I’ve lived in San Francisco for many many years and it occurred to me that I’ve never met a cop in any sort of social situation. I’ve heard that there are specific bars where cops hang out. Where are the cop bars in San Francisco?
According to a police officer Appeal pal, SF cops usually hang out in bars that are close to their precinct, partially because it’s convenient but mostly because the majority of officers don’t live in San Francisco.
“I’m the only guy I know that actually lives in the city,” our cop told us. “Most guys live in the North, South or East bay and when they get off, they go home. If they do they go out they will go with a group of fellow cops because they don’t really know anyone else.”
Some known cop hangouts: The Elbo Room (it’s right across the street from the Mission precinct), Thee Parkside (by the squat/tactical station – sense a theme?), and Mars (for 850 Bryant cops).
In response to our questioner’s “how come I haven’t met a cop out on the town?” query, he said, “How do you know you haven’t met a cop in a social setting? Most cops won’t tell you they are cops.” Sneaky!
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