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The Chieftain

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The Chieftain
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Irish pubs are awesome happy hour spots, and the Chieftain is a popular post-work watering hole for the Soma tech crowd. The cozy pub has high tables with wooden stools, brick and wooden walls and plenty of nooks and crannies for spirited revelry. There’s nothing fussy about the unpretentious space, and there's always has a sporting event (including European rugby and soccer) on one of the televisions. The staff are wildly friendly and extremely accommodating, and the crowd is lively, but not overly rowdy. The martinis are icy and potent and there is an extensive selection of Irish whiskey and Scotch at the bar. If you work up an appetite, The Chieftain has a menu of bar snacks like fried zucchini and spicy Irish potato bites, as well as bigger dinner portions of beer-battered fish and chips or shepherd’s pie with ground lamb, carrots and mashed potato crust. On weekend evenings, there is live Irish-inspired music.

By: Katie Sweeney


Venue name: The Chieftain
Address: 198 5th St
San Francisco

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2am; Sat-Sun 11am-2am
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