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
548 Green Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
North Beach / Telegraph Hill, San Francisco –
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.
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+.
Pool tables. Jukebox.
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.
Thursday lunch $20. Beer $3–$5, wine $4–$6, shots and cocktails $4–$8. Jukebox $1.
Anything goes: blue jeans, t-shirts, flannel, sports attire, leather jackets, some pre- and post-club attire.
During any Giants home game, Fridays and Saturdays for pre-club brews, or Sunday mornings to welcome the sun with more alcohol.
Golden Boy Pizza (542 Green Street) serves hot slices until 2:30am Friday and Saturday nights.