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Bay to Breakers: Where to Refuel and Rehydrate Along the Race Course

12 spots to grab what you need

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Brace yourselves: Bay to Breakers, SF’s annual footrace/parade of drunk people in costumes is this Sunday. You’re bound to work up a bit of a thirst and quite the appetite as you run/stumble from the Embarcadero to Ocean Beach — or wherever it is you give up and lie down along the way. If it’s just the essentials you’re after, definitely consult this indispensable map of liquor stores near the route. Here we’ve got some more and less elaborate places to stop for fuel and keep going — or, you know, not. A final note: Bi-Rite on Divis wants nothing to do with the madness of race day, and will be closed until 1 p.m Sunday to avoid it, according to their website.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Philz Coffee

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300 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 230-6359
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Just a block from the race course, Philz is one of precious few establishments that will be open in this section of SoMa on Sunday morning. Stop by for a pre-race coffee, but remember to save time for them to do their languorous, one-cup-at-a-time drip coffee thing. Slow and steady, as they say.

2. Dottie's True Blue Cafe

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28 6th St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 885-2767

After some blocks of jogging, fast walking, or just steadily shuffling through the crowds, it’s time to veer off on 6th Street for a proper breakfast. The line for Dottie’s hefty pancakes and scrambles has been known to snake around the block, but with a bit of speed, you’ll be among the early crowd. You could also just begin your day at Dottie’s, which opens at 7:30, and then wait for the rest of the crowd to catch up — it’s not cheating, it’s just a head start.

3. Juice Shop

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432 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 757-0696
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Juice break! Grab a bottle of Pineapple Pear Chia juice from this Hayes Valley vendor of cold-pressed miracles. Maybe an an elixir shot of blue-green algae or a coconut water is what you need as you approach the notorious Hayes Street section of the Bay to Breakers course: You’ll need your strength to get up the hill to Alamo Square.

Jules L. via Yelp

4. Save-More Market Liquor

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1598 McAllister St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 567-8580

A house party near Alamo Square is as good a finish line as any. If you’re stopping in the neighborhood to watch the insanity pass by, head to Save-More for a bottle of the good stuff. Owner Sam Salfiti imports an astounding array of whiskey at excellent prices.

Save-More Market via Facebook

5. New Star-Ell Liquor

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501 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 567-7900
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Smack-dab in the middle of the action on the turn from Divis to Fell, this market has one of the better beer selections in the city. Be careful with the liquor, though — it’s usually marked up, and you can’t rule out the possibility of a Bay to Breakers tax being added, too.

Kevin Y. via Yelp

6. Parkside Market

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Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 885-3483

By the time most racers reach the Panhandle, it’s officially drinking picnic time. The Parkside Market people have you covered with beer, wine, liquor, and giant sandwiches that are all around $8 a pop.

Parkside Market via Yelp

7. Arguello Market

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782 Arguello Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 751-5121

A sandwich stop favored by cyclists coming to and from the Presidio, Arguello Market is a full-on supermarket with all your race day needs. Don’t leave without their famed turkey sandwich in your hand.

8. Yo También Cantina

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205 Hugo St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(628) 219-7622
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Who will notice if you take a quick detour to this adorable Inner Richmond cafe for a “jammy sammy,” a hearty bowl, or an herb-y salad?

Caleb Pershan

9. Rise & Grind

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785 8th Ave
San Francisco, CA

Biscuit breakfast sandwiches, avocado toasts, ube waffles, and mint cold brew await at this potential Inner Richmond pitstop. Look, you earned a break (and a treat).

Rachel C. via Yelp

10. Mr. Bánh Mì

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3605 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA

The race course has taken you toward the Outer Richmond and is preparing to swing you back south to the Sunset. Whether you’re seeking a last-minute energy boost or a post-race snack, Mr. Bánh Mì is happy to help.

Jason C. via Yelp

11. Clancey's Market & Deli

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3960 Irving St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 681-9569

None too fancy, Clancey’s is a go-to for all the neighborhood’s sandwich, beer, and wine needs. Whatever it is you order, get it on Dutch crunch and bring it with you on the home stretch to the beach.

Barbara C. via Yelp

12. Woods Outbound

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4045 Judah St
San Francisco, CA

It’s high time for that celebratory beer, don’t you think? This outpost from Woods Beer Co., a chain of small-batch brewpubs with fresh and inventive brews, is the perfect place for a toast. But run/walk slow, because they don’t open till noon.

