The Best Places to Drink Beer Outside in San Francisco and the East Bay

[Photograph: Mike Reis]

Some idiot once said that the coldest winter they ever spent was a summer in San Francisco (it wasn't Mark Twain). In fact, it can be quite nice...sometimes. And you want to spend those kinda-sorta-rare beautiful days right—drinking delicious beer outdoors. So we set out to find the best San Francisco area beer-focused bars with nice outdoor seating.

It's not that hard to find ample outdoor space or quality beer, but the two rarely meet. (And when they do, we'd prefer the staff be friendly and the lines for beer not be too long.) If you're willing to jump on the BART to the East Bay, you'll be rewarded for your efforts. Here are 7 shining examples—the best places to drink good beer outdoors in San Francisco and the East Bay. Check out the slideshow, and don't forget your sunscreen.