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Best Places To Celebrate Shakespeare’s Legacy In The Bay Area, California
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Best Places To Celebrate Shakespeare’s Legacy In The Bay Area, California

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Updated: 12 July 2017
You don’t need a time machine to experience a day in the life of one of history’s greatest writers: William Shakespeare. Celebrate all things Shakespeare at these places in the Bay Area, California.


The Shakespeare Society of America

The Shakespeare Society of America has a proud history of preserving Shakespearean history and educating the public as a designated nonprofit since 1969. It currently houses a large collection of rare book and memorabilia that is on display for public viewing.

The Shakespeare Society of America, New Shakespeare Sanctuary, 7981 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing, CA, USA +1 831 633 2989

Garden of Shakespeare Flowers in Golden Gate Park

The Garden of Shakespeare Flowers, located near the San Francisco Botanical Garden and the Japanese Tea Garden, is home to more than 200 flowers that have been mentioned in Shakespeare’s works. This romantic destination, home to poppies, violets, and roses, can be rented out as a wedding venue and is also open daily to the public.  

Garden of Shakespeare Flowers, Golden Gate Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 831 2700

Northern California Renaissance Faire

If costumes are more your thing, be sure to check out the Northern California Renaissance Faire which is held in Hollister each year from September to October. With concerts, shows, games, and crafts, this event is fun for renaissance fans of all ages. It also offers a variety of Elizabethan-style food, such as haggis, smoked turkey legs or roasted quail.

Casa de Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy 152, Gate 6, Hollister, CA, USA

San Jose Renaissance Faire

This weekend renaissance faire offers knights, musicians, art, shopping, and even a jousting tournament. Further entertainment at the San Jose Renaissance Faire includes performances of a variety of Shakespeare’s vignettes – a perfect show for any Shakespeare fan.  

Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA, USA +1 415 354 1773

The Pelican Inn

The Pelican Inn transports you back to the 16th Century English countryside with its simple charm and beautiful surroundings in Muir Beach. A popular spot for weddings, The Pelican Inn also offers classic folk music performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, as well as a Thanksgiving Day Buffet with many classic English recipes beginning at 11.30am on Thanksgiving Day.   

The Pelican Inn, 10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach, CA, USA +1 415 383 6000

The Pig and Whistle

Not only is The Pig and Whistle an amazing, English-style pub, but it also sponsors ‘Pig and Whistle’ soccer (or football) and softball teams, as well as the ‘Piggies’ Cricket Team. This pub specializes in international ales and authentic English pub fare like fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and bangers and mash.

The Pig and Whistle, 2801 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 885 4779

The White Horse Tavern at Hotel Beresford
Bar, Hotel Restaurant, LGBTQ Bar, American, $$$

Hotel Beresford on Sutter |  © greychr / Flickr

The White Horse Tavern at Hotel Beresford

The White Horse Tavern, which is designed to look like an old English pub, is known for delicious food, generous portions, and low prices. The menu includes local favorites like Brick-Press Chicken, served with garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables, and White Horse Spicy Wings, with a side of celery sticks and ranch.   

Hotel Beresford, 635 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 673 9900

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Mon - Sat:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sun - None:
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

The Sir and Star at The Olema

With poetic menu items like ‘The Bubble and Squeak Salad’ and ‘The Salmon of Surrounding Seas,’ The Sir and Star may inspire you to start writing in Iambic Pentameter. This treasured restaurant located in West Marin features delicious meals served by the fire that will make you feel like you’re dining in the English countryside.

The Olema, 10000 Sir Francis Drake, Olema, CA, USA +1 415 663 1034

The Mad Dog in the Fog

Depending on which game is on TV, The Made Dog in the Fog may be packed with sports fans on any day of the week. This local favorite features classic American and English pub foods like Buffalo wings, fish and chips, and garlic fries, as well as a wide range of international and local brews.

The Mad Dog in the Fog, 530 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 626 7279

The Kezar Pub
Pub, Bar, Pub Grub, $$$

The Kezar Pub

Sister bar to The Mad Dog in the Fog, The Kezar Pub is a great place to watch both international and local sports while enjoying a fun and laidback pub atmosphere. Located across from Kezar Stadium, the former home of the 49ers and the Oakland Raiders, Kezar Pub is a great place to catch the latest game.  

The Kezar Pub, 770 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 386 9292

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6:00 am - 11:45 pm
11:30 am - 11:45 pm
11:30 am - 11:45 pm
11:30 am - 11:45 pm
Thu - Fri:
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat:
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
6:30 am - 2:00 am