Top 7 Places to Grab a Beer in San Francisco
In no particular order, our favorite places to grab a brewsky in San Francisco.
Caskhouse | Noe Valley
Great beers on tap and gourmet gastropub fare make Caskhouse one of our favorite places to grab a drink. There are no TVs in this neighborhood joint and no music, making it easy and comfortable to have a conversation. It's busy, but not too busy, so you don't feel alone or overcrowded. The laid back atmosphere makes it commonplace for locals to bring a deck of cards and linger awhile.
Southern Pacific Brewing Co. | Mission
Relatively new on the scene, but they seem to have any kinks figured out. Housed in an old warehouse building, there is plenty of seating (indoors and out), their own brews on tap, and delicious eats. Popular place to swing by after climbing a Mission Cliffs nearby.
The Monk's Kettle | Mission
Wooden booths, white marble table tops and a beer list that seems to go on forever, The Monk's Kettle is where you go if you want hard to find beers in a cozy locale. The bartenders are extremely knowledgeable about beer and are happy to provide recommendations (as the menu can be overwhelming!).
Biergarten | Hayes Valley
Take a few shipping containers, wooden picnic tables, and string lights, put them in a parking lot, add beer and food and you've got the Biergarten. Based in the ever charming Hayes Valley, Biergarten is one of our go-to spots for grabbing a relaxed drink in the city. We recommend a 32oz glass mug of Fort Point's Red Ale, Westphalia, and a pretzel. Wool blankets available to help keep you warm if it's one of San Francisco's cooler days.
Zeitgeist | Mission
Zeitgeist is a beer garden in the Mission that's a bit grungier than the other places on this list. However, grunge can have it's charm and for Zeitgeist, it works. Their logo is a skull with bunny ears if that gives you any idea of the vibe here.
Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery | Haight
Magnolia is known for their locally brewed Kalifornia Kolsch. We love the taste and we love that it's served in a 9oz glass so it's stays cold for the duration of your drink. Goes great with the Magnolia Pub Burger.
Hopwater Distribution | Nob Hill
So. Many. Good. Beers. On. Draft. And smaller batch ones too! The list is always changing of what's available, but since there are so many to choose from, there will always be one that you like. Set in a rustic brick building with plenty of space (for San Francisco) to settle in with friends. Bonus: additional seating on the second floor overlooking the first.