Finding Good Beer by BART, station by station

There’s good beer – local west coast ales and other craft brews – all over the Bay Area, and there’s no paucity of good beer within walking distance of public transit. Get out of the car, onto Bay Area Rapid Transit or other transit options and into slow, delicious pints. Oh yeah: B.A.R.T. normally closes (station by station) starting at about midnight. Uncivilized, but important to know. Some bus lines do run all night.

Detailed guides to a growing number of craft beer places near transit. (Also listed alphabetically in the right column).    One shoe less than a quarter mileis up to one quarter mile walking, one way:

  • Dublin/Pleasanton Station
  • San Leandro Station, San Leandro
  • Lafayette Station
    • Lafayette Mountain Mike’s (CLOSED 2013)
  • San Bruno Station
    • BJs (Taphouse/Restaurant) less than a quarter mile
  • Millbrae Station (Another list of brewpubs to the south of this BART station, via CalTrain ) train28

List of non-pub craft breweries: Mass transit to non-brewpub craft breweries with tours or open houses

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What else belongs here? You tell us! Can you BART, bus and walk it?

Field research performed by local beer appreciators
Steve Shapiro & Gail Ann Williams. Corrections and suggestions welcome.

email: beerbybart at yahoo dot com

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91 Comments on “Finding Good Beer by BART, station by station”


  1. Quick clean-up note — just moved the older comments to this page: http://beerbybart.com/comments/ where we’ll archive the suggestions and comments. Onward!

    • Rajiv Khanna Says:

      Thanks for the website, guys. Another suggestion: Gestalt Haus right by the 16th St Mission SF BART. This place is close to Monk’s Kettle, but less pretentious.

    • shap Says:

      Hi Rajiv, Thanks for contacting us. We have actually listed Gestalt on our 16th St page. There is a link to them at the bottom of the page along with Dalva and Elixer. I have noticed that their beer list has been improving in the past 6 months and we may consider them for a full listing. Cheers, Steve

  2. Damon Says:

    Great work!
    Found this linked from Beer Revolution’s site.

    Here are a few suggestions for additions near my local stop, 16th St, in SF: I second Chris’ mention, above, of Bender’s, at 19th St. and South Van Ness (whazzat, 4 pretty short blocks?), where it’s worth mentioning–free BBQ on Sunday afternoons; a little closer, on 16th, btwn Valencia and Guerrero, is Kilowatt, and across the street from that, roasting brats (’cause, like, not only do they serve sausages, but it can get extremely fucking hot and crowded) is the uber fixie friendly Gestalt.

    While I’m at it, stepping out of the Montgomery Station, if you’re keen to walk as far as Rogue or La Trappe, you might spare yourself a few steps, and stop at Church Key (sample menu).

    Anyhoo: cheers! I’ll bookmark this.

  3. Larry Says:

    No entries for Fremont Station?

  4. Bobby Says:

    Is there a Droid app for this?

    • shap Says:

      Bobby,

      Unfortunately, no. We have thought about this quite a bit. Since this is a hobby, not a business for us and we do not have the technical skill to develop apps for mobile devices, we probably need an App Angel to step forward to make this happen.

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      Steve

  5. alan yu Says:

    how do i get my pub/resto on your list?

    • shap Says:

      Hi Alan,

      Our list is dedicated to brewpubs, taverns other establishments that feature a wide selection of craft beers. We also limit our listings to those that are within a mile walking distance from a BART station. We visit any establishment meeting those criteria, usually more than once before listing.

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      Steve

  6. emily Says:

    Raleigh’s on Telegraph is a good one to add to the Downtown Berkeley stop.

  7. Drew Says:

    Hey I run a website called people of BART where we post pictures of the colorful people of BART check it out and add us to your blogroll if you like it.

  8. Cabran Says:

    I have one for your list: The Sutter Station, directly above the Montgomery BART station. It’s a great downtown SF bar with TV screens and tables and chairs in the front half, and a pool table in the back. Also a back door onto Sutter Street for those who are playing pool and want to step outside for a smoke… you don’t have to walk all the way to the front door and step out on to Market Street to do so!


  9. Thanks, Cabran. There are a lot of perfectly fine bars near BART stations that are not on this list because they are not specialized as places to discover and enjoy the bounty of this Craft Beer renaissance. You can get a decent beer at many places nowadays, but only some places offer top craft beer lists or produce their own in-house brews. Those are the ones we feature on this site, though you will see some fun but less beer-savvy bars cited in the comments, such as Sutter Station.

