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Tempest Bar & Restaurant

Map & Directions 431 Natoma
San Francisco, CA 94107
  • Smoking, Takeout


SF Weekly's Description

A no-frills hangout popular with bike messengers, neighborhood locals, and anyone who enjoys cheap drinks in an unpretentious setting, the Tempest is a friendly dive bar hidden down a dark South of Market alley. Once you've found the place and stepped through the front door, your ears will be regaled by classic rock and indie pop hits on the CD jukebox; on rare occasions, bands may even perform for little to no cover charge. The crowd usually tends to be young and casual - it's definitely a sneakers-and-jeans kinda scene, not a place for haute couture - with the occasional crusty old-timer perched near the bar. Sad news for nic fiends, though: a recent change in ownership means you can't legally smoke inside anymore.

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  • Petko M. on 08/13/12

    Can't say anything bad about this place. Beer is cheap and you look around and nobody is writing code on a laptop. Approved.

  • Kevin T. on 09/09/09

    five dollar Jim beam + beer.

  • Albert W. on 06/04/13

    For out-of-towners: If you are walking out of here at night turn right and go towards fifth (sixth is a bit sketchy)

  • Peter N. on 03/08/12

    Get the Coors Original. It's better than you remember and better than you deserve.

  • Alex R. on 07/18/12

    They call this The Donkey Show and it's exactly as glamorous as it seems - a pint of Pacifico and a (healthy) shot of tequila. I call it a foolproof way to kick off a Happy Hour.

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