San Francisco’s newest Irish bar, indeed possibly the newest Irish bar in the country, bucks the recent trend of closures and a general market contraction.
The location at 2351 Mission Street was until recently an English styled gastropub called Gashead Tavern and has now been remodelled as a new generation Irish bar.
Founded by Chris Hastings, Gillian Fitzgerald, and Sean O’Donovan (the latter two being from counties Meath and Clare respectively), Casements has a firm focus on Irish whiskeys and gins, as well as a strong food menu. So far Casements is offering about 50 whiskeys and 20 gins, but expect that to increase over the coming year.
While also serving plenty of beer, and allegedly the best Guinness in town, there’s also a cocktail menu with serves such as Ode to Orleans, a mix of Powers whiskey, Kerrygold Irish cream, and Andytown cold brew coffee. The Running on Island Time meanwhile is made of Glendalough Poitín, Chinola passion fruit liqueur, lemon and honey curd, and organic cava bubbles.
The food menu has typical favourites such as Irish stew, chicken curry, and a ham & cheese toastie, but brings in a wild card by way of Revenge Pies – handmade savoury pies with an all-butter vodka crust, available with meat, vegetarian, and vegan fillings. The baked in house soda bread is a hand me down recipe from Fitzgerald’s grandmother.
Casements is open 4pm – 2am Monday – Friday, and 3pm – 2am Saturday and Sunday.