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House of Shields, Friday, 5 p.m.

A photo tour of happy hour at the iconic downtown saloon.

classics week logoFor each day of Classics Week, Eater SF's head photographer, Patricia Chang, visited a different iconic San Francisco restaurant or bar for an Eater Scenes photo essay, capturing it at a defining moment in the week. As the weekend approaches, we drop in on the Friday happy-hour rush at the House of Shields. Founded in 1908, it operated as a speakeasy during Prohibition, with an underground passageway connecting it to the nearby Palace Hotel. It didn't allow women until 1972, and in keeping with tradition, contains neither a clock nor a television (its former owner was highly opposed to both). After flirting with closure in 2010, the HoS was taken over by FiDi empire-builder Dennis Leary, who lovingly restored both its interior and its former glory as an after-work watering hole. Here now, the House of Shields in its after-office element.

House of Shields

39 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105