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The Irish Bank

Irish Pub$$$$
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco
  • 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)
117 Tips and reviews
  • shepherd's pie
  • happy hour
  • outdoor seating
  • smithwicks
  • authentic
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  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LittleFebruary 9, 2014
    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!)
  • 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.
  • 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
    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.
  • 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!
  • Arte Y.
    Arte YescasNovember 23, 2015
    lively, great food and beer, I recommend the sauerkraut and bratwurst
  • 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
  • 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
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Jymmi J.
    Jymmi JamesApril 8
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • Ray H.
    Ray HartjenSeptember 7, 2015
    Great place for a beer with friends. Outdoor seating available too.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresMarch 10, 2012
    Great place to sit outside for happy hour when the weather is nice!
  • Michael S.
    Michael SquiresOctober 4, 2011
    Service is fast and the waitresses are friendly. You can't go wrong with bangers and beer.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Brian S.
    Brian ShalerSeptember 16, 2011
    Everything below is bang on + the Mac and Cheese. Great place to chill.
  • 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 L.
    Brian LongtinMarch 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Giant alleyway patio is no frills but always a great time.
  • R W.
    R WilliamsMarch 16
    Irish stew, draft beer, shepherd's pie.
  • Kian L.
    Kian LaviApril 1
    Hidden gem around here. Their appetizers are so good
  • John H.
    John HurleyFebruary 17, 2013
    Fun staff, ask for a massage. Pour Guinness the right way.
  • Amber C.
    Amber Carson MillerNovember 29, 2012
    Lots of space outside. Great for happy hour after work.
  • JD S.
    JD SchulzApril 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fish & Chips is great. Shepherds pie is yummy.
  • Abby P.
    Abby ProctonDecember 28, 2011
    Shepherds Pie will be the best thing you've ever put in your mouth!
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BainesSeptember 21, 2011
    I had a decent BLT here, and evidently the mash is not actually better than the fries.
  • Hakim S.
    Hakim SayyedMarch 7, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the curry sauce for your fries. Also, they speak Fernet and Paddy here.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FleggAugust 16
    Stew was awesome, bar staff and atmosphere was great.
  • 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!
  • Michael R.
    Michael RivasDecember 9, 2012
    Amazing! Great service, food and Guinness! What more can you ask?
  • Jess M.
    Jess MFebruary 27, 2012
    "The best fish & chips I've ever had in an alley," according to my husband.
  • 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.
  • Howard D.
    Howard De La LanzaOctober 15, 2015
    Good service, nice beer selection, hard to find
  • Matias V.
    Matias ValenzuelaJanuary 24, 2012
    Try the lagunitas beer, it's a strong beer though. Definitely not cat piss.
  • 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.
  • Felipe L.
    Felipe LahtiApril 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Grilled New York Steak and a Leffe! Great combination!
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SchmittMay 16, 2011
    Ask for a side of curry sauce with your fries. Read more
  • Pamela K.
    Pamela KingMarch 30, 2013
    Get there early for Friday happy hour. Becomes packed fast
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