On January 1, 1998, smoking was officially banned in all California
bars. This law is generally enforced and though San Francisco's police
department has not made bar raids a priority, people caught smoking
in bars can be ticketed and fined. If you must smoke, do it outside.
★ Johnny Foley's Irish House
UNION SQUARE This spacious pub
serves a full menu of Irish and non-
Irish fare, has a large selection of
Irish whiskies and single-malts and
screens European soccer. 243 O'Far-
rell St. (between Mason & Powell
sts.) y 415/954-0777. www.johnny
foleys.com. Bus: 27, 38. Cable car:
Powell lines. Map p 119.
★★ Mad Dog in the Fog HAIGHT
This quirky British pub is the best
place to watch European soccer.
It's also good for a pint of bitter
and a game of darts. 530 Haight St.
(between Steiner & Fillmore sts.)
y 415/626-7279. Bus: 22, 67. Map
★ O'Reilly's Irish Pub &
Restaurant NORTH BEACH
You'll find your pint of Guinness at
this cozy joint, along with Irish
lamb stew and the less traditional
“Irishman's quesadilla.” 622 Green St.
(between Powell St. & Columbus Ave.)
y 415/989-6222. www.oreillysirish.
com. Bus: 15, 30, 41, 45. Cable car:
Powell-Mason line. Map p 119.
★ Toronado Pub HAIGHT A
boisterous Lower Haight hangout
with over 40 microbrews on tap and
dozens of bottled beers. Bonus:
Most pints are $2.50 until 6pm
every day . 547 Haight St. (between
Steiner & Fillmore sts.) y 415/863-
2276. www.toronado.com. Bus: 6, 7,
22. Map p 120.
★ Bimbo's 365 Club NORTH
BEACH Swanky 1930s decor, com-
plete with chandeliers and tux-clad
servers belies the low-key atmos-
phere at this North Beach staple,
which is more likely to feature rock
and hip-hop than jazz or cabaret.
1025 Columbus Ave. (at Chestnut St.).
y 415/474-0365. www.bimbos365
club.com. Tickets $18-$40. Bus: 30.
Cable car: Powell-Mason. Map p 119.
★★ Bottom of the Hill POTRERO
HILL This unpretentious rock club
draws a broad cross section of rock
'n' roll fans. Happy hour takes place
Friday from 3 to 7pm. 1233 17th St.
(at Missouri St.). y 415/621-4455.
$6-$14. Bus: 22. Map p 119.
★★★ Fillmore Auditorium
WESTERN ADDITION The club
that featured bands like Jefferson Air-
plane and the Grateful Dead is once
again the best rock venue in town.
1805 Geary Blvd. (at Fillmore St.).
y 415/346-6000. www.thefillmore.
com. Tickets $17-$35. Bus: 22, 38.
Map p 120.
★★ Slim's SOMA Co-owned by
musician Boz Scaggs, this bar and
restaurant plays rock and hip-hop
acts almost nightly. Hot acts sell out
quickly. 333 11th St. (at Folsom St.).
www.slims-sf.com. Cover free-$30.
Bus: 9, 47. Map p 119.