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The Irish Bank

Irish Pub$$$$
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco
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  • The experts at The Corcoran Group and SFist recommend this place
    • The Corcoran Group
    • SFist
  • Abby P.
    "Shepherds Pie will be the best thing you've ever put in your mouth!"(14 Tips)
    Tom D.
    "Smithwicks was a great first choice!"(3 Tips)
    Hatice U.
    "Blue cheese fries and smoked salmon &trout: killer buddies!!"(4 Tips)
    The Corcoran Group
    "delicious Fish and Chip or Shepherd’s pie."(5 Tips)
121 Tips and reviews
  • shepherd's pie
  • happy hour
  • outdoor seating
  • smithwicks
  • authentic
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  • Jeremy
    JeremyJuly 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This is a great place to go after work. Good food + solid drink pricing. The staff is always friendly as well. Sit outside on a nice day.
  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LittleFebruary 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Came here 3 times while staying at Hotel Triton around the corner. Loved the atmosphere and the food. A few awesome vegetarian options.....the curry was my favorite (order it spicy!)
  • Erin F.
    Erin FreyOctober 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I come here because I'm new to this city and don't know other bars to take people...but it's a fun place with outdoor seating and at this exact moment, an awesome Giants game. It's a fun place!
  • SFist
    SFistMarch 17, 2016
    Looking for some authentic Irish food this weekend? The Irish Bank is the place to be on Thursday and on Saturday for the parade. Grab a few pints and head to the historic alley to celebrate. Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJune 19, 2011
    Grab a seat outside at this romantic Irish Pub and order up a perfectly poured Guinness and delicious Fish and Chip or Shepherd’s pie.
  • Arte Y.
    Arte YescasNovember 23, 2015
    lively, great food and beer, I recommend the sauerkraut and bratwurst
  • diana🦑
    diana🦑1 week ago
    only place in the area open until 2am (or even midnight) on sundays! they also have a fun intimate booth
  • Rob B.
    Rob BlakeDecember 15, 2010
    Bartenders are efficient but not smiley...atmosphere is cheese fries totally rock...can't go wrong with Shepard's Pie...overall good place to burn a night!
  • Jose B.
    Jose BerengueresApril 4, 2014
    The Irish writers go not under appreciated overlooking the tinder crowds that sip Guinness drafts
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengJanuary 17, 2016
    Grab the Magner's Hard Cider on tap, or a Long Island. They also have an interesting confessional booth which I imagine has quite a few interesting stories.
  • Darshan K.
    Darshan Kalkani October 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    My new favorite. Nice array of beers. Option of outdoor and indoor. Good ambiance. Good food.
  • MetroWize
    MetroWizeMarch 14, 2012
    Union Square gets rowdy at the Irish Bank with their annual block party. The festivities start up at 9am with the block party kicking off at noon, featuring live Irish rock, and DJs till midnight. Read more
  • Jonathan V.
    Jonathan VuSeptember 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Fish and chips are bomb! Ask for dice if you wanna play 1,4,24. The sink and hand dryer in the men's bathroom stall is a nice touch. Go make friends!
  • Jymmi J.
    Jymmi JamesApril 8, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Neighborhood staple, old boy feel. Decent food and the staff are super cool.
  • Tristan R.
    Tristan RambergSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you don't like pilsner, dark, or light beer, order a Mirror Pond on tap. Goes good with just about anything.
  • Thorsten L.
    Nice Irish Pub off the beaten path. Food is ok'ish (for someone that is frequently in London). Service was bad.
  • mayu-chan
    mayu-chanOctober 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fave pub in the area. Good food, beers on tap, and foreign tourists enliven. My spot for St. Paddie's Day.
  • Cathy A.
    Cathy AllenApril 12, 2013
    Cool place in a great location. If you are not sitting at the bar... Be prepared for SLOW service!
  • Ray H.
    Ray HartjenSeptember 7, 2015
    Great place for a beer with friends. Outdoor seating available too.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MannOctober 10
    Outdoor seating is a winner, in particular if you're a smoker, if you know what I mean...