Rey Romero

13. Outerlands

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4001 Judah St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 661-6140
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Reward yourself post-run with one of San Francisco’s most coveted brunch menus. The Outer Sunset’s destination restaurant has all the sourdough apple fritters and sticky buns you require, and if you ran fast enough, you just might beat the brunch rush.

Outerlands A.K. Carroll

1. Philz Coffee

300 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA

Just a block from the race course, Philz is one of precious few establishments that will be open in this section of SoMa on Sunday morning. Stop by for a pre-race coffee, but remember to save time for them to do their languorous, one-cup-at-a-time drip coffee thing. Slow and steady, as they say.

300 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA

2. Dottie's True Blue Cafe

28 6th St, San Francisco, CA

After some blocks of jogging, fast walking, or just steadily shuffling through the crowds, it’s time to veer off on 6th Street for a proper breakfast. The line for Dottie’s hefty pancakes and scrambles has been known to snake around the block, but with a bit of speed, you’ll be among the early crowd. You could also just begin your day at Dottie’s, which opens at 7:30, and then wait for the rest of the crowd to catch up — it’s not cheating, it’s just a head start.

28 6th St
San Francisco, CA

3. Juice Shop

432 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA
Jules L. via Yelp

Juice break! Grab a bottle of Pineapple Pear Chia juice from this Hayes Valley vendor of cold-pressed miracles. Maybe an an elixir shot of blue-green algae or a coconut water is what you need as you approach the notorious Hayes Street section of the Bay to Breakers course: You’ll need your strength to get up the hill to Alamo Square.

432 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA

4. Save-More Market Liquor

1598 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA
Save-More Market via Facebook

A house party near Alamo Square is as good a finish line as any. If you’re stopping in the neighborhood to watch the insanity pass by, head to Save-More for a bottle of the good stuff. Owner Sam Salfiti imports an astounding array of whiskey at excellent prices.

1598 McAllister St
San Francisco, CA

5. New Star-Ell Liquor

501 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA
Kevin Y. via Yelp

Smack-dab in the middle of the action on the turn from Divis to Fell, this market has one of the better beer selections in the city. Be careful with the liquor, though — it’s usually marked up, and you can’t rule out the possibility of a Bay to Breakers tax being added, too.

501 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA

6. Parkside Market

Hayes St., San Francisco, CA
Parkside Market via Yelp

By the time most racers reach the Panhandle, it’s officially drinking picnic time. The Parkside Market people have you covered with beer, wine, liquor, and giant sandwiches that are all around $8 a pop.

Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA

7. Arguello Market

782 Arguello Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

A sandwich stop favored by cyclists coming to and from the Presidio, Arguello Market is a full-on supermarket with all your race day needs. Don’t leave without their famed turkey sandwich in your hand.

782 Arguello Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118

8. Yo También Cantina

205 Hugo St, San Francisco, CA 94122
Caleb Pershan

Who will notice if you take a quick detour to this adorable Inner Richmond cafe for a “jammy sammy,” a hearty bowl, or an herb-y salad?

205 Hugo St
San Francisco, CA 94122

9. Rise & Grind

785 8th Ave, San Francisco, CA
Rachel C. via Yelp

Biscuit breakfast sandwiches, avocado toasts, ube waffles, and mint cold brew await at this potential Inner Richmond pitstop. Look, you earned a break (and a treat).

785 8th Ave
San Francisco, CA

10. Mr. Bánh Mì

3605 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA
Jason C. via Yelp

The race course has taken you toward the Outer Richmond and is preparing to swing you back south to the Sunset. Whether you’re seeking a last-minute energy boost or a post-race snack, Mr. Bánh Mì is happy to help.

3605 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA

11. Clancey's Market & Deli

3960 Irving St, San Francisco, CA
Barbara C. via Yelp

None too fancy, Clancey’s is a go-to for all the neighborhood’s sandwich, beer, and wine needs. Whatever it is you order, get it on Dutch crunch and bring it with you on the home stretch to the beach.

3960 Irving St
San Francisco, CA

12. Woods Outbound

4045 Judah St, San Francisco, CA
Rey Romero

It’s high time for that celebratory beer, don’t you think? This outpost from Woods Beer Co., a chain of small-batch brewpubs with fresh and inventive brews, is the perfect place for a toast. But run/walk slow, because they don’t open till noon.

4045 Judah St
San Francisco, CA

13. Outerlands

4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA
Outerlands A.K. Carroll

Reward yourself post-run with one of San Francisco’s most coveted brunch menus. The Outer Sunset’s destination restaurant has all the sourdough apple fritters and sticky buns you require, and if you ran fast enough, you just might beat the brunch rush.

4001 Judah St
San Francisco, CA

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