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Tempest Bar
Tempest Bar

Tempest Bar

8.911 reviews
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  • 9.4
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  • 8.2
    Backpackers
  • 6.0
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431 Natoma St, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 495-1863
http://www.pourguys.com/tempest-bar
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Hipsters, techies and pool players converge at Tempest Bar, a popular downtown dive bar for cheap drinks and fun times. Sports play on the television sets overhead while old regulars run through ... Read more
perpetual games of billiards. A jukebox and an old arcade machine entertain the rest. Stop in on Monday nights for free food, or head over to The Box next door for affordable gourmet snacks. Relish in the fact that you can always get their special -- $2 PBR pints and $3 Jim Beam shots -- at any time during any day of the week.

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Oakland

What could be more beautiful than a perfect dive bar? Down an alley you'll find the Tempest swirling with all things underworld - hipsters, bikers, skateboarders, latinos with a desert driven thirst, and a few gutsy tech workers. They all are there to revel in the dive and pound back a few beers. $5 bucks for a beer and a shot! Yes this is a beloved spot and a fine dive bar that awaits you.

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Local from San Francisco

One of my favorite go to hole in the wall places. Great specials, cheap shots and a great selection makes this a sure destination for the budget minded, and it's next door to an amazing takeout place that will satisfy tour inner foodie.

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SF Bay Area, Western US

The Tempest is a dive bar extraordinaire, nestled on the alley like Natoma street just a block away from the absolute bottom of the barrel dive, which is 6th street, aka Skid Row, where the winos and riff raff have been hanging out for decades. On 6th street, all you need is a bottle, brown bag, and the sidewalk.

Here at the Tempest, it has lot more to offer than that. Well, some more to offer. I mean at least a little more. After all, it is a dive bar. But the Graffiti theme is the same as Skid Row, with the bathroom walls covered in grunge and graffiti, to make the transition from Hipster at the Tempest to Homeless on Skid Row an easy transition for those on a severe downward spiral in the commode of life.

The Tempest has great prices for booze. So you will find mostly 30s something white professionals in Portland Grunge outfits hanging out here with Hipster beanies, women in wife beaters topped with nice faux funk jackets and worn neckerscarfs, who can't afford to go to the nice places because the rent downtown for their 400 sq ft matchbox studio in that new high rise is $3,500 a month. So the $3, $4 and $5 dollar beers, and $4 Fernet (ugh, relative to Jaegermeister, which was designed as a German after dinner herbal liqueur, not a shooter!) shots seem awfully attractive, despite making 6 figure salaries at the Start-Up of the Month. After all, Angel funding may cease, and without their CEO pivoting the Start-up right, there isn't much safety net between that High Rise and well, Skid Row. So think of the Tempest as a training ground for that possibly bottom pit a block away.

There were only 2 bartenders on a Saturday night, so drink are a little slow. But just order the many beers on tap, or by the bottle, or they do have a large liquor selection too, and at these prices, you can double up and two fist it.

The Box kitchen Window is just up the street 20 feet, actually connected to the Tempest, but has its own ordering window, and for a little hole in the wall (literally, there are no tables or chairs, it is just a hole in the wall!) they have at least 10 food items that are pretty good, not just good drunk food, which it is, but tasty stuff, that you can bring back into the Tempest.

Chill crowd, pay pool table, music piped in, doorman checking IDs, funky garage sale tables and chairs, dressed down tech nerd hipster wannabes, and cheap prices for booze. What else do you want?

There is always Skid Row, just a block away.

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Oakland

Another local secret. Tucked away in the alleys of SOMA, Tempest is a great spot to stop for a drink and a game of pool. There is always sports on the TVs, music in the speakers, and people at the bar any time of day or night. Love all the bar tenders and the locals. Heart Warming SF.

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Tempest has one of the best perpetually drink deals in the city: $3 well whiskey shots and $2 pints of PBR. This is not a happy hour, rather something you can get at any time. The crowd is part biker, part hipster, though it's close enough to downtown that all types of people come here. Additionally, they occasionally have food at the bar, or one can go next door to the take-out place and get some fancy bar food.

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Burbank

The dive bar is about whats you expect. A bit too well lit to be a true dive, but sure. The kitchen attached to it is good though. The burger is definitely worth a try

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Local from San Francisco

American (Traditional), Dive Bars

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San Ramon

Hipster paradise!

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Los Angeles
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Oak Park
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