SF Irish Pubs Overview

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Despite being a fairly small city, San Francisco packs quite a few Irish pubs into its seven square-mile expanse, and it would be difficult to go too many blocks without stumbling into an SF Irish pub.

Like any bar, San Francisco Irish pubs see their biggest crowds on weekends and – unlike any bar – on St. Patrick’s Day, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find a quiet pint or two if that’s what you’re looking for.

Located a block from the shopping, hotel, and theater district that surrounds Union Square, Lefty O’Doul’s is a lively, old-fashioned pub/cafeteria that straddles the line between relaxed watering hole and gaudy tourist bait, and makes for a great stop for both tourists and San Francisco locals in the mood for some kitsch-filled fun and maybe a little dueling piano.

The Mission area may not be a sports bar lover’s paradise, but the lack of competition isn’t the only reason The Phoenix Irish Bar is so popular. True, patrons will find the game they’re looking for – from the Stanley Cup to the World Cup – on the flat-screen TVs, but they’ll also encounter a solid menu of Celtic grub and weekday Happy Hour specials that attract plenty of people who don’t know a point spread from a cheese spread.

From the outer Sunset and inner Richmond to the depths of SoMa and the mountains of Russian Hill, there are Irish pubs in San Francisco with shepherd’s pie on the menu and Guinness on the taps.

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