Toronado is, quite simply, one of the premier beer bars in the country. They have 40+ taps of serious brew and a fine bottle beer list. Ask the bartender as the bottle list is held behind the bar. There are usually several beers on hand pump. They take their beer seriously here and the bartenders know beer well. They host an international barleywine festival every February with 50+ barleywines featured, now a key event in SF Beer Week. Toronado has special events year round, which beer lovers learn of through their email list, Twitter feed or their website. Their listing of current beers on tap may be lax, but there’s a date on it, so it is at least worth checking. There’s a lower-Haight Street post-punk dive-bar grunge patina to Toronado that we patrons love. Loud jukebox music usually accompanies the fast moving bartenders, making conversation daunting at time. You’ll have to let the beers speak.
Extras: A nice little Rosamunde Sausage and Grill next door will give you a basket to carry your food into Toronado. (They have a veggie sausage as well as a wide assortment of usual and unusual meatstuff).
547 Haight St. (between Fillmore and Steiner),
San Francisco • 415.863.2276
Map to Toronado from Civic Center Station
It’s over a mile from BART and uphill, so you may want to hop a bus to get to the corner of Haight and Filmore. From Civic Center BART, exit on the north side of Market Street. Take MUNI bus #6, or #71 which go up Haight Street. (Remember to ask for a transfer for your return trip). Get off at Fillmore Street. Walk across Haight Street. Toronado is on the south side of Haight 1/2 block west.
From south of the City, if you prefer, get off at 16th St BART, exit on the east side of Mission Street. Take the 22 Fillmore bus from the northeast corner of 16th and Mission (remember to ask for a transfer for your return trip). Get off at Haight Street. Cross Fillmore and walk 1/2 block west.
If you prefer to use the MUNI underground rather than a MUNI bus, you can walk about 5 blocks from the N Judah stop at Duboce and Fillmore and go uphill on Fillmore to Haight.
Official Civic Center Station and connecting transit info.
Official 16th St Station and connecting transit info.