Come every sunny day in San Francisco, whether it’s Saturday or Wednesday, SF shares the collective urge for cocktails on a patio. When the mythical summer day does arrive, you’ll want to be ready. Here’s where eat and drink outside in the city.
We love a good waterfront spot as much as the next person, and for that we can always rely on Atwater Tavern. Pop in for brunch and snag their Crabby Patty Benedict or hit this spot up before a Giant’s game for their seafood dishes. With bay views like this, you know we’ll always keep coming back.Happy hour starts at 3pm.
// 295 Terry A. Francois Blvd. (Mission Bay),
“Spirits In The Sky” Sky Deck Bar
One of the best hidden-ish gems in the city is Sky Deck Bar with a glorious exterior balcony patio on the 40th floor of the Loews Regency Hotel. Get panoramic views all the way from the Golden Gate Bridge to Treasure Island, all while sipping on one of their rotating special cocktails. Head down to the newly opened hotel restaurant, the Bear & the Monarch after to follow up your drinks with a few more delicacies. The rooftop bar is open seasonally on Tuesdays – Saturdays from 4 – 8 p.m. //
222 Sansome St., (FiDi),
(Courtesy of Anina)
Bright, open and airy, Anina is a lovely space for post-brunch drinks with the squad or a lax afternoon soaking up some long-overdue sunshine. Its patio is bedecked with eight beer garden tables and string lights and is definitely a sunny departure from SF’s stock of darker, moodier bars.
Marie Salcido //
82 Hayes St. (Hayes Valley)
25 Lusk recently opened a bar on the top of their building and, unlike its counterparts, it’s anything but dark and lounge-y. Sip on frozen slushy drinks and batch-bottled cocktails while enjoying some of their elegant comfort food like avocado shrimp dip and thin crust ‘za. Think of it as a beer garden on a roof. //
25 Lusk St., (SOMA),
Zazie ia a brunch favorite so expect a wait. If you can endure your hunger long enough, expect a patio that is quaint and dog-friendly, surrounded by the perfect amount of greenery. Come here for weekday brunch or dinner to try and avoid the crowds. For breakfast, nosh on lemon ricotta pancakes or La Mer dungeness crab benedict.
// 941 Cole St. (Cole Valley),
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A mecca for all things Italian, this upscale restaurant and bar is nestled right under the Bay Bridge. And, with a heated and shaded outside patio overlooking the bay, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to sip a blueberry smash under clear summer day. Whether you’re here for lunch, dinner, or happy hour, we recommend diving face-first into a plate of their potatoes gorgonzola. Bonus: your pooch can come, too. Happy hour: 3-10 pm at the bar only. //
345 Spear St. (Embarcadero),
If Palomino is packed, no worries, just move down the waterfront to find another newly opened Italian gem, Cento Osteria. This place boasts top-notch thin crust pizzas, house-made charcuterie, and stuffed pastas (definitely indulge in the casonsei meat ravioli in brown butter sauce with crispy sage and guanciale). Stop by for their “apericena” happy-hour-esque menu with drinks and small plates, offered Monday through Friday from 3:30-7pm. Enjoy your eats on the heated patio, or even from within—huge bay windows wrap-around the exterior letting in light and views from every angle. //
100 Brannan St.
Teeth SF is everything you’d want from a Mission patio: 25 cent wing Wednesdays, corn hole, shuffleboard, and bottomless mimosas on the weekends. Expect a two-tiered backyard vibe that’s perfect for chilling any day of the week. //
2323 Mission St., (Mission),
For those in the know, Isa is the perfect hidden gem patio in the Marina. Walking through the long narrow dining room, the restaurant opens upon to a gated garden oasis. And even in the winter (or, lets be real, SF summer) months, expect seating that is tented in to keep you cozy. Don’t pass-up their truffle risotto, angus flat iron steak, or rich Maine lobster broth soup—perfect for those chilly summer nights. //
3324 Steiner St. (Marina),
Another newcomer to the Marina, Parigo is a lovely addition to the side streets of Chestnut—and a stellar spot to sip vino. The menu was designed in reverse—selecting wines first and then pairing eats. Get there early to claim the fire pit on their back patio, surrounded by walls of vines and purple flowers. Bonus: on Fridays and Saturdays this space morphs into a tiki bar with mai tais, Hawaiian old fashions, tuna poke, kahuna sliders, and more. Experience the tiki bar from 6-11p.m. //
3232 Scott St. (Marina),
Our favorite excuse to stop by Waterbar? Their oysters. This two-story restaurant on the Embarcadero offers up more than just dollar-and-change oysters. With spellbinding views of the bay, you’ll be here for another round, or three. The drink menu goes through multiple changes per day, so you can switch up your cocktails as the sun moves across the sky. //
The Embarcadero (Embarcadero),
If there was a definition of a classic Mission patio, this spot would be it. The Sycamore is a snug square of a patio, nestled in the back of a dive bar—the type you wouldn’t expect to have good food, but it happily does. Go big on the sliders, bottomless mimosas, and board games before wandering over to Dolores Park to nap it all off. //
2140 Mission St. (Mission),
Simmer down, sip wine, and relax. Bistro Aix is a good balance of French and Italian food, with a wine list the length of a religious scroll. Bistro Aix has got you covered with their indoor-outdoor atrium patio hybrid—in the back dining room, a glass ceiling extends upwards in the shape of a pyramid to expose you to sun, but not the elements. It gets even cuter with small, intimate tables surrounding their 95 year-old olive tree decorated with whimsical strands of white lights.
