3838 24th St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411437.751740 -122.428315
Monday-Friday: 1pm to 2am
Saturday-Sunday: 12pm to 2am
Neighborhoods: Noe Valley, Central
Just moving to Noe, I was looking for a good bar to make my own. A place that brought the community together. A place to make friends. Unfortunately, the bartender at the Dubliner wanted to make sure that I did not come back. She succeeded.
First and foremost, I have never written a review. Not a good one, not a bad one. I have no desire to force feed others my opinion on where they should or should not do business. However, I can't sit by and condone bullying. This is why I'm writing this review.
With that being said; last week I decided to stop by the Dubliner for my second time. (the first time was uneventful and pleasant. The English bartender serving me that afternoon was very attentive and funny. ) As I took my seat at the bar, I noticed although the bar was about half full, there was no bartender behind the counter. I waited... and waited... and waited. I joked to the person next to me that "it looks like half the bar has an empty glass". (even though it was not really a joke.) Finally a blonde haired lady got behind the counter. She asked some gentlemen at the end of the bar if they needed a drink (although none of them had empty glasses). She glanced down the bar, I made eye contact and smiled. She didn't smile and did not acknowledge I was waiting for a drink. I waited... and waited... and waited. About 5 minutes into it, she came and asked me what she could get for me. I ordered a beer and set back to watch the game.
As I was watching the game, I noticed that the bartender was hanging out at the end of the bar with the gentlemen I noticed from earlier..(ignoring the empty glasses at the bar or the people that just walked in) I then heard her tell someone, "that idiot is playing music again." referring to a red haired girl at the jukebox. She then asked one of them to go play some music. (I guess something she approved)
Disgusted by her attitude, I asked for my check. She told me I'd have to pay cash as they don't allow cc's for 1 drink purchases. I told her the fact I only had one drink was due to her lack of attention. I would have been happy to order more but I'd been waiting so long, I had to leave. She didn't care and I ended up having to spend $3.50 to get $20 at an ATM for a $4.25 drink. What a joke.
So this is why I'm writing my first and hopefully last review. It's a real shame that what looks like a great place to make friends, is bartended by someone who isn't interested in doing her job. For this, I can't recommend and will not be going back.
Obnoxious and Unprofessional – As sportsbars go The Valley Tavern, and consequently The Dubliner (same owner, same block), try very hard but fail as places to go see the "big game". The televisions, while plentiful, have the distinction of being roughly ten feet directly above your head, making for a very sore neck after three hours of football. In addition, the view from the seating area another twenty feet away is no better, and from there you will also have to wait a century before the waitress will arrive to take your order. For that matter I found the bartenders to be completely obnoxious when I sat at the bar. When the waitress came to take my order (at 11 am) I let her know I would need some water to rehydrate first and would then have a beer. She brought me my water. Immediately following, the second waitress behind the bar also asked me what I would like to drink. I told her the same thing. Within fifteen seconds of that conversation the owner approached me from behind the bar as well. He informed me that there was a two drink minimum and that he was "trying to run a business". This all took place within three minutes of my arrival. Is this really the way to treat your customers?
Suprisingly, the owner decided to utilize this same setup for both of his pubs.
Overpriced, Dysfunctional Management, Too Loud – I've been hanging out here for a few years, but only because it's the only decent bar in the neighborhood. The others are a bit scary. The chief problem with this place is the high turnover rate. Just when you get comfortable with a bartender, just when they get to know what you drink etc., BOOM!! They're gone!! I don't know what the management is thinking, but this is a terrible way to run a bar. Furthermore, the beer is generally overpriced, as are the cocktails. There is no happy hour, ever, and the "drink specials" usually only amount to $.50 off a beer that costs too much anyway.
This bar simply wins by default. I wouldn't say it is a cool neighborhood bar. It could be as the atmosphere is generally relaxed, that is when the thirteen blairing TVs are turned off. The smoking room could be nice too, but it tends to be populated by cliquey-yuppie-frat-boy types who act like they are still in high school. And don't even ask about when there is a football game. The Neanderthals come out of the cracks, and that may even be a compliment. They act more like apes.
It is my sincerest prayer that someone who is concerned about their customers will take over and make The Dubliner a truly cool neighborhood bar, one that *respects* and caters to locals as they are the chief source of business. It would be nice for the place to value their employees too and maybe keep them for longer than 6 months. Also, the fact they have cocktail servers every night is completely dumb for a bar this size. They are so bored I feel bad for them. If you can, avoid this place.
Best Guinesss and sports – This is one place that actually gets the Guinness right! There are TVs everywhere so its a great place to catch the game you want to see. The staff is very good at switching the TVs over to what game you want to see. Sunday mornings are filled with fans of teams from all over the country gathering to root there team on. A friendly neighborhood place that can be packed at peak times. They also have one of the new fangled Internet jukeboxes which is great!
Great place – This place is ideal for meeting friends for a drink. Many beers on tap and friendly, efficient service. Everyone seems to be at home and having a good time. Aslo a great place to watch a game given the multitude of plasma screen TVs.
A cozy Noe Valley pub where the Irish waitstaff serves pints and catered grub to sports-happy locals. – The Scene
Green librarian lights and eight TVs dimly illuminate the wood-paneled interior, which is sparsely decorated with Giants' portraits. The place usually fills up after dinner with casual jean-clad locals, and thins out before midnight, with the bar area being the most packed. A smoking room is located adjacent to the bar and on nice days, opens its double doors to the street. The authentic staff is attentive and eager to strike up conversation.
All the European standards are served here, from Guinness to Heineken, along with a large selection of hard alcohol. The whiskey in the Irish coffee is strong as an ox. Also, Joe's 24th Street Grill next door will deliver food off its American-Middle Eastern menu till 8:30pm (Monday-Saturday).
cute pub – I had a great time here. There's a wide variety of beers, and, they have a nice open-air smoking room adjacent to the bar. The bartender was very nice, and, the crowd was cool and welcoming. I'll definitely go back the next time I'm in Noe Valley.
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