The Homestead

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The Homestead The Homestead in the Mission – a classic San Francisco saloon down to its pot-bellied stove. Check out Party Earth for details on this budget-friendly SF bar. San Francisco United States 37.76035 -122.414689
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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

  • Hours:

    Daily 2pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Homestead Review

The Scene

The Homestead in the Mission – a classic San Francisco saloon down to its pot-bellied stove. Check out Party Earth for details on this budget-friendly SF bar.

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.

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Tip from Emma:

If you’re looking to hold a private party, The Homestead has a small room in back with space for about twenty people. It’s only $50 for the night – and they donate all that to charity.

  • Crowd

    Artists, construction workers, local design and tech industry folks, beer lovers, and anyone who digs a traditional saloon, mid-20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jukebox stocked with lots of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Elvis Costello, and other classic rock. Old piano is sometimes put to use but more often used as an additional seat.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Peanuts at the bar, barbecue stations and food trucks occasionally set up out front. Happy Hour M–F 4–7pm.

  • Prices

    Peanut bowls $1. Beer $2–$6, wine $8, shots and cocktails $4–$10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, corduroys, heavy jackets, fitted sweaters, shorts, boots, jumpers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Mondays through Thursdays for a relaxed neighborhood vibe or Fridays and Saturdays for a house full of loud conversation.

  • Close By

    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.

The Homestead User Reviews

Average rating:
Home sweet Homestead
Logan H. Mar 24, 2013
Dogs, cheap beer and peanut shells on the floor; what else do you need to know? This is a great, chill bar that makes a good jumping-off or landing point for Mission/Portrero Hill adventures. Despite its small size, you can usually find a place to sit and the staff are the picture of efficiency so you won't be waiting ages for your 2 dollar pint of Tecate or donkey-killer shot of whiskey. The locals and their dogs definitely add to the charm but the most fun is ordering a bowl of peanuts and discarding the empty shells on the floor.
An old-style saloon for young and old alike
Jayson M. Aug 2, 2012
I love me some Homestead. It's a cool neighborhood bar with vintage flare and the chillest vibe around. I can bring my dog here on a Saturday and chill out with a cool class of folks without suffering the college-age throngs who routinely ruin Mission Street further west. The beers are cheap, the bartenders are rad, and there's some pretty dope poetry written behind the bar. Plus they have peanuts. The edible kind, not the comic strip that makes you want to kill yourself after you read it.
Bring your Pooch!
Paul F. Aug 2, 2012
Two great things about The Homestead. 1. You can bring your dog. 2. You can throw peanuts on the floor (I seriously couldn't believe there were still places that do this - especially in SF). Only drawback - your dog will, I repeat, will eat discarded peanut shells. I do not need to tell any other dog owners what this will mean for you later.
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