1160 Polk St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410937.787459 -122.420014
Neighborhoods: Civic Center, Northeast
Don't bother – If I could, I would give this place ZERO stars!!!! I implore all people of conscience or just conscious people to boycott this dump. I received such RACIST and reprehensible treatment here that I don’t want anyone to spend another dime at this dump.
I had arrived at Vertigo to party with the people and about an hour later needed to use the restroom. Since the place has just two restrooms, I, like others, waited in line. For me, that was about a 15-20 minute wait before I could relieve myself. Once inside the restroom, a very drunk woman started banging loudly on the door and cussing for me to get out even though I had barely begun to pee. She was very violent and started shouting “get the &^%$#@! Out”. Suddenly, a female bartender just opened the bathroom door on me……no knock on the door….no inquiry as to whether everything was alright before entering….NOTHING! Lucky for me, I was able to pull up my pants in enough time to avoid my hooha from being all over “you tube” since everyone outside the restroom was now looking in.
I obviously objected and the bartender started reprimanding me for being in the bathroom. By contrast, no reprimanding was thrown at the drunk blond chick who was banging on the door. As the only Black woman in eyesight, the bartender continued yelling at me to get out of the bathroom and had begun to try and grab me. When I told her not to touch me, she informed me I was being a problem and she was completely justified to be treating me badly. The final prize that me (and my friend….that’s right the only other Black woman in the bar) got for having the audacity to pee in Vertigo’s restroom while a drunk White woman wanted to use it was we were thrown out!!!
STAY AWAY FROM VERTIGO!!! They deserve no one’s patronage.
dance dance! – This is such a cool place. Perfect spot for dancing. Very cosy. Nice crowd. The bartenders are very friendly. They serve pretty well. Good job for this place. :D
Dance Dance Dance – This is the spot to drink and dance. Usually the good clubs are crowded but this spot it perfect. Also the drinks are awsome.
Great deals, but gets packed too! – This bar is cool since it's right down the street from where I stay. They have a smoking lounge (says it's a patio, but actually indoors, which is nice) for smokers like me... They have a great happy hour, and 4 for $10 Jello Shots 24/7! Can't beat that! There's also dancing with a pretty big floor (for this part of town) but it gets packed on the weekends. The bartenders serve quickly and with lots of friendliness, despite large crowds. If you can squeeze your way to the counter, you'll get served quickly.
Pros: Great deals on drinks all the time, smoking lounge, dancing, diverse crowd
Cons: Gets super packed (and I mean PACKED!) on weekends during peak bar hours, doesn't take ATM/Credit cards for tabs (but there is an ATM inside for withdrawls :-)
Excellent Dance Bar – As a local who loves Vertigo, I know exactly who the dude is who goes by the screen name "Tribaldelic" is. This is the sort of local color that you run past quickly in order to enter a club on Polk Street. God bless the owners of Vertigo, for taking what was a run down, tired bar, and turning it into a cool, hip dance bar. I love this bar, and it's owners and always enjoy the atmosphere they provide. I only wish that people like Tribeldelic would learn that begging for change to buy his "groove on" on Polk Street is no longer cool. Get a lesson from Brittney...it's not working for both of you.
AWESOME with one tiny little glitch – Owner, also Owner of LUSH down the street needs to take a course in Public Relations - I'd patron both bars more often with recommendations if the owner sold out to someone more professional. Owner is not freindly with Gayz Clientele - probably because he dosnt want his BF thinking he's foolin around - so he's mean and nasty to the Gayz at large - the dinosaur would be better off up in the Castro! STAY home Mr owner, stay out of sight so we can all get back to windin down with our freinds and freindly bartenders.
Perfect blend – I've been to just about every bar/club there is in sf, and i have to say Vertigo is the best! maybe those of you that think its a "frat" party should go somewhere else. Mr. Kenny is the most friendly bar owner/operations/bartender there is! (maybe you were just being an a**, if you thought they were rude) If you can't afford two bucks go anywhere else on a fri or sat night and tack on a zero to the two and see where rude over priced drinks come from.... The music goes from the left to right but so do the people, thats kinda the point.... if you want to listen to the same cr@p all night long there are a plenty of hip hop boom boom played out 94.9 105.3 places to go. if bathrooms are that much of an issue or your that vain get over it and move on... I love it there its fun if you have never been its a cool place to go...
Decent crowd, strange mix of music, rude bartender – Just got back from partying at this place, and I must say that the crowd isn't a bad one, nor is the decor. The music is a strange mix though. The DJ went from hip hop, to 70s funk, to something that sounded like it was from the 50s and back to hip hop/pop. It's a great place to dance, unpretentious crowd. Only complaint I have the rude bartender who overcharged me for my drinks (the other bartender charged me LESS for the same drink) and was plain, flat out rude. No more tips for that rude guy if I go back.
I would rather party in my car. – Vertigo is the reason why I don't let my friends (or friends of friends) select the nightlife destination. If I wanted to go to a frat party, I would have visited one of the local universities. The bathroom is the size of my Acura's glove compartment. I can understand waiting for a drink if you have hot chicks in tight jeans and heels, parading around in front of you. But that is not happening at Vertigo. Remember, you get what you paid for. Vertigo's cover is $2.
Terrible customer service – The staff at Vertigo are truly offensive. They are condescending and rude, but at the same time they permanently boozed up to the point that they can't complete sentences. I urge you not to patronize this bar. It's just not worth giving abusive drunks your money.
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