From Our Editors
California is a relatively new state, at least by Colonial standards, meaning much of San Francisco didn’t exist a century ago. That can’t be said for the Shotwell’s though, a longtime Mission neighborhood bar that’s been serving up drinks in their warm, woody atmosphere since the late 1800s. Arguably the area’s most “Cheers”-like drinking establishment, this pub doesn't deviate much from the usual pub formula except the large, rotating beer selection is heavier on local brews than almost any place else. The busy bar actually lacks a full liquor license, but that just helps to keep the crowds mellower than the Mission's rowdier hangouts, drawing serious beer lovers to what would otherwise be a simple neighborhood spot – that just so happens to be more than a century old. You'd almost think Shotwell Street was named for the bar, and not the other way around.