Ireland’s 32 – Inner Richmond
To be honest, I am not generally a big fan of Irish bars. Irish bars are usually synonymous with sports bars, and nothing bores me more than being stuck in a crowded bar surrounded by people yelling about the game. I decided to hit up a few Irish bars in one day, basically as a way to get them over with in a short period of time. However, I didn’t realize that the Saturday after Thanksgiving is an off day for a lot of bars, and I found myself quite enjoying three Inner Richmond Irish bars during their slow hours.
Drinking at Ireland’s feels like drinking inside of a giant beer barrel, with old, stained wood covering every surface. The space is large, with lots of seating and a corner stage for live bands on weekends and karaoke on Wednesday nights. (There is also an upstairs “VIP” room for private events.) I counted nine flat screen televisions displaying sports around the bar, but on a slow Saturday, no one was paying attention and the sound system was blaring a 70’s/80’s easy listening station. On my visit the other patrons were all die hard regulars, but luckily of the friendly variety. Ireland’s was a surprisingly nice place to sip Jameson and people watch through the windows.
(between 3rd Ave & 4th Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94118