875 Geary St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410937.786108 -122.417541
My ex girlfriend was a stripper around the corner. I forget the name of the club as I've been in China for 7 years. But, strippers drink at the Ha-Ra. That should be enough to get them more business from those who didn't know that. The girls get in a quick drink or two before going back to take off their clothes for money. And you know...now that I think about it, I believe she used to sleep with Rick the bartender.
Great old school dive – Awesome bartenders, great old school atmosphere, what more can you ask for.
This is what a bar should be , not to clean , a little rough around the edges and bartenders that don't take crap from anyone.
I LOVE THIS PLACE!
Cool atmosphere********** Old school ambience – I love the place, very quaint.....old school ambience. "Rick" is very entertaining,.......and a cuite pie too.
Would definetly recommend to "all" my friends...............Will keep coming back. Old school by day and jumpin at night. Cool place to kick it with a friend.
Gritty and Cheap – If you're into things like great service and sparkling ambience, it's best to stay as far away from this place as possible. If, however, you enjoy remembering when the Tenderloin was gritty, dark, and a little mean, then you've found your bar. I've seen Carl, the bartender, kick people out for ordering margaritas ("We don't serve that fancy sh*t in here") and for playing pool too loudly. It's a comfortable little hole in the wall, a perfect refuge from the "Trendyloin." And did I mention that the drinks are unbelievably cheap?
Great jukebox. I need nothing else. – When you're downtown and looking for a chill bar where you can have a few cheap drinks and talk to some of your not-so-fancy-pants friends while listening to some good old-time tunes, this is your place. Sure, it's kinda gritty... but loveably so.
TRUE "OLD SAN FRANCISCO" – The Ha Ra Club is one of the last "Old San Francisco" drinking establishments. Don't expect any fancy drinks here as you will be asked "where do you think are, South Of Market"? Carl, the meanest bartender in San Francisco, will promptly put you in your place, he hates all humans. Jerry, is one of San Francisco's origional bartenders, and if he in the mood, will mix you one of the best Martini's on the planet. A good mix of "regulars" and "rookies". With Frank, Dino & Sammy playing on the box, you would expect to see a few "Wiseguys" in this joint.
A popular Tenderloin neighborhood bar for more than half a century feels like an inviting basement. – The Scene
Named after professional wrestler Hank Hanastead and boxer Ralph Figari (the bar's co-founders), the Ha-Ra is distinguishable outside by its colorful neon sign. Inside, a row of well-worn stools provides seating for mostly beer-consuming, solo drinkers. Vintage Prohibition notices and photos of old boxers add to the decor. Faux-brick walls, dim lighting and old, wood bathroom doors give the bar a basement-like feeling. A pool table sits at the front of the room, near an open area of small tables that are best suited for parties of three to four swillers.
Fans of the Tenderloin's no-frills style will most appreciate the Ha-Ra's dive-bar attitude. The bartenders and regulars are older, quieter males, but they're all gentle enough to engage in friendly chatter, despite the rough look of the establishment. The jukebox holds all the surefire classics--from Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman to Santana and Nat King Cole.
pure trash – this place is awful, i live around the corner and you couldn't pay me to go back. it's great if you like rude service, i'm not into to that, man.
Four Stars! – The bartender, I think his name was Doc Adams, was a riot. We were practically stealing the beer it was so cheap. I had a blast, and my girlfriend Angie was so impressed, she's planning her birthday party there.
Mean people man – At first I was scared man. I was called razor blade head by two guys who were super drunk. But the bartender was cool man. He let my pal Aaron Buer and I sit and chill out man. They were cool with gays and Asians to man.
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