I love the Saloon. I've been traveling to San Francisco on business for over a year, and I always make it a point to experience a city's local flavor, searching out restaurants, clubs, working out, etc. from a "local perspective." My favorite cab driver, Jeff, recommended the Saloon after I had gone to a great sushi bar at 9th and Irving. There were no regrets with this recommendation, and I always try to go back, particularly when Johnny Nitro is playing on Friday nights. His wife plays the sax, and she's a high energy, working the crowd kinda lady. Their lead singer who plays keyboards (Susan) is from Nebraska, but belts out songs like she was born and raised in New Orleans. I always dance my socks off, and it doesn't seem to matter whether I have a chair or not as I spend most of my time on the dance floor. It's not a pick-up joint, and the patrons are diverse - like SF. The age group is from 45 - 80. There are many regulars that I recognize, and always a few chaps from the other side of the pond, who dance badly, but are fun to listen to. I went to the Saloon last Friday as a going away party for myself with a few friends (I've been transferred to a new territory). I've ended my work in SF with many good friends and experiences, and great memories. The Saloon is one of them. To Doc... you're a great dancer... don't stop kicking up your heels.
Pros: Great atmosphere, energetic music, fun dancing, and local flavor
Cons: Parking, can get crowded, restrooms are so-so.