Hotel Utah Saloon
Hotel Utah Saloon
Built in 1908, The Hotel Utah Saloon has been a SOMA neighborhood hangout serving drinks, live music, and tasty food for almost 50 years. Stop by and experience this historic San Francisco watering hole and cultural icon.

..this is a cool room…”  – John Mayer

Don’t miss $1 Wing Wednesday

-AND-
HAPPY HOUR from 3pm to 7pm weekdays featuring $5 Wells, $9 Well Shot & Beer, $1 Wings

THE HOTEL UTAH SALOON – SF

Hotel Utah Saloon
Built in 1908, The Hotel Utah Saloon has been a SOMA neighborhood hangout serving drinks, live music, and tasty food for almost 50 years. Stop by and experience this historic San Francisco watering hole and cultural icon.

..this is a cool room…”  – John Mayer

Don’t miss $1 Wing Wednesday

-AND-
HAPPY HOUR from 3pm to 7pm weekdays featuring $5 Wells, $9 Well Shot & Beer, $1 Wings
Hotel Utah Saloon

Built in 1908, The Hotel Utah Saloon has been a SOMA neighborhood hangout serving drinks, live music, and tasty food for almost 50 years. Stop by and experience this historic San Francisco watering hole and cultural icon.

$1 Wing Wednesday

-AND-
HAPPY HOUR from 3pm to 7pm weekdays featuring $5 Wells, $9 Well Shot & Beer, $1 Wings

THE HOTEL UTAH SALOON – SAN FRANCISCO

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Hotel Utah Saloon
SHOW TIMES: 7PM WEEKDAYS, 8PM WEEKENDS UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED
Hotel Utah Saloon
SHOW TIMES: 7PM WEEKDAYS, 8PM WEEKENDS UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

If you don’t see tonight’s show listed, online sales have stopped and tickets are available at the door.

Sat Jun 22

HHV presents

Ghost Town Hangmen, Tell River, Build A Rocket

Ghost Town Hangmen, Tell River, Build A Rocket

Show 8:00PM

at The Hotel Utah Saloon

21+, $15.00

Americana

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Sun Jun 23

A wonderful night ft.

