The Proud & Nefarious History of Pop’s Bar in the Mission

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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.


Charlie Leahy

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

1985- 1994

Bradlee J Fitzgerald

Changed the name to Pop’s Bar


Frances Prieto


Malia Spanyol & Harmony Urmston


Michael Spike Krouse & Tom Tierney

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