SF Pubs Overview

Blackthorn Tavern - Irish Pub | Sports Bar in SF

The Irish eyes have been smiling on SF since the early days, and it would be difficult to go very far without stumbling into a few Irish pubs in San Francisco.

As in most cities, San Francisco pubs see their busiest crowds on Saint Patrick’s Day – a holiday most Americans probably think has more to do with Guinness than commemorating the most commonly recognized Irish saint (and the arrival of Christianity) in Ireland. Whatever yah big heretic, you don’t need an excuse to drop in on a pub in SF, just a desire for a chill evening and some good beer.

Napa Valley may promise a lifetime of snooty wine bars, but SF pubs zap any potential pretension right out of the city’s drinking scene. The Mission is known for its great gastropubs, as well as a whole slew of dank pubs that keeps the hipster regulars happy, while the Castro welcomes everyone into its pubs with the requisite rainbow flags out front.

Even though the hippy heydays have long since burned off The Haight, it’s still a great place to find cheap beer and an unpretentious pub or two, and even though the preppy Marina is a veritable meat-market on the weekends, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a relatively budget-friendly little pub within spitting distance of the ocean to tuck into for a few hours during a mellow weekday.

From The outer Sunset to the inner Richmond, pubs in SF have a pint waiting for you.

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