Blackthorn Tavern

Irish Pub / Sports Bar
Blackthorn Tavern Blackthorn Tavern in the SF Sunset is an Irish pub/sports bar that hosts karaoke, quiz nights, & more. Check out Party Earth for more on this San Francisco bar. San Francisco United States 37.764113 -122.467024
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Blackthorn Tavern - Irish Pub | Sports Bar in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review The bartenders may pour lots of creamy Guinness like at any Irish bar, but Blackthorn Tavern is more than just another quaint pub to snag a pint. And though more than a dozen flat-screen TVs dedicated to football, baseball... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    MUNI N Line: 9th Avenue & Irving Street‎

  • Phone:

    415-564-6626

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  • Hours:

    M–Sa 2pm–2am, Su 10am–2am; Opens earlier during NFL game days

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Blackthorn Tavern Review

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Blackthorn Tavern in the SF Sunset is an Irish pub/sports bar that hosts karaoke, quiz nights, & more. Check out Party Earth for more on this San Francisco bar.

The bartenders may pour lots of creamy Guinness like at any Irish bar, but Blackthorn Tavern is more than just another quaint pub to snag a pint. And though more than a dozen flat-screen TVs dedicated to football, baseball, basketball, soccer, UFC fights, and boxing make the place a top-notch sports bar, it isn’t just another jock hangout either.

With weekly karaoke, pool competitions, and trivia nights, Blackthorn is easily one of the most consistently active bars in the area, drawing in erstwhile singers, cue-toting sharks, and quiz lovers alike.

Frequent live music and DJs attract more artsy types looking to get rowdy and dance or just groove to eclectic funk – and after adding the pinball machine and a heated patio out back, it’s clear the regular crowd would have trouble getting bored.

Med students from nearby UCSF, hipsters who catch the short ride up from Hayes Valley, college kids of every ilk, and even suburban thirty-something weekend warriors all show up to drink at the long bar and mingle around the scattered tables, or just to nurse their beers in one of the booths.

If variety is the spice of life, then Blackthorn Tavern should be anyone’s cup of tea – or at least their pint of Guinness with the requisite shamrock in the foam.

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Tip from Lucas:

Blackthorn hosts a lot of special sporting event broadcasts, from awesome UFC matchups to the biggest pay-per-view boxing nights. Check the calendar to stay updated. They sometimes charge a cover to get in, but it’s rarely more than $10 or $20.

  • Crowd

    Young and vibrant sports fans, karaoke buffs, quiz kids, med students, and a smattering of older locals rooting for the home team, early 20s to late 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live bands and DJs perform on varying nights throughout the week, ranging from old-school funky soul to indie-electronica to Irish folk. Quiz night on Mondays, Karaoke on Tuesdays. Regular pool competitions. More than a dozen flat-screens tuned to sports. Two pool tables, pinball machine, and jukebox.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food, but outside grub is welcome. Barbecue grill set up on the patio on NFL Sundays and other special events serving free food. Heated and covered back patio. Happy Hour M–F 2–7pm.

  • Prices

    Occasional cover charge (very rare) for special event broadcasts like UFC fight nights $10–$20. Beer $2.50–$7, wine $4–$6, shots, wells, and cocktails $3.50–$8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jerseys, t-shirts, flannel, jeans, shorts, fitted sweaters, comfy dresses, flip-flops.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Anytime a big game is on, Mondays for quiz night, Tuesdays for karaoke, whenever a live band or DJ is performing, or NFL season Sundays for free barbecue during the game.

  • Close By

    Yancy’s Saloon (734 Irving Street) also offers tons of sports on the tubes and lots of plush seating, as well as darts, Pac-Man, and a solid tap list.

Blackthorn Tavern User Reviews

Average rating:
Casual Weekend Drinking
Melina M. Jun 6, 2013
First thing you notice when you walk into the bar is that it is pretty dark with tons of seating! I came to this bar with a group of 7 and usually at a bar in San Francisco it would be pretty difficult to find seating but Blackthorn not only has seating at the bar but it also has 2 giant circular booths and they have backdoor seating for those who smoke which was amazing since most of the time you have to step outside in the front of the bar. We went of a Friday night after work so a few of us were a bit overdressed but the ambiance and the people at the bar didn't pay any of us any mind and we went straight to the bar to get our drinks. The bartender came quickly and was very friendly he started talking to my friend and I about the beers they served on tap and he was very knowledgeable about each beer. It was easy for all of us to get seats near the pool table and waited for our turn. I also recommend checking out the schedule and events at the bar because there have been a few times when the pool tables are taken up all night for pool tournaments. Overall I love the bar and have gone there many times with friends to watch sports and to play pool. If you're looking for a casual bar to chill with friends and play some pinball or pool this is the place to go!
Good Place to Spend a Monday Night
Alec M. Apr 18, 2013
I love trivia, more than than I'd really care to admit. My friend told me about Blackthorn a few months back, and it's become my Monday night trivia fix. It's real casual, and one shouldn't feel the need to dress up past what they feel comfortable in. It's not huge inside, and its not unusual on trivia night for it to be reduced to standing room only. However, there is also a patio area in the back if trivia and the elements are of little concern to you. A wide range of games (Giants, Warriors, Sharks, etc.) are shown on the dozen or so TV's above the bar, and at least one always seems to have Sports Center on. The trivia consists of seven rounds: 3 of general knowledge, 1 of current events, 1 of music, 1 of pictures, and 1 of a weekly theme. The difficulty level is a happy medium, not to easy or to hard, with a few challenging questions sprinkled in. With the right pool of random knowledge, your team could bring home a $30 gift card for the bar if you are the champion, and 4 free drinks if your the runner up or best small team (4 people or less). Blackthorn doesn't have a particularly extensive list of beers on tap, they have the essentials. They do have a Magner's cider, one of my particular favorites, for a reasonable $4. Blackthorn is the type of place you go on a weekday night because you know it won't be dead, and you'll be able to get a fair drink or three.
Trvia Night's
Rachel G. Nov 7, 2012
I love coming to this bar for the sole purpose of trivia nights. I am HORRIBLE at trivia, but going in with a big group of friends on trivia night is so much fun. It's often hard to find free fun things to do in the city and this is one that everyone should do! Come and bring some friends on trivia night and buy a pitcher of beer to share and enjoy each others company. It's a great way to spend a week night!
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