  • Robin S.
    Robin SayerOctober 18, 2011
    Great bar for an Irish breakfast in the middle of the city. Dont be put off by the outside.
  • Liz T.
    Liz ThomasDecember 30, 2012
    Awesome Irish bar tucked away in an alley but filled with a good offering of Scotches, Whiskeys and Bourbons.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresMarch 10, 2012
    Great place to sit outside for happy hour when the weather is nice!
  • Jake S.
    Jake StrawnApril 17, 2010
    Found this place just a block from my hotel, and love the outdoor seating, fun atmosphere... will be visiting here multiple times during my stay!!
  • Michael S.
    Michael SquiresOctober 4, 2011
    Service is fast and the waitresses are friendly. You can't go wrong with bangers and beer.
  • Niki Katherine H.
    Wondering what "the confessional" is? It's the private/enclosed secret booth just past the bar area. Best seat in the house!
  • Brian L.
    Brian LongtinMarch 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Giant alleyway patio is no frills but always a great time.
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan TomaykoJanuary 6, 2010
    Get The Banger -- with mashed, not fries (duh) -- and a side of Irish bacon. Wash it down with a Basil Haden's and as many Smithwicks as you require.
  • Angelica D.
    Angelica DongalloDecember 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Beeeeeeeeeer. Comfort food is great, but the quality is meh. This place feels authentic and community-driven
  • Kian L.
    Kian LaviApril 1, 2016
    Hidden gem around here. Their appetizers are so good
  • R W.
    R WilliamsMarch 16, 2016
    Irish stew, draft beer, shepherd's pie.
  • Hilario C.
    Hilario CoimbraAugust 15, 2011
    Came here to watch EPL game on a Monday afternoon. Nice waitress, decent shepherd's pie, and met a fellow footy fan to converse with.
  • Brian S.
    Brian ShalerSeptember 16, 2011
    Everything below is bang on + the Mac and Cheese. Great place to chill.
  • JD S.
    JD SchulzApril 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fish & Chips is great. Shepherds pie is yummy.
  • Amber C.
    Amber Carson MillerNovember 29, 2012
    Lots of space outside. Great for happy hour after work.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FleggAugust 16, 2016
    Stew was awesome, bar staff and atmosphere was great.
  • Abby P.
    Abby ProctonDecember 28, 2011
    Shepherds Pie will be the best thing you've ever put in your mouth!
  • Delmemo S.
    Delmemo SunFebruary 10, 2013
    Fantastic here! [CheckInReminder reminds me to check in here! Check it here:]
  • Robert H.
    Robert HendryMay 18, 2013
    Sit outside and love the city you live in!
  • Hakim T.
    Hakim TerryMarch 7, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the curry sauce for your fries. Also, they speak Fernet and Paddy here.
  • Howard D.
    Howard De La LanzaOctober 15, 2015
    Good service, nice beer selection, hard to find
  • Michael R.
    Michael RivasDecember 9, 2012
    Amazing! Great service, food and Guinness! What more can you ask?
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BainesSeptember 21, 2011
    I had a decent BLT here, and evidently the mash is not actually better than the fries.
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan PercySeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Irish Bank is neither Irish nor a bank. Talk amongst yourselves. Oh, and the Bank Burger is top notch.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan StonerMay 21, 2011
    Get the Mopix special. A shot of Jameson and a Guiness.
  • Jess M.
    Jess MFebruary 27, 2012
    "The best fish & chips I've ever had in an alley," according to my husband.
  • Felipe L.
    Felipe LahtiApril 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Grilled New York Steak and a Leffe! Great combination!
  • Vijay K.
    Vijay KrishnanJuly 23, 2011
    Loved the Guinness and magners! Great atmosphere good beer.
  • Izabella B.
    Izabella BarbozaMarch 17, 2013
    What kind of service is that? The bartender refused to get me a new drink saying that he had pizza in the back and that he didn't care about us. I will never come here again and I dont recommend here.
