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Address: 1025 Columbus Ave, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-1799
Phone Number: +1 415-474-0365
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Fashionable since the 1950s, this club continues to attract the best lounge...

Fashionable since the 1950s, this club continues to attract the best lounge acts and the hottest music.

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Great venue to see your favorite band

When you first walk in, it's like going back in time. The decor is the same as it was way back when the place opened in the 1950s. Very cool. To the left is the old bar. There is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 January 2015
Abel L
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Austin, Texas
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San Francisco, California, United States
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121 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

This may be a San Francisco institution, but they have a lot going wrong. The service here is terrible, they advertise a 2 drink minimum, during our entire time there (3 and a half hours) not a single server came to our table to ask us if we wanted a drink. After 45 mins we decided to go to the... More 

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Santa Cruz area CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

I had no idea except for my trusty Tripadvisor reviews what to expect from Bimbo's - what I found was exceptional vintage charm, a well run club with great security and a beautiful bar - it was like going back in time! Old San Francisco but with modern standards of customer service and practicality. All our needs were met -... More 

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Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2015

A wonderful show! Very intimate venue for music. The atmosphere is spectacular as the music selection. The food is less to be desired.

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Thank Moondanced
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2015 via mobile

Had a conference party here. Kick butt decor and atmosphere with a cool history. A must see in my opinion.. Great drinks!

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Thank Abby M
Austin, Texas
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31 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2015

When you first walk in, it's like going back in time. The decor is the same as it was way back when the place opened in the 1950s. Very cool. To the left is the old bar. There is a fish bowl in the center that they will on occasion have a "mermaid" swimming in. Good drinks, a little pricey... More 

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Thank Abel L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2014

On a whim we decided to see what concerts were going on in town while we visited from Kansas. We decided to go see Better Than Ezra at this venue and it was like a step back in time. Great size for an intimate concert with good sound. Downfall - cash only and drinks priced as if you were in... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

We had the opportunity to go to Bimbos as part of a large group and were greeted by period paparazzi, which was an experience! The decor was fabulous and like a step back in time. The entertainment was great and very professional. The staff were friendly and the food nice. I had the vegetarian option so can't speak of anything... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

We visited Bimbo's as part of a large group last week and had the place exclusively to ourselves - it was quite an experience. We got greeted by "fake" press photographers and journalists in period costume and then seated for the evening after cocktails. The room club room itself was quite intimate and very much 50's/60's period - very atmospheric.... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

Retro feel, choose a side table which is slightly higher than the main floor and has a great view all round. Food ok, service very good. "Ladies" unchanged from the 50s and a little tired but all in keeping with the feel of the place. A real experience. Band we saw were excellent.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014

A review here said there was no dance floor, well, people were dancing up a storm. There was certainly one for the English Beat on Saturday night 01/26/2014. The club has a throwback elegance with various tiers and areas of seating. I came alone as I am a long time fan of the band and was able to sit at... More 

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Russian Hill
Russian Hill has evolved into a chic residential neighborhood with outstanding views from every corner. Combined with several great cafes, restaurants, antique shops and boutiques, it’s easy to see why any visitor would gladly leave their heart in San Francisco. Cars line up day after day to drive down Lombard Street, the “crookedest” street in the world, and make the slow creep downhill past charming period homes. Polk Street is the main drag in this neighborhood, where you will find trendy bars, cafes and shops populated with locals, but for one of the most charming rides in the city, grab a cable car heading up and down Hyde Street.
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