Party Earth Review Except during that pesky prohibition period when a small grocery moved in, there’s been a bar at this address since the 1890s – and apart from the name, little has changed at Shotwell’s since. No fancy cocktails on the... ... read full review
3349 20th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
M–Sa 4:30pm–2am, Su 4pm–1am
Mission, San Francisco –
Except during that pesky prohibition period when a small grocery moved in, there’s been a bar at this address since the 1890s – and apart from the name, little has changed at Shotwell’s since.
No fancy cocktails on the menu here – just an array of beers and a bit of wine and sangria, which suits the diverse but habitually mellow crowd of regulars just fine. Hipsters, blue-collar Joes, and jeans-clad post-grads gather at the long bar, ordering up rounds from the seasonal drinks selection that’s scrawled across a giant vintage mirror.
Antique lamps and a few more mirrors dot the muted walls, while collections of oak barrels, stained-glass brewery logos, and saloon-style bric-a-brac complete the rest of the décor.
Affable conversation is king – save the occasional heated discussion at the pool tables and pinball machines or in front of the TVs when local teams are playing – so even on weekends, the venue is normally far from rowdy.
Although barhoppers looking for a crazy party won’t find it at Shotwell’s, they will find an amiable spot to sip a few pints, play a few games, and maybe get to know the neighbors.
Casual Mission hipsters, college kids, blue-collar types, sports fans, anti-mixology crowd, and older neighborhood regulars, early 20s to 40s+.
Digital jukebox plays mostly soft rock. Two pool tables. Two pinball machines. TVs tuned to movies or sports.
No food, but patrons are welcome to bring in outside grub. Cash only. ATM on site. Dog friendly. Happy Hour M–Sa 4:30–7:30pm and Su 4–8pm.
Beer $3–$10, wine $8, sangria $12.
Casual: flannel, jeans, white t-shirts, sandals, comfortable dresses.
Friday and Saturday nights for a busy but far from rowdy scene.
Bender's Bar & Grill (806 South Van Ness Avenue) also has pool tables, as well as pub grub, cocktails, and free barbecue on Sundays.