Gino and Carlo Sports Bar

Sports Bar
Gino and Carlo Sports Bar Part community center, part museum, and part hangout for the old-line Giants faithful, Gino and Carlo Sports Bar has been a Telegraph Hill institution since the 1940s, and continues to attract a mix of both die-hard fans and... San Francisco United States 37.799714 -122.408278
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Party Earth Review Part community center, part museum, and part hangout for the old-line Giants faithful, Gino and Carlo Sports Bar has been a Telegraph Hill institution since the 1940s, and continues to attract a mix of both die-hard fans... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily 6am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Gino and Carlo Sports Bar Review

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Part community center, part museum, and part hangout for the old-line Giants faithful, Gino and Carlo Sports Bar has been a Telegraph Hill institution since the 1940s, and continues to attract a mix of both die-hard fans and...

Part community center, part museum, and part hangout for the old-line Giants faithful, Gino and Carlo Sports Bar has been a Telegraph Hill institution since the 1940s, and continues to attract a mix of both die-hard fans and patrons who couldn't care less about sports games.

The long bar, which looks out onto old chairs and chipped tables full of old Italians with chipped teeth, runs back toward two pool tables and a gallery of various accolades the bar has gathered over the years, as well as many photos of celebrities – Joe DiMaggio, Tommy Lasorda, Frank Sinatra, and Francis Ford Coppola – who drank here in one decade or another.

Eschewing the pigeonhole of a traditional sports bar, the venue hosts all walks of life, and it’s not abnormal to find a Broadway Street stripper sharing a pint with a local fireman, police officers rooting at the TVs alongside yuppie Downtown business folk, or young college kids getting schooled by Sopranos-style grandpas in the proper way to drop an eight ball.

A blue-collar vibe still prevails, however, and friendly conversation outweighs both the financial shoptalk and the moaned complaints of ever-disappointed local sports fanatics. Even on weekends, when barhoppers and trendy clubbers occasionally spill in, regulars at Gino and Carlo Sports Bar don’t seem to mind – maybe because they know those kids will be gone soon, or maybe because they know this old landmark will never really change.

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Tip from Emma:

Head to Gino’s early on a Sunday to drink a few delicious Bloody Marys and watch North Beach awake from its weekend stupor. And be sure and check out the Thursday Lunch for all-you-can-drink wine and tons of food for only $20!

  • Crowd

    Young sports fans, dive lovers, barhoppers, trendy pre-club crowd, old local Italians, strippers on break, strippers who should have quit twenty years ago, and varying North Beach tourists, mid-20s to late 50s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Pool tables. Jukebox.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food, but venue hosts a lunch special every other Thursday. Tickets must be purchased at the venue, generally a few days in advance. Cash only. ATM on site and directly across the street. $2 beer and well drink specials during Giants home games.

  • Prices

    Thursday lunch $20. Beer $3–$5, wine $4–$6, shots and cocktails $4–$8. Jukebox $1.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: blue jeans, t-shirts, flannel, sports attire, leather jackets, some pre- and post-club attire.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    During any Giants home game, Fridays and Saturdays for pre-club brews, or Sunday mornings to welcome the sun with more alcohol.

  • Close By

    Golden Boy Pizza (542 Green Street) serves hot slices until 2:30am Friday and Saturday nights.

Gino and Carlo Sports Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Family-owned North Beach neighborhood sports & cocktail bar. Open daily 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Babak H. May 15, 2013
Gino and Carlo is one of the few remaining gems from North Beach’s seemingly ancient history. The Italian family owned bar has been in operation since 1942, and the building has been a bar since even before that. 12 beers on tap. 12 beers in bottles. The beer selection is great, but the cocktail selection is better. The bar gets an older crowd during the week, but the typical young crowd takes over on weekends. During the week, especially in the mornings (opens at 6 a.m. every day!), the bar gets a group of regulars that come in. Gino and Carlo is also one of the best spots in the city for sports fans. Every Bay Area sports team is celebrated here. Giants, Sharks, Warriors-- Gino and Carlo has got you covered. Come in on “Orange Friday” to watch a Giants game and take advantage of the all-day Blue Moon specials. Drink of choice: North Beach Campari
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