The Liberties

By Alissa Merksamer

UK expats and SF locals alike know this gastropub as the place to unwind over a mean plate of bangers—Cumberland sausage with mashed Yukon golds, grilled red onions, and sticky pan gravy. The croquettes are even better, with a golden crunch that gives way to a melted fontina and creamy potato center studded with bacon and green onion. It’s the ideal soak for a Dogfish Head IPA or an excellent cocktail. Try the Royal Velvet, champagne served in a flute topped with Guinness and a bit of Chambord to give it a berry backdrop. Not in the mood for pub grub? The Liberties has recently installed pizza ovens that produce thin and crisp pies. If you can handle heat, go with the Carne and its quartet of sausage and cured meats. And because this is kind of bar that’s truly a place to relax (the three flat screen TVs remain muted except during crucial games), patrons tend to stick around for dessert. Here, that means boozy Mitchell’s ice cream sundaes—chocolate with whiskey and Baileys or strawberry with citrus vodka and Cointreau.

... on the side

seye on design
The Liberties is undergoing some cosmetic surgery over the next few months, including heating lamps and an awning along Guerrero Street to make outdoor seating more comfortable; a new copper ceiling with exposed beams; and backless stools along the bar. But the grand mahogany bar that’s the focal point of the restaurant? That stays put.

take flight
Get to know your spirits better with weekday side-by-side tastings that include $6 beer flights on Mondays, Tequila and Taco Tuesdays, and Whiskey Wednesdays.

Low-medium. Bluesy tunes hum during the day, and more upbeat tracks take over at night.


Mon–Fri noon–2 AM; Sat–Sun 10 AM–2 AM
brunch: Sat–Sun 10 AM–2:30 PM

price range

$8.50 (bacon and fontina croquettes) to $17 (grilled Loch Duarte salmon)