all fun JoAnn, Huck, Auggie, Mary Ann and their doorman Greg. It is a blast, my favorite musicians are Steve Freund, Cathy Lemon-Johnny Ace, and Ron Hacker.oh yes and then there is RJ Mischo.If you go to SF you should go to the Saloon and see the real deal!!!
West Coast Blues Shrine – Plan on seeing great bluas at the Saloon.The artists are real, the drinks are great . .I saw Ron Hacker and the Hacksaws do a great show (featuring bay area bassist Artis Joyce). Out front on the sidewalk my girl was entertained by a seventy something old. tap dancing, blues harp wailing old gentleman. Tommy Castro used to play there often, so you never know how deep into it your gonna get.
great blues club... – this place is an SF institution. If you love the blues, down and dirty style with some grit and a lot of history, look no further. It's hard to park in North Beach, though. This place is on the other end of the spectrum from Biscuits and Blues, which is slicker and fancier.
nice blues, terrible drinks – We've been to Saloon several times, the music is good, but it's just a type of place where you go in, hear a piece or 2 and go somewhere else where you can relax and have a nice cocktail. This place only serves very basic drinks and has very uncomfortable seating. The crowd is mostly in their 60's, there is nothing remotely cool about this place.
Great Place – I visit the Saloon every time I'm in the city. It smells like old beer, but the people are great and the music is rockin'. Watch out for the steps in the men's room.
Favorite blues spot... – This is my favorite spot when I want to hear live blues and have a nice, stiff Jack & Coke. Draws a wide crowd from toothless down and out to cute chicks that want to dance. No matter who, always a very friendly crowd.
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