Where to Eat and Drink Outside in San Francisco

By Ellen Fort via EaterSF

San Francisco diners are used to huddling under heat lamps and awnings as the fog rolls in, fantasizing that they're not wearing sweaters and scarves and watching as their dinners get cold. However, during that magical late summer heat wave, the city does have a few choice patios upon which to enjoy cold cocktails and short sleeves.

Check out some of the city's best outdoor respites, from sassy downtown drinking enclaves to divey beer bars to grass-covered backyards. Everything goes when the temperature rises above 70 degrees or so, so break out that one pair of shorts own, grab the crew, head out into the warm(wish) streets for pitchers of cocktails, cold beers, and adventure.

Anina - This might just be the best new patio in SF. It's located right in the heart of Hayes Valley, allowing patio drinkers to people watch while they're consuming bowls of delicious cocktails, beneath the string lights. The small kitchen hosts pop-ups that provide a rotation of different snacks. And if Karl the Fog gets pesky in the evening, head inside to the lively bar for another drink.

Arguello Restaurant - In the windy Presidio, Arguello offers an appealing retreat on its sizable patio, which is sheltered from the wind and heated when it's chilly. The margaritas will pick up the slack.

Bar Agricole - Bar Agricole offers a respite from the busy streets of SoMa on its stylish front patio. It's a pleasant place to consume oysters, alongside numerous of owner Thad Vogler's craft cocktails like the Hot Deck, made with bourbon, vermouth rouge, ginger, and bitters.

Dirty Habit - In a city with few outdoor spaces, especially downtown, Dirty Habit's fifth-floor patio definitely stands out thanks to extensive lounge seating, fire pits, and headlamps for chillier days. The bar bites-centric menu and sizable drink selection make this a good choice for big groups.

Foreign Cinema - An enclosed patio with strung lights and a a movie projected onto one of the walls is hard to resist. This classic SF patio is one of the best around, and its eclectic menu and great cocktail list seal the deal. Check the website for upcoming showings of classic movies.

STEM Kitchen & Garden - A gorgeous patio and garden are lurking where you might least expect it, offering views of the Bay, fire pits, snacks, and drinks. Produce grown in the gardens are used in the kitchen, which puts out a menu of fresh California fare.

The Yard at Mission Rock - Whether you're heading to a Giants game or you just like drinking in the sunshine, The Yard has plenty of room for everyone. It's home to Belcampo, Creperie St. Germain, and an outpost of Anchor Brewing Company. That means fast burgers, crepes, and draft beers galore, plus a view of AT&T Park and the water.