Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

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Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub in San Francisco’s Financial District is a pub with young dance crowds on Fridays & Saturdays. Grab a pint in SF with Party Earth. San Francisco United States 37.7964089 -122.404062
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Party Earth Review A wee bit of clover in an area of town known more for dollar signs and day-trading than Gaelic watering holes, Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub provides a mellow retreat to sip some Guinness during the week, and a raging... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    MUNI F Line: The Embarcadero & Broadway

  • Phone:

    415-955-1916

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Th 11:30am–midnight (sometimes later), F–Sa 11:30am–2am
    Often open Sundays for NFL football games (call to verify)
    Kitchen closes M–W 3–5pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub Review

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Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub in San Francisco’s Financial District is a pub with young dance crowds on Fridays & Saturdays. Grab a pint in SF with Party Earth.

A wee bit of clover in an area of town known more for dollar signs and day-trading than Gaelic watering holes, Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub provides a mellow retreat to sip some Guinness during the week, and a raging – and distinctly non-Irish – dance scene on weekends.

Lured in by the deep blue façade and traditional Celtic signage, wandering tourists and office types on lunch park it on the tiny sidewalk patio or grab a checkered-clothed table just inside, where they wolf down baked brie and Ballycastle sausage rolls that epitomize the basic pub grub on offer.

The red leather booths that line the narrow, sparsely decorated main room host lots of businessmen and yuppies during weekday Happy Hour, while late evenings mark the convergence of a much younger audience, most of whom migrate straight to the basement when it opens on Fridays and Saturdays.

The downstairs evokes notions of a speakeasy with a Hibernian twist, highlighted by old photographs of Irish soccer players tacked on the exposed brick walls and cozy nooks that fill up quickly with first-daters looking for an intimate spot – an intimacy that becomes impossible once loud Top 40 and house music cultivates a college gathering that’s far more frat party than Finnegans Wake.

A mix of old-school taproom and fresh-out-of-school stomping ground, Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub may not ring with authenticity, but it’s great for casual drinks in the early hours and unabashed sweating on the (definitely not River) dance floor.

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Tip from Lucas:

Kells is a great place to catch the game. Head in early to post up by one of the many flat-screens, and then stick around for the loud music and young crowd on Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Crowd

    Yuppies, office workers, ye olde fart expats, wandering tourists, and lots of young and preppy college kids for the nightly dance scene, especially on Fridays and Saturdays, 20s to early 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Loud Top 40, house, and classic rock melodies, a là Don’t Stop Believing played downstairs on Fridays and Saturdays from 10pm.

    Eight flat-screens tuned to the game.

    Two dartboards.

    ATM on site.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu of Irish staples and basic pub grub including fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, sandwiches, and fries.

    Street parking in this neck of the woods can be a McHeadache on weekends.

    Happy Hour M–F 4–7pm.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $5 Fridays and Saturdays after 10:30pm, usually just for guys, otherwise no cover charge. Pub grub $3–$9, salads $7–$11, burgers and sandwiches $9–$12, entrées $9–$11.

    Beer $5–$6, wine $7/glass or $25–$40/bottle, cocktails and wells $7+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to preppy: traditional office attire, jeans, t-shirts, button-downs, dresses, skirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights after 10pm for a weekend dance scene fueled by twenty-somethings, or midweek Happy Hour to grab a chill beer and some bangers.

  • Close By

    Bamboo Hut (479 Broadway Street) is a tropical-themed mecca to fruity cocktails that also attracts a young weekend crowd ready for anything-goes, hard-partying environments.

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub User Reviews

Average rating:
Kells': two layers of craziness for you and your crew
Julie G. Jun 6, 2013
Kells' is two floors of fun! This is a roomy bar that is great for big groups. I came here for my roommates birthday and it was the perfect location to celebrate and hold a large crowd. The top floor has some good tunes and is a great area to sip and mingle. Downstairs is where you can find the roomy dance floor. The music selection was great, they played a lot of current dance music and hip hop favorites. The drink prices aren't on the cheap side, but this is San Francisco. This city gets expensive! I suggest sipping at home and getting a drink or two when you arrive. This is the perfect bar for big groups who are down to mingle with the diverse crowd and bust a move in this double decker gem.
Kells is a good spot for big get together with friends.
Doug L. May 17, 2013
Kells' can be hit or miss on busy Friday and Saturday Nights. My friends always go there for birthdays and get togethers with a large group of friends. If you are lucky the crowd won't be too bad. Its a big bar but it fills up fast. If you want to take out a bunch of girls or meet some, Kells' has a DJ spinning on the first level with a nice dance floor. But if you need room to bust your crazy moves then head downstairs to the bottom floor bar for faster service and a "hotter" atmosphere. Now if your stone cold sober kells can be annoyingly muggy hot and sometimes swampy. But just say Yolo and grab some shots and you'll be enjoying yourself in no time. The bottom floor bartenders are really nice especially for how busy they get and play good music. They dont skip on the booze so tip well and they'll treat you right. I Strongly suggest you think before you order that whiskey and or beer on tap upstairs. If its a hot day then your more than likely to receive a hot beer or a steaming hot whiskey shot. I suggest bottle beer and liquor on ice. This place can be a little expensive so be prepared to ball hard.
A rowdy version of
Erin C. Feb 20, 2013
Kells is one of those bars that you either love or hate depending on how you feel. It’s typically crowded, sweaty, and loud, but sometimes these kind of bars are necessary for letting loose. If you're going to Kells on a Friday or Saturday night, be prepared to have more than 2-3 drinks, because you'll need it. These people are serious partiers, so if you’re looking for a mellow, relaxing bar, Kells isn’t it. I have a friend that lives close by so we oftentimes find ourselves here on the weekends. We usually pay a cover if we get there later in the evening, but nothing over $10. I’d say is worth the experience and the atmosphere if you're up for an energetic crowd. With that in mind, it’s probably best to go with 2-3 friends, otherwise you’re likely to lose each other. The crowd is hard to describe or pinpoint, as it’s different every night, but I think it’s safe to say that Fri-Sat nights they pull in a younger, whiter crowd.
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Jonna D. Feb 14, 2013
This is an awesome place to hang out after work. Food is good. Love it!
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