Travel Reference
In-Depth Information
Smoking Laws
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.
Pubs
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
p 120.
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.
Rock/Alternative Venues
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.
www.bottomofthehill.com. Cover
$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.
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