Kate O'Briens

Irish Pub / Sports Bar
Kate O'Briens With a menu of traditional grub, a tap list stocked with Irish favorites, and a staff that isn't faking their accents, Kate O'Brien's is an authentic little clover-kissed sports bar with an atmosphere about as far from pretentious... San Francisco United States 37.787155 -122.397613
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Kate O'Briens - Irish Pub | Sports Bar in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review With a menu of traditional grub, a tap list stocked with Irish favorites, and a staff that isn’t faking their accents, Kate O’Brien’s is an authentic little clover-kissed sports bar with an atmosphere... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    BART: Montgomery
    MUNI F Line: Market Street & 2nd Street

  • Phone:

    415-882-7240

  • Hours:

    Daily 11am–2am; Sunday hours during NFL season 10am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Kate O'Briens Review

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With a menu of traditional grub, a tap list stocked with Irish favorites, and a staff that isn't faking their accents, Kate O'Brien's is an authentic little clover-kissed sports bar with an atmosphere about as far from pretentious...

With a menu of traditional grub, a tap list stocked with Irish favorites, and a staff that isn’t faking their accents, Kate O’Brien’s is an authentic little clover-kissed sports bar with an atmosphere about as far from pretentious as San Francisco is from Dublin.

Popular with the Downtown crowd for lunch and after work drinks, the venue is often busiest during the day, with office types digging into shepherd’s pie or a fat burger while they sneak a few Boddingtons and catch a game on the TVs.

Wood paneling and large mirrors grace the walls, while Celtic pride is evident in the Van Morrison posters and portraits of historical Irish figures that are mixed in with a hodgepodge of beer signs and Giants logos.

Much like its cross-cultural décor and menu, the music on the sound system features both traditional Gaelic and distinctly American tunes, though weekend patrons tend to go heavy on the hip-hop.

Notre Dame fans take heart in that the San Francisco Notre Dame Alumni Association has made the bar their go to for games, but any major sporting event – Fighting Irish or not – attracts a big contingent of rowdy fans.

Sitting is nearly impossible come Friday nights, when an exuberant mix of pre-clubbers joins the barhoppers and expat regulars in slamming pints of properly poured Guinness.

There’s no shortage of Irish bars in San Francisco – joints with names like Somebody O’Somethings are ubiquitous – but the diverse crowd that frequents Kate O’Brien’s proves that not all Hibernian hangouts are created equal.

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Tip from Lucas:

A small balcony overlooking the bar is often the last area to fill up, so grab a spot up there if you want to avoid getting your drink bumped out of your hand.

  • Crowd

    Sports fans, true-blue Irish regulars, young professionals from nearby offices, Notre Dame followers and alums, older barflies, and the pre-club crowd on weekends, mid-20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Mix of traditional Gaelic and American pop and hip-hop on the sound system. TVs tuned to local, major, and international sporting events, as well as all Notre Dame football games.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Mix of Irish and American pub grub, including bangers and mash, corned beef, onion rings, fish and chips, burgers, and shepherd’s pie. Brunch on the weekends, featuring egg and sausage breakfast plates, as well as eggs Benedict. Heated patio. Happy Hour M–F 3–8pm.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $7–$10, appetizers $4.25–$8.25, soups and salads $4.75–$10, sandwiches $8–$11, entrées $10.50–$15.50. Beer $5–$6, cocktails $6–$10, scotch and whiskey $7–$12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, T-shirts, jackets, skirts, sports attire, some business and club wear.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any day for a busy lunch scene, Tuesdays for heavily discounted food specials, Friday nights for a lively and diverse crowd, and Sundays during football season or any major sporting event, especially when Notre Dame is on the field.

  • Close By

    The Chieftan Irish Pub & Restaurant (198 5th Street) is another classic Irish sports bar that might be a bit quieter during the day, though all bets are off come the weekend or during big games.

Kate O'Briens User Reviews

Average rating:
It's the one with the big sign!
Kathy C. Feb 19, 2013
A downtown hotspot for casual lunch crowds and happy hour seekers, Kate O'Brien's is all about traditional comfort. This Irish bar and grill is not for food snobs looking for the "best of" anything in particular as its edible fare consists of french fries and dry sliders. But what Kate O'Briens can guarantee is friendly service, classic Irish beverages and a welcoming environment. The genuine Irish accents add a touch of old world charm! During prime happy hour time and weekend evenings, finding a seat or stool can be tough. But who needs a seat when you've been sitting at the office all day? It's best to come early and leave your expectations at home.
Solid boozer
Jayson M. Aug 16, 2012
The food is pub grub, people. Which means you ain’t getting Michelin-rated dishes here. Come in with that expectation and you’ll be fine. That said, the curry fries are ye olde bomb, and I love coming here for Happy Hour when I can get cheap pints of properly poured Guinness. If you’re a sport fan, you can always catch the Giants game. If you’re a lonely expat, you’ll probably bump into a few friends from home. And if you just want a budget-friendly drink served up by ladies with ridiculously sexy accents, you can find both here. Don’t drive across town just to go here, but make it your local if you’re in the area.
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