// 3340 Steiner St. (Marina),
he Tipsy Pig
You had us at forty craft beers. Even better? There’s a well-furnished open patio to savor all that The Tipsy Pig as to offer—which includes bacon, lots of bacon. Expect it in all their best dishes like cast-iron skillet mac ‘n cheese and their burger, best enjoyed alongside many rounds of their signature Marina cocktail, the Strawberry Fields. Happy hour is Monday to Thursday with half-priced bottles of wine (5-7 p.m) and small bites (served 5:30-6:30pm)
// 2231 Chestnut St. (Marina),
4505 Burgers & BBQ
One thing’s for sure, you’re going to smell 4505 before you see it. This joint is dishing up delicious BBQ on the daily, sending those smokey meaty aromas up and down the Divisadero corridor. Even if you’re here for just drinks, the vibes on the patio are perfectly casual. Pro tip: if you just want to order a beverage, snag a spot on the benches and just flag down any of the staff bringing out food to place a drink order—no need to jump in the ordering line queueing for the meats. //
705 Divisadero St., (NoPa),
Are you someone who thinks in shots of espresso? With its made-from-scratch pastries and sustainably sourced beans, you can’t go wrong with a mid-day pick me up on the patio at Coffee Bar.
// 1890 Bryant St. (South Park),
On the western edge of Golden Gate Park, Park Chalet is the perfect spot to stop before or after an afternoon at Ocean Beach. Their in-house brewery churns their own craft beers for consumption in their expansive outdoor beer garden. Stop by for taco Tuesdays, sunny days, their signature brews, and—if you’re lucky—live music. Happy hour is from 3–6 p.m.
// 100 Great Highway (Golden Gate Park),
Bay Area undoubtedly has a strong craft beer scene, witnessed in the slew of new taprooms popping up. Outside appearances are deceiving—make your way through the interior restaurant to the rear patio with tons of communal benches and tables. Post up with a beer sampler and enjoy. Happy hour is available Wednesday through Friday from 3-6 p.m.//
2704 24th St., (Potrero),
Technically this spot is in no-man’s-land between Oakland and SF, situated on our favorite neighbor, Treasure Island, but it’s too good not to include. A restaurant made from repurposed shipping containers, this patio is huge, surrounded by a bocce ball court and a few small putting greens. Make a day of it and bike over to enjoy the sunshine, seasonal Hawaiian-American eats, and views of the city skyline. //
699 Avenue of the Palms, (Treasure Island),
Trademark & Copyright
What’s better than an epic sports bar? One that has an attached patio, obviously! Trademark & Copyright has multiple personalities from its sports-centric interior filled with memorabilia and high-tech beer pong tables to its speakeasy-style cocktail lounge and outdoor space fenced in with a giant two-story mural (don’t worry, there are more TVs outside so you won’t miss any of the game). Plus there’s Filipino fusion cuisine. Think: nachos, lumpia and teriyaki wings—oh and did we mention there’s boozy milkshakes? //
1123 Folsom St., (SOMA),
STEM Kitchen And Garden
This place is every minimalist’s dream: squared-off patio chairs, perfectly aligned tables, and a garden that’s mindfully put together with trimmed shrubs. Spend the afternoon enjoying their outdoor bocce ball court, or drop in in the evening to take advantage of their cozy fire pits—either way expect a beautiful backdrop of the bay. Another bonus: STEM actually grows some of their ingredients. Order a round of Apple in the Rye cocktails for the whole table!
