Kezar Pub and Restaurant
770 Stanyan St , San Francisco, CA, USA
Kezar Pub and Restaurant San Francisco Reviews
Part Ireland, Part England, Part Detroit, Not Really San Francisco Apr 11, 2008
If you're on tour in San Francisco but need to watch a sporting event from some far away land, Kezar Pub is your best bet. Located at the far end of Haight-Ashbury across from Golden Gate Park, Kezar is an interesting mix of Irish pub, soccer bar, and American sports bar with all the bangers, mash, and chicken wings you can eat. They open early to show the overseas soccer and rugby matches, but carry on throughout the day with all the US sports action as well.
The menu is simple but large. It's pub grub meets Hooters. The breakfast items include omelets, bangers 'n' mash, and various other Irish breakfast treats. The lunch and dinner menu trends more toward burgers, wings, and rings. But homesick Brits will also find their customary pies and sauce. The beer selection is excellent, at least a dozen on tap including my favorite (if only for the name) "Death and Taxes". The food is decent, service good, and decor a tacky blend of items reflecting the diverse population of sports fanatics that frequent the place. There are t-shirts from local sports teams, scarves from overseas soccer clubs, and pictures of the old 49ers games from their days in Kezar Stadium, which is directly across the street.
Ultimately what you come here for though is to watch sports on TV. They have at least 20 high-def flat screen TVs with both cable and satellite hookups. I admit one of my guiltiest pleasures is showing up there early on a Saturday in the fall, watching a couple English Premier League games (with the obligatory bloody mary or eight) then watching the full schedule of college football games before heading into Golden Gate Park and being even more unproductive. Rugby and soccer fans will find all the important games televised at Kezar. In fact the place was a mad house during this year's Rugby World Cup, resulting in them actually turning people away. This is also the unofficial headquarters for all expats from the exotic nation of Michigan. I believe there is a waitress there that is a huge fan of Detroit sports teams so a regular group of us meet there to watch the Red Wings hockey playoff games together. This Saturday we occupied three flat screen TVs with full audio. A group of Brit soccer fans gave us strange looks when one of the women in our group yelled "hit him with your stick you f***ing p****y!!!" I knew I shouldn't have brought mom. Only kidding.
Kezar also organizes group trips to sporting events such as baseball, football, hockey, basketball, and even soccer. They often have cheap tickets along with free transport and all you can drink on the bus ride over to the venue. All this fun in Haight-Ashbury (though officially Cole Valley), which was essentially the world-capital of the hippie movement in the 1960's. So if you're in San Francisco and absolutely have to watch your home club playing 8,000 miles away at 7am California time, head to Kezar. If your team loses, you can always take a breather across the street in Golden Gate Park or commit yourself to peace and love down in The Haight.
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