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Best Place to Play Air Hockey San Francisco 2004 - Kennedy's Irish Pub and Curry House

Kennedy\'s Irish Pub and Curry House

Kennedy's Irish Pub and Curry House

1040 Columbus

San Francisco, CA 94133

415-441-8855

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Yes, it's as weird a combination as it sounds. But what this place lacks in ambience (the bar area is tiny, and the restaurant seating is reminiscent of a mall food court, with bright lights and nondescript tables) it makes up for in arcade fun. Pool tables and video games are available, but the real reason to visit is the air hockey. Frankly, we can't understand how this pastime went out of style: It's fast, competitive, and involves risk to your knuckles. There's a bit of nostalgia mixed in as well -- the game takes us right back to our Reagan-era youth. (It was developed in the '70s in the good ol' USofA and had a resurgence of popularity in the mid-'80s.) Be sure to use the table nearest to the wall, it has the best puck-floating air. And after some good friendly competition, you can retire to the back patio for a smoke. (Kennedy's is close to Bimbo's, too, so it makes for a good spot to duck into pre- or post-show.)

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