5.2 out of 10

Pacific Ave, Financial District

37.7975221037109 -122.401912994585
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Neighborly Spirit
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Tourists


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5

"Not much, but The Olde Ship makes up for it."

Most people aren't a fan of the Financial district, in general, and I would tend to agree that it's nothing to write home about. There's a ton of skyscrapers and it's a very businessy part of town. There's pretty much no charm at all to the area. Pacific Ave as it extends into the financial and battery parts of town is no different. Although, no matter how commercial downtown is, any part of the street that hits the water is quite charming. So, because Pacific hits the water in the FiDi, it earns extra points. It's quite lovely to watch all the sailboats and stare at Alcatraz for tourists and locals alike. There's also a little park on Pacific in this part of town which I like. It breaks up all of the giant buildings and congestion. But, the reason I have such high regard for Pacific is because of a joint on Pacific and Battery called The Olde Ship. This is a fantastic bar that is legitimately on top of an old merchant ship. You can see it when you go downstairs. Apparently, the shoreline used to come up to Battery and this ship got trapped there. This place is so cool, history aside. The bartenders are great and I love the chef (not in a romantic way, settle down). He makes fantastic food in general let alone for a bar. And, he uses local, sustainable ingredients which is really rare for this kind of establishment. This place is on the same block as my mom's office, so we go here all the time and the regulars are cool, the staff is cool and the building is awesome.
Pacific wins a lot of points in my book despite the neighborhood. It's also not as congested, traffic-wise, as some surrounding streets. I wouldn't live here, but I would go out of my way for The Olde Ship.
  • Olde Ship
  • Water View
  • Tons of banks
  • No neighborhood feel
  • Dead at Night
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists

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