The aforementioned replacement for Gio's from the Irish Times guys is now open in the Financial District, and it's called Sydney Town Tavern. As the Scoop explains, Sydney Town was the original name for the criminal-laden environs of the Barbary Coast in this very part of town, due to the 19th Century influx of ex-convicts to San Francisco from Australia. The new tavern sounds pretty tame, though, with a full bar, a dozen beers on tap, and a bar-food menu. [Scoop, Earlier]
Sydney Town Tavern - 521 Commercial Street - 415-433-1949 - Open Monday to Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Thursday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.