// 499 Illinois St.(Dogpatch),
Everyone knows Sens Restaurant on the Embarcadero for its post-work FiDi happy hour vibes, with energetic lounge music and dreamy views of the bay from it’s second-floor perch across the street from the Ferry Building. Once the sun goes down, a romantic ambience takes over the mouthwatering Mediterranean-inspired cuisine—the perfect spot for an excellent date night. Happy hour is Monday to Friday from 3–8 pm and Saturday from 5-9:30p.m. //
4 Embarcadero Center (FiDi),
(The Commissary; courtesy of
A former military barracks hall, the Commissary offers a refreshing mix of Spanish cuisine and tapas from chef Traci Des Jardins (Jardinere and School Night). Sip on blanco sangria and nosh on patatas bravas and cheese fritters, among other delectable bites on a small patio in the middle of the Presidio. //
101 Montgomery St. (Presidio),
Charmaine’s opened in 2017 in the Proper Hotel just off of Market Street to give you the perfect view into the city skyline, reminiscent of classic big city rooftop bars in New York or Chicago. Enjoy the eccentric Kelly Wearstler decor, creative cocktails, and a host of fire pits for the perfect fancy night out on the town. Bites and drinks can be pricey, but worth it, especially with the panorama of SF. //
1100 Market St, (Downtown),
Presidio Social Club
Presidio Social Club, or PSC, is a brunch favorite. From their PSC Spritzer (cranberry liqueur, Carpano Bianco & sparkling wine) to their Painkiller (Flora de Cana rum, pineapple, coconut & orange), you’ll find something to enjoy while relaxing on the back patio. Be sure to indulge in PSC Gruyere Cheese Toasts, delectable cheesy little sandwiches served with tomato soup fondue for dipping. Walk it all off with a jaunt through the trails of the Presidio to Crissy Field. //
563 Rudger Street (Presidio),
(Dirty Habit; courtesy of
Though the film-noir-inspired mod dining room at Dirty Habit is far from shabby, the outdoor lounge area, with long couches, a fire pit, and room for 50, is an outdoor oasis that feels worlds apart from the chaos of SoMa five floors below. Catch their special whiskey Wednesdays featuring different infused tastings and flights, or their “dirty hour” with rotating cocktail specials and bites like tater tots and beer fondue. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4-6 pm.
// 12 4th Street (SoMa),
This neighborhood restaurant, owned by seafood master Jon Hearnsberger, has a drink selection as fresh as their locally grown produce. The secluded back patio is covered in string lights and heat lamps, perfect for sipping reasonably priced wines by the glass while admiring the garden. Just know that their liquor license requires them to stop serving in the patio at 9 p.m. //
558 Castro St. (Castro),
(Palm House; courtesy of
Yearning for a tropical getaway, but can’t exactly afford the airfare? Settle for Palm House’s coastal vibes, courtesy of their Brazilian, Cuban, Hawaiian, Indonesian, and Caribbean influences and decidedly tropical cocktail menu. Go all in on one of their giant bunch bowls (accompanied by floating rubber duckies) on the outdoor patio. Happy Hour is Tuesday-Friday from 4-6:30 pm. //
2032 Union St. (Cow Hollow),
Neighborhood staple El Rio has been welcoming guests to its sunny patio for the past four decades. Sit back on the rustic patio chairs and enjoy some slow blues all while nursing a beer. Another reason to stop by? Their bloody mary bar with infused vodkas on Friday and Sundays, served till 5 p.m. Happy Hour is on Monday with $1 Ticates from1 pm to closing and Tuesday–Friday from 1-8 pm for well drinks and draft beer. //
3158 Mission St. (Mission),
(Virgil’s Sea Room; courtesy of
Virgil’s Sea Room
Right next door to El Rio sits this nautical bar with a huge back patio. Each of their signature cocktails is named after a different SF local hero. From our man of the 12 Galaxies, Frank Chu, to The City’s musical philanthropist, Warren Hellman, to the pioneering transgender performer, Vicki Marlane. Get cozy and salute to San Francisco. Pro-tip: this spot is cash only.
