Can one person drink at every bar in San Francisco?

Savoy Tivoli – North Beach

Savoy Tivoli was an unexpected find, a quiet bar without television on a night when all of North Beach was going berserk for baseball. While the bartender was obviously jonesing for updates on the game, my North Beach tour guide and I were happy to find a quiet oasis on such a busy stretch of street .

We were there on a gloriously balmy Autumn evening, taking advantage of the bar’s huge patio. While the drinks were the second most expensive of the five bars we visited that night, I could see how the price would be worth it for the chance to enjoy a cold beverage in such a pleasant open air bar on of our rare warm days.

It’s hard to imagine what the bar is like full, as we were the only patrons at the time, but one of the great things about North Beach is its density of bars, allowing one to hop from place to place until finding the watering hole that feels just right at the time. I’m glad we came across Savoy Tivoli, and I am adding it to my mental list of bars to visit during fair weather.

Savoy Tivoli
1434 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 362-7023

5 responses

  1. What?! No old dude jazz band? I loved going there on Saturday afternoons and just enjoy a pint of Guiness while the geezers jammed…truly one of the best memories I have of the City…

    have you gone to the Lion’s pub in Divisadero and Sacramento? Best screwdriver ever!

    cheers from Portugal,

    November 9, 2010 at 4:30 am

  2. Rob T

    A legendary joint.

    November 10, 2010 at 8:46 pm

  3. Rob T

    Oh boy… Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum Cafe must be upcoming soon!

    November 10, 2010 at 8:50 pm

  4. Ted J

    Two big issues with Savoy… They measure out all the drinks and the draft beers are in 14oz glasses at 16oz prices. blah! but the patio, large space and pool table still get me to cruise by when in the hood and with a group.

    January 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm

  5. Gary

    This was one of a trio of places that was lax about minors back in the early to mid 80s.
    The others being Edinburgh Castle and the 181 Club (now it looks like it’s called Suite 181).
    Some interesting and strange memories at these places.

    February 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm

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