Toronado Pub San Francisco

Toronado Pub, San Francisco

547 Haight, San Francisco, CA 94117

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Once you arrive and push the salon-style swing doors, you walk into a Mecca, a drinkers haven.

Where does one go on a regular basis that just has “IT”? Has the “selection”, the “atmosphere”, the “vibe” that brings out that feeling of anticipation you get in your gut each time you get ready to go there, like the feeling you get on your first date.

The Toronado, a San Francisco tradition for beer junkies, just celebrated its 23rd anniversary on August 14th. Located at 547 Haight Street, SF.

Once you arrive and push the salon-style swing doors, you walk into a Mecca, a drinkers haven. I’ve been coming to Toronado for several years and I must say, this place never loses its hold over me. I love their selection of beer. The Pliny’s are always fresh and the Belgian ale selection is phenomenal , plus they have a “bottle” list for beers- to- go (which is quite impressive I might add). Ask the bartender for it. Read more about this beer spot »


Beer Paradise in the East Bay

1399 University Ave, Berkeley, Ca

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I was fairly caught off guard by the appearance of the place. Once inside, I made my way to the beer section. Wow!

A while back, I was an avid reader of a weekly beer column called “What’s On Tap” in the Oakland Trib by the late William Brand. He mentioned a beer in an article he wrote, that just by his detailed description of it, made me want that beer. I contacted Bill directly after checking several stores and came up Read more about this beer spot »


Ben & Nick’s

5612 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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I love the locale of it, right down the street from BART

Ahh, the local beer joints. How I love them. Each have their own feel and vibe which makes them unique, good or bad. I’ve been coming to Ben & Nick’s in Oakland for a good 4 years or so. I like their selection of beers. Usually 6 or 7 on tap.

I love the locale of it, right down the street from BART so I don’t Read more about this beer spot »