// 3152 Mission St. (Mission),
Wild Side West
Around since 1962, Wild Side West is an LGBT institution which welcomed Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin back in the day. With two lovely back patios open 365 days a year, you’ll be making fond memories and sipping cocktails all year round! //
424 Cortland Ave. (Bernal Heights),
Eat fresh local seafood in this comfortable, relaxed, and covered back patio setting, complete with a fire pit. For drinks, adventure into their menu of dessert cocktails, such as the Warm Blueberry Elixir (amaretto, grand marnier, earl grey tea, cinnamon), to sip by the fire. //
2362 Market St. (Castro),
Imagine wandering into a small secret garden, complete with a small pond, ivy covered walls, and multiple terraces for relaxing. We can vouch for their delicious avocado toast and huevos rancheros to die for. With sublime coffee offerings served in the morning and well-slung drink specials in the evening, Reverie is the perfect hangout for any time of day. With sublime coffee offerings served in the morning and well-slung drink specials in the evening, Reverie is the perfect hangout for any time of day. Plus, their heated and covered patio will keep you toasty until the wee hours. //
848 Cole St. (Cole Valley)
(Broken Record; courtesy of
This spacious bar and heated patio boasts one of the best single-grain whiskey selections around—everything from Bulleit 10 year to Johnny Walker Blue 25. Pair your spirit of choice with any of their upscale bar snacks (think: Korean BBQ wings with toasted sesame seeds and fried cauliflower with Sriracha ranch aioli) for a night you won’t soon forget. //
1166 Geneva Ave (Outer Mission),
Americano Restaurant and Bar
What more can you ask for than a waterfront patio and a good glass of wine? Americano offers Italian classics such as Pizza Salsiccia and pork meatballs with a panoramic view of the Bay Bridge. Heatlamps will keep you here well past your normal work happy hours. Happy Hour is 3-6 pm daily. //
8 Mission St. (SoMa),
Belden Place is a hidden gem in the Financial District where tourists, European ex-pats, and locals alike go for a European vibe and sidewalk seating. While the food at some of the restaurants may not be the best, the charming alley lined with tables and hung with lights make it a enjoyable experience none the less. Head to Belden Taverna, where beautifully executed veal meatballs and grilled swordfish call as loudly as any barker. //
52 Belden Pl
Park Chow Food Bar
Finally, a place designed for the whole family. This comfort food spot in the Castro has kids in mind, and most of the menu is kid-friendly offering mac ‘n cheese, pizza, and organic chicken fingers in addition to adult delights like pot roast short ribs and lamb burgers. //
215 Church St. (Castro),
(Biergarten; courtesy of
With a wide selection of niche beers to enjoy outside at this spacious Bavarian style beer garden, Biergarten is a must-do on a blue-sky afternoon. Don’t be intimidated at the often full-street-block line wrapping past the gates, it moves quickly enough. Expect delicious food (their pretzel knot sandwiches ), communal picnic tables, hanging lights, and heavy blankets for when it gets cold. //
424 Octavia St. (Hayes Valley),
Cigar Bar and Grill
Cigarette and cigar smokers will find a rare haven at Cigar Bar and Grill, where anyone can light up (no matter how close you are to the building.) The bar hosts a wide range of premium and hand rolled cigars, while the large back patio provides live music lively conversation.
850 Montgomery St. (FiDi),
Pier 23 Cafe
Nothing says a good time like placing a cool, sweating beer mug atop of a pier’s railing. And, at Pier 23 Cafe, that’s exactly what you’ll get—seemingly endless lines of half-full glasses with happy patrons chatting up a storm. Find this gem along the waterfront, with an old retro neon light sign beckoning you into this patio poking out into the blue bay. //
Pier 23 (North Beach),
Hi Dive is tucked right next to the Bay Bridge, offering gorgeous views of the Port of Oakland. We love coming here after the Saturday Ferry Building Farmers Market, before a Giants game, or just because. //
Pier 28 1/2, (Embracadero),
Thorough Bread and Pastry
You’d be hard-pressed not to find a pastry (or bread) you don’t like at Thorough. Once you’ve swiped your card, step outside and enjoy the spacious, tree-filled back patio with a few tables and chairs to enjoy your treat. /
248 Church St. (Mission),
(The Ramp; courtesy of
Best for brunch, you can’t go wrong with their benedicts and bloody marys. When it’s clear, you can see all the way to Oakland. Happy Hour is from 3:30-7 pm. //
855 Terry A Francois Blvd. (Dogpatch),
Mission Rock Resort
Neighbor to the Ramp, Mission Rock Resort is another Dogpatch gem. Whether it’s happy hour oysters or brunch under their bright yellow patio umbrellas, you’ll be sitting happy on this bayside patio. //
817 Terry Francois Blvd. (Dogpatch),
