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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."(4 Tips)
    JP S.
    "... days a week" - Eric 'elderflower special' the barman"(2 Tips)
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  • Caro S.
    Perfect for after work. However no happy hour. Always crowded. Beer selection is ok, better to take a cocktail.
  • 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
    ShinalApril 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!
  • 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
  • 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 10+ 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.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MorrisonApril 7, 2013
    Good cocktails, great classic downtown atmosphere.
  • Matt P.
    Matt PallattFebruary 27, 2013
    Hardest house spirits I ever drank. Good pours though. Name your poison, generics seem to get you unknown filth. Dark ambient environment is just what the doctor ordered, failure of the liver not so.
  • Addie B.
    Addie BjornsenFebruary 13, 2013
    If you don't want a mixed drink that takes five minutes to make and just want a beer, go somewhere else.
  • Ilana S.
    Ilana SiegelmanJanuary 17, 2013
    Ask the bartenders the about whiskey vs bourbon. Full of info!
  • Raul K.
    Raul KeallyJanuary 9, 2013
    Now that's a urinal
  • Schlomo R.
    Schlomo RabinowitzDecember 17, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Wow, has this place fallen from its former glory! Or something.
  • Danny S.
    Danny SauterDecember 10, 2012
    A small slice of New York City in San Francisco. That's a very good thing. Enjoy!
  • Kai H.
    Kai HsingDecember 5, 2012
    Post work, you can't leave your seat for a second before someone tries to take it here.
  • Aleksey I.
    Aleksey IvankinNovember 21, 2012
    Best bar in downtown.
  • Tim V.
    Tim VetterOctober 18, 2012
    Supposedly until 1976 the place was a gentlemen's club where women were not allowed (unless they were prostitutes). http://sanfrancisco.grubstreet.com/2010/01/financial_district_saloon_the.html
  • Luciano A.
    Luciano Aldana IIAugust 20, 2012
    Try the The Aviator - Plymouth Gin base Cocktail from the 1940s. #foodie #SFfoodie
  • Steve R.
    Steve RudeJuly 20, 2012
    Stepping in here feels like you're going back in time. To an era where people were old and ugly. They carried on with uncomfortable conversation about their startups and hairlines...
  • H ..
    H ...July 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for the tour of the basement and try to find the tunnel that leads to the Palace Hotel. Only VIPs will be allowed down stairs.
  • Drew O.
    Drew OlanoffJuly 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Haven't been since Schlomo left.
  • Brad G.
    Brad GrzesiakJune 15, 2012
    The men's urinal probably qualifies for it's own Foursquare location.
  • Bob R.
    Bob RhodeApril 29, 2012
    The only place I know to get Diplomatica Rum and they pour them right.
  • Cheeky M.
    Cheeky MonkeyApril 15, 2012
    ask the bartender to lay down the James Brown soundtrack. they'll totally do it. and you'll be totally funky as a result.
  • Sterling R.
    Sterling RaphaelApril 12, 2012
    Ignore the special here. Schlomo hasn't even worked or been here in 2 years
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HMarch 28, 2012
    Do something that seems like a good idea but you'll regret later
  • Albert S.
    Albert SomozaFebruary 2, 2012
    Proper old school bar concocting one of the best Pisco sours in SF. Ask Eric about the spaces history
  • Donald
    DonaldJanuary 31, 2012
    If you are looking for a good bite and some good drinks kind of away from the tourists walk down to this hidden treasure (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FalarskiDecember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Moscow mule!
  • Allison
    AllisonNovember 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the moscow mule!
  • Mike L.
    Mike LurzOctober 20, 2011
    Beware of the giant enveloping urinal
  • Brittni H.
    Brittni HaranOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Come early to get a good laugh with Patrick!
  • Sean F.
    Sean FlannaganSeptember 28, 2011
    The genius of this place is expressed in the giant singular ice cube that doesn't water down your whiskey.
  • Carlos S.
    Carlos SalanovaSeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Drink until you see furbies running around
  • Ash P.
    Ash PedgaonkarSeptember 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go here if you want to have drinks with grown ups. This place is classy with great decor yet unpretentious. A good escape from trashy girls who invade the soma neighborhood bars closer to the weekend
  • Craig F.
    Craig FormanSeptember 1, 2011
    Late night - night cap, good place to go.
  • Mathew Gerald G.
    Mathew Gerald GibsonAugust 27, 2011
    Big blocks of ice!!!!
  • Nichola M.
    Nichola MorganAugust 12, 2011
    Love this bar!!!! So much fun. Great atmosphere!
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SantascoyAugust 6, 2011
    Sit upstairs-fresh air & a bit quieter but get drinks downstairs if want a full bar. not accessible.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FisterAugust 2, 2011
    Order the Hitachino beer
  • Bre L.
    Bre LambertJune 23, 2011
    If you want a perfectly poured drink from a hot fire bartender, ask for Stephen.
  • Tricia R.
    Tricia R.June 13, 2011
    Order the Keffir Lime Gimlet. Yummy! Read more
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 24, 2011
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST OLD-SCHOOL BARThis comfy, classy rendezvous is even more welcoming since last year's careful, loving six-month restoration… Read more
  • Nicholas J.
    Nicholas JarrettApril 6, 2011
    Congratulations on being epic.
  • Kat S.
    Kat ShaulFebruary 27, 2011
    French 75 is where it's at!
  • Jason C.
    Jason CookFebruary 16, 2011
    Nice, big ice rocks (cylinders, more like) make this a good place for whiskey that doesn't water down too fast.
  • JP S.
    JP StallardFebruary 11, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    "Tell everyone we're open from 2pm - six days a week" - Eric 'elderflower special' the barman
  • Matt A.
    Matt AlbersFebruary 3, 2011
    2nd bar upstairs
  • AskMen
    AskMenJanuary 7, 2011
    Stepping in here feels like stepping back in time, & the strong pours & lack of televisions help the illusion. Read more
  • Sarah G.
    Sarah GDecember 31, 2010
    Try the Dark and Stormy
  • Russell D.
    Russell DickerDecember 24, 2010
    Ask Eric for the Elderflower Special. Tell him Russell suggested it.
  • Nathan S.
    Nathan S.December 10, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Order Belvedere!
  • Hakim T.
    Hakim TerryJune 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Having one of my last vodka martinis here. First one was in '91.
  • Valentina C.
    Valentina CJune 6, 2010
    Dance partay with friends tonight.
  • David T.
    David ThompsonApril 20, 2010
    Play D20 based drinking game with your best friend.
  • Carly B.
    Carly BasingerMarch 6, 2010
    Schlomo isn't here!!!!!
  • Scott S.
    Scott SilvermanJanuary 28, 2010
    Don't fall for the 4square special about schlomo. It's a scam.
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