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Mar 30, 2008 09:34 AM

SF's best beer joints-like NY's McSorley's

where are your best beer joints---I'm looking for unique places that would compare to NYC's McSorley's a bar that is over 150 years old and only serves 2 things dark ale or regular ale---and looks like it's held together with sawdust, dirt and paint but it is undeniably special---your Tadich Grill looked like a good place to start---where else should I go???

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  1. No place like McSorley's in SF. San Francisco Brewing Company's sort of the brewpub counterpart of Tadich. Closest in atmosphere would be Specs, but it's a regular bar. They're about a block apart.

    San Francisco Brewing Co
    155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Specs' Twelve Adler Museum Cafe
    12 Adler St, San Francisco, CA

    1. Nothing remotely like McSorley's in ambience since Shanty Malone's bit the dust, but The Saloon, 1232 Grant Avenue is nearly as old and smells like it.

      When I lived in New York, McSorley's ("GOOD BEER, RAW ONIONS, NO WOMEN") still didn't allow women, so it was not one of my favorite spots. They had some sort of twofer on the ales that drew me in occasionally, especially when it was beautifully snowing.

      1. You can go to McSorley's when you're at home. Instead of trying to find the closest thing here, why not just check out our best beer joints?

        My favorite in SF is Magnolia Pub, mainly because I prefer hand-pumped cask-conditioned ale and they have five. Eight blocks down the street is Toronado, which has only one hand pump but is otherwise the best beer bar in town.

        Magnolia Pub & Brewery
        1398 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

        Toronado Pub
        547 Haight St, San Francisco, CA

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          thank you for the suggestions-you've kindly helped me here and on several other posts and I can't wait to try them

        2. Another place with an "Old San Francisco" feel would be House of Shields on New Montgomery St. Once mostly known as a three-martini lunch spot, it's let its hair down somewhat (even $2 PBR's on tap!).

          House of Shields Saloon
          39 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA