In the midst of the quiet town of Larkspur, the Silver Peso never fails to bring the party. With quirky features such as walls lined with Christmas lights, stickers posted everywhere, and a popcorn machine, the Peso gives off the vibe of a true local dive. Their pool tables draw out real talent, so come ready for some competitive play. You’re likely to bump into anyone from an old classmate to your next door neighbor at this Marin County favorite.
Silver Peso, 450 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA 94939 (415) 924-3448
Just a short walk over from Smitty’s you’ll find a bar and restaurant with a completely different feel. Beautifully situated on the water, Bar Bocce of Sausalito makes you feel like you’re on your own private beach. Their back patio has a fire pit, heat lamps, and of course, a bocce ball court to use free of charge. Enjoy their home-made sangria and popular sourdough pizza as you look out over the peaceful Sausalito harbor. This classy but casual hot spot does not take reservations though, so be sure to show up early.
Bar Bocce, 1250 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965 (415) 331-0555
This list would not be complete without Marin’s very own microbrewery, Marin Brewing Company. Marin Brewing Co. has been quenching the thirst of Larkspur and Marin County natives ever since opening in 1989. The beer hall serves their original brews, and many have names that offer a nod to local towns and landmarks, such as Mt. Tam Pale Ale and Point Reyes Porter. They even crafted their Orange and Black Congrats Ale in honor of the San Francisco Giants’ World Series win.