San Francisco is one of America’s best cities for draining a pint. Here, in alphabetical order, is a list of Bay Area craft beer places Chowhounds are talking about. Visit Chowhound to join the discussion. [Note: This article was updated on December 6, 2017 to reflect a closure.]
AMSTERDAM CAFE — CLOSED
937 Geary Street, San Francisco
This low-key bar in the Tenderloin is within walking distance of many Union Square hotels—enjoy the open-air café atmosphere and the extensive bottle list.
#1 on map
1402 Grant Avenue, San Francisco
While there are only a few beers on tap, they’re all quality choices, and the extensive bottle list helps round out your choices at this seldom-crowded North Beach bar.
#3 on map
CITY BEER STORE
1168 Folsom Street Suite 101, San Francisco
A SOMA shop that recently doubled in size, City Beer stocks lots of interesting bottles you can take to go or drink on premises for an additional corkage fee. Good selection of sours.
#4 on map
3141 16th Street, San Francisco
Nice Belgian options at this crowded spot in the Valencia corridor but keep your eye on the prices of the bottles you’re ordering or you could be in for an unpleasant surprise when the bill arrives.
#7 on map
460 8th Street, Oakland
Queries for San Francisco’s best beer bar often lead to instructions to get on BART and head to this Oakland bar—loyalists adore the exceptional selection from 25 rotating taps.
#9 on map
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