  10. Amber Says:

    Your Civic Center Bart station needs some work. there are a buzzillion bars north of the station, yet you have people taking the muni to get some beer??


  11. No, no, no. Not “some beer.” Some of the best beers in the world. Worth a transfer.

    This is not meant to be a bar guide. It’s a good beer guide, for when you want to be pretty damn choosy about seeking out fine beers. Most of our destinations are easily walkable, but we had to make a few exceptions. If you fly into SF looking for beer, you will want to know how to get to Toronado, and it could not be left off. The 71 bus goes closest from Civic Center, and the N Judah line comes pretty close, too. Had to be included for beer geeks everywhere!

  12. Aaron C. Says:

    Hello Beerbybarters . . .

    First, let me thank you for this great resource. It was a great help when I visited SF last November. I will be in San Francisco September 24-27 and would love to shoot a quick interview with you all. It would only take a few moments of your time. It is for my website (mylastpint.com). I would love to have Beer by BART featured on the site.

    As an example, this is the one I shot with Sam Calagione: http://www.mylastpint.com/?p=17

    The questions:

    What would be the last pint of your life, if you could choose anything?

    What would be the setting for your last pint? It could be anywhere.

    What would you eat with your last pint, if anything?

    With whom would you drink your last pint?

    Thank you, hope to see you soon.

    Aaron Chamberlain
    http://www.mylastpint.com
    http://www.twitter.com/mylastpint
    http://www.twitter.com/elmachuca


  13. Interesting project, Aaron. Sam Calgione’s response is not too long but interesting and thoughtful, so I see why it is your example. Nice.

  14. Dave Says:

    Great site, I’ll be using it next time I visit San Francisco. Thank you for encouraging people to drink local beer – it’s good for the environment, the local economy, it tastes better, and it’s usually cheaper too!

  15. Bay Area Craft Beer Festival Says:

    You can catch a FREE Shuttle fron North Concord BART to the Oct 23 Bay AreaCraft Beer Festival. First shuttle leaves North Concord BART at 10am. Last shuttle leaves Martinez at 7pm. Don’t drive, take BART!

  16. jamie Says:

    i wish you had a tv ico to show bars that have sporting events on like the World Series ;)!


  17. Hi Jamie. That’s a great idea. Right now I can say that we have enjoyed excellent craft beers while we watched sporting events at various times at:

    o The Albatross Pub (open early for W.S.)
    o Barclay’s
    o The Englander (with MANY TVs)
    o E. J. Phair
    o Pyramid
    o Pacific Coast Brewing Co.
    o Gordon Biersch
    o Marin Brewing Company
    o ThirstyBear
    o 21st Amendment (near the ballpark)
    o Public House (at the ballpark)
    o Rogue Ale Pub
    o Toronado
    o Rosamunde Sausage Grill

    Warning — there may be live music Halloween events at some places that usually do TV.

    Some of the places on this website have modest-sized TV sets or one that is only visible from some of the bar or restaurant. Pi Bar does not have a TV ordinarily but is renting a big one for the series.

    Many of the rest of the bars listed will have a TV, too, and the list above is just from memory. Best to call the beer bar of your choice just to be sure, and ask if they will have the sound on.

    (If instead one wants to avoid a sports crowd, Beer Revolution, The Trappist, Magnolia or Amnesia are probably among the good choices for sipping fine craft beer without cheering and chanting during the World Series. But it’s safer to call and ask.)

  18. Brewers' Guild UCSF Says:

    Hey Beerbybarters!
    Brewers’ Guild UCSF is holding a Winterfest Beer Festival and Competition this Saturday, Dec 4th, 7pm. Members of the guild have homebrewed over 15 entries for the festival, mostly Porters and Spiced Beers. There is a $5 suggested donation, you can taste them all and vote for your favorites! It will be held at 9 Langton St, SF.
    Hope you can make it out and enjoy some delicious homebrews!
    Michael (you took my picture at the BevMo Holiday beer fest last year)


  19. This is a brilliant idea — thanks! As a devoted drinker and cyclist, I tend not to pay attention to “distance from BART,” but now I will, simply for this site. It really hits home how lucky we are here in the Bay Area to be able to have all these non-car-driving options during a night out. There’s nothing like going to a town totally dependent on automobiles to realize how nice it is not to have to calculate your potential DUI status….!

