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A charming bit of San Francisco history, the Little Shamrock is one of the oldest bars in the city -- and, thankfully, it hasn't felt the need to change much since it opened over a century ago. Local old-timers mingle with new neighbors, and sporty youngsters come in from Golden Gate Park (located directly across the street) to sip affordable drinks while surrounded by comfortably worn old furniture and historical decor. You can also play a game of backgammon on the tables in front, shoot darts in the chalk-slathered back room, or simply pull up a stool to the vintage wood bar and catch up on current events.
As far as booze-related, hands-on historical homework goes, the fact that San Francisco contains two of the top ten oldest bars in the United States could radically transform even the most unintereste... More »
The Little Shamrock has been around for a long time, since before the Great San Francisco Earthquake in 1906. As the story goes, the wall clock stopped running during the Great Quake. I remember going into the bar and hearing the story in the late 80's. I was also living in the neighborhood when the Loma Prieta quake hit San Francisco in 1989. And apparently, during that quake, the clock started running again. I can't vouch for the first part of the story (I'm not *that* old) but I can pretty much vouch for the second part.
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