There are great craft beer destinations around the San Francisco Bay Area, and many are within walking distance of public transit. Note that the BART system normally closes (station by station) starting at about midnight. (A few busses run all night.) Get out there and explore!

Beer By BART destination list, grouped by BART station.
One shoe less than a quarter mileis up to one quarter mile walking, one way:

  • San Bruno Station
    • BJs (Taphouse/Restaurant) less than a quarter mile
  • Millbrae Station (Another list of brewpubs & tap houses to the south of this BART station, via CalTrain ) train28

List of production 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

Recent comments follow. Earlier years’ remarks are over here.

31 thoughts on “Destinations

    1. Hi Johnnie A.,
      Thanks for contacting us. We are a little behind on our postings as brewers have outpaced our research capacity. Linden Street Brewery is on but we haven’t yet updated the listing to reflect the new Beer Shed and The Dock restaurant next door. We’ll get on it.

      Steve

      (Since added to the list!)

  1. Woods Bar and Brewery at 17th and Telegraph in Oakland near BART is awesome. You must check it out and consider including it in your listings!

  2. We are a relatively new craft beer bar (opened one month ago) in Dublin and would love to be included in your listings. We are only 0.8 miles from the West Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. In fact, I walked to the bar this morning for work. We’d be happy to promote your page via our website, Facebook, and Twitter. Please let us know next steps.

    Cheers!
    Stefanie and Wendy
    Three Sheets Craft Beer Bar
    threesheetscraftbeer.com

    1. Stefanie and Wendy,

      Thank you for contacting us. Congratulations on your new venture! Your beer menu looks great. We will try to make our way out to 3 sheets soon. We are behind on our research! Hope to meet you soon.

      Cheers,

      Steve

  3. A good add for the 16th St. stop would be Giordano Bros., which is a block and a half away from the station at 3108 16th St. 20+ rotating taps of craft brew, Large bottle selection, and Pittsburgh style sandwiches (Fries and slaw ON the sandwich).

    Cheers,
    Nino

  4. You tried Hoi Polloi yet? On Alcatraz right near the Ashby BART. Tinyt little nanopub making a real biz of it, great hangout spot.

  5. Hi, Lee! We have stopped at Hoi Polloi, and it is charmingly tiny and neighborhoodish. When we first stopped in, the beers were still being dialed in, but if you’re suggesting it, Hoi Polloi must be worth a trip for people outside the nabe. Thanks for the tip.

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  6. Hello. I’m very glad I found this site, because I’m going to San Francisco this year mostly because of the craft beer scene (I’m from Brazil and crazy about craft beer).

    So, I ended up here when I was seeking for some information about going to Chico from San Francisco by collective transportation (I don’t drive), and became aware of their taproom in Berkley, which I didnt’ know about yet. Excellent!

    Anyway, do you guys think it’s viable to visit some breweries not too far (like Russian River or Lagunitas) by bus or something like that? I know Chico is a little too far for a one-day trip, although I would love to visit Sierra Nevada, for everything it means to the craft beer scene and their beautifull plant.

    But, would that kind of trip be something you recommend to a tourist like me? Would it be safe? I don’t know what to expect from that kind of transport outside SF, so that’s why I’m asking. Any tips regarding it?

    Congratulations for the great work!

    Thanks.

    1. Very glad to hear from a visitor from Brazil! You have the beginnings of a truly outstanding craft beer scene in your country and in Argentina, I have been told. South America has a lot of interesting ingredients and tradition to bring to the world of brewing.

      California has been the land of the automobile for a long time, and the mass transit beyond the urban centers can be difficult. There have been several brewery tour services from time to time, and some have gone out of business. I think you might ask http://www.bayareabrewerytours.com if they could make up a private tour for you, since that business is still going.

      The older bus service around California is run by Greyhound, and they are so historic now that sometimes they have a bus station in a run-down part of town that was once the business center but is rougher. Combining a Greyhound bus with a taxi or a car service can sometimes make sense for safety for that reason. People use the greyhound system to get to places such as Chico.

      There is a weekday Golden Gate Transit Bus from SF to Sonoma County that has a terrible schedule for a one day trip out of SF, but could be used if you wanted to stay overnight in Santa Rosa for a night or two. (Some recommend going to Santa Rosa directly from the SF airport with http://www.airportexpressinc.com/schedule_sfo_soco.html , then using the Golden Gate Transit bus to come back into the city another day.

      I wish it was easier. But look at all these great places near BART, anyway.

      Cheers!

  7. ashby bart: hoi polloi ( brewery ) and moxy (restaurant with great beer list and outdoor seating). Both are walkable.

    north berkeley: Westbrae Biergarden!

  8. Suggest you add Eureka to the Downtown Berkeley list. It is a restaurant with a strong craft brew tap list that is only a block from the station.

  9. What a great website! Yesterday, we headed up to Concord (EJ Phair and Hop Grenade – both great places) and then on to Berkeley (Triple Rock). It’s great to try new places.

    Well done!

    1. Thank you Steve. Sorry for the delay in replying. Too much on our plates…or beers in our glass. Cheers, Steve & Gail

  10. Hey there- We are currently building a new Whole Foods Market store in Dublin, about 1/4 mile from the BART station, and we would love to be included in this awesome site!

    Our store opens May 20th and will feature 12 local beers on tap in our taproom, aka The Vine.

    Could you please let me know what I can do to become a part of this site?

    Thanks, and have a great one!

    1. Hi Paul, This is great news. We look forward to checking out the new taproom. The two in San Francisco are really nice spots as is the coddingtown in Santa Rosa. Good luck and hope to meet you soon. Please send us a notice of opening or industry events. beerbybart@yahoo.com
      Cheers, Steve

  11. Hi there! Please consider adding Independent Brewing Company, only 4 blocks from Lake Merritt BART station. We’re open Fri 4-8pm, Sat/Su 2-6pm and currently have 6 beers on tap. Dog and Kid friendly!

    1. Yes, they need to be added. Thanks for the nudge! Travel and SF beer developments have distracted us, and that’s just not right. Admiration for the East Bay scene was one of the reasons we stared this site.

    2. I suggest this with mixed feelings, as I know I’m going to go there one day to find they’re at capacity. I will weep, to be sure, but they do deserve a mention here. Thanks for taking the time to reply, and get yer butt over to the East Bay again soon! ;)

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