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Sam's Cable Car Lounge

Union Square
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Address: 222 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-2206 (Formerly The Cork Room)
Phone Number:
+1 415-434-7222
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:00

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Ok but expensive

As I said in the title, the bar is ok but expensive. We only stayed for one drink as it was a cool place to drop into, but expensive for what you get. Not a must do.

Reviewed 1 week ago
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

As I said in the title, the bar is ok but expensive. We only stayed for one drink as it was a cool place to drop into, but expensive for what you get. Not a must do.

Thank Westozweddings
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In comparison to every other place we went in town this place was ridiculously overpriced. They also add a bunch of surcharges to your bill with no explanation (which is why we didn't tip). The drinks were also pretty crappy. This place clearly thrives by gouging tourists with ridiculous prices and sub par drinks. It is a bar that survives... More 

Thank Nick G
Metropolis, IL
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61 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited 3/18/17, 20 yr anniversary trip. Only had 1 Coors light and 1 Captain Morgan. Over priced. $20.83 and tip. Wasn't impressed with the service or (lack of) friendliness with staff. We sat at bar, about 10 people in this place. Menu was fair. Normal bar food selection. Not going back.

Thank wascoopy
Brisbane, Australia
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35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I flew into SF late Sunday night - this bar was around the corner from my hotel. The staff were so lovely. I received a warm welcome, delicious mojitos and great finger food to fill a midnight craving as well as a chat. Great place - definitely recommend!!!

Thank Lara H
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48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

My mom and I were staying at the Villa Florence Hotel and decided to venture across the street to this bar and we really liked it. Very attentive service and they even have fresh popped popcorn. Would definitely recommend for a quick drink at a chill bar.

Thank dms9604
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Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Went in for a drink and sat down whilst wife went to use rest room and was confronted by a staff member who seemed put out by that. When she returned and ready to order we asked where Bank of America was and she launched into us about restrooms were for customers. We stated we are a customer and she... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

I can't believe I was charged $37 for two drinks. I had a double rum & coke and my gf had a stoli soda. We were charged a $5 service charge and a $2.50 tax! Never ever had that in a bar anywhere much less in SF!!

Thank af0x76
Ocean View QLD
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31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

After the disappointment of the fishermans wharf area I called in for a martini, all I can say is excellent, renewed my faith after the visit to fishermans wharf, (first and definitely the last time) the martini,splendid, the friendship splendid, the atmosphere splendid, and after the martini the house sav Blanc nothing short of splendid, I bought 3 bottles

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Miami, Florida
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62 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016

when there a few times. The place is good to have a few drink and mingle. Only a few blocks from Union Square . Bartender Nicky is very attentive and provides excellent service

Thank JZ55
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

We popped into this bar for a late night cap, initial service not great and then had to chase waiter to get second round of drinks, despite this waiter still wanted $11 tip on top of very expensive drinks plus state tax and local tax, his response to my query " welcome to San Fransisco " Well mate , we... More 

Thank Steve H

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