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There are perfect bars in San Francisco for daytime hobnobbing, good people meeting and yes, even eating. These places will keep you sated with food and beer. Some of these places are self-described dives, while others are considered beer gardens. One spot makes its esteemed reputation off the continuous change-up of its vendors – lunches and dinners are composed of beer and munchies catered to and from by actual trucks. You won’t be disappointed by any of these locations.
1600 17th St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
This friendly dive bar, located in the Portrero Hill district, fancies itself on keeping its customers happy. Maybe it’s the ping-pong table or photo booth that leaves customers in a good mood after visiting Thee Parkside. There are plenty of other great reasons to come here on an afternoon, like a daily rotating special of strong drinks and libations. TP is thee place to be on any given day. Get $10 bottomless mimosas, add a game of table tennis, put down some fried pickles and chili-cheese fries and maybe listen to a resident band or two. The kitchen opens daily at 2 p.m., noon on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Sunday brunch.
428 11th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Gather with friends at this virtual meals-on-wheels oasis of specialized cuisines, ranging from Mexican, seafood and Chinese to everything else in between. Spend an entire afternoon playing board games, drinking pitchers of beer and watching your favorite teams play on the flat-screen TVs mounted to walls in the covered seating area. There is a permanent trailer that sells beer and wine and also free Wi-Fi (bonus). The vibe is perfect for a lazy afternoon and music will get you into the groove of feeling good and groovy. This food park is open seven days a week, with a rotation of different trucks coming and going through lunch and dinner. Also, don’t forget to bring your pooch. This place is dog friendly.
3158 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
If all you require is a chill bar that gives you an option to sit indoors or out on its multi-level, spacious patio with inexpensive drinks, great people, fun music, shuffleboard, dancing, pool tables and delicious hot dogs, El Rio is your spot. If you worry about being too cold out on the patio – no worries, there are heat lamps to accommodate all thin-blooded guests. Happy hour begins at 1 p.m. The owner is friendly and loves dogs.
424 Octavia St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
If you have a decent appetite for beer and egg sandwiches with lard, you’ve come to the right place if you’ve stepped foot into this delectable hangout. Order a one-liter beer and don’t forget about the rules: food stand to the left and beer stand to the right. This is not your hidden gem; it’s usually very crowded. Considering the fact that it’s busy means it serves up fine beer and “shut the front door” awesome dishes. Biergarten is a mesh of different consumers, all vibing together in a casual, cozy atmosphere. If you happen to venture out to this happening hideaway during the cold weather months, the staff is known to hand out thick blankets to warm your toes. This business is built out of a shipping container, giving off that industrial feel.
620 Jones St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Brunch atop this 8,000-square-foot rooftop bar is the topping on the cake – no matter how you slice it. Where else can you order pitchers of mimosas along with French toast topped with Nutella? This trendy bar overlooks the Tenderloin streets, and is one of the snazziest places you could ever meet your friends and acquaintances for an afternoon of low-key good times and high-quality mixed drinks. This place is cash only, but you can download an app to pay from your phone. How cool is that? There is a great mix of people who are casually dressed and don’t give off the pretentious vibes that some other more sophisticated places tend to do.
199 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
There’s not one thing ritzy about this place. It’s a very well known dive bar with great IPAs and a large selection of beer, a nice patio and lots of great space that don’t give its patrons that ‘crammed in’ feeling. The bartenders are fun and know their beer. Zeitgeist plays hip-hop and rock and has pool tables. It’s a relaxed scene – just the way many hipsters and casual folk like it. Go for the fabulous bloody Marys, diversity, great seating and quick service.
Kelly Gullo is a freelance writer in San Francisco, CA. Kellys topics are about music and nightlife. Kelly has also written a variety of articles on health and dieting and topics related to the environment. Kelly has a degree in journalism and public relations from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.