Posted by: nancycurteman | May 14, 2017

Johnny Foley’s Irish House

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San Francisco is famous for it’s international restaurant scene. You name a country and you will probably be able to locate a restaurant that serves the excellent cuisine of that country. Here’s an example: If you would like to experience a wee bit of Ireland in San Francisco, go to Johnny Foley’s Irish House. Established in 1998 it 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. This is the reason I chose it as a setting for several scenes in my new mystery novel, Murder Lurks in the Fog.

My characters sit at one of the tables in Johnny Foley’s dining area sipping a brew while analyzing details of a homicide investigation. You too, can lounge at a table or sit at the friendly bar and chat with the kicky bartenders and other
patrons while enjoying one of about twenty draught beers. You can also choose wines, Irish whiskeys or a variety of cocktails. You might even catch a Warriors game or World Cup Soccer competition on the giant screen over the bar. The friendly atmosphere makes you feel like you’re on the set of a “Cheers” television program.

The food is fabulous! Chose 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.

After dinner, head down to the cellar for great musical entertainment.

If you come to San Francisco, put Johnny Foley’s Irish House on your list of must see sites.

More Travel Tips:

Taste a Bit of Ireland in San Francisco


  1. The Pub sounds like a great idea. I’ll look into it. I’m also wondering when we can look forward to your next mystery, the
    one set in San Francisco?

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    • Hi Maureen, Thank you for asking about my new novel. It will be on Amazon before the end of June if all goes well. As for Johnny Foley’s I really recommend it as a fun pub.


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