Edinburgh Castle Pub

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Edinburgh Castle Pub Edinburgh Castle Pub in San Francisco’s Tenderloin has trivia, DJs, whiskey, & lots of fish & chips! Come drink and dance in SF with Party Earth. San Francisco United States 37.7860908 -122.4189589
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Party Earth Review Quiz nights, DJs, and lots of fish and chips are on the plate at Edinburgh Castle Pub, a longstanding SF institution that’s a palace of unpretentious fun. An understated façade makes it easy to mistake this place for... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    BART: Powell; MUNI F Line: Market Street & 5th Street

  • Phone:

    415-885-4074

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  • Hours:

    Daily 5pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Edinburgh Castle Pub Review

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Edinburgh Castle Pub in San Francisco’s Tenderloin has trivia, DJs, whiskey, & lots of fish & chips! Come drink and dance in SF with Party Earth.

Quiz nights, DJs, and lots of fish and chips are on the plate at Edinburgh Castle Pub, a longstanding SF institution that’s a palace of unpretentious fun.

An understated façade makes it easy to mistake this place for just another cramped dive. But once inside, visitors discover a high-ceilinged room replete with Scottish paraphernalia and almost as many dark wood furnishings as there are doe-eyed college kids and grizzled barflies.

An indoor smoking patio near the front is typically occupied by students and stoners discussing the latest meaning of life, and also features a dilapidated piano that patrons regularly plunk on after their third or fourth round of British ale.

The long bar accommodates a vast range of beer lovers looking for budget-friendly Boddingtons and Belhaven or perusing the significant selection of single-malts, while the comfy booths overflow with the university crowd partaking in beer and banter.

Those in the mood for pool or darts can head up to the mezzanine, though there may be a wait on Friday and Saturday nights when the biggest crowds show up for DJs who often spin everything from dance classics to Motown.

The Tuesday trivia night is also a big draw, rounding out the array of reasons such a crazy quilt of patrons ends up at Edinburgh Castle…and probably a few crazy kilted patrons, too.

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Tip from Emma:

If you want an all-out affair without breaking the bank, then don’t miss Club 1964 every second and fourth Wednesday. Swing by early for a dinner of fish and chips, then go crazy till close with 60s dance music and a lively crowd.

  • Crowd

    First daters, packs of rowdy college kids, skinny-jeaned hepcats, trivia fanatics, dance fiends, UK expats, blue-collar old farts, 20s to 40s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJ nights include Club 1964 for 60s dance music on second and fourth Wednesdays, regular dance classics on Fridays with rotating DJs, old-school hip-hop on first Saturdays, and Nightbeat Motown on fourth Saturdays. All events start at around 9pm.

    Jukebox stocked with an eclectic mix of indie, folk, and 80s hits. Free-to-use piano in the smoking room.

    Pool table and dartboards.

    Quiz night on Tuesdays.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Fish and chips served daily 5–11pm. Designated indoor smoking area. Happy Hour daily 5–8pm.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $2 for Club 1964 and Nightbeat, otherwise no cover charge apart from infrequent special events. Fish and chips $5–$10. Beer $3.50–$6, wine $5.50, cocktails $5–$8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: button-downs, sneakers, t-shirts, skinny jeans, blazers, shorts, boots, granny jumpers, summer dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Club 1964, held on second and fourth Wednesdays, is a must for anyone looking to break out their dancing shoes and join boozed up merrymakers for a night on the tiles, while regular Friday and Saturday nights are pumping, with a DJ spinning from 9pm and the dance floor heating up around 11pm. Trivia nights on Tuesdays also promise a big crowd.

  • Close By

    Ha-Ra Club (875 Geary Street) is a nearby dive that touts a jukebox heavy on Waylon Jennings and the Kinks, walls awash in vintage boxing photos, and an ornery owner known for booting preppy patrons in favor of cantankerous old locals and clans of cool creative types.

Edinburgh Castle Pub User Reviews

Average rating:
Good Grooves and Great People at Edinburgh Castle
Doug L. May 17, 2013
Edinburgh Castle attracts a lot of fun people young and old, and things can get really funky when the DJs are spinning. If you dig soul then Motown night is for you every 4th Saturday. Every friday night you can listen to great dance hits, get a nice stiff drink and let the music free you from your long work week. Everyone gets in the groove, Edinburgh Castle is never boring on Friday or Saturday. they got room for Pool and hanging out on the upper level. Or chill out for a smoke in the patio near the entrance. The Bar Tenders are really friendly and fun. Edinburgh is definitely the best bang for your buck. Bring your game hot chicks abound. Edinburgh Castle is a great spot to let loose.
Scotland in San Francisco
Lauren H. Apr 8, 2013
With its sticky-bartop, scrubbed-wood feel, Edinburgh Castle is the perfect emulation of your favorite Scottish pub. According to its address it’s located in the Tenderloin, but the interior may fool you into thinking you’ve crossed the Atlantic. The knickknacks adorning the walls behind the bar – Scottish premier league pennants, old metal flagons, Christmas lights, and tarnished football trophies – give the impression of being in a favorite uncle’s living room; the pool table, dart board, and high ceilings further enhance the atmosphere. There is a wide selection of British drafts and local brews on tap, and if it’s not too late and you’re feeling a bit peckish you can order some good old fish and chips, wrapped in newspaper and delivered while you sip your Boddingtons or play a quick round of cards. Pub quiz, that staple of British culture, is played here on Tuesday nights, while other evenings feature karaoke, live music, and DJs.
A Hidden Gem for Triviaholics
Amir F. Feb 20, 2013
Hidden behind an underwhelming exterior in the Tenderloin, this Scottish pub offers charm and cheap fun in a dimly-lit, intimate atmosphere. While you kill some brain cells with the Recession Special - a shot of well liquor and a PBR for only $5 - you'll simultaneously build other brain cells with Trivia Night, led every Tuesday by the hilarious Carl Gibbs. Oftentimes raunchy and always enlightening, trivia at the Castle will turn your pub crawl into an unforgettable night of drunken teamwork and random facts with which you can impress people in the future. Let's also not forget the cash prizes! I challenge you to come down and face my triviatastic team, the Little Lebowski Urban Achievers.
Best Trivia Night in the City
Maggie G. Jan 15, 2013
Edinburgh Castle is a great bar in the loin that has pool tables, trivia night, and lots of fish and chips. The drinks are cheap, the vibe is chill, and the space is nice and open so you don't feel like you're taking people down to get to the bar. Get the 'Recession Special' - its a shot of whiskey and a PBR for only $5. Whether you start the night here or end it, you're going to find it's hard to leave. Also, if you happen to be in town on a Tuesday, check out their trivia night ... it's legendary. Oh
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