Shotwell's

30s / 40s / ATM / Arcade Games / Beer / Blue Collar / Cash Only / Casual / Conversational / Diverse / Dog Friendly / Drink Specials / Early 20s / Flannel Shirts / Funky Dresses / Games / Happy Hour / Hipster / Hipster / Historic Bar / Jeans / Jukebox / Laid back / Lively / Locals / Pool (Billiards) / Post Grads / Regulars / Rock / Sandals / Sangria / Sports Fans / Students / T-shirts / TVs / Unpretentious
Shotwell's Except during that pesky prohibition period when a small grocery moved in, there's been a bar at this address since the 1890s – and apart from the name, little has changed at Shotwell's since. San Francisco United States 37.7587482 -122.415687
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Shotwell's - Historic Bar in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review Except during that pesky prohibition period when a small grocery moved in, there’s been a bar at this address since the 1890s – and apart from the name, little has changed at Shotwell’s since. No fancy cocktails on the... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Sa 4:30pm–2am, Su 4pm–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Shotwell's Review

The Scene

Except during that pesky prohibition period when a small grocery moved in, there's been a bar at this address since the 1890s – and apart from the name, little has changed at Shotwell's since.

Except during that pesky prohibition period when a small grocery moved in, there’s been a bar at this address since the 1890s – and apart from the name, little has changed at Shotwell’s since.

No fancy cocktails on the menu here – just an array of beers and a bit of wine and sangria, which suits the diverse but habitually mellow crowd of regulars just fine. Hipsters, blue-collar Joes, and jeans-clad post-grads gather at the long bar, ordering up rounds from the seasonal drinks selection that’s scrawled across a giant vintage mirror.

Antique lamps and a few more mirrors dot the muted walls, while collections of oak barrels, stained-glass brewery logos, and saloon-style bric-a-brac complete the rest of the décor.

Affable conversation is king – save the occasional heated discussion at the pool tables and pinball machines or in front of the TVs when local teams are playing – so even on weekends, the venue is normally far from rowdy.

Although barhoppers looking for a crazy party won’t find it at Shotwell’s, they will find an amiable spot to sip a few pints, play a few games, and maybe get to know the neighbors.

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Tip from Emma:

Even though there’s no food, you can always order from Schmidt’s just down the street. They have great pretzels, sausages, and veggie options, and most of their meals are ready to be picked up and brought back to the bar in less than ten minutes .

  • Crowd

    Casual Mission hipsters, college kids, blue-collar types, sports fans, anti-mixology crowd, and older neighborhood regulars, early 20s to 40s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Digital jukebox plays mostly soft rock. Two pool tables. Two pinball machines. TVs tuned to movies or sports.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food, but patrons are welcome to bring in outside grub. Cash only. ATM on site. Dog friendly. Happy Hour M–Sa 4:30–7:30pm and Su 4–8pm.

  • Prices

    Beer $3–$10, wine $8, sangria $12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: flannel, jeans, white t-shirts, sandals, comfortable dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for a busy but far from rowdy scene.

  • Close By

    Bender's Bar & Grill (806 South Van Ness Avenue) also has pool tables, as well as pub grub, cocktails, and free barbecue on Sundays.

Shotwell's User Reviews

Average rating:
Go early!
Gor G. Jun 8, 2013
Thanks to some awesome SF friends, I was able to discover Shotwell's in the Mission district. I came here for a birthday event and they were cool with my friends bringing in cupcakes for her own party. This place is CASH ONLY and they have an old school cash register to match. I think this is kind of weird, but since they serve only beer, it makes sense unless you can drink 3-4 beers without getting intensely full. The value I think Shotwell really has is that they have a significant list of Belgian beers. I never appreciated this before actually having visited Belgium but they have such an excellent selection that I was surprised. They are also reasonably priced for what you can get here (factor in import fees, etc.) so overall a great thing for anyone who loves Belgian beers. The bartenders are very friendly and this place gets packed up on a Saturday night. Go early!
Shotwell's is a Mission bar without all of the Mission-ness
Iain F. Feb 20, 2013
Since 1891, the corner of 20th and Shotwell has been a place for those in search of a cold glass of beer to find refuge. Originally Schlichtmann & Bredhofy Grocery Saloon, the corner storefront has gone through many changes, even surviving prohibition to remain a watering hole that exudes a charming timelessness. The current incarnation, Shotwell’s, honors the rich history of its geographic origins while slightly angling toward modernity. Instead of an old Wurlitzer, a CD spinning juke box hangs on the wall. Digitized pin-ball machines beg for a few quarters in the back corner of the bar. But outside of these small indications of technological evolution, the saloon remarkably adheres to the appearance of its earlier years. Beers are still slung over the bar that was originally built in 1906. And ecru colored pool tables evoke the days where cash may have traded hands pending the results of a game or two; a practice that probably exists in the bar today. It is a casual, unpretentious place that actually allows audible conversation with friends at the tables that line the wall. There is no music blaring save for a few choices on the aforementioned jukebox, which boasts a fantastically diverse music selection. A rotating beer menu attracts ale aficionados of all makes to try the latest creations from breweries around the world. Offering beer bottled, draft or sometimes casked, the choices may be a bit overwhelming. However, you can never go wrong with a bottle of the divine “Schwarz bier,” a black lager developed by Germany’s Kostritzer brewery in 1543 or a draft pint of Prohibition Ale from San Francisco’s fantastic Speakeasy Ales and Lagers. The bar staff is friendly and have abundant knowledge in the art of slinging suds, so don’t be afraid to ask for a suggestion. This is a Mission bar without the chaos that makes Mission bars so unappealing at times and in this way, Shotwell’s is a perfect place to kick back and throw down a pint or two.
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