199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 431-6891
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar
Drive Through: No
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Below Average
06/19/2010Provided by Citysearch -
If Zeitgeist is defined as: ""the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time"", this bar must be from a time when stiff drinks and smoking cigs went hand-in-hand, and when bars understood that when one has a good buzz going, one wants greasy food. I love, love, LOVE Zeitgeist. The food is the best around, when it comes to BBQ (thumbs up for grilled cheese and veggie burgers for us non-meat eaters), and the beer selection is phenomenal. I'm not one for bloody marys, but I have a friend who swears by them here. Zeitgeist is the first place I think of heading to on those rare occasions when the sun pokes out in SF. The only prevalent aspect of this place that is a negative, is all of the hipsters that are perched along the benches at all times of the day. That said, this would only reduce my rating by half a star, if possible, because this joint is the bees knees!
05/01/2010Provided by Citysearch -
The first time I went to Zeitgeist was a week within moving to SF. I think I gave the place a better review than I should have. In truth it was packed with scenesters (a word I learned here in SF) who were rude, and hipsters who hated all those scenesters and were just rude cause they wanted them to get the hell out!
The second time I went was on a Friday night. So all those scenesters in their little dresses had headed home. Now the place was free to be what it really is! The diviest dive bar that has ever lived. I only mean that in a good way! The place was packed with nice people, who were willing to laugh with you and share their table. Yea, the laughter may have been caused by the massive amount of ""happy time"" smoking that was going on, but if it makes people happier and nicer than have at it! Great time with great people.
First and last time customer. Unbelievably rude fry cook that demanded a tip after ordering food at the window (held back a dollar from change). After asking the presumptuous jerk for it back and having people served ahead of us and AGAIN being hit up for a tip, we were finally treated to stone cold ribs and roll with the side order missing. When asked for it, the cook literally flung the slaw on the plate causing it to splatter everywhere. Everything went down hill after that with us staying only long enough to finish our one warm beer(food was inedible). If you are looking for funky + rude then this your place.
11/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
What more do you need? Tamales? Oh wait, she comes here every hour or so. This place is nirvana. I also love the beer selection, and the bloodies here are top notch. The only thing I could do without is the smoke of the grill and the stink of the portapottys but that is part of the ambience.
11/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The beer garden in the back is my favorite place to down a pitcher. There's never a wait to use the bathroom because there's a row of port-o-lets right there in the patio. You also don't need to worry about your bicycle, because you can just bring your ride in with you. The Tamale Lady is usually there selling her delicious pork tamales, which go perfectly with the beer.
One thing to watch out is that they kick everyone out at 1:45am sharp. They'll literally grab you and toss you out onto the sidewalk.
06/10/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I love this place the atmosphere is always fun and lively. I always have a great time here, the staff is fun, the crowd is low-key and the atmosphere is a tad grimy but welcoming. There are benches scattered outside for strangers to sit together and find some common ground. The pitchers of beer are cheap and if you get tired to being out in the cold, go inside for a game of pool and some food. What could be better?
03/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Zeitgeist used to be a great hangout for bikers and bicyclists, but these days, once the sun hits the beer garden, it's packed with young urban professionals who complain about having to sit on a keg. I usually don't flame existing posts, but c'mon ""pammierae"" you say it's not a biker bar, then complain that it's dirty. What kind of biker bars do you hang out in. Oh, I just saw, you're a Harley rider. I still love the place and come 4:30 AM on Easter morning, I'll be hanging out there eating doughnuts and drinking coffee getting ready for the ride up Mt. Tam, but I've got to give it one star to help keep away the hordes.