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San Francisco – Our Favourite Beer Bars

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A couple from the UK with a passion for exploring the world, and enjoying a drink or two while we’re at it!

We want to share our travel experiences to help you plan your next trip, and let you know the best places to enjoy a cold one when you get there!

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San Francisco has a seriously diverse bar scene, with independent craft beer microbreweries and pubs all over town, there’s no shortage of cool places to enjoy a drink or two.

We tried plenty of great bars during our stay, and have picked out our personal favourites to help you narrow down where to go if all of the exploring has you a little thirsty.

Southern Pacific Brewing 🍺

A little further out of town in Mission District is Southern Pacific Brewing’s impressive bar/restaurant/brewery. Situated in a former industrial unit, the bar is one of the best we visited in America featuring an upper mezzanine and outdoor patio, both perfect for those hot summer nights enjoying a cold one.

Pair the California Blonde Ale with the Brass Hat Burger and you’re in for a good time!


The Detour 🍺

A cool spot in Lower Haight. Definitely one of the quirkier bars we checked out in SF and absolutely worth a visit!

This bar pairs a quality beer list with classic arcade games such as Pac-Man, Mortal Kombatt and Super Mario, we had lots of competitive beer drinking fun here! Pick up your game tokens from the bar and away you go.


Mikeller 🍺

Grab a seat at the bar in this classy brick lined beer pub in central San Fran and work your way across as many of their 40 taps as you can.

Make sure you head downstairs into the cellar too, this is home to The Tivoli sour room, where you will find the best Lambic and sour beer selection in the entire city. You won’t regret it!

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Woods Cervecería 🍺

At the north west corner of Dolores Park this small bar has a great ‘lounge in somebody’s house’ vibe.

Relax with a cold one and an empanada (a cute Spanish pastry), pick a board game or playing cards up from one of the shelves and enjoy some downtime in the busy city.

Make sure you try their Empanadas too!


The Ones That Got Away...

We only spent 3 days in San Francisco, so unfortunately we weren't able to check out all of the bars we had planned to visit before our trip 😔 

This list is all of the other bars we had heard great things about, but didn't make it round to visiting this time;

Old Devil Moon

Magnolia Brewing

Thirstybear Brewing Company

Golden Gate Taproom

Hopwater Distribution

Anchor Brewing Company


The Crafty Fox Ale House

Black Hammer Brewing

Local Brewing Co.

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