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Monday, June 7, 2010

Sink Into Cheap Craft Brews, Decent Food at Bean Bag

Posted By on Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 3:53 PM

click to enlarge Not your average gutter water. - MATTHEW STAFFORD
  • Matthew Stafford
  • Not your average gutter water.
The place: Bean Bag Café, 601 Divisadero (at Hayes), 563-3634

The hours: Daily, 3-10 p.m.

The deals: Pints of craft brews for $1.75; house wines are $3 on Fridays

The digs: Hip yet friendly neighborhood hangout complete with exposed brick, worn wood, sidewalk seating, and a bevy of black-clad hepcats writing in notebooks, reading Camus, or discussing earnest matters over mugs of java. There's also windowside counter seating affording urbane Western Addition vistas.

click to enlarge Hipsters enter here. - EATING IN TRANSLATION/FLICKR
The verdict: The Bean Bag pours pints of Happy Hour beer for less than two dollars, and it isn't even your regulation mass-produced gutter water we're talking about but the good stuff like Widmer, Deschutes, Big Daddy, and Lagunitas IPA. (The five house brews change on a revolving basis.) On the other hand the coffee, tea, and chai are just okay, but the food's impressive, especially for a coffee house: big, bountiful salads, hearty sandwiches, an excellent breakfast burrito, really good burgers and fries, and a tasty array of crêpes and pastas. On a quiet afternoon (a rarity, note) it's a pleasure to sit by the big windows or out on the sidewalk and watch the world go by, inexpensive (but not cheap) beer at hand.

Overall grade: B

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