Ahhh beer, the smooth hoppy liquid that keeps our engines greased and makes sporting events even more exciting. Drinking a good pint of beer is not just about the beer itself, it’s about the experience, it’s about the bartender serving you, it’s about the glass it’s served in, and in SF it’s about the (presence or lack of) flat screens! Not all bars and pubs understand that formula. Those that do are true treasures.
Here’s our list of the top 5 beer bars in San Francisco. Each place is known for their excellent beer selection and unique atmosphere.
21st Amendment (563 2nd St)
This charming brewery right off Willie Mays Plaza (or King Street) was specially crafted for beer lovers, Giants fans and SoMa business people alike. Basically, the vibe and products (beers and high quality pub food) of 21st Amendment make it attractive for lunch, happy hour, or before the Giants game. Their specialty craft beers are excellent and they have a selection that works for all palates. If you’re thirsty for something heavy and hoppy, try the Gigantes IPA. After a few of those, you’ll be feeling like a Giant!
Zeitgeist San Francisco (199 Valencia St)
You can’t really talk SF brew without talking about Zeitgeist—whether you like it or not. Yes, it’s hipster, it’s grungy, but there is something about it that really works! You can travel across the pond and enjoy a Belgian or German beer or stay local with some great Northern Californian and Oregon brews. The outside seating area is perfect for a group drinking outing. Sunday Funday, anyone?
The Republic (3213 Scott St)
Spend a weekend in the Marina and be prepared to be inundated with yoga pants, dog walkers, and polo shirts. If it’s a game day, a whole other dimension will unfold as you will see scores of sports fans looking for a bar where they can throw back a few while watching the game. The Republic is the perfect bar to do just that!
They have over 20 beer taps that pour some of the finest craft beer. Just above the taps are massive flat screens mounted on the wall for your viewing pleasure. The setup creates the ultimate viewing/drinking experience in the Marina. We have you covered at The Republic as you can get 2 for 1 on any craft beer, anytime by grabbing this special offer on JoynIn.
Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery (1398 Haight St)
The selection at Magnolia teeters on the edge of intimidating. From harsh IPA’s to smooth dark stouts to delicious ciders, they have something for all beer lovers. There are two added bonuses when visiting Magnolia as the food is tantalizing, and the scenery from Haight Street adds to the flavor and excitement.
The Plough and Stars (116 Clement St)
I’d be remiss if I did not add an Irish Pub to this list (remiss and run out of town by the Irish). The Plough and Stars is more than worthy as it’s an absolute gem hiding out in the Richmond District. Known for their proper Guinness pour, their friendly staff, and the best Irish folk music in the city, the Plough is an authentic Irish escape in your backyard.
What do you think of our list? Which favorite spots of yours are we missing?
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