Live bands, giant pool tables, huge TVs, and a rowdy trivia night all ensure that you'll stay entertained at this sprawling Inner Sunset pub. Head to the back for Blackthorn's tucked-away (and heated, in colder temps) patio: a small oasis that lets you escape from the bar noise if you're looking for a more relaxed night over some domestic or imported draft beers. In addition to brews, there's always a solid lineup of barrel-aged cocktails in rotation here, including the Boulevardier, aged for two months in-house, made with rye, campari, and vermouth, and garnished with an orange peel.
The thing that makes Blackthorn so great is that it’s just a typical sports bar (in the best way possible), something that’s oddly hard to find in San Francisco. It’s got a chill vibe, tons of seating (including a few comfy booths), 20 HDTVs with two sound zones that show all of the NFL, MLB, MLS, and NBA games, as well as UFC and boxing pay-per-view events, an outside patio with a TV, 14 beers on draft, a full bar, pool tables (free during happy hour), and WiFi. They also open early on weekends for college and NFL football, so you won’t ever miss an early kickoff (10 am on Saturdays and 9:15 am on Sundays). There isn’t food, but Blackthorn has a book of menus if you want to order something to be delivered (or just pop across the street and get the famous wings from San Tung).