Saloon: "Blues n some rocknroll" Top 5 Page for this destination San Francisco Nightlife Tip by davequ

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  • Blues n some rocknroll - San Francisco
  • " ... is the coast clear?  open up it's DAVE!! " - San Francisco
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Just across the Fresno-alley from "the house" restaurant in North Beach is a really cool building, the Saloon.

An old historic original that survived all earthquakes & fires, it was supposedly in the old barbary coast days a nasty little place with prostitutes upstairs, while downstairs the bartenders were handing out Mickey Finns to naive customers before they were shanghaied.

It's now a funky and fun bar with good live bands. Local band bluesbars like this are becoming scarce. I always like this place. It is fun to stop in for music & beers, and something about it always makes me (and lots of other people) want to take a picture of it.

Here's the building in daytime and a closeup around 10:30 at night when a good local blues band was playing.

Dress Code: Wear your dirty jeans, a worn leather jacket

Small dance floor, and some of the bands are imho really pretty good, with excellent names like Johnny Nitro and the Doorslammers.

Address: 1232 Grant
Directions: Half a street "up" upper Grant street from Columbus avenue in North Beach, between Columbus and Vallejo, just around the corner from Cafe Trieste. (what a great neighborhood...)
Phone: 415-986-7666
Theme: Live Music

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 10, 2010
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