House of Shields – Financial District
House of Shields is a breathtakingly beautiful bar. The wooden bar itself is a solid piece shipped over from England, originally destined for the Palace Hotel across the street before it was realized that the measurements didn’t match up. Most of the bar is exactly the way it was in the early 1900’s, when it was a popular bar for men (and men only) downtown. From the tiled floor to the ornate ceilings high above, House of Shields exudes class.
The great thing about House of Shields in its current incarnation is how it plays host to people of all walks of life. On any given night you can see suits on expense accounts, bike messengers, students and teachers from the Academy of Art, cooks, bartenders, tourists, rock bands, and friends of the bartenders all mingling, usually quite harmoniously. It’s the type of bar where you find yourself deep in conversation with someone you might never have talked to outside.
House of Shields will only be the bar we know and love through the end of this week, so you have just a few days left to experience the bar that I and many of my friends consider a second home, a hideaway, a dance hall, a place for romantic trysts, a live music venue, a place for a quick lunch time beer, and one of the grandest old bars in town.
San Francisco, CA 94105