Shotwell’s is your classic neighborhood beer bar, with a twist. The twist is that Shotwell’s is confident in its formula and won’t change for fads of the day. The bar opened in 1891 as the Schlichtmann & Bredhofy Grocery Saloon, but besides the smart name change and occasional restoration, Shotwell’s probably looks and feels the same it did over 100 years ago. It’s a classy saloon, an upscale dive that puts you at ease and makes you feel welcome.
Based on its location in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, you might think Shotwell’s is a den of hipsters, fixed-wheel bikes and waxed moustaches. Luckily, that’s not the case. The bar remains a down-to-earth pub no matter what’s happening around it. The well-rounded beer selection is painted onto the giant mirror behind the bar and features tasty local and international options, including Big Daddy IPA and Kostritzer. Though the prices aren’t cheap, there’s a long happy hour where everything is $1 off and you’re getting a decent value based on the quality of the surroundings. The crowd at Shotwell’s is laid-back and cool, just like the bar. Though it’s rarely packed, you’ll see plenty of people deep in conversation at the bar or one of the tables in the front. On top of that, there’s always action at the pool table and sometimes at the pinball machines in the back.
It’s hard to pigeon-hole Shotwell’s because it has a little something for everyone. It’s not too much of a scene, but just enough of one to keep you entertained any day of the week. Grab a good beer, kick back and relax.
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