Bus Stop

Sports Bar
Bus Stop Situated on trendy Union Street, Bus Stop is a neighborhood sports bar popular with relaxed Giants-loving regulars on game days and more boisterous twenty-something social butterflies on Friday and Saturday nights. San Francisco United States 37.797602 -122.430769
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Bus Stop - Sports Bar in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review Situated on trendy Union Street, Bus Stop is a neighborhood sports bar popular with relaxed Giants-loving regulars on game days and more boisterous twenty-something social butterflies on Friday and Saturday nights. Weekdays... ... read full review

  • Phone:

    415-567-6905

  • Hours:

    M–F 10am–2am, Sa–Su 9am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bus Stop Review

The Scene

Situated on trendy Union Street, Bus Stop is a neighborhood sports bar popular with relaxed Giants-loving regulars on game days and more boisterous twenty-something social butterflies on Friday and Saturday nights.

Situated on trendy Union Street, Bus Stop is a neighborhood sports bar popular with relaxed Giants-loving regulars on game days and more boisterous twenty-something social butterflies on Friday and Saturday nights.

Weekdays see middle-aged sports buffs in baseball hats and college football sweatshirts hanging out in the glow of the myriad overhead flat-screens, while groups of young Marina dwellers in ironed polos grab a Happy Hour special and head to the dim and spacious back room for a round of pool.

When the lights go down in the city, gas lamp chandeliers cast a faint glow over the three-room venue, illuminating red walls plastered in photographs of historic San Francisco teams, stained glass Giants memorabilia, and vintage photos of the bar from when it opened in the early 1900s.

Around 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays, packs of guys in popped collars and trendy flannels arrive to mingle with the pretty girls, but once the alcohol kicks in and the jukebox starts blaring power ballads, the mood often becomes rambunctious as everyone from newly formed make-out buddies to guys absorbed in Big Buck Hunter stop what they’re doing to sing along.

A versatile bar, Bus Stop is a fun-loving spot for new and old friends to hang out, watch the game, and enjoy some unpretentious nightlife.

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Tip from Lucas:

Hanging out at Bus Stop to watch your favorite team is a blast, especially during football season. Every time the Giants win a game, the bar sells fifty-cent PBRs for thirty minutes! If you’ve never seen a tidal wave in human form, just show up on game day.

  • Crowd

    Sports aficionados, post-college frat boys and sorority girls, laid-back tourists, and blue-collar regulars, early 20s to 30s with some 40s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jukebox featuring Top 40 and classic rock. Nearly twenty TVs tuned mostly to local sports. Two pool tables. Two arcade games. Nintendo Wii.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food, but outside grub from nearby restaurants is allowed in the bar. Happy Hour M–F 4–6pm.

  • Prices

    Beer $5–$7, beer buckets $16+, wine $5.75, mixed drinks and cocktails $6–$11, shots $5–$7. Jukebox and arcade games $1.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Athletic to trendy: polos, football sweatshirts, old jeans, baseball caps, stylish tops, skinny jeans.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights after 9pm for the liveliest scene and youngest crowd and anytime a big game is on – especially a Giants game – for a packed and rowdy bar.

  • Close By

    Pizza Orgasmica (3157 Fillmore Street) is an intimate sit-down pizza place that stays open a half hour later than Bus Stop on Fridays and Saturdays.

Bus Stop User Reviews

Average rating:
I wouldn't go out of the way...
Laryn P. Jun 7, 2013
It's a normal pub place. Nothing special. In the Marina, it's probably the best pub place. Any weekend day and night, you'll find a bunch of marina rats in there watching and drinking around sports, or after drunk brunch. It's fun to stop in there. Staying there - you never know where you'll end up :). Having lived in the Marina for many years, it was a good place for me to go to not deal w/ the the typical marina crowd. Don't be fooled it does, but given the beer puddled floors, video games, pool table ... kinda makes up for the people. Be careful, you won't leave this place sober ! Strong drinkies - not for the faint of heart drinkers.
The Bus Stop Bar is a Necessary Stop
Ed A. Feb 11, 2013
My favorite bar in San Francisco has to be the "Bus Stop" at the corner of Union and Laguna Streets. It's a really fun spot that attracts two very different types of crowds, one during the day and another at night. When the sun is shining, The Bus Stop crowd is comprised primarily of locals and working stiffs like firemen, teachers, nurses, cops and plumbers. There is also a group of retired old-timers that come in there during the day. These folks are great to talk to and love to engage other patrons in conversations about everything from sports to movies to politics, even religion. As long as you don't cuss or get too loud, nothing is taboo at The Bus Stop when it comes to verbal communication. I have walked in on many public debates there, about topics like "Why do the 49ers stink?" to "Did Barry Bonds use steroids?" or "Why the hell can't we catch Bin Laden?" The weekday bartender there is Paulie, a San Francisco legend in his own right. He's originally from Boston, which means The Bus Stop is more of a Boston Red Sox bar than a SF Giants bar. But, Paulie will talk intelligently about pretty much anything that's on your mind. One of the great things about the man is that he's also a great listener, something that's so important with bartenders. I am so tired of bartenders who hog the conversation or don't care what you have to say. Paulie is the antithesis of this "he's almost like a very good psychiatrist. He really seems to care about his patrons and I know he does." At night, The Bus Stop transforms into yuppie paradise. The hot chicks come into the place in droves, which of course attracts all of the 20-something male wannabe players from all over the Bay Area. The babes with fake boobs show up in their finest fashion show outfits wearing enough high-priced perfume to make us forget about Chernobyl. They do their very best to ignore all of the guys in the room, until of course they meet the one they want to go home with, at which point they get catty competing with the other hoochies in attendance. It's very similar to the way moose or lions hook up, except for the credit cards and the Jaegermeister. Watching this mating ritual every single evening gets tiresome, so I go in there after dark only when I have friends in town or if there's a particularly good baseball or football game I want to watch in a fun atmosphere. The bartenders at night are Ron, Jason and Rick, who are seasoned professionals and really interesting guys. The Bus Stop doesn't serve food, but they don't mind if you bring your own in there, either. There are a ton of good restaurants nearby that will deliver grub to you right there. They have two pool tables in the back and approximately a dozen flat screen, high definition TV's throughout the place. They are also really good at accommodating people who make requests to watch certain games. The Bus Stop has a great Happy Hour every week day after 4 pm, with some very generous drink specials and they have about 10 beers on tap. This bar is one of the oldest and most popular drinking establishments in the city and many people have been coming there for more than 40 years. Their motto is, "A place where friendships are formed to last a lifetime." And I would add to that, "And where hangovers are created every day."
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