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House of Shields

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Financial District, San Francisco
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  • Scott S.
    "Don't fall for the 4square special about schlomo."(5 Tips)
    Mike D.
    "The largest urinal ever in the men's room."(4 Tips)
    Craig V.
    "Very good old fashioneds."(5 Tips)
    JP S.
    "... days a week" - Eric 'elderflower special' the barman"(2 Tips)
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  • James T.
    James TJanuary 15
    It's a smaller spot, but the drinks are very tasty.
  • Annie T.
    Annie TangDecember 17, 2016
    $12 cocktails and nice vibes on a Friday night, not too crowded. Upstairs area has additional seating
  • Shinal L.
    Shinal LApril 9, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Grab a drink after work and a seat if you can find one. The upstairs area is tiny but the spot has super cute decor with good drinks.
  • Kok Ming N.
    Kok Ming NGMarch 5, 2016
    Nice place to chill
  • Eli H.
    Eli HickoxFebruary 28, 2016
    Penicillin is my absolute favorite
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterJanuary 14, 2016
    Go up stairs. There are some nice wicker chairs and big tables to hang out at with a group.
  • Katie Z.
    Katie ZecharSeptember 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Old fashioned cocktails!
  • Dylan L.
    Dylan LaceyAugust 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cocktails, friendly bar staff and awesome decor.
  • Joseph R.
    Joseph RallAugust 6, 2015
    They always have a fresh new selection of cocktails. Everyone on that list is worth a try
  • Tyler B.
    Tyler BrockJuly 31, 2015
    Reportedly, there's a tunnel that runs from the basement of this bar (est. 1908) to the plush Palace Hotel across the street. It is rumored that when President Warren Harding died in 1923, he did not
  • Amy B.
    Amy BJuly 16, 2015
    Small but if you're lucky to grab a two person booth you'll lounge comfortably.
  • Clare
    ClareJune 21, 2015
    Great cocktails surprisingly
  • Nick H.
    Nick HolroydJune 12, 2015
    Yes to beers. Selfie sticks permitted but not encouraged.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KimApril 22, 2015
    Smoke stack
  • Mae C.
    Mae CauthenApril 13, 2015
    This place is just right with a large group! They have so many great drinks and the music that they play is as amazing as you would imagine, easy to dance to.
  • Christian B.
    Christian BakerMarch 27, 2015
    One of the oldest bars in SF (read: has character on a good way). They have a house cocktail with bourbon and honey which is outstanding.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer StewartMarch 24, 2015
    This is just a wonderful place for fun. I took my friends in here last week and we had a great time. The drinks just kept on flowing and the music was so appealing.
  • Miriam S.
    Miriam SmithMarch 20, 2015
    This is the best place out there to have fun and have a great night with lots of friends. This is one of a kind of a place. They have amazing bars in here as well.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RFebruary 28, 2015
    Stop in for a cocktail.
  • Will B.
    Will BertelsenFebruary 14, 2015
    Smoking Sombrero is a nice cocktail featuring mezcal, cynar, citrus, and chartreuse.
  • Ben C.
    Ben CoffeeJanuary 17, 2015
    They pour their Guinness fairly well
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorNovember 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Very good old fashioneds. Relaxed atmosphere. Gets pretty crowded in here, though.
  • Schlomo R.
    Schlomo RabinowitzOctober 13, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    I used to own it for almost 10yrs and they are still getting bothered by my old Foursquare deal!
    Downvoted Nov 30, 2016
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SchierbeckSeptember 15, 2014
    This old saloon serves a pretty good ale.
  • Reaux P.
    Reaux PackardAugust 29, 2014
    They somehow achieved a dark and smokey atmosphere despite the fact that we couldn't smoke inside. That's awesome!
  • Brad L.
    Brad LeegeAugust 17, 2014
    Paying the deposit for the Moscow Mule copper glasses is well worth it.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GoldenAugust 11, 2014
    All cocktails are good, strong, and relatively inexpensive. Get a seat as far from the door as you can.
  • Charles W.
    Charles WarrenAugust 9, 2014
    Like stepping back in time.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DavisAugust 6, 2014
    The largest urinal ever in the men's room.
  • VI
    VIMay 22, 2014
    Made new friends, drinks were awesome and i would come again
  • Old F.
    Old FashionedMay 17, 2014
    House of Shields makes a good old fashioned
  • Ron H.
    Ron HsuMarch 30, 2014
    Delicious cherries
  • Karina v.
    I got a blood and sand and it was delicious! Would order again.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SweetJanuary 14, 2014
    Have a Moscow Mule. Enjoy the history.
  • Jess N.
    Jess NicholsJanuary 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Old Fashioned.
  • Katherine L.
    Katherine LohJanuary 8, 2014
    Rye manhattan pls
  • Rehmi P.
    Rehmi PostDecember 29, 2013
    ask the bartender to mix a drink of his/her choice with bitters
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LeggettNovember 19, 2013
    They have Pappy, and they make killer classic cocktails in an unpretentious environment.
  • Mario S.
    Mario SundarNovember 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Moscow mules are the best in the city, especially since they are one of the few bars in the city that serves it in the copper mug.
  • Monica L.
    Monica LoOctober 22, 2013
    Phenomenal Moscow Mules
  • Michael L.
    Michael LeeperAugust 29, 2013
    Small place but solid booze selection and is open till 2am.
  • Tiffany H.
    Tiffany HoAugust 29, 2013
    Really can't go wrong with any cocktails. Coming in here makes you feel like you're in Mad Men. So order yourself a strong mix of old fashioned, because it's one of the best in town.
  • Omel R.
    Omel RegaladoAugust 28, 2013
    Small place but awesome bartenders.
  • Kelly A.
    Kelly ArbuckleAugust 27, 2013
    Well constructed cocktail. Que bueno.
  • Marina C.
    Marina CostabileAugust 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Top notch cocktails stirred by the nicest bartenders in the City. No mixology attitude here. Eric is world class!
  • Michael D.
    Michael DeLongJuly 12, 2013
    Cut work early. Get here by 4:30 p.m. at the latest.
  • Laurie
    LaurieJuly 1, 2013
    Open 7 days a week!
  • Nicole Y.
    Nicole YaleJune 16, 2013
    Whiskey cocktail
  • Zach B.
    Zach BoergerMay 18, 2013
    If you want a Moscow mule come here.
  • Jonathan R.
    Jonathan RobinsonApril 19, 2013
    Great old bar. Good vibe.
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