Best Tenderloin Bar for Watching The Giants And Meeting TL Locals

Brown Jug Saloon

With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. This watering hole is not for the faint of heart, or for anyone who takes fresh sage in their drinks. And don't call it a dive just because they have Busch beer by the can. It's oh so much more. What you'll find at Brown Jug is alcohol, and lots of it; eccentric locals who might ask you to spin up a blunt for them if you have such skills; afternoon drunks who curiously know way too much about city politics; courteous if unamused bartenders who might just let you smoke inside — but you didn't hear that from us — and a couple TVs playing Giants baseball whenever it's on. And since it doesn't inspire the crowds of some of its upscale neighbors, there's always a seat for a big game. (It's an even year, right?)

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