Pro Blues Jam

Pro Blues Jam

A FREE EVENT

Show 7:00PM

at The Hotel Utah Saloon

$0.00

Blues

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Mon Jun 24

Monday night

Open Mic at Hotel Utah

Open Mic at Hotel Utah

with host Brendan Getzell

Show 7:00PM

at The Hotel Utah Saloon

$0.00

Singer/Songwriter

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Tue Jun 25

Hotel Utah's Tuesday night

Open Bluegrass Jam

Open Bluegrass Jam

Show 7:00PM

at The Hotel Utah Saloon

$0.00

Bluegrass

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Thu Jun 27

(Not a) Goodbye Party

Kelsey Kindall, CAVE, Lour

Kelsey Kindall, CAVE, Lour

Show 8:00PM

at The Hotel Utah Saloon

21+, $10.00

Folk

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Fri Jun 28

Pop Energy and Birthday Celebration

Little Shrine, KingQueen, Charlie Stellar

Little Shrine, KingQueen, Charlie Stellar

Show 9:00PM

at The Hotel Utah Saloon

21+, $10.00

Pop

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Sat Jun 29

Balanced Breakfast Presents

BB MUSIC SUMMIT 2024

at Hotel Utah in San Francisco

Show 11:00AM

at The Hotel Utah Saloon

$10.00-$20.00

Online & Social Media

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Sat Jun 29

Rolling Blackout, The Cohesion, Electraphonic

Rolling Blackout, The Cohesion, Electraphonic

Show 8:00PM

at The Hotel Utah Saloon

21+, $15.00

Rock

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Sun Jun 30

BISS List Presents

TOM FREUND & FRIENDS ft Wally Ingram, Mad Johnny

TOM FREUND & FRIENDS ft Wally Ingram, Mad Johnny

Show 7:00PM

at The Hotel Utah Saloon

21+, $15.00

Rock

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Sat Jul 6

A Night of Gypsy Jazz

Gaucho

Gaucho

Show 8:00PM

at The Hotel Utah Saloon

21+, $20.00

Jazz

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Thu Jul 11

A Night of Rock

Dawn in The Dark

Dawn in The Dark

Show 8:00PM

at The Hotel Utah Saloon

21+, $10.00

Rock

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Sat Jul 13

HHV presents

Zachary Blizzard, Schlee, Maya McNeil, Mark Nelsen, Matthew

Zachary Blizzard, Schlee, Maya McNeil, Mark Nelsen, Matthew DePasquale

Show 8:00PM

at The Hotel Utah Saloon

21+, $15.00

Indie

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Fri Jul 19

A Night of Rock ft.

Exceptional Failures, Electric Ex

Exceptional Failures, Electric Ex

Show 9:00PM

at The Hotel Utah Saloon

21+, $10.00

Rock

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Sat Jul 20

By HHV/Wicked Cool Records/Little Steven’s Underground Garag

Soraia, The Ultrasonics, Sea Mom

Soraia, The Ultrasonics, Sea Mom

Show 8:00PM

at The Hotel Utah Saloon

21+, $12.00

Rock

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Sat Aug 3

HHV presents Inframezzo Album Release Party

Inframezzo, Novio Electrico

Inframezzo, Novio Electrico

Inframezzo “In Between Wolves” Album Release Party

Show 8:00PM

at The Hotel Utah Saloon

21+, $10.00

Folk

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Fri Aug 16

A Night of Rock

Titans of Industry, Swan Ronson, Chase The Monster

Titans of Industry, Swan Ronson, Chase The Monster

Show 9:00PM

at The Hotel Utah Saloon

21+, $10.00

Rock

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Thu Sep 5

Calling All Captains, Good Terms, Crooked Teeth

Calling All Captains, Good Terms, Crooked Teeth

Show 8:00PM

at The Hotel Utah Saloon

21+, $15.00

Rock

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Hotel Utah Saloon
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Independent Venue Alliance
Contact
Hotel Utah Saloon

500 4th St. San Francisco, CA 94107

415-546-6300

Monday Open Mic : www.theutah.org

If you would like to play at the Utah, please use the booking request form

If you have a question about a show, please email [email protected]  Do not email show requests. Only form requests will be considered.

The Utah Inn

Despite our name, we do not run a hotel. The Utah Inn is a hotel located in the same building, at 504 4th Street. Please contact them at: 415-495-0617 https://theutahinn.com/  

HOURS

Open Daily at 11:00 AM; 

bar open until midnight (or later on show nights)

Kitchen hours 11:30AM to 11 PM

UTAH NEWSLETTER

Join our email list for updates on shows and events (only 1 or 2 emails a month, we promise!)

Menu

Today’s Tasty Food

BAR BITES

Larry’s Deep Fried Deviled Eggs – $9

Three pieces of crisp battered eggs, chili oil

Buffalo Wings – 6 for $12 / 12 for $15

Utah Buffalo Sauce, blue cheese dressing, carrot & celery

Buffalo Bitez – 6 for $12 – 12 for $15

battered cauliflower, Utah Buffalo Sauce, blue cheese dressing, carrot & celery

Frickles – $9

fried pickle slices, Utah Sauce

Basket of Tots – $10

Basket of Hand Cut Kennebec Fries $10

Ballpark Garlic Fries$11

Chili-Cheese Fries – $13

Nano’s Bomb-Ass Loaded Fries – $14

Bacon, sour cream, scallions, pepper jack cheese, and pickled jalapenos

Wildlife Style Fries – $12

Definitely not animal style fries.  Utah sauce caramelized onions, cheddar cheese

OTHER PLATES

Vegetarian Quesadilla – $12

Bell pepper, mushroom, onion,  cauliflower & corn, sides of habanero salsa & crema

Sub Chicken or Chorizo for Veggies +  $3

House-made hummus$10

With toasted pita & tapenade, crudite  (vegan)

extra side of pita – $2

Frito Pie – $12

Bowl of house vegetarian Tecate chili, cheddar cheese, pickled jalapenos, scallion, red onion

