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Drinking al fresco: 4 fantastic outdoor bars in San Francisco

5 Nov 2013 5:00 PM
Drinking al fresco: 4 fantastic outdoor bars in San Francisco

Aside from the vibrant culture, historic significance, laid back lifestyle, impressive art scene and exemplary gourmet restaurants, visitors to San Francisco are often excited to experience the city's many outdoor bars. At these establishments, the finest spirits are expertly combined to make creative cocktails that taste as fresh as the surrounding scenery.

Located throughout the City by the Bay, these bars have served as gathering places for outdoor enthusiasts looking to sample craft beers, fine wines and spirits. While they routinely host owners of nearby luxury real estate, as well as famous stars of television and the movies, these four taverns are premier destinations for tourists looking to get a real feel for the area. Recently recognized as some of the best by San Francisco Magazine, these outdoor saloons are must-visit watering holes for both locals and visitors.

1. Jones
Tucked within the heart of the TenderNob area of San Francisco, this rooftop drinking lounge is the epitome of upscale urban entertainment. Breathtaking sights of the city can be seen at every angle, and the list of available beverages and signature drinks is sure to please. Accessible at most hours of the day, patrons can enjoy a sunny brunch, or stay until the heat lamps come on once the sun sets and enjoy a music-filled night with good friends under the stars.

2. Central Kitchen
Though this establishment may be better known for its culinary fare, the outdoor courtyard has become an incredibly popular attraction in recent years. With shimmering lights strung above, and trickling water fixtures positioned prominently around the space, guests can liken their time at the bar to a midsummer night's dream. Those who get hungry can choose any of the restaurants' gourmet dishes, created with locally sourced ingredients. 

3. Cigar Bar & Grill
First-time visitors to this restaurant may think they're in for a hazy night of sampling fine tobaccos, but the cocktails and camaraderie to be found here make it a crystal-clear choice for those seeking a luxurious night out on the town. With jazz musicians regularly performing, a fully stocked humidor, upscale pub grub and elegant outdoor seating, this bar in Jackson Square is a hard one to beat.

4. Tacolicious
Boasting a 28-seat patio and critically-acclaimed margaritas, this bar is taken seriously by owners of area luxury homes - even if it has a comical name. Available for football parties or private gatherings, the outdoor space is often occupied by revelers seeking great drinks and a good time. The menu is also of note, featuring dozens of unique combinations and flavor profiles.