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Sep 5, 2008 06:17 PM

Favorite Dive Bar in SF..

Heading into town late next week for 3 days and LOVE a good dive bar.. we always go to Lefty's in Union Square but would like to know what some of your fav's are..

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  1. Li Po in Chinatown on Grant.

    Li PO
    916 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

    1. Back in the days when I still patronized bars, my favorite dive bar was probably 1232 Grant Ave., a.k.a. The Saloon, in North Beach. It may have succumbed to radical chic by now, for all I know. Likewise Gino and Carlo, and Northstar Cafe. I can vouch for the divey-ness of Vieni Vieni on Stockton (also in North Beach), because I walk by there frequently and peek in just to make sure it's holding its own against progress. Ditto Red's Place on Jackson in Chinatown. I used to love the Buddha Bar in Chinatown, but it's been discovered by the Yuppies (not even Chuppies). LI Po in Chinatown looks still divey, though usually empty.

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      1. re: Xiao Yang

        The Saloon is still an honest dive. Great bar and one of the best blues clubs in the area.

        1232 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA

      2. The Dogpatch Saloon in the dogpatch neighborhood. Free chili nights, some live music, great drinks.

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        1. re: annabana

          I second this one. Top notch jazz jam session and free (very good) chili on Sunday early evenings.

        2. The Abbey Tavern on Geary was a good hangout for the neighborhood. Sometimes they had music.

          A friend of mine could usually be found at the Persian aub zam zam on Haight.

          And let us not forget LaRocca's Corner on Columbus. I spent many a happy hour hanging out there with a jolly crew.

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          1. re: Sharuf

            Those places still exist, though the Abbey and LaRocca's are sports bars, and the Persian Aub Zam Zam is sort of a hipster bar.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              LaRocca is sometimes a de facto sports bar when European soccer is on the tube, but I wouldn't really characterize it as a sports bar; I don't think the bar's characrter has changed much in the 30-some years I have lived near it. History will note it was the actual hangout of George Wendt (Norm Peterson on "Cheers") who lived in San Francisco when he wasn't filming the sit-com.

          2. Specs, Latin American, The Palm (not really a dive but it fits)