BURGERS & SANDWICHES

additions-cheese $1
choice of american, swiss, blue, cheddar, provolone or pepper jack
caramelized onions or mushrooms – $1 
bacon – 4$   avocado-$3   chili -$2
add side of fries or tots – $5

Utah Burger – $16

Beef patty with on sesame bun with  Utah sauce, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes & onions

Mushroom-Swiss Burger – $16

Roasted portabella mushroom on a brioche bun, with lettuce, red onion, pickles and tomato

Grilled Cheese Sandwich – $14

San Francisco sourdough, cheddar and provolone

Saloon BLT$16

Roma tomatoes, roasted garlic aioli, butter lettuce, and applewood bacon

Patty Melt$16

Angus beef patty on san francisco sourdough, caramelized onion and mushrooms with provolone cheese

Killer Fried Chicken Sandwich$17

Crisp chicken breast, roasted garlic aioli, butter lettuce, pickles, red onion & tomato, on a toasted brioche bun. Available grilled instead of fried.

nashville hot style, buffalo or bbq sauce- $1

All prices include 8.625% sales tax
Consuming raw or undercooked meats, fish, or shellfish increases one’s risk of foodborne illness.
Beer

BEERS/CIDERS ON TAP

 

21st Amendment Brew Free!  IPA

Ace Guava Cider

Allagash White Witbier

Fort Point Brewing KSA

Golden State Mighty Dry Cider

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Stiegl Goldbrau Lager

Stone Tangerine Express IPA

Trumer Pils

Tecate

BOTTLES/CANS

 

Alaska Brewing Amber

Almanac Sunshine & Opportunity Sour Ale

Bohemia Pilsner

Budweiser

Budweiser Light

Deschutes Squeezy Rider West Coast IPA

Leffe Blonde (11.2 oz)

Stella Artois

Modelo Especial

Modelo Negra

Pabst Blue Ribbon

NON-ALCOHOLIC 

 
Beck’s NA

Athletic Brewing Upside Dawn (Golden)  

Athletic Brewing Run Wild (IPA)

Live

Lake Street Dive – 2012

John Mayer – 2013

Hotel Utah Saloon

Frank Black – 2009

ZZ Ward – 2012

Hotel Utah Saloon
Events

Think about the Hotel Utah Saloon for your next event! The Utah is available for lunches, happy hour events, entire venue buyouts, and whatever private event needs you dream up.  We host groups of up to 75 for semi-private events, or up to 200 people for fully private events. We have affordable and flexible pricing based on your event needs and timing. 

Hotel Utah Saloon

The stage and the loft are fully equipped with updated and high-quality lighting, sound, and projection systems. Our kitchen & bar provide a wide range of tasty food and hearty drinks for you and your guests and can accommodate most dietary restrictions with advance notice. From a no-host bar with our standard menu, to special appetizers, or even a customized buffet, we will make your event everything you need.

For more information, or to check availability for your next event, email [email protected]

Utah History

THIS IS AN OLD PLACE

It was built in 1908, when the Barbary Coast was still going strong. In 1908, the year Bette Davis was born. The year of the first Model T. 28 years before the Bay Bridge. This bar was standing (and probably serving) before, during, and after Prohibition. Come drink that vibe.

Starting it off, there was the Deininger Family. As a family, they opened the Saloon and commissioned furniture makers in Belgium to design and create its ornate back bar. Since they were serving the city’s best beer, Fredericksburg, the brewery initials ‘FB’ were carved into the back bar (and are still there)! Beer arrived by horse and carriage in wooden kegs that were lowered into the cellar.

Hotel Utah Saloon

The Hotel Carnot (upper right) 1923

Hotel Utah Saloon

Al's Trans Bay 1950

A PLACE WITH A SKETCHY PAST

Gamblers, thieves, politicians, hustlers, friends of opium, goldseekers, godseekers, charlatans, police, fancy miscreants — they all visited the Saloon. And that was when SOMA was just a lonely section of the San Francisco waterfront.

