At the Savoy Tivoli Bar, we pride ourselves on providing a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
Our staff is knowledgeable about our menu and happy to make recommendations or answer any questions you may have. Whether you're a regular or a first-time visitor, you'll feel right at home at our bar.
We also offer private event space for parties, meetings, and other gatherings. Our upstairs lounge can accommodate up to 50 guests and features a private bar, cozy seating, and a fireplace. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, hosting a business meeting, or just looking for a unique venue, we have you covered.
Come visit us at the Savoy Tivoli Bar and experience the charm and history of San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. We look forward to serving you!
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The Savoy Tivoli opens as a coffee house, restaurant and boarding house for Italian seafarers. The building was finished just after the great quake of 1906 and was called the "Savoy Hotel." It is a popular spot for Italian immigrants who were working in the city's fishing and shipping industries. For over 50 years the Savoy enjoys a reputation as an affordable fine dining establishment in North Beach.
The Savoy Tivoli is purchased by Fred Kuh, who renames it and turns it into a nightclub. Kuh is a local businessman who is passionate about music and theater. He brought in new bands and performers, and the Savoy Tivoli quickly became a popular spot for the city's counterculture scene including the Beatniks. In that era, the Savoy hosted influential figures such as Truman Capote, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Ken Kesey and soon after, the “hippies” that followed their generation and brought The Summer of Love.
Beach Blanket Babylon, a long-running musical revue, debuts at the Savoy Tivoli. The show is created by Steve Silver, a San Francisco artist and playwright. It is a satirical look at American culture and features elaborate costumes, sets, and props. The show was an instant hit and though it outgrew Savoy's space it ran until 2019.
The Ramones play a show at the Savoy Tivoli. The show was a major event for the local punk rock scene. The Ramones were one of the first punk rock bands to gain national attention and their show at the Savoy Tivoli was a sign that the punk rock movement was starting to take hold in San Francisco. Beyond the Ramones, the Savoy became a venue for emerging bands, from anti-establishment groups like Jefferson Airplane to punk legends like The Mutants. Blues and jazz acts, including Jimmy Reed and Muddy Waters, graced the Savoy’s terrace, with Reed giving his last performance at the Savoy before passing away the next day.
The Savoy Tivoli is purchased by Claire Kozel. Kozel, a longtime patron of the bar that was passionate about preserving its history. She ran the bar for over 30 years until her passing in 2020. That year, Pual Kozel, manager of the family trust left by Claire, vowed to reopen it.
The Savoy Tivoli reopens after an earthquake retrofit. The bar has been carefully renovated to bring it back to life, but substantial efforts were made to keep the bar's original charm and character alive.