  20. Betty Says:

    I met you at Victory Brewing (Downingtown, PA) in October 2009. I know The Church Key regularly has Victory. Was wondering if you knew of other places to get Victory.

  21. Travis Says:

    Awesome site! Thanks for putting this together and keeping it up!

  22. Christine Says:

    Hi – you should check out Schmidt’s on 20th and Folsom. There are eight German beers on tap and more that 20 in bottles. Plus they have a happy hour deal from 5 to 7pm at the bar where you get a small draft beer and sausage plate for $10. They are right in the middle of both 24th and 16th Mission St BART stations and just down the block from Shotwells which is also on your list.

  23. Evan Says:

    Hello, just came across your site while searching out fellow beer blogs to follow…I don’t live in the San Fran area (Boston, actually) but happen to be venturing out there in the next couple of weeks. I am staying for a week (not really sure of the locale exactly) and was hoping for a couple of recommendations for pubs and breweries that can’t be missed. Any advice would be really be appreciated! Thanks in advance.

    Evan, @justaddbeer.wordpress.com

    • Travis Says:

      My recommendations: Triple Rock in Berkeley (drink whatever the bartenders are drinking), The Trappist in Oakland (Belgian beer heaven) and 21st Amendment in SF (try the Watermelon Wheat on draft).

    • Cabran Says:

      If you make it out to the ocean, check out the Beach Chalet, and the Park Chalet right behind it… good microbrews and good pub food, with a view of the ocean (from the Beach Chalet) or the Golden Gate Park (from the Park Chalet), and on Tuesday and Friday nights they have live music!

  24. Brittany Says:

    Drake’s Brewing Company is within biking, busing, and even walking distance (if you’re a little ambitious) from the San Leandro BART. It’s a little tough to find, tucked behind Walmart and Sports Authority, but it’s worth it- delicious, fresh, award-winning beers!

  25. ben mahoney Says:

    Just wanted to let you know that Mt Mike’s Pizza in Lafayette, (right behind Lafayette Bart) currently has 3 Ale Industries, 2 Firestone Walker, A Speakeasy, Blackdiamond, and Bridgeport all on tap. as well as Sam Adams Revolutionary Rye. thats 8 craft beers and two Sam Adams handles.

  26. Allen Says:

    You need to add the Lake Chalet on Merritt lake. It is about 4 blocks from the Lake Marritt BART station at 1520 Lakeside Drive Oakland. I was there is past weekend and it is well worth the trip.

  27. Travis Says:

    Was just checking the site because I’m meeting-up with a friend to do some work tonight over beers and am wishing I had info on whether or not these bars/pubs/restaurants have wi-fi. Might be a good feature to add. I’d be happy to contribute.

  28. Brittney Mulcahy Says:

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29th. Come join the Pyramid Brewers for an evening of delicious craft beer and a savory 3-course beer paired dinner. Tickets are $45 (including dinner, 3 pints of beer,new growler & fill, tax, and gratuity). Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling (510) 528-9880 extension. Space is limited and tickets must be purchased by June 22nd.

  29. orbless Says:

    DOn’t forget about Gestalt at 16th Street Station, right next to Monk’s Kettle, but less expensive and not a line out the door.

  30. Latrese Burruss Says:

    Hi there.
    I work with Pyramid Breweries and wanted to invite you to an event happening next week. What’s the best way to contact you directly?

  31. Ben Says:

    Just a reminder Mt Mike’s Lafayette. One block from Bart. 4 Ale Industries, Heretic Evil Twin, Knee Deep Tanilla, Drakes Denogginzer,,Speakeasy and some others as well.

  32. David J. Goodstal Says:

    Steve,

    Good seeing you at the Drakes party the other night. We have scheduled our opening for 02 September 2011. We still have some final inspections but expect to clear them all soon. I hope to get the first batch in the fermenter this week.

    Just wanted to give you a heads up we are close to opening and we are two blocks from El Cerrito Plaza BART station. We are at 10082 San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito.

    Cheers,
    David J. Goodstal
    Head Brewer/Managing Partner
    Elevation 66 Brewing Company

  33. r_bartholomew3@yahoo.com Says:

    Hows about Tower Grille in Concord?