  • Matias V.
    Matias ValenzuelaJanuary 24, 2012
    Try the lagunitas beer, it's a strong beer though. Definitely not cat piss.
  • John H.
    John HurleyFebruary 17, 2013
    Fun staff, ask for a massage. Pour Guinness the right way.
  • Tiago F.
    Tiago FerreiraNovember 12, 2015
    Veggie burger and Belgium beer from the tap.
  • Hatice U.
    Hatice U.November 7, 2013
    Blue cheese fries and smoked salmon &trout: killer buddies!!
  • Pamela K.
    Pamela KingMarch 30, 2013
    Get there early for Friday happy hour. Becomes packed fast
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff Reine 🌧July 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best bank in town
  • GG
    GGSeptember 22, 2012
    Best Irish Coffee in the city
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SchmittMay 16, 2011
    Ask for a side of curry sauce with your fries. Read more
  • John D.
    John DohertyAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Beer at happy hour, outside. Need I say more?
  • Cindo
    CindoApril 1, 2011
    Mmm, that shepards pie is great! Service is fast and friendly!
  • Ceri M.
    Ceri MayApril 16, 2010
    This was suggested to me in @chirp, its close to the hotel and as I missed out on the @chirp after party will have to check it out. Read more
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxApril 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try to get the confessional booth. What happens there, stays there (and foursquare/twitter.)
  • Trafford 🍺
    Trafford 🍺September 30, 2012
    Great "patio" setting. A great pint!
  • Julia W.
    Julia WestFebruary 11, 2014
    Shepards pie is good, but terrible service, even at the bar. Bartender devotes all her time to flirting with sleazy dudes.
  • Karen K.
    Karen KJune 2
    You can sit outside and have your pup with you. :)
  • Danny C.
    Danny CastilloMarch 11, 2014
    Shepard's Pie or Fish and Chips
  • Alessandro R.
    Alessandro RizzoliMarch 18, 2012
    Get the real Irish breakfast. Delicious!
  • zippy
    zippyApril 19, 2014
    Stick to beer -- my bank margarita had less booze than a diet coke
  • Candice D.
    Candice DayoanDecember 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best irish coffees in the area
  • David S.
    David SpinksApril 14, 2012
    Best. Shepherds pie. Ever. Wash it down with a smooth bottingtons.
  • Carlos S.
    Carlos SalanovaFebruary 7, 2012
    Try the Boddington's with the garlic fries
  • Alain R.
    Alain RaittAugust 28, 2013
    The Reuben is excellent!!
  • Cathy A.
    Cathy AllenApril 8, 2013
    Shepard's Pie lives up to the hype!
  • Hatice U.
    Hatice U.June 25, 2013
    Chimay (Belgium) is the best!!
  • wheat knee
    wheat kneeApril 3, 2012
    Vegetarian shepherds pie??? Shut up!! :)
  • Baxter a.
    Order the drink with booze in it
  • Jessica K.
    Jessica KinlundJanuary 11, 2010
    Order the beef stew or the Shepard's pie. Both are phenomenal.
  • Tim M.
    Tim McLaughlinMay 21, 2012
    The Reuben is great!
  • MetaNet IVS
    MetaNet IVSFebruary 20, 2012
    Get your proper pint of Guinness here.
  • Devin B.
    Devin BasileApril 23, 2016
    I have one thing to say: JFK shrine.
  • Delyn S.
    Delyn SimonsSeptember 24, 2013
    Reuben sandwich with fries.
  • Burc
    BurcOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    shots are cheap and huge!!!
  • Antoine M.
    Antoine M.September 30, 2012
    A few pints with cheddar french fries ...
  • Ngoc N.
    Ngoc NAugust 13, 2009
    This may sound strange, but their patio is a great place to celebrate Bastille Day in the afternoon.
  • Adam N.
    Adam N.February 18, 2011
    An out of towner, this is just what I was looking for.
