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"I've been all over the country and this is absolutely the best bar."

--Zanne

The Saloon, at 1232 Grant Street in North Beach, is one of the top blues bars in the City. Make that the state. Make that the world. Make the scene with music every night with two bands on Fridays and weekends.

The talent runs the gamut from raw to top notch, always spontaneous, always lively. No tired old big names here.

 "San Francisco's best blues dive"

--Wendy DeWitt

1951-2011

Johnny Nitro 2004

The saddest news we've ever had to deliver... Johnny Nitro passed away on February 19, 2011.

San Francisco
Chronicle obituary

 

pictures by Scott Palmer

Greg Stathes photos


The Saloon of a Monday afternoon

World's greatest blues bar? Well, that may be a little strong, but it's the oldest bar in San Francisco and boasts the best of the blues in the Bay Area, not only in terms of the incredibly good music with almost unbelievably small crowds of a mid-week evening, but because of the impressive array of CDs recorded on the premises and released by proprietor Myron Mu. The days of catching Tommy Castro at The Saloon are probably past, but Johnny Nitro & the Doorslammers rock the place almost every Friday and Sunday night while Ron Hacker, Steve Freund, Cathy Lemons, Daniel Castro, Dave Workman and numerous others are on the regular roster too. And, every Monday night ("for the rest of our lives"), The Bachelors.

During the 1800s, so the legends go, drunks who stumbled out of this tavern risked being shanghaied for nasty and ill-paid ocean voyages. The building survived the '06 earthquake, it's said, because of its unusually stout timbers. It survived the subsequent fires, it's said, because the fire brigades made sure protect the hookers who worked upstairs. Today the doorman-bouncer-soundman Greg scares hell out of would-be troublemakers but is actually one of the sweetest characters you'll ever meet. And oh yes, for between sets, this place has about the best jukebox anywhere.

Moderate D2A* hazard.

*drunk dancing alone

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Don't be afraid, Greg don't bite. Dude in the red shirt, James, he's friendly too.


some of the REAL NICE STUFF they have behind the bar at The Saloon, including seriously excellent CDs for sale for a mere $14 a pop


three Saloonatics, real habitués, on August 9, 2002...
the ugly one on the right had the camera
(the others are Brandon and Bill, looking baaad


Myron Mu, without whom...


That's Myron Mu in front of his wonderful club. He da Man.
(photo by Johnny Ace... Cathy Lemons in the wi
ndow)



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The Saloon

1232 Grant (between Columbus and Vallejo in the scenic heart of North Beach)

San Francisco, CA 94133

(415) 989-7666

The Saloon Recordings

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