Authentic Irish Pub & Restaurant
The Chieftain is located one block from the Moscone Convention Center, and a short walk from many of downtown San Francisco's most familiar hotels, attractions and eclectic businesses.
Founded by two sets of brothers from Ireland, the Nagle's from County Kerry and the McVeigh's from County Clare, The Chieftain Irish Pub and Restaurant is dedicated to keeping our Irish heritage alive and spreading our beloved traditions to the San Francisco community each and every day.
The Chieftain Irish Pub and Restaurant is set in a gorgeous stone building that was built in 1912. It was originally called the M&M Tavern and operated as a pub and the home for all San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner newspaper workers. The McVeigh's and the Nagle's named their pub after the first High King of Ireland, Brian Boru, and a more recent Irish Chieftain, Michael Collins. Michael Collins was responsible for signing an Anglo-Irish treaty agreement with Britain in 1921 that later enacted the Irish Free State.
Today, The Chieftain is the best pub for Irish whiskey, live Irish music, happy hours, and more. We take our role as an Irish restaurant in downtown San Francisco seriously. Whether you are straight from the Emerald Isle or have never left California, we welcome you to join us for a traditional Irish meal, a pint of Guinness, a large selection of Irish whiskey, and a grand old time! We have hosted countless parties for all of life’s celebrations. Stop in today to our local bar and enjoy happy hour deals and daily lunch specials, live Irish music, and watch international sporting matches.