  • Bonnie R.
    Bonnie ReitzJuly 12, 2016
    Shepherd's Pie!
  • Megan T.
    Megan TarosAugust 30, 2012
    Magners on tap!
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WhiteDecember 9, 2010
    Blue cheese fries are amaaaaazing.
  • Tom D.
    Tom DMarch 3, 2011
    Smithwicks was a great first choice!
  • John C.
    John CannizzaroApril 6, 2013
    Sit outside!
  • Jill A.
    Jill AdelphiaFebruary 21, 2010
    The blue cheese fries are the light at the end of a dark alley.
  • Bil K.
    Bil KilohApril 11, 2012
    Katherine is the best....
  • Doc P.
    Doc PopOctober 13, 2011
    Try the Fish and Chips
  • Tommy L.
    Tommy LeepMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Secret side entrance on Grant for St Pattys
  • Phil N.
    Phil NacionalesJanuary 23, 2010
    Don't order things in a psuedo Irish accent or say thing like 'wicked' ala Bostonians... Someone will get offended
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GDecember 28, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Confess in the confessional, but, only after you've had too many.
  • Carly B.
    Carly BasingerMarch 6, 2010
    Sit outside and sip savor a Guiness. Delightful! Cheers!
  • Dionne K.
    Dionne KilohApril 11, 2012
    One more beer before you leave! Here at the bank
  • Yogie T.
    Yogie The_PonyDecember 28, 2012
    I'm in the booth! It's good to be back home.
  • Salim T.
    Salim T.October 2, 2010
    Try the Harp. It's outstanding!
  • deb m.
    deb millerOctober 14, 2010
    Fantastic bloody mary!
  • Amanda K.
    Amanda KarrDecember 30, 2011
    Mmm Turkey Club Melt!
  • Danny M.
    Danny MartinMarch 9, 2011
    This Irish Bar is the Shit!
  • Brian S.
    Brian ShalerSeptember 16, 2011
    91% on Urbanspoon
  • Sachin A.
    Sachin AgarwalFebruary 3, 2012
    Left because no one would serve us at the tables. So now they have an extra empty table.
  • zvuki
    zvukiJuly 30, 2015
    What they call fish & chips is just a joke.
  • Michael I.
    Michael IveyNovember 5, 2009
    Get the blue cheese fries. fantastic.
  • Nick A.
    Nick AvedesianJanuary 4, 2010
    Get a cheeseburger with avo and bacon!
  • Nate E.
    Nate ElmoreJanuary 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Always order from the bar. Waitresses take way too long.
  • Beth S.
    Beth SachnoffAugust 25, 2009
    order curry sauce and fries with your pint
  • Andrew P.
    Andrew P.December 13, 2010
    One word: Smithwicks.
  • Cassie Q.
    Cassie Quinn-MeadFebruary 17, 2014
    Kinda smells
  • Camie T.
    Camie TNovember 25, 2010
    Bloody mary was one of the worst I've ever had. Stick to beer.
  • Nadine S.
    Nadine SaezJuly 26, 2010
    Fish and chips!
  • Allison S.
    Allison SurowitzOctober 19, 2009
    excellent HH on a sunny day
  • Dean G.
    Dean GebertDecember 14, 2009
    Beef Stew is great.
  • Lucius K.
    Lucius KwokJune 7, 2009
    Get the Magner's hard cider on tap.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MandelkerApril 30, 2010
    Enjoy the czechvar!
  • Glenn F.
    Glenn FinleySeptember 18, 2015
    Watch your bill! The waitress tried to over charge our party, after making us wait 10 minutes to get our bill. The other server was completely rude. Only recommended for masochists.
  • Takekazu O.
    Takekazu OmiJuly 2, 2013
  • Dimitry H.
    Dimitry HennartJanuary 23, 2013
    Foncez sur les french fries, je répète, foncez sur les french fries !
  • Zeynep G.
    Zeynep GabraliFebruary 4, 2013
    Beer beer beer!!!
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