After the Bay Bridge was finished in 1936, SOMA came into its own. The Saloon (and the hotel upstairs) was home to longshoremen, merchants, metalsmiths, and furniture makers, with constant traffic flowing back and forth between San Francisco and the East Bay.

AND GOOD STORIES

Next came the decade of the American Dream. In the 1950s, Al Opatz presided over the Saloon. Al didn’t like neckties. If someone wearing a tie got close enough, Al made his move and cut the tie off with scissors. His favorite way to greet someone was to offer them his hand and say “Shake the hand that shook the world”. World shakers like beat poets, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, and Bing Crosby bent elbows with gangsters and the cocktail generation. Al eventually bought the bar in 1966 and renamed it Al’s Transbay Tavern. Al’s Transbay gets a mention in a Coppola film, “The Conversation.”

Bring it to 1977. Paul Gaer, who co-wrote the story for the 1979 film “The Electric Horseman,” bought the bar from Al. He renamed it The Utah, and built a stage to support local music, experimental art, writers, comedy, and theater. San Francisco loved it, and Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, and the Pickle Family Circus broke it in.

Hotel Utah Saloon

At the bar in 1974. Al's Trans Bay Tavern

STORIES THAT GO ON

Hard to believe that after a century a place can still have the same personality. In the midst of a neighborhood that has reinvented itself so many times, the Hotel Utah Saloon still glows with the mahogany bar, serves quality drinks and real food, cooked onsite, to all comers, and provides a welcoming stage for independent local and national acts.

The stories keep coming. Curious yarns with details we can’t go into. Come in sometime, experience it, and feel it for yourself.

Contact
Hotel Utah Saloon

500 4th St. SF, CA 94107

415-546-6300

Open Mic : www.theutah.org

If you would like to play at the Utah, please use the booking request form

If you have a question about a show, please email [email protected]  Do not email show requests. Only form requests will be considered.

HOURS

Open Daily at 11:00 AM;

bar open until midnight (or later on show nights)

Kitchen hours 11:30AM to 11PM

UTAH NEWSLETTER

Join our email list for updates on shows and events (only one or two emails a month, we promise!)

The Utah Inn

Despite our name, we do not run a hotel. The Utah Inn is a hotel located in the same building, at 504 4th Street. Please contact them at: 415-495-0617 https://theutahinn.com/  

Menu

BAR BITES

Larry’s Deep Fried Deviled Eggs – $9

Three pieces of crisp battered eggs, chili oil

Buffalo Wings – 6 for $12 / 12 for $15

Utah Buffalo Sauce, blue cheese dressing, carrot & celery

Buffalo Bitez – 6 for $12 – 12 for $15

battered cauliflower, Utah Buffalo Sauce, blue cheese dressing, carrot & celery

Frickles – $9

fried pickle slices, Utah Sauce

Basket of Tots – $10

Basket of Hand Cut Kennebec Fries $10

Ballpark Garlic Fries$11

Chili-Cheese Fries – $13

Nano’s Bomb-Ass Loaded Fries – $14

Bacon, sour cream, scallions, pepper jack cheese, and pickled jalapenos

Wildlife Style Fries – $12

Definitely not animal style fries.  Utah sauce caramelized onions, cheddar cheese

OTHER PLATES

Vegetarian Quesadilla – $12

Bell pepper, mushroom, onion,  cauliflower & corn, sides of habanero salsa & crema

Sub Chicken or Chorizo for Veggies +  $3

House-made hummus$10

With toasted pita & tapenade, crudite  (vegan)

extra side of pita – $2

Frito Pie – $12

Bowl of house vegetarian Tecate chili, cheddar cheese, pickled jalapenos, scallion, red onion

BURGERS & SANDWICHES

additions-cheese $1
choice of american, swiss, blue, cheddar, provolone or pepper jack
caramelized onions or mushrooms – $1 
bacon – 4$   avocado-$3   chili -$2
add side of fries or tots – $5

Utah Burger – $16

Beef patty with on sesame bun with  Utah sauce, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes & onions

Mushroom-Swiss Burger – $16

Roasted portabella mushroom on a brioche bun, with lettuce, red onion, pickles and tomato

