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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Top 8 Outdoor Bars in San Francisco

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ALEE KARIM
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2. Wild Side WestIn terms of ambiance, Wild Side West earns top honors. This quiet Bernal Heights bar is actually a converted Victorian with an epic garden/smoking area/patio in the back - we're talking multiple levels, lush jungle-y plants, and an overall low-key vibe. Plus the bar's high atop Cortland, just far enough off the beaten path to keep away the crowds, making it your secret weapon when the other joints on this list are overrun (our apologies to regulars if it doesn't stay that way). Inside you'll find a decidedly no-frills full bar with a fairly impressive jukebox and an always-busy pool table.

Clearly El Rio's leafy paradise tops the list. - ALEE KARIM
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  • Clearly El Rio's leafy paradise tops the list.

1. El Rio

At the end of the day, the scales might have tipped in El Rio's favor solely because of the delicious encampment of Rocky's Frybread in its comfy overgrown backyard. But even if Rocky's isn't around forever (oh, please don't ever leave us, Rocky), the El Rio still has an irresistibly welcoming patio, recession-friendly booze selection, affable service, and atmosphere that's more like a house party than a bar. If there's anything more fun than a long night on El Rio's patio with friends, it's a long, sun-dappled afternoon on the patio with those same friends dancing to the occasional live salsa band. Everyone seems to be welcome here -- the LQBTQ, the well-to-do, the heshers, the punks, the wastoids, a veritable cross-section of the city -- and we've yet to find an outdoor bar in S.F. with as broad appeal. The place to beat, bar none.

*Note: The original version of the story referenced Lucky 13's old patio behind the pool tables. We're sorry about the error.

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