Last night, Toronado was featured on the new Travel Channel show "The Layover," in which host Anthony Bourdain roams a different city each week in search of "insider tips that only the most seasoned traveler would know."
Bourdain filmed the Toronado segment in the early afternoon of Tuesday, August 9th. In the episode, he says about the Lower Haight (rightfully), "Daytime drinking is a tradition here, as it is in any great city."
He goes on to note about Toronado:
"The Toronado bar is a good place for me to start my day. [It's] known mostly for beer, of which they stock 50-plus microbrews and about 100 bottled beers. And most importantly, they boast a 'No Grateful Dead' policy on the jukebox."
Bourdain is taken aback by the number of patrons at the bar, given the midday, midweek setting.
"This place is fucking busy for this time of day. What do these people do for a living, that they can drink beer here at — what day of the week is it?"
Bourdain's two drinking companions then inform him that many of the bar's customers are "industry people," so for them, Tuesday and Wednesday are the equivalent of the weekend.
And that's about it for Bourdain's brief stop in the neighborhood.
If you missed last night's airing, you can catch it again this Thursday night at 8pm on the Travel Channel. And then later that night. And then Monday afternoon. And basically a lot of times after that.
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