The Phoenix Irish Bar

Irish Pub / Sports Bar
The Phoenix Irish Bar The Mission area may not be a sports bar lover's paradise, but the lack of competition isn't the only reason The Phoenix Irish Bar is so popular. San Francisco United States 37.759827 -122.421303
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The Phoenix Irish Bar - Irish Pub | Sports Bar in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review The Mission area may not be a sports bar lover’s paradise, but the lack of competition isn’t the only reason The Phoenix Irish Bar is so popular. True, patrons will find the game they’re looking for – from the Stanley... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    BART: 16th Street Mission
    MUNI F, J Lines: Right Of Way/20th Street

  • Phone:

    415-695-1811

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–F 11am–2am, Sa–Su 10am–2am
    Kitchen open till 1am nightly

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Phoenix Irish Bar Review

The Scene

The Mission area may not be a sports bar lover's paradise, but the lack of competition isn't the only reason The Phoenix Irish Bar is so popular.

The Mission area may not be a sports bar lover’s paradise, but the lack of competition isn’t the only reason The Phoenix Irish Bar is so popular. True, patrons will find the game they’re looking for – from the Stanley Cup to the World Cup – on the flat-screen TVs, but they’ll also encounter a solid menu of Celtic grub and weekday Happy Hour specials that attract plenty of people who don’t know a point spread from a cheese spread.

Gritty regulars with thick brogues order up frothy pints from the long bar, as local business workers pop in for a lunch of ale-battered fish and chips or homemade colcannon.

Like at any successful sports haunt, just getting through the door can be rough if a major event is on, but even during non-game days The Phoenix tends to be loud, with an energetic mix of tatted-up Mission hipsters and blue-collar football/fútbol fanatics chatting around dark wood tables or at the window seats overlooking busy Valencia Street.

Less effluvial folks can hide out in a quieter back room, down past the beer signs and quotes from Oscar Wilde and James Joyce that adorn the yellow-tinted walls, accompanied by the continuous serenade of classic rock and Irish ballads that streams from the jukebox.

No matter the draw – be it ball games or bangers and mash – The Phoenix Irish Bar brings everyone together.

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Tip from Lucas:

The Phoenix menu includes delicious Irish soda bread. If you like it, you don’t have to pinch it – they sell loaves for you to take home.

  • Crowd

    Sports fans, Happy Hour drinkers, college kids, blue-collar types, hungry hungry hipsters, jocks and jock wannabes, and workers from nearby businesses, early 20s to late 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Several flat-screens tuned to the game. Jukebox stocked with Irish American tunes including classic rock, blues, and Irish folk.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Traditional Irish and American fare including ale-battered fish and chips, burgers, and sandwiches. Brunch on weekends.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $7.50–$12.75, appetizers and snacks $7–$9, soups and salads $4–$10, sandwiches and burgers $8.75–$9.75, entrées $12–$15. Beer $5–$6, wine $8, cocktails $5–$10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: untucked button-downs, plaid, sports jerseys, flannel, jeans.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Anytime there’s a big game on, any weekday for Happy Hour, or for weekend brunch to grease the hangover away.

  • Close By

    Around since the mid-1800s, Elixir (3200 16th Street) offers even longer weekday Happy Hour specials and TVs tuned to sports, though there’s less variety to choose from.

The Phoenix Irish Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
You'll like it
Gor G. Jun 8, 2013
Cheap as hell. Trying to find parking is a nightmare though per the usual for the streets of SF no matter the night. Phenomenal Shepard's Pie but be warned this is a very heavy dish. I've had it before at basically every Irish bar I've ever been to in L.A. but this was by far the heaviest version I've yet to encounter. I ate about half and had to pass it off to my guy friend who will eat all leftovers happily. All the apps are great too especially the fried everything platter with "Tayto chips and Skins". Friends raved about the chicken wings though I skipped them due to my weird thing about meat off the bone. Fun spot to meet a group of friends and get a little rowdy. We had our eye on the list of desserts we saw scrawled on a chalkboard in the kitchen entry way so using the leftover cash after everyone pitched in for the group bill we ordered two desserts and the total including tax was something ridiculous like $6! We expected dinky bite size portions to come out but we were floored to see the large size of each dessert, enough to share amongst the table of about 6 people.
No-nonsense oasis in the Mission
William C. Feb 25, 2013
At some point when wandering between a hip Mission cocktail bar and the newest trendy dive bar, you may find yourself needing a good spot to watch some sport. Luckily, The Phoenix provides a rare oasis in the Mission of no-nonsense good food, tasty pints and your sports team on TV. The long bar greets you on entrance providing plenty of space for lone drinkers to prop up their pint between the locals, of which there is a healthy proportion. The bar is well stocked and unlikely to leave you wanting, but The Phoenix really gains its edge through a very tasty menu of Irish-Americana food. An almost-authentic soda bread holds its own, while the fish and chips would not be out of place in Dublin. Happy hour provides a chance to grab some tasty small plates as well as discount pints. For out-of-town patrons wanting to watch their team, a number of flat screens mean you are more than likely to be obliged. Past the bar and obligatory Irish decorations, including Guinness posters and various pieces of hurling paraphernalia, a back room provides extra leg room and seating. But aside from big game days, when the place fills up fast, you generally have a good chance of snagging a table within view of your TV of choice. The crowd is more eclectic than the average Mission venue. A good mix of workers, hipsters and locals provides for a buzzy and often entertaining atmosphere. Drinkers searching out the next hottest venue in town will be disappointed, but if an unfussy, relaxed pint in friendly surroundings is what you are looking for, then The Phoenix is definitely worth a visit.
Locality
Rachel G. Nov 21, 2012
This is a super local and neighborhood kid irish pub. I love coming to these irish pubs because you can sit down at the bar-no hassle-and enjoy a beer without dealing with crowds. Sometimes this bar gets popping, but usually it is locals that generally come in a few times a week for a chilled beer or cocktail. There food here really is good. I highly suggest the beer battered fish and chips. I always get a basket of those with some beers and enjoy my time in a less chaotic bar. I haven't gone here in a long time, but it has been really long overdue! I suggest you check it out if your in the Richmond anytime soon.
Nice atmosphere, good food
Ed H. Oct 4, 2012
There isn't much to the place--a long bar, some booths, tables in the back, some TV's--but it's one of my favorite spots in the Mission because the crowds are down-to-earth and friendly (that stereo-typical Mission District hipster vibe seems strangely absent), plus the food is pretty good. Additionally, the bartenders (I've only seen female bartenders there) are excellent eye-candy and quite friendly, but not in that hooters-girl-bleached-blonde-hair-tight-t-shirt kind of way. It's a comfortable place to watch a game or to enjoy a relaxing meal with friends.
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