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Buddha Lounge

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Address: 901 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108-1301
Phone Number:
+1 415-362-1792
12:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 02:00

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Great little find

Came across this little bar whilst exploring China Town. Mark makes a great cocktail, not over priced like lots of places in San Francisco and his recommendation for a Chinese... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came across this little bar whilst exploring China Town. Mark makes a great cocktail, not over priced like lots of places in San Francisco and his recommendation for a Chinese restaurant was spot on.

Thank smiler666
Jarrow, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Stumbled across this bar whilst wandering around Chinatown and what a find it was! We had a brilliant time. Ended up spending our whole night here. Definitely our best night out in San Fran. Recommend anyone to challenge Mark (the owner) to a game of dice...you won't be disappointed.

Thank Gemma Y
Salt Lake City, Utah
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

We were there on a Tuesday just after they opened. it was slow but a fun stop. We tried some Chinese liquor which can be used in a Chinese Mai Tai, also Chinese beer and sake. It was all quite yummy. Annie was super friendly. She explained the local Chinese men used to fill up the place but now they're... More 

Thank Kristine V
Ashland, ME
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Since this was on the list of top dive bars in San Francisco, we had to stop in for a Buddha beer. The bartender (perhaps owner) was very nice and served us quickly. She had a great sense of humor too. Great visit!

Thank JulesG72
Los Angeles
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205 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2016

I’ve been to this bar twice and I’m always unimpressed. It’s a hole-in-the-wall, but I normally like those kind of places because they feel intimate. They are famous for their three penis whiskey and even have a framed sign with the history inside. The first time I went they were all out. The second time I went, they had some... More 

Thank Lolaisabruin
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 15 January 2016

Randomly stopped by this Bar while walking through China Town during our last day in SF and it was by far the best time we had! The drinks were really good (cheap and strong!). Met a local guy that took us around China town and to a great Chinese Restaurant family Style!

Thank Alfonsojf
Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2015 via mobile

This place is a must visit whenever we are in SF. Small, dark and boozy. Always some characters in here, especially the bartender! For $8 you can get a mind erasing Mai Tai and if you get 2 you are good to go! You just might not remember where you ended up!

Thank Michael L
Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 December 2014 via mobile

Great dive bar in china town with an awesome character behind the bar. Ask to play the dice game and he will explain. While there also ask to try one of his special shots. Great night was had at this bar and highly recommend

Thank ryanbal
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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636 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2014

Stopped here for a drink whilst walking through China Town. Don't expect any frills in this place but it serves a purpose if you have got a thirst on. The barman is quite a character who adds a bit of life to the dreary décor.

Thank RogerfromTown
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140 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2014

Stopped in recently during the rain with some friends and found this to be a very friendly watering hole (or ‘dive’ if you prefer). We ordered Tising Taos on a lark and all got plastic-fortune-cookie-bottle-opener-fridge-magnets! (I know, kitchy, but fun.) I heard they had a beer called the Lucky Buddha and I asked the bartender to show us one, and... More 

Thank DSBrandt

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