New Hours – Open: Mon-Sun Noon-2am :: 3805 Noriega St. @ 45th, San Francisco, CA 94122 :: 415.665.2424 :: Flanahan’s Pub
Flanahan’s Pub specializes in creating good times and memories. Oh, and we serve cheap and stiff drinks. Think of us as your friendly neighborhood dive bar, with just a touch of class. Micro Brews on tap, cold Pabst and High Life, and lots of Jameson. You will find some old timers here, but we assure you they don’t bite and they have a whale of a tale waiting for you. Give us a try, we think we may grow on you.
Established around 1978 by Mike Soden, Flanahan’s Pub is a classic Outer Sunset neighborhood pub. The space was previously an Ice cream shop, then a storage space for the neighboring liquor store. The history of Flanahan’s is deeply tied to Mike, an avid golf fan, who passed away in 2011. He had a huge following of loyal patrons who visited the bar to spend a few hours with him to hear his many stories about golf and baseball.
Mike was a golf historian – the foremost in the City. For many years, when a difficult golf trivia question was presented to the Examiner Sports Desk and could not be answered, the question was referred to Mike at Flanahan’s Pub. He always had the answer.
Mike’s great passion was the U.S. Open golf tournament. He attended 31 Opens – the first one in 1963 when Julius Boros won in a 3 way playoff at The Country Club in Brookline, MA.
Mike caddied for Bob Crowley in the 1966 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club. Crowley was paired with Arnold Palmer in the second round when Palmer stormed into the lead with a 66 – continually supplied with cigarettes during that round by Crowley’s caddie – Mike Soden. Palmer would lose that Open in a playoff with Billy Casper. He would never win another U.S. Open, but Mike Soden would attend 29 more of them.