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The Little Shamrock – Inner Sunset

I have the feeling that a lot of people experience The Little Shamrock for the first time after being dragged in by friends. The name and exterior don’t give one any idea of how wonderful the bar is. The Little Shamrock is actually the second oldest bar in San Francisco, and unlike the oldest, it doesn’t smell of a hundred years of beer and piss. Instead it’s a friendly pub with lots of comfy seating and board games for entertainment. The bar has its host of regulars, but newcomers are quickly made to feel at home as well. The bartenders are incredibly friendly, and all of them make an excellent Irish Coffee.

The Little Shamrock can get fairly crowded at times, but there is usually enough room for everyone to fit in comfortably. It’s bigger than it seems at first, with an extra room and fireplace tucked away at the far end of the bar. While there are a few televisions above the bar, the volume has rarely been turned on when I have been there, and the bartenders have pretty awesome taste in music. This is one neighborhood bar worth the trip across the City for me.

The Little Shamrock

807 Lincoln Way
(between 10th Ave & 9th Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94122

(415) 661-0060


2 responses

  1. Sean

    This place is definitely a local semi-hidden gem. Even watching a random World Cup game here a few years ago was an enjoyable lowkey (non-sports bar) kinda vibe. And as local legend has it, the ‘broken’ clock hanging on the wall is a survivor of the 1906 earthquake. Still stuck on the time when it hit. (Take that with your Guinness and Jameson shot of course. 😉

    December 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm

  2. Jack Wood

    My outdoor volleyball playing friends and I frequented this place in the nineteen-eighties. Insiders in our large group simply called it “the bar”; there was no need for further explanation. I can’t count how many times I was there when they yelled out “Last Call!”

    The incredibly beautiful Tammy was one of the bartenders. Later on, our good friend Ray Young worked here. After his untimely death, the notice of his memorial service was taped to the wall where it still stands. I’ll always remember the good times there; it was a home away from home.

    January 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm

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