Chug Pub

Sports Bar
Chug Pub With standard-issue Guinness signs, tarnished mirrors, Celtic script, and an abundance of dark hardwood, the Irish vibe is alive and smilin' at Chug Pub, clearly a nod to its former life as The Dubliner. San Francisco United States 37.765281 -122.478214
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Chug Pub - Sports Bar in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review With standard-issue Guinness signs, tarnished mirrors, Celtic script, and an abundance of dark hardwood, the Irish vibe is alive and smilin’ at Chug Pub, clearly a nod to its former life as The Dubliner. The addition of... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    MUNI N Line: Judah Street & 19th Avenue

  • Phone:

    415-242-9930

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–F 4pm–2am, Sa–Su noon–2am
    Venue opens at 10am on Sunday during football season

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Chug Pub Review

The Scene

With standard-issue Guinness signs, tarnished mirrors, Celtic script, and an abundance of dark hardwood, the Irish vibe is alive and smilin' at Chug Pub, clearly a nod to its former life as The Dubliner.

With standard-issue Guinness signs, tarnished mirrors, Celtic script, and an abundance of dark hardwood, the Irish vibe is alive and smilin’ at Chug Pub, clearly a nod to its former life as The Dubliner.

The addition of several large screens tuned to nothing but baseball and football, however – not to mention some of the biggest beers in town – have turned the venue into a magnet for sports fans and thirsty kids just looking to get sloshed.

Big game days aside, the bar tends to be mellow during the week, when working-class locals dish over beers and battered shrimp, while sunny weekends draw patrons of all types looking for a tallboy after a romp in nearby Golden Gate Park.

Once Friday and Saturday nights roll around, though, the baseball talk gives way to orders of the infamous beer tower – a three-foot tube of brew – when crowds of noisy students and young professionals pile in for one too many rounds and a few sloppy games of pool. Hungry patrons have several heavily deep-fried dishes to choose from, while those in need of a smoke or just a place to stretch their legs can hang out on the patio.

Relaxed or rowdy depending on the night, Chug Pub welcomes Giants fans and fans of giant beers with equal aplomb.

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Tip from Lucas:

Don’t be overwhelmed by the massive Chug Tower – those eight pints of beer come with nachos or fries! And if that’s not enough for you, the Chug is one of the few sports bars in town that also has shandies and absinthe at the ready – two of the few frou-frou drinks that could couch lock an elephant.

  • Crowd

    Die-hard Giants fans, college students, working-class locals, young professionals, and older regulars, early 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jukebox featuring a wide selection from rap to classic rock. Pool table, arcade games.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Deep-fried pub grub including fish and chips, cheeseburgers, and jalapeño poppers. Street-side smoking porch. Happy Hour M–F 4–8pm.

  • Prices

    Menu $5–$9.75. Beer $4–$5, shots and cocktails $7–$8+, Chug Towers $30. Jukebox $1. Pool table $1.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: local sports gear, t-shirts, hoodies, jeans.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any big game days, especially when the Giants or 49ers are playing, and Friday and Saturday nights for getting sloppy.

  • Close By

    Down the street and around the corner is Silver Spur (1914 Irving Street), a Western dive offering fewer sports but cheaper drinks.

Chug Pub User Reviews

Average rating:
Tower of Power
Eric S. Aug 29, 2013
A great sports bar to go to during big games. They have plenty of TVs and plenty of people to scream obscenities (win or lose obscenities) with. I always tend to munch on some fries when I'm there, but I've never had anything else. Beers are the usual price, however it's all about the tower. Want your significant other to be upset with you? Order one for yourself. Want to think you can compete in the world cup of pool? Split it with a friend and slam those quarters on their pool table. Want to make reasonable decisions and not watch sports? Go get a cup of coffee somewhere else. The only downside to Chug Pub is that it's in the Sunset, a bit far for many San Franciscans to trek, yet the place is always populated by locals. Now go, and claim the tower as your own.
Chug Beers
Rachel G. Nov 7, 2012
I have had my share of nights at this low-key sports bar and I have never had a horrible time. Not necessarily my type of bar, but it is one to check out. This place is PACKED during sports games or after huge events in the city. Located in an interesting location off Lincoln and 20th ave, not everyone knows that they have probably passed this place day after day. It's a great bar for a low-key beer or plate of cheese fries after a long hard day at work.
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