Get a taste of some of San Francisco's rare and excellent beers at these top beer halls.

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June 25, 2019

Have A Beer at San Francisco's Top Beer Halls

San Francisco is a place to indulge all your senses. Why not go somewhere that tackles more than one? At these San Francisco beer halls, you'll get to taste rare and excellent beers, see iconic city locales, and hear terrific live music. Here are some of San Francisco's most highly recommended beer halls.

Amnesia Beer & Music Hall (853 Valencia St.)

Bluegrass or bossa nova? Blue jazz or funk? Whatever music you prefer, you’re sure to hear something that suits you at Amnesia, located in the happening Mission neighborhood. Some of the best local talent come here to play, so enjoy some west coast tunes with your beer.

Barrel Head Brewhouse (1758 Fulton St.)

Barrel Head Brewhouse is more than just a brewery. The all-American menu features over three dozen locally brewed beers on tap, served with delicious food. There’s a cozy fireplace for long, lingering nights or the brightly-lit dining room to enjoy an evening with friends. During the week, count on tasty specials. There is a daily happy hour and an ample brunch on weekends.


Bartlett Hall (242 O'Farrell St.)

If you're looking for a beer hall in the heart of the city, head to Bartlett Hall. Located in Union Square, it’s a stylish tavern with a vintage feel, subdued lighting, and warm wood interiors. Choose between spacious booths, long tables, or sitting directly at the bar. Cocktails and wine are also served, along with an ample menu of delicious American fare.


The Beer Hall (1 Polk St.)

For fun weekly events, head to The Beer Hall, just steps from City Hall and the many performance venues of Civic Center. There are over 20 craft beers to sample here, plus small bites on the menu.

Magnolia Brewing - Dogpatch (2505 Third St.)

The original Magnolia in Haight-Ashbury is a cozier but no less enjoyable place for a beer. However, if you want to head out with a group of friends—or make some new ones—visit their much larger space in Dogpatch. There are 20 beers on tap and delicious modern American fare to compliment it, as well as an impressively stocked bar that practically begs you to try at least one cocktail. Long communal tables and friendly staff make this a very welcoming place to grab a beer, enjoy a casual family dinner, cheer on your favorite sports teams, and more.

Hopwater Distribution (850 Bush St.)

With 31 beers on tap, this is one happening hall. Choose between bar, booth, or counter seating. Large windows let in the light, so there are no dingy pub vibes here. Order classic pales, porters, and pilsners, or get more creative with local craft beers from California. As for the menu, you are guaranteed something delicious, affordable, and fun.

Mikkeller Bar (34 Mason St.)

Word on the street is this is the beer mecca to visit when in San Francisco. For first-time visitors to San Francisco, you’ll get a feel of the local crowd in a laid-back environment that’s hard to beat. Half a block from the cable car turnaround at Powell St., Mikkeller boasts an impressive selection of more than 40 beers on tap and lots of pub grub to choose from.

Schroeder's (240 Front St.)

Take one step into Schroeder's and you'll feel like you’ve been whisked away to Bavaria. This 120-year-old establishment brings the original beer hall experience to San Francisco with 22 German beers to choose from. Expect a lively night with authentic German food: schnitzels, Bavarian pretzels, and cheese platters (for your vegan friends, there’s also kale and quinoa salad, in true San Francisco fashion).


Southern Pacific Brewing (620 Treat Ave.)

Tucked away on a tiny road in the Mission, Southern Pacific Brewing is not just a great beer hall but an active brewery, as well. With ample seating inside and out, a variety of domestic and international beers, and a robust menu, Southern Pacific has all the staples of a quality beer hall.

Sutter Pub and Restaurant (700 Sutter St.)

No listing of great drinking spots would be complete without a proper British pub. Welcome to the Sutter Pub and Restaurant, the perfect place to learn about bitters, ales, and lagers.

Almanac Barrel House, Brewery, and Taproom (651 W. Tower Ave., Alameda)

Located a short ride across the bay, the first thing you’ll notice about Almanac is its size. The 30,000-square-foot space has both beer hall and outdoor garden seating. Outside, you can dine and drink while overlooking the bay. Kids, dogs, and the whole family are welcome. Try Almanac’s signature barrel-aged beers and house wines, along with a tasty pub menu with sides including hop salt fries or pork pate and buffalo wings.


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