Opt for pastries and coffee (or Champagne!) at this gorgeous back garden designed by Paxton Gate. Favorites include the sticky buns and baked eggs. It’s not always sunny in the Richmond, but this is where we head when it is. //
3619 Balboa St. (Outer Richmond),
(Jones; courtesy of
Jones is a go-to for signature cocktails at happy hour and early-afternoon Sunday bottomless mimosa brunches. The enormous rooftop dining room is perfect for casual drinks overlooking the Tenderloin. //
620 Jones St. (Tenderloin),
We’ve always been a sucker for a good alleyway bar. Open most of the year, Le Colonial’s front patio looks kind of like a conservatory, with a glass roof and tons of hanging greenery. //
20 Cosmo Pl. (Tenderloin),
Sparrow Bar and Kitchen
With fifteen rotating taps and tons of seating, feel free to get comfortable at this Upper Haight patio found beyond the kitchen. Stop by for happy hour bites or brunch—there’s never too long of a wait. //
1640 Haight St. (Upper Haight),
(Momo’s; courtesy of
MoMo’s is an established pre and post game spot for a Giant’s game. This American bistro serving-up simple yet refined dishes and their umbrella patio is the perfect neighbor to AT&T Park. Happy hour is Monday–Friday from 3–7 pm. //
760 2nd St. (South Park),
You’ve heard of this place, right? I mean, it’s packed 24/7. A no-frills dive bar with a lively crowd, they have over forty beers on tap, but be sure to hunt down your patio seats first! //
199 Valencia St. (Mission)
Samovar Tea Lounge
Artfully done architecture, perfuming oolong, and inspired snacking await at this garden oasis. Upper-level terrace seating affords awesome views of Yerba Buena Gardens below.
730 Howard St. (SoMa),
(Courtesy of El Techo)
Located in the heart of the Mission district, El Techo serves Latin American street food and has a killer rooftop view of the city.
Don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy a comforting meal accompanied by a gorgeous view of the city.
2516 Mission St
Cafe & Food-To-Go
This neighborhood cafe is known for its quick to grab foods including artisanal sandwiches, salads, beverages and desserts. Right next door is Arlequin Wine Merchant—a wine store with an exhaustive list of premium wines from all around the world.
//384 Hayes St. (Hayes Valley),
Courtesy of Chambers Eat & Drink)
Chambers Eat & Drink
With its iconic “Be Amazing” sign located behind its bar, Chambers Eat & Drink also has an outdoor patio and pool making it a popular destination for relaxing outdoors dining and drinking.
// 601 Eddy St. (Tenderloin),
(Courtesy of Starbelly)
Walk into this friendly neighborhood restaurant and expect an easy-going environment completed with a cozy, year-round patio. Make sure to dine here during brunch, which is served seven days a week, to try some local California comfort food.
// 3583 16th St. (Castro),
Cafe La Flore
This small coffee shop features artworks from local artists displayed on its walls and takes pride in fostering a welcoming atmosphere and providing friendly customer service. Tables are set up outside the cafe forming a little outdoor patio for customers to catch a little sun.
// 1032 Clement St. (Inner Richmond),
Mission Bowling Club
This boutique bowling alley in the Mission district is also a popular brunch spot on the weekends with an outdoor dog-friendly patio opened until 10 p.m. daily. This venue can be a celebration for all kinds of events with its six lanes for bowling, a nice bar, seasonally prepared brunch and dinner menus and of course an outdoor patio.
// 3176 17th St. (Mission),
(Courtesy of Skool)
This seafood restaurant is known for preparing seafood with a Japanese flare. It also offers gluten-free and vegetarian menu options for brunch, lunch and dinner. Most exciting of all is its outdoor heated patio that can be reserved for private events and accommodate up to 40-50 guests.
1725 Alameda St. (SoMa),
(Courtesy of Annie Hall)
This venue offers a unique dining experience with its seasonal and fresh California-Mediterranean menu, nightly foreign film screenings, giant fireplace and beautiful outdoor patio.
// 2534 Mission St. (Mission),
(Courtesy of Park Tavern)
Park Tavern, located in the historic North Beach neighborhood and adjacent to Washington Square Park, is an upscale American tavern with a communal bar and an indoor/outdoor cafe that is a semi-private extension of the main dining room. Park Tavern’s outdoor patio can be accessed through the Cafe, which overlook Washington Square Park through floor to ceiling windows.
// 1652 Stockton St
. (North Beach),
Thee Parkside is the perfect bar,music venue, and patio nestled in Potrero Hill. Their outdoor space is topped with an opaque cover, supported by bright red beams, surrounded by walls of greenery and filled with communal tables to create a beach-y, bungalow vibe that you can even enjoy in our rainy months. A little off the beaten path, this is one you likely haven’t stumbled onto yet. //
1600 17th St., (Potrero Hill),
This article has been updated since it was originally published on Apr 13, 2017.