Party Earth Review On the frontier between ongoing gentrification in The Mission and the growing post-industrial rebirth of neighboring Potrero Hill lies The Homestead, a classic saloon right down to the ragged piano and iron pot-bellied... ... read full review
2301 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Mission, San Francisco –
On the frontier between ongoing gentrification in The Mission and the growing post-industrial rebirth of neighboring Potrero Hill lies The Homestead, a classic saloon right down to the ragged piano and iron pot-bellied stove crackling in the corner.
A hardwood bar with an ancient cash register leaves just enough space for several small tables scattered about the peanut shell-covered floor, while doors that are nearly always flung open make it easy to imagine a dusty cowboy sidling in after a long day on the ranch. None ever do, of course, but plenty of construction-working regulars fill the part, mixed in with tech industry types, artists, and anti-sports fans who know the sole TV is rarely even on.
First-timers might be distracted by the paintings of amply-bosomed ladies on the fabric-covered walls, or by the furry companions known to frequent this dog-friendly establishment, or perhaps by the fact that they can actually use their credit cards here – a downright rarity in The Mission.
Given the location off the main drags of Mission and Valencia Streets, the crowd can also be a little older than at other popular neighborhood joints, but that doesn’t prevent the cozy venue from swelling on the weekends with upbeat patrons downing $2 Tecates, scratching their best friends’ ears, and warming their fog-frozen toes by the fire.
A darn respectable waterin’ hole for any thirsty San Francisco pioneer, The Homestead is an old-school antidote to anyone’s modern ails.
Artists, construction workers, local design and tech industry folks, beer lovers, and anyone who digs a traditional saloon, mid-20s to late 30s.
Peanuts at the bar, barbecue stations and food trucks occasionally set up out front. Happy Hour M–F 4–7pm.
Peanut bowls $1. Beer $2–$6, wine $8, shots and cocktails $4–$10.
Casual: jeans, t-shirts, corduroys, heavy jackets, fitted sweaters, shorts, boots, jumpers.
Mondays through Thursdays for a relaxed neighborhood vibe or Fridays and Saturdays for a house full of loud conversation.
Shotwell’s (3349 20th Street) has a similar relaxed and rustic vibe, a solid selection of local, artisan, and imported brews, and both pool and pinball.