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McTeague's Saloon

Map & Directions 1237 Polk
San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Sun, Sat 6am-2am, Mon-Fri 12pm-2am
  • Wifi Access


SF Weekly's Description

Located down the block from Frank Norris Street, this Polk Gulch saloon is named for the protagonist of Norris' novel McTeague, a Victorian-era tale about a doomed San Francisco dentist - hence the decorative gold tooth hanging outside the door. That literary reference, however, is probably lost on the jocks who crowd into McTeague's on weekends to watch sports on the many flat-screen TVs. The bar interior is an admittedly confusing blend of Old West taproom (horse murals, wagon wheels) and Irish pub (dark wood timbers, fake stone walls, "football" team colors), but you can always slip into one of the high-backed booths, quaff some of the European ales and American microbrews on tap, and admire the paintings of the bar's patron saints: Charles Bukowski, Kurt Cobain, Richard Pryor, Joe Strummer, et al.

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  • TenderKnob.com on 02/16/10

    Extremely friendly bar staff & owners, Im a bartender myself this place rocks

  • joshua w. on 10/06/09

    The bar to go to if you're a homesick Texan. $2 bottles of Lone Star and Shiner Black. Great jukebox.

  • Brian E. on 06/26/10

    This place is anybar USA.

  • George K. on 01/04/10

    Pretty much the best place in SF to watch English Premier League Football (soccer to you yanks) matches. Not a 'territorial' bar, you'll often find United, Liverpool and Arsenal fans side-by-side

  • Rob R. on 11/21/11

    Fantastic spot in the middle of everything on Polk. Great jukebox as well. Also, if you're going next door to Mayes, pop in here after you get your stamp for some mellower drinks before the madness.

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