    • shap Says:

      Hi r,

      Thanks for contacting us. Judging from their website, they fit into the growing category of pubs and restaurants who have several exceptional beers on their list. Fortunately, there are now many venues which feature a least a few good craft beers from which to choose. Unfortunately, the number of such venues precludes us from listing each one. We limit our site to pubs which have an extensive list of craft beers, craft breweries and brewpubs.

      Thanks again for contacting us.


  34. This could come in handy!

  35. Morgan Cox Says:

    I had not realized that Ale Industries was not listed on your site. We are a mere 1.6 flat miles from Concord BART, and either the 16 or the 14 bus line will drop you off within blocks of the brewery. Our Tap Room is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays – offering pints, growlers, and bottle sales! I know that you are looking for places that are within 1 mile, but have noticed a few places that are just outside of that reach, and hope to be one that is also allowed, every bit of help counts. The East Bay’s beer culture is growing and we are very happy to be apart of that.

  36. Tony Eichers Says:

    When fall leaves are ablaze and the air is rich as amber ale, it’s time for “Parktoberfest” at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa. Just as is celebrated in cities and towns across the country in America and in Germany, our own “Parktoberfest” will bring together the best of Bavaria and California… beers, brats and entertainment!
    Join us as we feature local craft breweries such as EJ Phair, Ale Industries, Heretic Brewing, Speakeasy, Drake’s and Triple Rock, plus the home brewing organization DOZE (The Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts) for this extraordinary event!
    Saturday, October 1st
    1 – 5pm

    $40 per person
    (includes unlimited tasting and food sampling)

    For advance tickets, please call 925-283-7108

    http://www.lafayetteparkhotel.com
    3287 Mount Diablo Boulevard | Lafayette, CA 94549 | 925-283-3700

    • Ben Says:

      While Parktoberfest is certainly a great event – just down the street at Mt Mike’s they always have Ale Industries, Drakes, Heretic, Speakeasy, and other local beers always on tap!

  37. rosie Says:

    Commonwealth is a good, newish one to add about 10 blocks from 19th St. Station in Oakland. 2882 Telegraph Ave. It and a couple pints just saved me from getting really wet in today’s surprise rain.
    http://www.CmonOakland.com

  38. Tino F Says:

    Since Balboa Station needs some love… the Dark Horse Inn just opened at 942 Geneva Ave (Geneva & Mission) about 1/2 mile from the Balboa BART Station with several local/California craft brews on tap.

  39. Bruno Says:

    Don’t forget The Commonwealth at 29th and Telegraph in Oakland. Mid way between 19th st and MacArthur

  40. Ryan S Says:

    Don’t forget OL Beer Cafe a short 3 block stroll from WC Bart. They have an on and off premise license with a great rotating tap selection. A must visit!
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/oel-beercafe-and-bottle-shop-walnut-creek

  41. TheArtofBeer Says:

    Let’s work together to do a Bay Area to SD by train station beer stops :)

  42. Marc Alkons Says:

    Ale Industries tap room needs to be listed under the concord bart station.

  43. Ben Mahoney Says:

    I know you still don’t have them listed but Mt Mikes Lafayette 1 block from Lafayette Bart. They will be hosting a SF Beer week event on Feb 13th.

  44. Dale Says:

    Why have you not included Commonwealth on Telegraph in Oakland?

  45. Nick Says:

    This is a great resource…thanks! I have posted a link to it on my page

    http://growlerlist.blogspot.com/p/california.html

  46. Toad Man Says:

    Is anyone familiar with the Northern California Beer Festival in Jack London Square

    northerncaliforniabeerfestival.org

  47. William A Grimes Says:

    I didn’t see Broken Record on the Balboa Park list. Only two blocks past Dark Horse Inn on Geneva.

  48. Matt Liles Says:

    Schroeder’s and Royal Exchange both have pretty good beer selections near Embarcadero BART.

    Stadium Pub near Walnut Creek BART.


  49. Great site. I discovered your blog from the bay area beer bloggers link. I would love for you to try out our community sourced business directory by creating a list and adding your personal favorite places to grab a brew!

    **Spotting social kitchen and brewery in the Civic Center on your list made me one happy camper! Keep up the great work!

    Cheers!


