The Bistro in Hayward is a cozy neighborhood bar noted for an excellent beer menu, and major but compact and intimate regional beer festivals and events throughout the year.
The Bistro sponsors the Double IPA Festival in February, one of the key events of SF Beer Week. They also feature a Hop rhizome planting festival in April. (If you want to grow elite varieties of hops on your back porch this is a don’t-miss event.) There is an extensive and historically significant IPA Festival in August which has had all the great West Coast brewers competing for years now. Then they celebrate the harvest with a freshly-picked Wet Hop harvest beer fest in early October. The Barrel-Aged Beer Festival has followed each November since 2006, with soured, bourbon-flavored and other exotic barrel beers. Owners Cynthia and Vic Kralj always roll up their sleeves and put on world class but intimate events.
When not in the festival mode, they are a comfortable destination with 12 taps (never short on choices of big-hopped beers) and an extensive collection of bottled Belgian beers. They usually offer a simple food menu with sandwich and soup choices.
Extras: The Bistro features live local music every night (and at festivals). You can also visit an historic brewpub from this station. Just 1 block away is Buffalo Bill’s Brewery for site-seeing purposes.
Walking from BART: Exit the station towards B Street, and turn right towards the hills. Continue for about three and a half blocks to the corner of B and Main. The Bistro is on your right.
Official Hayward Station Info