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
811 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
BART: 16th Street Mission
MUNI F, J Lines: Right Of Way/20th Street
M–F 11am–2am, Sa–Su 10am–2am
Kitchen open till 1am nightly
Mission, San Francisco –
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.
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.
Several flat-screens tuned to the game. Jukebox stocked with Irish American tunes including classic rock, blues, and Irish folk.
Traditional Irish and American fare including ale-battered fish and chips, burgers, and sandwiches. Brunch on weekends.
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.
Casual: untucked button-downs, plaid, sports jerseys, flannel, jeans.
Anytime there’s a big game on, any weekday for Happy Hour, or for weekend brunch to grease the hangover away.
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.