Red Jack Saloon – North Beach
Walking into the Red Jack Saloon is like stepping across the continent into an East Coast college sports bar. I can’t put my finger on any one thing that makes it so, but when I told my drinking buddy my opinion, he told me the owner is a big fan of some East Coast sports team. Which I guess means they succeeded admirably in their effort to create a very specific drinking atmosphere. I almost expected characters from Animal House to come through the bar in togas.
If you are a sports fan, you’re in luck at Red Jack, as the bar has four large screen televisions posted around the bar. There’s also a dart board for those who prefer to play rather than watch, and the bar’s outdoor patio offers a welcome respite from the pungent bar air. Red Jack has a strong neighborhood vibe; the bartenders make a point of knowing each patron’s name and favorite drink. It’s a melting pot of sports fans, tourists, and workers from Pier 39 looking to escape the masses.
Red Jack Saloon
131 Bay St
San Francisco, CA 94133