When you want to “go out in the Mission” and catch up with a friend without needing to raise your voice, Shotwell’s is where it’s at. The cash-only bar on the corner of 20th and Shotwell only serves beer and wine in a dark, saloon setting that would make a 49er (not the football kind) or Dolores from Westworld feel at home. While this place doesn’t serve rum or bourbon or tequila, there are never any lines or crowds to get in, and seats are always available. And when you realize good beer and alone time aren’t the only things that make a night, there’s pinball and pool, too.
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