  50. Hi there. We’d love to be included on your site. We specialize in local and craft beer in a pretty much unmentioned neighborhood in the beer world (though we did get a mention in DRAFT magazine!), and are about half a mile from BART, and have plenty of buses run by us. You can see our (constantly rotating) draft and bottle selection at http://www.beermenus.com/places/3632-the-dark-horse-inn.
    The Dark Horse Inn
    942 Geneva Ave. @ Mission

  51. Tim White Says:

    Hey…you need an iPhone app for this! Absolutely brilliant stuff here. THANKS!

    • shap Says:

      Tim, Thanks for your kind words. Yes we do. Know an app angel who may donate labor for a great cause? This is a volunteer effort and neither of us has the tech aptitude create an app.

      Cheers,

      Steve

  52. Christopher Says:

    The Sycamore : http://thesycamoresf.com/ is a ~2 block walk from 16th/Mission station, has excellent selection of always rotating craft beers, good food, a patio, quality music playing, nice people.

  53. Gilbert Says:

    Two blocks from MacArthur station in Oakland: Arbor.
    They have Linden St., Drakes, and Trumer on tap.
    https://plus.google.com/103092618809322006229/about?gl=us&hl=en

  54. Syl Says:

    Thanks for a great blog. Don’t forget the Starry Plough Pub has been 2 blocks from Ashby BART for over 35 years: 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
    http://www.starryploughpub.com/thebar/ They have Duvel, Big Daddy, Lagunitas, and Guinness on tap and many more.

    • Tim White Says:

      Indeed, Ashby BART station needs to be added as there is Starry Plough as mentioned and Nick’s Lounge (3218 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94703) has good beers, alas mostly in bottle. They had Pliny The Elder last time I was there…that ain’t bad!


  55. http://www.jacksbrewingcompany.com/
    Brewpub 1.4 miles from Fremont BART, but since you have no other Fremont BART listings…

  56. Colin Says:

    St Vincent by 24th/mission.

  57. Ratchet Says:

    Not a bar, and not all craft beers, but The Junket near El Cerrito Plaza BART has a good selection of German beers that are not easily found elsewhere:
    http://www.thejunket.com/

  58. Cory Says:

    Ledgers’s Liquor in Berkeley is about a mile from the Berkeley BART and has a great bottle selection, especially from Europe

  59. Bob Says:

    How’s about Tower Grille in Concord? Just trying to get a few more put on here at the Concord BART stop which is easy walking distance to the downtown square, Todos Santos Plaza! Beautiful area with good beer spots!

  60. JH Says:

    Mountain Mike’s in Lafayette is now closed.

  61. Alyson Says:

    I love what you have done!
    May I suggest that each BART Station listed on your page have a link to a map with stars showing where the beer-establishments are? It would be helpful to know if each establishment is close to one another, or in totally different directions.


  62. Noticed you have nothing for Glen Park station in SF. We are located within walking distance and carry a decent selection of craft beers. Stop by or check us out on twitter. Cheers.

  63. Tim T Says:

    My wife and I are traveling to the Bay area for her 30th birthday in October for a beer-cation. We’re looking for a hotel to stay in that is a walk to a BART stop and is centrally located to some of the good beer spots. Any suggestions? We’re rather not pay an arm and a leg!

    Great website!

  64. JustCuzzz Says:

    Ale Industries is opening near Fruitvale BART in late 2013, early 2014. And near Lake Merritt BART (about 1.2 miles) is Brotzeit Lokal. Good German Biergarten. There is also a beer garden on Telegraph & 25th. Close enough to walk from the 19th station. Cheers!

  65. pat Says:

    This is really helpful list. I work for TapHunter craft beer app and we are breaking into the SF market. Stay tuned and we are adding new locations weekly.

  66. beelzebuba2014 Says:

    This site was a life saver when I visited Oakland two weeks ago. It really got me thinking about doing something similar in LA (I know I know mortal enemy’s and all) mapping out the craft beer joints near the growing metro stops here in Hell-A. Would it be alright if I kicked off that project? Trust me I’ll give credit where credit is due and it would be a free wordpress site so I wouldn’t be making any money off of it either. I would definitely link to your site as well. Let me know.

    Thanks,

    Mike

  67. Lauren Says:

    Hey!! This is a great page! Can you please add Spice Monkey to this page? They are located on Webster and 17th, just a few blocks from the 19th street BART and it has 10 beers on tap from around the nation. AND on April 26th will be one of 16 EXCLUSIVE venues in the nation to pour the Stone Brew Collective Distortion Ale: http://www.stonebrewing.com/collab/collectivedistortion/


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