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Northstar Cafe

Map & Directions 1560 Powell
San Francisco, CA 94133
  • Daily 1pm-2am


SF Weekly's Description

From outside, you can hear the click-clack of pool balls colliding. The windows are large and there's a backdoor leading from the pool table to a quiet, tree-lined street. The bar itself is inconspicuous, so the sounds of the break shot or the cheers from sports-loving patrons are the markers that this low-profile building is indeed a bar. On the weekends, however, it gets crowded and the pool table gets moved to make room for a makeshift dance floor. The jukebox is eclectic, skewing slightly towards classic rock but featuring some mainstream pop, indie rock, and for some reason a whole lot of Michael Jackson, which helps drive the weekend dance parties.

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  • rayrauch
    rayrauch wrote a review for Northstar Cafe
    on 05/16/12

    People come from all over town to watch sports or just meet new friends.
    Good happy hour and fun place to be!

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Tips from foursquare

  • Bravo on 01/27/10

    This is the only dive bar I go to because it's so close to my house. They have a jukebox so you decide the music style. You're in control!! -Mattin Noblia, Top Chef

  • Brent Y. on 01/07/12

    The mayor is a bitch.

  • Steve P. on 03/05/13

    They play the Buffalo Sabres games! You can request the audio for the back TVs and they can still play music in the front. Pool table and great beer selection.

  • Rob R. on 11/21/11

    "Bus Stop East" for me. Love this bar. Usually a good cheap beer on tap. They also run a (free!) football pool every week that can get you a $50 gift certificate (for here or for Shanghai Kelly's).

  • Gadling on 09/29/10

    Staff can be a little surly, but the overall vibe is relaxed, and the beer selection is pretty fantastic. Look for the photos of boobs on the walls.

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