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With stellar year round weather, there is no better place than the Bay Area to sit outdoors and enjoy a drink in the afternoon. Many choose to enjoy the mild climate by partaking of a favorite drink on the patio of the local bar. Choices abound, from beer gardens to bistros. Here is a list of 5 of the Bay Area’s best bars with a patio.

San Pedro Square Bistro & Wine
20 N. Almaden Ave.
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 298-9463
www.spsbistrowinebar.com

Another downtown San Jose hotspot, the San Pedro Bistro & Wine bar has a spacious open-air patio. Patrons may enjoy sipping from the vast wine list amidst the street-side garden-like setting. The Bistro’s wine selection includes everything from sparkling cider to imported and domestic reds, whites, and roses. There is a special Happy Hour menu that includes a selection of beers, wines by the glass, and small plates for under $10, and runs Monday through Friday from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. While sipping, many customers also partake of classic bistro fare such as Duck Leg Confit or garlic-saffron mussels.

Original Gravity Public House
66 S. 1st. St.
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 915-2337
www.originalgravitypub.com

With 35 beers and ciders on tap, downtown San Jose’s Original Gravity Public House offers a variety of imported and domestic beverages. The bar has an outdoor beer garden on the back patio where patrons can relax and unwind. The pub is actively involved with the community and regularly partners with local organizations and companies to host both fundraising and entertainment events. For those looking for a few al fresco bites, make sure to try out the duck fat fries or one of a selection of gourmet sausages like Garlichoke or Beerwurst.

Moxy Beer Garden
3136 Sacramento St.
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 547-6699
www.moxybeergarden.com

Berkeley’s Moxy Beer Garden is home to a large outdoor front patio. Shaded against the summer sun, and heated when it turns cold, the patio is the perfect spot for kicking back with friends or loved ones. Bar noshes include everything from burgers and onion rings to truffle fries and vegan buffalo wings. Happy hour runs every day from 4 p.m to 7 p.m., during which all draft beers are only $4. Swing by to catch the game on a Monday evening, and grab up one of the Monday Night Football specials.

Dirty Habit
12 4th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 348-1555
www.dirtyhabitsf.com

For a stylish evening in the city, check out the rooftop patio of San Francisco’s Dirty Habit. At the top of the Hotel Palomar, the Dirty Habit bar is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday, from 5 p.m. to close. Bar Manager Brian Means has crafted an elaborate cocktail program consisting of everything from rare whiskeys to communal cocktails. Make sure to check out the innovative Dirty Decision with notes of dried mushroom, orange peel and black garlic, or For Peat’s Sake with notes of molasses, bitter chocolate and peat smoke. The attached restaurant is run by chef David Bazirgan and dishes up all manner of delights from bone marrow risotto with oxtail to dry-aged rib eye with black garlic.

Brotzeit Lokal Boathaus & Biergarten
1000 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94606
(510) 645-1905
www.brotzeitbiergarten.com

With plenty of outdoor patio and airy inside seating, locals flock to Brotzeit’s on-the-water locale. The German pub is situated on the edge of the Bay, and patrons will enjoy the fresh sea air and views of the boat harbor. Brotzeit regularly has an 18 tap selection of both German and domestic beers, as well as frequently offers import specials or one-of-a-kind brews. The outdoor patio is family-friendly. The menu includes a variety of traditional German pub fare such as homemade wursts and schnitzel.

Joanna Metheny is a freelance writer covering all things South Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.