Posted by: nancycurteman | April 16, 2012

Taste a Bit of Ireland in San Francisco

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There’s a wee bit of Ireland in San Francisco. Johnny Foley’s Irish House, established in 1998, is one of San Francisco’s quintessential gathering places. Located just steps from historic Union Square, it’s an authentic example of what makes the Irish pub truly unique.

The pub is named after a real Irish rogue, Johnny Foley, who was a San Francisco legend. He was given to sharing a bit of the blarney over a pint or two or three. He was an Irish tenor and an “almost star.” A story tells of one occasion after a very satisfying pub visit Johnny was arrested for disturbing the peace. He actually sang his way out of a jail sentence. Of course, the judge who dismissed the case was named Murphy, a fine Irish boy.

Foley’s spirit permeates Johnny Foley’s Irish House. It’s fun to sit at the friendly bar and chat with local San Franciscans and the kicky bartenders while enjoying one of about twenty draught beers. You can also choose wines or Irish whiskeys or a variety of cocktails.

The food is great! Choose from a large variety of Irish delights such as Cottage Pie, Bangers & Mash, Steak & Mushroom Pie and Irish Stew. For dessert try a Chocolate Hangover, Irish Soda Bread & Butter Pudding or Pumpkin Crème Brulée.

Like the pubs in Ireland, Foley’s is a place to enjoy a great classic Irish meal and a lively evening with friends, new and old. An added bonus is the musical entertainment provided nightly.

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photo: JR


  1. I see Ireland had checked in! Your blog is truly international!


  2. I’m trying to balance writing mysteries and travel. Hence the title, Global Mysteries.


  3. Faith and begorrah, she has been to my favorite Irish pub in San Francisco. I could not it say any better. I love Bangers and Mash and would go to heaven, if there was one.


    • I became a fan of Bangers and Mash after tasting it at Johnny Foley’s Irish House. I also love their soda bread.


  4. That Irish Soda Bread Pudding sounds FAB!!! Thanks, NC. Looks like a great place to kick back and belt out a few Irish tunes.


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