The Hotel Utah Saloon
Before the Bay Bridge, before Prohibition, when South of Market was just a dusty strip of San Francisco’s waterfront, Hotel Utah was a refuge for gold-seekers, opium users, politicians, and gamblers in search of a Belgian brew brought in by horse and carriage from Utah. Rumor has it, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio would frequent the saloon whenever they were in town, and stay in the hotel upstairs, and Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams both performed on open mic nights, which are still the longest running of their kind in the city.
This 110+ year old bar is a little further from the ballpark than any of the other spots on the list—a whopping half-mile or ten-minute walk—but deserves a mention if only for its friendly bartenders, strong drinks, and the oh-so craveable fries with Utah sauce. If you’re just looking for a drink and a burger, stop in before the game. If you’d like to keep the night going, head there after, though you might have to pay a small cover charge to get inside.
How to book: Walk-ins only.