Friday, January 13, 2017

San Francisco: House of Shields


House of Shields  39 New Montgomery St./Market St., South of Market, (415) 284-9958.  M-F 2pm-2am, Sat-Sun 3pm-2am; $$.  Situated in a stellar location across the street from the Palace Hotel  (in fact, it was the bar for this hotel until they built their own, and during its stint as a speakeasy for the duration of Prohibition it had an underground passage to the hotel), this old-timer has been around since 1908.  It was a men-only bar until 1972 and has no TVs or clocks.  The bar, made of redwood, has a wood arm rail and brass foot rail that seem to beg you to lean for a while, and the decor features vintage dark wood walls, wood booths lined in proper pinstriping, art deco lamps, and a marble mosaic floor.  Currently it serves no food--only cocktails and bar drinks--and has no printed menu, so order up something classic. 


exterior of House of Shields in San Francisco
exterior of House of Shields in San Francisco


bar at House of Shields in San Francisco
exterior of House of Shields in San Francisco

 
cocktails at House of Shields in San Francisco
cocktails at House of Shields in San Francisco


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