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Somehow, through technicalities we don’t quite understand, The Saloon gets the proud title of San Francisco’s Oldest Bar, even though there were spots serving booze since before its 1861 opening. With nightly live blues for a reasonable cover, this is a down-home alternative to other North Beach haunts. The vibe is strong and sound is fierce, but no less is expected from an old place that lives to tell the tales of the 1906 earthquake.

The Saloon in San Francisco
San Francisco

The Saloon

AMY COPPERMAN

Somehow, through technicalities we don’t quite understand, The Saloon gets the proud title of San Francisco’s Oldest Bar, even though there were spots serving booze since before its 1861 opening. With nightly live blues for a reasonable cover, this is a down-home alternative to other North Beach haunts. The vibe is strong and sound is fierce, but no less is expected from an old place that lives to tell the tales of the 1906 earthquake.