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.Read More
10 Places to Drink Beer in the Sun
If you can find it.
1. Beer Revolution
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.
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2. Beer Shed at The Dock
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.
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.
4. Faction Brewing
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.
5. Mad Oak Bar 'N' Yard
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.
6. Park Chalet Garden Restaurant
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.
7. Perdition Smokehouse
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.
8. The Kingfish Pub & Cafe
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.
9. Westbrae Biergarten
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.
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!"