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.
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.
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.
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 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
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 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