ho’s bootleg tavern

Since you’re reading this, you probably know that I like eating at bars, good deals and gross overindulgence. Since one can only realistically do bottomless brunch once per week, I’ve gotta get my fix elsewhere the rest of the week. So it is that I find myself with increasing frequency at Wing Wednesdays throughout San Francisco, and since that seems like the sort of thing that you’d enjoy, dear readers, I’m going to start reviewing them here. First up: Ho’s Bootleg Tavern.

The Bar

Ho’s Bootleg is in Russian Hill at Van Ness and Green – look for the awning with the name written in some good-looking graffiti style. The interior is pretty nondescript – a medium sized place with a big wood bar and tables throughout, along with several TVs on the walls. We got there on Wednesday at 5:30 and it was almost entirely empty, and when we left an hour later more folks had shown up but there was still plenty of space.

The Wings

The wing special at Ho’s Bootleg Tavern is 25 cent wings up to 12 at a time per person (but you can keep ordering more once you’ve finished the first dozen). They have traditional buffalo, BBQ and spicy BBQ. We tried buffalo and spicy BBQ, and both were solid. The buffalo wings were pretty standard, while the spicy BBQ wings had the right blend of BBQ and spice – not too sweet like a lot of BBQ wings are. All of the wings were reasonably sized – none of the dinky little ones that you sometimes see on Wing Wednesdays, but not huge, either.

The Service

There were a couple of bartenders working, which was more than enough for the crowd there, so wings and drinks came out reasonably fast. Everyone was friendly, and we had a good time.


Ho’s Bootleg Tavern is a strong contender for your Wing Wednesday attention. It’s a solid dive bar with nice staff and well-done wings. Nothing that’ll blow you away, but definitely not a place you’d regert going to.


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Alex Willen

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