Grilled Cheese Sandwich – $14

San Francisco sourdough, cheddar and provolone

Saloon BLT$16

Roma tomatoes, roasted garlic aioli, butter lettuce, and applewood bacon

Patty Melt$16

Angus beef patty on san francisco sourdough, caramelized onion and mushrooms with provolone cheese

Killer Fried Chicken Sandwich$17

Crisp chicken breast, roasted garlic aioli, butter lettuce, pickles, red onion & tomato, on a toasted brioche bun. Available grilled instead of fried.

nashville hot style, buffalo or bbq sauce- $1

All prices include 8.625% sales tax
Consuming raw or undercooked meats, fish, or shellfish increases one’s risk of foodborne illness.
Beer

BEERS/CIDERS ON TAP

 

21st Amendment Brew Free!  IPA

Ace Guava Cider

Allagash White Witbier

Fort Point Brewing KSA

Golden State Mighty Dry Cider

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Stiegl Goldbrau Lager

Stone Tangerine Express IPA

Trumer Pils

Tecate

BOTTLES/CANS

 

Alaska Brewing Amber

Almanac Sunshine & Opportunity Sour Ale

Bohemia Pilsner

Budweiser

Budweiser Light

Deschutes Squeezy Rider West Coast IPA

Leffe Blonde (11.2 oz)

Stella Artois

Modelo Especial

Modelo Negra

Pabst Blue Ribbon

NON-ALCOHOLIC 

 
Beck’s NA

Athletic Brewing Upside Dawn (Golden)  

Athletic Brewing Run Wild (IPA)

Booking
Hotel Utah Saloon
Events

Think about the Hotel Utah Saloon for your next event! The Utah is available for lunches, happy hour events, entire venue buyouts, and whatever private event needs you dream up.  We host groups of up to 75 for semi-private events, or up to 200 people for fully private events. We have affordable and flexible pricing based on your event needs and timing. 

Hotel Utah Saloon

The stage and the loft are fully equipped with premium lighting fixtures, high-quality sound, and customizable projection systems. Our kitchen & bar provide a wide range of tasty food and hearty drinks for you and your guests. From a no-host bar with our standard menu, to special appetizers, or even a customized buffet, every effort will be made to accommodate specific dietary restrictions and make your event everything you need.

For more information, or to check availability for your next event, email [email protected]

Utah History

THIS IS AN OLD PLACE

It was built in 1908, when the Barbary Coast was still going strong. In 1908, the year Bette Davis was born. The year of the first Model T. 28 years before the Bay Bridge. This bar was standing (and probably serving) before, during, and after Prohibition. Come drink that vibe.

Hotel Utah Saloon

The Hotel Carnot (upper right) 1923

Starting it off, there was the Deininger Family. As a family, they opened the Saloon and commissioned furniture makers in Belgium to design and create its ornate back bar. Since they were serving the city’s best beer, Fredericksburg, the brewery initials ‘FB’ were carved into the back bar (and are still there)! Beer arrived by horse and carriage in wooden kegs that were lowered into the cellar.

A PLACE WITH A SKETCHY PAST

Gamblers, thieves, politicians, hustlers, friends of opium, goldseekers, godseekers, charlatans, police, fancy miscreants — they all visited the Saloon. And that was when SOMA was just a lonely section of the San Francisco waterfront.

Hotel Utah Saloon

Al's Trans Bay 1950

After the Bay Bridge was finished in 1936, SOMA came into its own. The Saloon (and the hotel upstairs) was home to longshoremen, merchants, metalsmiths, and furniture makers, with constant traffic flowing back and forth between San Francisco and the East Bay.

AND GOOD STORIES

Next came the decade of the American Dream. In the 1950s, Al Opatz presided over the Saloon. Al didn’t like neckties. If someone wearing a tie got close enough, Al made his move and cut the tie off with scissors. His favorite way to greet someone was to offer them his hand and say “Shake the hand that shook the world”. World shakers like beat poets, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, and Bing Crosby bent elbows with gangsters and the cocktail generation. Al eventually bought the bar in 1966 and renamed it Al’s Transbay Tavern. Al’s Transbay gets a mention in a Coppola film, “The Conversation.”

