Irish Pubs, San Francisco
This Fisherman's Wharf area pub was a great place to listen to some live music and get into some generally good craic, especially with the bartender Kevin who know every Irish Pub owner I've ever met. It's like an Irish Pub owner's network! He gave me his card and promised that I would give it to the owner of an Irish Pub in Charlotte that he knows!
Dress Code: Good beer and craic!
The Chieftan seems to be one of those Irish bars that's classic in every way. With beautiful wood paneling and Celtic art adorning the walls, you could feel like you're almost in another time. On Friday nights you can come and hear live Irish music too. Sometimes the music is a bit loud. That just means you need to drink more beer to adjust.
And it's the only Irish bar that I know that's South of Market, which makes it very convenient. Most bars run the gammut from ultra-chic to sports bar, and the Chieftan fits in right in the middle. It's where I feel most comfortable after shopping downtown, and where I like to go recoup with friends.
The owner is very friendly as well. He's usually sitting behind the bar serving the drinks. :)
Dress Code: shirt and shoes required
When you're ready for a change from the French places in the area, head over to the Irish Bank for an after-work drink or a bite to eat. (Drink Guinness & Harp, eat Shepherd's Pie without going all the way down to Geary.) My favorite place to sit inside is in the confessional! As you can imagine, this alleyway is PACKED on St. Patrick's Day.
Dress Code: Extremely casual.
O'Reilly's in North Beach is a popular restaurant and nightspot. I stopped by here around 9pm on a Saturday night just as the dinner crowd was starting to clear out, and the bar was already pretty crowded. The outside sidewalk area was also full, so I had to stand at the counter beside the bar. I had a Kilkenny and watched the people for about an hour then moved on.
This is still one of the most popular nightlife spots I found in the San Francisco area, and it had a variety of customers from couples to small groups of all ages. They have numerous small TVs, a lot of heated outdoor seating, and a large dining area.
Tiernan's is a huge, open Irish Pub in a great location at the edge of Fishermans Wharf. We stopped in one afternoon, and I was impressed by the big windows along the street allowing in ample daylight. We sat at the bar and chatted with the friendly bartender and other patrons while we had a few beers, but didn't stay too long. They have a great variety of perhaps 20 Irish and local beers on tap, as well as another 20 in bottles. They also have a full menu and live music every night of the week.
Probably not the best Irish pub in town, but not a bad spot in the touristy Fishermans Wharf area, especially for an afternoon beer.
Kate O'Briens is another typical example of Irish pub around the world: they sell Guinness and some Irish whisky, and the interiors look like a countryside pub in England -- except for a few Guinness ads here and there.
These places are good for one thing: drinking. Kate O'Briens, located near the corner of 2nd and Folsom, is not an exception. If you are a bigger group of people, this place is good to have a few drinks and maybe some snacks before moving on. They serve also food, but the portions are better for accompanying drinking than being a culinary experience.
Johnny Foley's is a lively and pleasant Irish pub near the Union Square.
On Friday nights they have live music and the pub is large enough for them to have people dancing.
On any other day it has the expected warmth of an Irish pub - great place to down a pint of Guiness.
I loved this place being from scotland I like traditional bars with a good bit of atmosphere. we came down here after a recomendation and it didn't dissapoint. Its a fairly small place which is a good distance away from the touristy parts. the serve good pints of lager and guiness and very generous servings of vodka. The people in there were really friendly but that might have had something to do with the scottish tongue mixing well with the irish because unlike some so called irish bars this one actually contained irish people.
The price is cheap and helps when trying to get drunk lol. One tip though its not for everyone as its not the most classy of establishments and not every one would enjoy but if you like an old style bar with that sorta workers bar appeal this is the one for you!
Dress Code: Casual clothes wear anything you like
The Clement St. area has a number of Irish bars, but this one has the true Irish 'feel' -- sticky floor, pervasive smell of Guinness, animated political conversation, and excellent live music most nights of the week.
Dress Code: Anything goes, just about.
The Irish Bank Bar & Restaurant is a very friendly and authentic Irish Pub right in the heart of the Financial District. At happy hour, it will be packed, so be warned. There are some great photos on the walls inside and it's one of the best places to meet locals and tourists alike in the whole city.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
Was walking around North Beach with a couple of friends when we got thirsty :p ... saw O'Reillys and immediately my mind went to the ones in Amsterdam and Brussels that I used to go to.
As I stepped in what I saw was a familiar sight. Wooden interior, several tables in the dining area, a little corner where a small band can show their talents, and the long bar adorned with Guinness and Murphy's.
We went there on a Monday night so the place was quiet. There's a three piece band playing traditional Irish folk music. I would like to come back here on a weekend as I can imagine the place to be a lot livelier with friendly people from the neighbourhood and tourists alike.
This is a small irish bar which plays live music. The bar staff are very friendly along with the locals who are more than willing to talk. We stumbled upon this bar one morning and ended up drinking shots of pomegranete tequila (which I can highly reccomend) at eleven in the morning as the bar staff thought we should taste it. We stopped in for one drink and ended up satying for 6 hours lol. although the bar itself does not serve food if it is during the day the staff are more than willing to order in food for you. We came back another night to see a johnny cash tribute and the place was out the door. There was a small cover charge but it was well worth it for the entertainment
Overall a great irish bar which is actually run by irish.
Dress Code: Casual wear is fine
Cool little Irish bar in an alleyway. Good food and great atmosphere. Good after work type place too.
Dress Code: Casual-regular pub attire
Great pub that pulls a fine pint of Guinness and has a friendly staff with a loyal following. I stopped in for lunch and had a great time. The corned beef sandwich was great too.
Dress Code: casual