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Edinburgh Castle Pub

If you have a penchant for good whiskey, tartans, and all things Scottish, the Edinburgh Castle is your place. A wrap-around balcony allows you a perfect view of every young writer, pool shark, and musician in the place while you savor your pint. Upstairs, catch live music, plays, poetry readings and a very popular trivia night. Kilts are not required here, but do not be surprised if you see one or two.

950 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94109

Adding a new flavor to the drinking and dining scene of San Francisco, Upcider is an upscale English pub that has got everything to do with the fruity ciders and American food. To begin with, this pub has a menu with a selection of ciders (previously unheard-of in the city), some of which are fetched from far off places, like the Henney’s Vintage cider from England and Astarbe cider from Basque Country. Apart from this, the gastro-pub has a variety of lip-smacking delicacies like burgers, sandwiches and pizzas, to take care of your hunger pangs. Helped by an excellent team of waiting staff and an ambiance that is unlike the dark and rustic English pubs, the place is a pub you have to visit to sip on well-crafted ciders.

1160 Polk Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94109
Johnny Foley's Irish House

Although it looks like an authentic Dublin pub from the outside, you do not have to be Irish to enjoy this place. The cultural flavor of Johnny's is definitely mixed with a heady brew of Irish beers, Scotch malts, Italian food, and American hamburgers. An equally mixed crowd is found enjoying it all as it is served up by a boisterous and efficient wait staff.

243 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
The Irish Bank

Housed in an old Irish hostelry, this authentic pub is popular with all the city's drinkers, local and visiting alike. The brick walls are covered in photos, antiques and many other things Irish and there is a wide selection of beers and spirits. The food is an interesting Celtic-California combo, served while UK rock plays in the background. Enjoy a burger & fries or Grilled Salmon and a pint. If you are looking for a fun night, then Irish Bank won’t let you down.

10 Mark Lane, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94108
Black Horse London Pub

This tiny storefront does a remarkable impression of an authentic London pub. It might not have the seasoned wood paneling of the Old World version, but it does have a lived-in charm and a good selection of beers for you to down. Though the place is a hole in the wall, the interesting paraphernalia that surrounds you here will keep you intrigued. One wall of the pub is decorated with currencies of various nations along with hand-written notes to the owner. A bathtub does a great job of a make-shift refrigerator for beer bottles. At the Black Horse London Pub, you will never know who you are brushing elbows with but the camaraderie among regulars is quite evident here. You can have a game of darts while keeping up with the latest soccer match on the bar's television, whether in company of friends or alone, Black Horse London Pub shows you a great time.

1514 Union Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94123
Pig & Whistle

Names like this are expected of traditional English pubs, as is good beer, pool tables, darts, and an extensive menu of stick-to-your ribs pub grub. All of these and more are found here at The Pig & Whistle Bar and Restaurant. If you are still in doubt about the authenticity of the place, a look at the pub cricket team and a taste of the Shepherd's Pie will convince you. As will the Brit-heavy crowd of twenty to thirty-somethings that frequent this place.

2801 Geary Boulevard, At Wood Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94118

For the beer-drinking enthusiasts of the world, Schroeder's proves that you don't have travel to Germany to enjoy a great German brew. Locals swear that it's the best German pub in the city, and a great place to get together with old friends or have a beer with a new one. They are known for their European beers on tap and assortment of imported bottled brews. Try your favorite beer in a pint or even a boot. Schroeder's offers a mix between authentic German fair with a Californian flair.

240 Front Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94111
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