Hotel Utah Saloon

At the bar in 1974. Al's Trans Bay Tavern

Bring it to 1977. Paul Gaer, who co-wrote the story for the 1979 film “The Electric Horseman,” bought the bar from Al. He renamed it The Utah, and built a stage to support local music, experimental art, writers, comedy, and theater. San Francisco loved it, and Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, and the Pickle Family Circus broke it in.

STORIES THAT GO ON

Hard to believe that after a century a place can still have the same personality. In the midst of a neighborhood that has reinvented itself so many times, the Hotel Utah Saloon still glows with the mahogany bar, serves quality drinks and real food, cooked onsite, to all comers, and provides a welcoming stage for independent local and national acts.

 The stories keep coming. Curious yarns with details we can’t go into. Come in sometime, experience it, and feel it for yourself.

Contact
Hotel Utah Saloon

500 4th St. S.F., CA 94107

415-546-6300

Mon Open Mic : www.theutah.org

Hotel Utah Saloon

HOURS

Open Daily at 11:00 AM

bar open until midnight (or later on show nights)

Kitchen hours 11:30AM to 11PM

UTAH NEWSLETTER

Join our email list for updates on shows and events (only one or two emails a month, we promise!)

Menu

BAR BITES

Larry’s Deep Fried Deviled Eggs $9

Three pieces of crisp battered eggs, chili oil

Buffalo Wings

6 for $12 / 12 for $15

Utah Buffalo Sauce, blue cheese dressing, carrot & celery

Buffalo Bitez

6 for $12 – 12 for $15

battered cauliflower, Utah Buffalo Sauce, blue cheese dressing, carrot & celery

Frickles – $9

fried pickle slices, Utah Sauce

Basket of Tots – $10

Basket of Hand Cut Kennebec Fries $10

Ballpark Garlic Fries$11

Chili-Cheese Fries – $13

Nano’s Bomb-Ass Loaded Fries $14

Bacon, sour cream, scallions, pepper jack cheese, and pickled jalapenos

Wildlife Style Fries – $12

Definitely not animal style fries.  Utah sauce caramelized onions, cheddar cheese

OTHER PLATES

Vegetarian Quesadilla – $12

Bell pepper, mushroom, onion,  cauliflower & corn, sides of habanero salsa & crema

Sub Chicken or Chorizo for Veggies +  $3

House-made hummus$10

With toasted pita & tapenade, crudite  (vegan)

extra side of pita – $2

Frito Pie – $12

Bowl of house vegetarian Tecate chili, cheddar cheese, pickled jalapenos, scallion, red onion

BURGERS & SANDWICHES

additions-cheese $1
choice of american, swiss, blue, cheddar, provolone or pepper jack
caramelized onions or mushrooms – $1 
bacon – 4$   avocado-$3   chili -$2
add side of fries or tots – $5

Utah Burger – $16

Beef patty with on sesame bun with  Utah sauce, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes & onions

Mushroom-Swiss Burger – $16

Roasted portabella mushroom on a brioche bun, with lettuce, red onion, pickles and tomato

Grilled Cheese Sandwich – $14

San Francisco sourdough, cheddar and provolone

Saloon BLT$16

Roma tomatoes, roasted garlic aioli, butter lettuce, and applewood bacon

Patty Melt$16

Angus beef patty on san francisco sourdough, caramelized onion and mushrooms with provolone cheese

Killer Fried Chicken Sandwich $17

Crisp chicken breast, roasted garlic aioli, butter lettuce, pickles, red onion & tomato, on a toasted brioche bun. Available grilled instead of fried.

nashville hot style, buffalo or bbq sauce- $1
All prices include 8.625% sales tax
Consuming raw or undercooked meats, fish, or shellfish increases one’s risk of foodborne illness.
Beer

BEERS/CIDER ON TAP

 

21st Amendment Brew Free!  IPA

Ace Guava Cider

Allagash White Witbier

Fort Point Brewing KSA

Golden State Mighty Dry Cider

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Stiegl Goldbrau Lager

Stone Tangerine Express IPA

Trumer Pils

Tecate

BOTTLES/CANS

 

