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4 out of 5 stars
Photograph: Noelle Chun Shotwell's

A neighborhood fixture since 1891, Shotwells has a dedicated core of regulars, most of whom live nearby and come to shoot pool, play darts, watch sports or just hang out. If the bar looks straight out of the saloon days, that's because it is—the place dates from 1906 and even bears some bullet holes left by long-forgotten scuffles. Though the atmosphere is completely unassuming and down to earth, the bar has an impressive list of regional, local and international beers, both bottled and on tap. The draft selection is thoughtfully and affordably curated with pours of Crispin cider, Paulaner Hefe-Weizen and Young's Double Chocolate Stout, as well as local favorites like Anchor Steam Beer and Speakeasy Payback Porter. The bar doesn't serve food, but maintains a relaxed attitude about regulars bringing in their own snacks to accompany the beer and conversation.


Venue name: Shotwell's
Address: 3349 20th St
San Francisco

Cross street: at Shotwell St
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 4:30pm–2am; 4pm–1am Sun
Transport: Bus 12, 14, 49
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