Looking to avoid another foggy day in San Francisco? Head down to Redwood City this summer where the weather is warmer and the drinks are colder. Located about 30 minutes from both San Francisco and San Jose, Redwood City serves as a great middle ground to enjoy a night outside of the busy cities. Here are our top picks for an evening drink in the city.
If you’re still looking for that San Francisco feel without having to travel there, Blacksmith has you covered. With great bartenders and a friendly atmosphere, this upscale dive will have you feeling right at home. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop in New Orleans inspired Blacksmith, so it’s no wonder this place creates a lively ambiance. Be sure to check out the website for upcoming shows and trivia nights.
This sleek and elegant cocktail lounge and wine bar gives patrons an opportunity to experience a fancy night out in a comfortable setting. With beautifully garnished cocktails and a high end selection of wine, 840 Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge is primed to be the perfect place for an intimate date or a night out with a few friends. Hailed as Redwood City’s ‘hidden treasure,’ it aims to serve you in an ‘elegant, yet unpretentious and cozy atmosphere.’
The saying ‘miracles can happen’ resonates well with Milagros; the name literally means ‘miracle’ in Spanish. With an outdoor patio that can hold up to 100 people, this is a great place to enjoy a variety of Latin cocktails as well as small bites. Accompanying the outdoor patio is an outdoor tequila bar that can help spice up your summer nights and fuel those miracles you’ve been waiting for.
If you ever find yourself needing a ‘Prost’ along with a great German pint, Gourmet Haus Staudt should be your next stop. It doubles as a gift store and café, so make sure you go to the back to experience the beer garden. Boasting 11 German beers and two guest taps, Gourmet Haus Staudt is constantly changing its selection of beers to ensure that you never get stuck wanting more. Check out the website to see the selection of breweries it carries, along with the delectable German specialty foods.
Sustainability stands alone as the focal point of Martins West. The message is simple: ‘meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.’ Moira Beveridge, with the help of Executive Chef Michael Dotson, takes her Scottish influence of pub culture and infuses it with the locality of Northern California. The result is a place that serves delicious meals with addicting cocktails. Be sure to check this gastropub out for an experience not quiet like any other pub around the peninsula.
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From baking its own breads and curing and smoking its own house bacon to creating its own syrups, bitters, and tinctures, Timber & Salt goes the extra mile so that patrons can appreciate the experience. Proudly serving craft cocktails from Bartender Brian Matulis and artisan comfort cuisine from Chef Dylan Harper, Timber & Salt gives the people what they want. The menu is sophisticated but approachable, which gives the guests the feeling that they’re part of something special.
Searching for a classic Dive bar and a chance to belt out some good tunes? Cruise over to Sodini’s to grab some cheap drinks and great times. With karaoke Thursdays through Saturdays, jam night on Wednesdays, and free pool on Sundays, there are a multitude of reasons to enjoy your night out at Sodini’s. This place is perfect for those who are looking to let loose and want something more than just a good cocktail.
Freewheel Brewing Company has made it a mission to ‘reestablish the village brewery and pub, and make the freshest local English-style beer available.’ With 12 beers brewed on site, there is bound to be the right fit for anyone thirsty for a pint. Freewheel aims to serve classic English-style pub food with that local California spin that goes great with the fresh ales. Not only does it offer great food and drinks, but it also provides a weekly pub quiz, live music, stand up comedy, and other great events. Take a look at the website to see what might entice you.