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10 Places to Drink Beer in the Sun

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Don't let Karl the Fog have all the fun this Memorial Day weekend. Though the weather might be a tad on the "cold and chilly" side, that won't stop stoic Bay Area beer-drinkers from seeking out an elusive sliver of sun.  From classic beer-swilling spots like Zeitgeist to kid-friendly environments like Westbrae Biergarten, there's a beer waiting to quench your thirst.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Perdition Smokehouse

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2050 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 900-5858
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Perdition's huge back patio, lined with picnic tables, could give even Zeitgeist a run for its money, especially combined with the huge selection of brews (43 on tap!) BBQ, beer, and pie in the Berkeley sunshine is basically a guaranteed good time.

2. Westbrae Biergarten

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1280 Gilman St.
Berkeley, CA
(510) 647-9079
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Brews and sunshine can also be had at this new beer garden, where 7 draft brews and 3 draft ciders, plus Brazilian fare from Brazil Cafe, make for a festive atmosphere. Kids and dogs are welcome here.

3. Beer Revolution

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464 3rd St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 452-2337
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Choose from over 50 beers on a constantly rotating set of taps. This Jack London Square establishment is super chill but often packed on a sunny day.

4. Beer Shed at The Dock

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95 Linden St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 338-3965
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Linden Street Brewery's Beer Shed offers pints of their beers alongside other local breweries like Drake's in San Leandro. Grab a seat in the shade or bask in the glorious sun of the East Bay. Simple snacks like popcorn and soft pretzels are available.

5. Biergarten

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424 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 252-9289
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This urban beer oasis is located in the heart of Hayes Valley. They've got pretzels, sausages, steins and blankets for warmth when the wind inevitably picks up.

6. Faction Brewing

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2501 Monarch St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 523-2739
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Enjoy a view of the Bay and watch Karl the Fog creep into the city from Faction's Alameda digs. Located next to St. George's Spirits, Faction has roomy concrete patio that welcomes dogs and kids. Fill up a growler or try a flight of their brews.

7. Park Chalet Garden Restaurant

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1000 Great Hwy
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 386-8439
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Grab a pitcher of Riptide Red, snag a sunny spot in the grass and watch the afternoon disappear. This little oasis is a great place to relax after a romp on Ocean Beach or in Golden Gate Park. It's dog- and kid-friendly, too.

8. Zeitgeist

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199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 255-7505
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Grab a beer (or a bloody Mary, if that's what it takes) and a seat on one of Zeitgeist's many benches. It's a great place to people watch, and guzzle some of their 40 beers on tap. And, if you were wondering, they have a strict policy that states "No Pets, No BS either!"

9. Mad Oak Bar 'N' Yard

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135 12th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 924-2047
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The newly opened Mad Oak Bar N Yard boasts a two-level patio area, perfect for soaking in some East Bay sunshine. The downstairs patio has lots of picnic table seating, plus a big rooftop garden with a living wall. There's also space out back for food trucks to supply hungry beer-drinkers; inside features a kitchen that will host rotating pop-ups, currently occupied by Javi's Cooking. Follow all that up with 40 beers on tap and it's pretty much a no-brainer.

10. The Kingfish Pub & Cafe

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5227 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 655-7373
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Other than the fact that the bar was physically hoisted onto a truck and hauled across the street, not much has changed at the ol' Kingfish Pub— with the exception of a brand-new patio out back and accompanying outdoor bar.

1. Perdition Smokehouse

2050 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Perdition's huge back patio, lined with picnic tables, could give even Zeitgeist a run for its money, especially combined with the huge selection of brews (43 on tap!) BBQ, beer, and pie in the Berkeley sunshine is basically a guaranteed good time.
2050 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

2. Westbrae Biergarten

1280 Gilman St., Berkeley, CA
Brews and sunshine can also be had at this new beer garden, where 7 draft brews and 3 draft ciders, plus Brazilian fare from Brazil Cafe, make for a festive atmosphere. Kids and dogs are welcome here.
1280 Gilman St.
Berkeley, CA

3. Beer Revolution

464 3rd St, Oakland, CA 94607
Choose from over 50 beers on a constantly rotating set of taps. This Jack London Square establishment is super chill but often packed on a sunny day.
464 3rd St
Oakland, CA 94607

4. Beer Shed at The Dock

95 Linden St, Oakland, CA 94607
Linden Street Brewery's Beer Shed offers pints of their beers alongside other local breweries like Drake's in San Leandro. Grab a seat in the shade or bask in the glorious sun of the East Bay. Simple snacks like popcorn and soft pretzels are available.
95 Linden St
Oakland, CA 94607

5. Biergarten

424 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102
This urban beer oasis is located in the heart of Hayes Valley. They've got pretzels, sausages, steins and blankets for warmth when the wind inevitably picks up.
424 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94102

6. Faction Brewing

2501 Monarch St, Alameda, CA 94501
Enjoy a view of the Bay and watch Karl the Fog creep into the city from Faction's Alameda digs. Located next to St. George's Spirits, Faction has roomy concrete patio that welcomes dogs and kids. Fill up a growler or try a flight of their brews.
2501 Monarch St
Alameda, CA 94501

7. Park Chalet Garden Restaurant

1000 Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA 94121
Grab a pitcher of Riptide Red, snag a sunny spot in the grass and watch the afternoon disappear. This little oasis is a great place to relax after a romp on Ocean Beach or in Golden Gate Park. It's dog- and kid-friendly, too.
1000 Great Hwy
San Francisco, CA 94121

8. Zeitgeist

199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Grab a beer (or a bloody Mary, if that's what it takes) and a seat on one of Zeitgeist's many benches. It's a great place to people watch, and guzzle some of their 40 beers on tap. And, if you were wondering, they have a strict policy that states "No Pets, No BS either!"
199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103

9. Mad Oak Bar 'N' Yard

135 12th Street, Oakland, CA 94607
The newly opened Mad Oak Bar N Yard boasts a two-level patio area, perfect for soaking in some East Bay sunshine. The downstairs patio has lots of picnic table seating, plus a big rooftop garden with a living wall. There's also space out back for food trucks to supply hungry beer-drinkers; inside features a kitchen that will host rotating pop-ups, currently occupied by Javi's Cooking. Follow all that up with 40 beers on tap and it's pretty much a no-brainer.
135 12th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

10. The Kingfish Pub & Cafe

5227 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
Other than the fact that the bar was physically hoisted onto a truck and hauled across the street, not much has changed at the ol' Kingfish Pub— with the exception of a brand-new patio out back and accompanying outdoor bar.
5227 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

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