The Proud & Nefarious History of Pop’s Bar in the Mission
Pop’s Bar on 24th st. in the Mission is an SF classic. It’s old school, gritty, fun, and typically clad with a lots of local characters at all hours. Pop’s is everything from an early morning drinking spot for SF General nurses getting off their night shifts, to a sweaty late night dance floor, to an excellent day drinking option deep in the Mission. Pop’s is turning 80 years old this year, and they are throwing a free bash with DJ’s, BBQ, & margerita specials to celebrate, this
Wednesday, October 25 at 6 PM – 2 AM to celebrate (Event Page here). Bellow is an amazingly reconstructed history of the bar’s humble and nefarious beginnings in 1937, sent to us by Kristin Graff.
The History of Pop’s
Pop’s Clubhouse 2830-32, 24th Street. San Francisco, CA.
By Kristin Graff
It was first thought that Pops was opened in 1947 by World War II gunner Jack O’Connor returning home from the South Pacific. The story was that his father helped him open the bar, hence the name Pop’s. This date was eventually proved wrong by the finding of a published photograph from the SF historical center dated March, 27th 1941. However very little was known about Pops prior to 1947 until one day, the grand–son (Brian Saxsenmier) of the original owner came in and told us that his Grandfather AKA POPS was the real POPS. Through a records search this story was proved correct, however the actual start date still remains in question and has not been proven
Prior to 1937
Rumor has it that Pops ran the Clubhouse, during Prohibition where alcohol was served but the exact date can’t be confirmed. However we do have confirmation of him as a bootlegger
Carl Joseph Saxsenmeier AKA: POPS
POPS sold to Jack Pryal
Jerry (POPS) & Jack (Son) O’Connor,
Got married sold the bar. Got divorced opened up the New Hearth on Geary “High Balls and High Times.” He was married five times and liked to gamble.
Sold the bar when he married the daughter of the owners of St. Francis Fountian.
Buff “Red” Volkmeir , Walt Brennan & Albert Beurgelson
Bob & Connie Griffin & Jacqueline Griffin
1971 moved to 2800 24th
The Castillo Family
Bradlee J Fitzgerald
Changed the name to Pop’s Bar
Malia Spanyol & Harmony Urmston
Michael Spike Krouse & Tom Tierney