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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..
Thanks!

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  1. Li Po in Chinatown on Grant.

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    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.

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        Saloon
        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)