Alaska Brewing Amber

Almanac Sunshine & Opportunity Sour Ale

Bohemia Pilsner

Budweiser

Budweiser Light

Deschutes Squeezy Rider West Coast IPA

Leffe Blonde (11.2 oz)

Stella Artois

Modelo Especial

Modelo Negra

Pabst Blue Ribbon

NON-ALCOHOLIC 

 
Beck’s NA

Athletic Brewing Upside Dawn (Golden)  

Athletic Brewing Run Wild (IPA)

Booking

Want to play The Utah?

Events

Think about the Hotel Utah Saloon for your next event! The Utah is available for lunches, happy hour events, entire venue buyouts, and whatever private event needs you dream up.  We host groups of up to 75 for semi-private events, or up to 200 people for fully private events. We have affordable and flexible pricing based on your event needs and timing. 

Hotel Utah Saloon

The stage and the loft are fully equipped with premium lighting fixtures, high-quality sound, and customizable projection systems. Our kitchen & bar provide a wide range of tasty food and hearty drinks for you and your guests. From a no-host bar with our standard menu, to special appetizers, or even a customized buffet, every effort will be made to accommodate specific dietary restrictions and make your event everything you need.

Hotel Utah Saloon

For more information, or to check availability for your next event, email [email protected]

Utah History

THIS IS AN OLD PLACE

It was built in 1908, when the Barbary Coast was still going strong. In 1908, the year Bette Davis was born. The year of the first Model T. 28 years before the Bay Bridge. This bar was standing (and probably serving) before, during, and after Prohibition. Come drink that vibe.

Hotel Utah Saloon

The Hotel Carnot (upper right) 1923

Starting it off, there was the Deininger Family. As a family, they opened the Saloon and commissioned furniture makers in Belgium to design and create its ornate back bar. Since they were serving the city’s best beer, Fredericksburg, the brewery initials ‘FB’ were carved into the back bar (and are still there)! Beer arrived by horse and carriage in wooden kegs that were lowered into the cellar.

A PLACE WITH A SKETCHY PAST

Gamblers, thieves, politicians, hustlers, friends of opium, goldseekers, godseekers, charlatans, police, fancy miscreants — they all visited the Saloon. And that was when SOMA was just a lonely section of the San Francisco waterfront.

Hotel Utah Saloon

Al's Trans Bay 1950

After the Bay Bridge was finished in 1936, SOMA came into its own. The Saloon (and the hotel upstairs) was home to longshoremen, merchants, metalsmiths, and furniture makers, with constant traffic flowing back and forth between San Francisco and the East Bay.

AND GOOD STORIES

Next came the decade of the American Dream. In the 1950s, Al Opatz presided over the Saloon. Al didn’t like neckties. If someone wearing a tie got close enough, Al made his move and cut the tie off with scissors. His favorite way to greet someone was to offer them his hand and say “Shake the hand that shook the world”. World shakers like beat poets, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, and Bing Crosby bent elbows with gangsters and the cocktail generation. Al eventually bought the bar in 1966 and renamed it Al’s Transbay Tavern. Al’s Transbay gets a mention in a Coppola film, “The Conversation.”

Hotel Utah Saloon

At the bar in 1974. Al's Trans Bay Tavern

Bring it to 1977. Paul Gaer, who co-wrote the story for the 1979 film “The Electric Horseman,” bought the bar from Al. He renamed it The Utah, and built a stage to support local music, experimental art, writers, comedy, and theater. San Francisco loved it, and Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, and the Pickle Family Circus broke it in.

STORIES THAT GO ON

Hard to believe that after a century a place can still have the same personality. In the midst of a neighborhood that has reinvented itself so many times, the Hotel Utah Saloon still glows with the mahogany bar, serves quality drinks and real food, cooked onsite, to all comers, and provides a welcoming stage for independent local and national acts.

The stories keep coming. Curious yarns with details we can’t go into. Come in sometime, experience it, and feel it for yourself.