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Pilsner Inn

Map & Directions 225 Church
San Francisco, CA 94114
  • Daily 10am-2am
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining


SF Weekly's Description

At the busy corner of Church and Market in the Castro sits this casual neighborhood sports bar with simple wood tones, a pool table, pinball, and a garden patio. This is more of a straight-friendly gay bar, reminiscent of a small town bar that supports the community pool, softball, and bowling leagues. Trophies and plaques adorn the walls along with a strong, yet random, puffin theme (if you get the chance, you should query the bartender), as well as a few old-school touches such as a hanging surfboard and classic telephone booth.
The urinal is a trough situation, and the women's room requires a key (the bar is boycentric). The patio can accommodate large groups with dark wood benches (with built-in ashtrays) lining the garden and a cornered-off porch for more intimate groups. The patio is well-lit with a transparent canopy, and it never gets smoky even when it's crowded on Friday night. The seating is well-designed so everyone has space, yet it all feels very intimate and social at the same time. A strong rosemary smell, babbling fountains, and Christmas lights help keep the mood calm, juxtaposing the lively but poised position inside, where the '80s hair metal streams from the jukebox.

Member Reviews

  • arealcoolhand wrote a review for Pilsner Inn
    on 12/22/10

    This place is my Cheers. It can be drastically different depending on the day/time you go, but a healthy amount of regulars keep the vibe chill.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Nic W. on 03/14/09

    Drank at the Pilsner!

  • Noelle H. on 01/29/11

    Buy the mayor a beer, please and ty

  • David H. on 02/23/12

    30 beers on tap! Daily specials! Lagers! Ales! Pilsners! Ciders! Stouts! IPAs! Belgians! Locals! Full bar too! And an open-air back patio to top it off!

  • Kevin D(ubeats) on 12/16/11

    We miss Warren!

  • Max K. on 10/05/11

    Posted rules say: "PLEASE NO PETS. SHIRTS & SHOES REQUIRED". I need to find a gay bar where I can take the gimp.

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