Cult Beer, Cheap Buzz

Whether you're a Midwestern ex-pat looking for the nostalgia associated with the crappy beer that got you laid on prom night or you just want a cheap buzz and ?drinkability,? everyone's got their reason for seeking out that one special-but-not-really brew. Look no further--these San Francisco bars and restaurants are stocking those hard-to-find, cult-favorite and dirt-cheap beers in this post-PBR town.

Updated: July 13, 2010

Hard-to-Find Cheap Beers in San Francisco

Mcteague's Saloon

1237 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

This Texas-pride bar is one of SF's best spots for cheap beer in general, but it shows off its roots with bottles of Lone Star (just $2 all day, every day) and Shiner Bock on tap ($3 during happy hour, Mon-Fri 12pm-7pm).

Kozy Kar Bar

1548 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

This pervy, '70s-inspired SF bar completes its divey mission with a full lineup of cult-crappy beer, including Olympia, Hamm's and Schlitz in cans for just a few bucks.


2209 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Formerly Bar Johnny and Tablespoon, this Russian Hill temple of drinking is now Bullitt, which seems to almost specialize in cheap beer: Olde English 40s--served in a brown paper bag, no less--go for $9 apiece. Case closed.


1145 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Discontinued in 2002, Black Star's golden lager was reintroduced to the West Coast market in spring 2010. Blood Hound is one of the handful of SF bars that's already welcomed it back--and for only $3 a pop. (Olympia is also available for $3 a can.)

Fat Angel

1740 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94115

This SF wine and beer bar has a brew list that would satisfy most beer geeks, but it also caters to the pink-slip crowd with cans of Hamm's for $3.

Buckshot Bar & Gameroom

3848 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

This Inner Richmond bar is like Chuck E Cheese for grownups--or, well, for those who have IDs stating they are grownups. $2 cans of Tecate are available always, which means more cash left for Skee-Ball.

Tommy's Joynt

1101 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94109

With this bar's stock of more than 100 beers available from around the world, there's not really a good reason to go with any of Milwaukee's pride-and-joy macrobrewery options--unless, of course, you've only got $2.75 in your pocket, which will buy you a bottle of MGD, Miller Lite or Miller High Life.

The Front Porch

65A 29th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

What goes better with fried chicken than a $4 tallboy of King Cobra? Nothing, you say? Welcome home.