Beer Garden / Dive Bar
Party Earth Review Born as a biker haven, Zeitgeist has evolved into an institutional dive that attracts everyone from Harley loyalists to skinny-jeaned bike messengers with its mix of surly bartenders, solid beer selection, and expansive graffiti-laden courtyard. Beneath the venue’s unmistakable logo – a Playboy bunny with a skull instead of a rabbit’s head – thick black doors open onto a small bar where servers dispense pitchers of craft brew and cheap PBR with equal-opportunity brusqueness. Hoodie-clad hipsters congregate around the liquor-stained pool table and classic arcade games in the back, where they eat up a few quarters while waiting for their burgers ... more
199 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Despite San Francisco's decidedly fickle weather, when spring has sprung, the city has some serious sipping spots ideal for sunshine-soaked brews – say hello to San Francisco's beer gardens.
The gritty Mission biker bar, Zeitgeist, is a delightful dive with a sprawling courtyard brimming with Harley hog enthusiasts, lithe hipsters, and raucous revelers on the prowl for PBR or potent pitchers of craft beer. Had enough of the great outdoors? Quaffers gather around the booze-soaked pool table or try their libated luck at the vintage arcade games.
Wild Side West is decidedly different, offering a verdant garden with a touch of whimsy, ideal for day drinking with a few alfresco-lovin' friends. While the bar is owned by lesbians and has a touch of the XX come-hither vibe, the laid-back venue draws a mixed crowd of sip-and-swayers who divide their time between the swings, gazebos, art gazing, and general bucolic merriment among the sun-dappled trellises. Bad-ass bonus: rumor has it Janis Joplin had sex on the pool table.
Tucked into Hayes Valley in a glorified parking lot is Biergarten, a no-fuss setup channeling a vaguely authentic German swilling spot, which offers a slew of communal picnic tables, juicy bratwursts, and cozy blankets. For those partygoers who like to find their veritas in vino, there are a few wine options in addition to the steins of beer.
The beer gardens of San Francisco add a little fresh air to the booze-fueled fun.