San Francisco’s Best Beer Bars

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.

AMSTERDAM CAFE
937 Geary Street, San Francisco
415-409-1111

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

BEER REVOLUTION
464 3rd Street, Oakland
510-452-2337

One of Oakland's "ridiculously awesome" beer bars.
#2 on map

CHURCH KEY
1402 Grant Avenue, San Francisco
415-963-1713

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
415-503-1033

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

LA TRAPPE
800 Greenwich Street, San Francisco
415-550-8727

Look to this North Beach bar for a huge selection of Belgian beers and Belgian-style dishes.
#5 on map

MAGNOLIA
1398 Haight Street, San Francisco
415-864-7468

Check out this Upper Haight brewpub for decent bites and cask ale.
#6 on map

MONK'S KETTLE
3141 16th Street, San Francisco
415-865-9523

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

TORONADO
547 Haight Street, San Francisco
415-863-2276

Perhaps the top choice of beer geeks within city limits, this Lower Haight pub recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.
#8 on map

THE TRAPPIST
460 8th Street, Oakland
510-238-8900

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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