Nestled between University of California
, San Francisco and Buena Vista Park and stretching from Haight Ashbury to Twin Peaks is the district of Cole Valley. Although this tiny district is nestled between much larger ones, Cole Valley still has a selection of excellent bars and pubs. Here’s a guide to the best.
Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
Finnegans Wake is equipped with a large outdoor patio space that’s perfect for some summer sun. The pub also has a ping-pong table, a pool table, a jukebox, and TV screens. Finnegans Wake, however, is famous for its Bloody Marys, which are strong, spicy, and keep customers coming back for more.
Finnegans Wake, 937 Cole St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 731 6119
Restaurant, Wine Bar, Italian, $$$
For a more sophisticated outing, visit InoVino: Cole Valley’s local Italian wine bar. InoVine also serves small bites, that can be served with wine, or larger Italian entrées such as pasta, risotto, and pizza. The star of the bar and restaurant, however, is the wine; customers can expect the wine to taste great regardless of their budget.
InoVino, 108 Carl St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 681 3770
Pub, Bar, Pub Grub, none
Located across from Kezar Stadium, where the 49ers used to play, Kezar Pub is the ultimate sports bar with new American pub food. Customers can enjoy wings, nachos, sandwiches, burgers, fries, salads, and so much more while watching their favorite sport, whether that’s football, soccer, rugby, hockey, or wrestling, among others. Needless to say, there are several flat-screen TVs inside and plenty of beer on tap. Also, a pool table, darts, and video games are available to keep everyone entertained.
Kezar Pub, 770 Stanyan St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 386 9292
Kezar Bar & Restaurant
Kezar Bar & Restaurant serves Latin American cuisine, but with a pub atmosphere due to its relaxed aura and dimly lit interior. Kezar Bar & Restaurant also has TVs to watch sports, and although it looks like a pub, the food is far better than one would expect. The bar and restaurant makes for the ideal location to grab a late night meal and a delicious cocktail.
Kezar Bar & Restaurant, 900 Cole St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 681 7678
Although technically just outside the border of Cole Valley on Haight Street, The Alembic is still a local favorite. Open for lunch on the weekend and dinner seven days a week, the Alembic offers new American cuisine in a dimly lit bar. A go-to among locals in Cole Valley, The Alembic is a great spot for some classic drinks and a creative food menu.
The Alembic, 1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 666 0822
The Mexican bistro Padrecito has a changing menu serving local meats, seafood, and produce, depending on the season. Open for brunch and dinner, Padrecito has a very lively atmosphere with a full bar serving tasty cocktails. The restaurant is also beautiful, with elegant décor and great service.
Padrecito, 901 Cole St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 742 5505