Grumpy bartenders and dingy, dim dive bar qualities are part of the charm of legendary Toronado, San Francisco’s beer haven for more than 25 years. More than 45 changing drafts and even more bottles cover the globe, while in-house-only special beers and three changing casks offer beer lovers even more to choose from.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: The beers are ever changing, but you might find the likes of Birrificio del Ducato’s Beersel Mattina, a saison and lambic blend from Italy, or Modern Times’ Symmetric Orchestra from San Diego, an aged beer fermented with more than a dozen brett (a form of yeast) strains.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Go next door and order juicy sausages from Toronado’s neighbor, Rosamunde Sausage Grill. You can’t go wrong with the duck, fig, brandy sausage.