The Beach Chalet is the western-most brewpub in San Francisco. Located on The Great Highway at the end of Golden Gate Park, its ocean-facing windows afford diners and quaffers an incomparable view of beachcombers, distant ships and on the rare fog-free San Francisco evening, a sunset over the Pacific Ocean. They feature their own beers brewed in tanks visible behind the bar. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main upstairs restaurant and in the adjunct Park Chalet behind the main building. Menu prices are a little steep, revealing the value of the location. They are not close to BART, but with a MUNI street car, the trip is slow but simple with no driving needed.
Extras: The ground floor of the main building has a sweet little museum of the history of Golden Gate Park, including some pretty cool restored WPA murals. Tip: Ask the bartender for suggestions. Sometimes they seem to release beers too early based on the demand, so that the quality varies between batches, but the bartenders will let you taste and be your guide.
1000 Great Highway San Francisco • (415) 386-8439
Map to Beach Chalet
Civic Center BART, exit BART and enter MUNI Metro underground in the same station. Take the N-Judah outbound to the end of the line. Walk out to the end of Judah. (Windy isn’t it?) Turn right along the ocean on the Great Highway for about a third of a mile to the Beach Chalet, the only building you’ll see.
Official Civic Center Station and connecting transit Info.