Quite possibly the oldest saloon established in San Francisco, the Old Ship Saloon is a Jackson Square landmark that’s been in business since the three-masted boat named the Arkansas was beached here back in 1851. At inception, a door was merely cut directly into the hull of the boat to convert the ship into an ale house. Over time the ship was replaced with a brick and mortar building that functioned as a hotel, which still operated the Old Ship Saloon in a barroom on the ground floor.
The Old Ship Saloon is a popular place for the Financial District work crowd to stop in for lunch and is often filled with patrons having drinks following a long day at the office. I love the classic look of the exposed brick and black trim interior, the nautical design touches, and the large front windows that offer diners a view of the Pyramid building. The menu is a mix of fried foods, salads and chili, but their specialty would have to be their selection of customizable burgers and sandwiches. |Old Ship Saloon|
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 11:30am – 3pm, 4:30pm – 12am,
Kitchen closes at 9pm