Ocean Ale House (Balboa Park)

Ocean Ale House is, like The Ave Bar, most definitely a locals’ hangout. Located in the Ingleside Ocean Ale House exteriorDistrict a few blocks from the main campus of City College, features 10 taps of mostly SF and NorCal beers. They offer a stellar bottle and can list that runs some 50 deep.

The food leans toward usual pub grub, but is fresh, made in-house and is tasty. There are TV’s for local sports.

While this is not necessarily a craft beer venue that beer tourists would seek out, it is certainly worth a visit if you are in the area. The servers know their beers and are very accommodating with small tastes if you are unfamiliar with the beers. They often do special beer events and are eager participants in SF Beer Week activities.Ocean Ale House interior

Extras: The Ave Bar is nearby

1314 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco • (415) 988-7521

Exit Balboa Park BART through the Ocean Ave. exit. Head right to Ocean Ave. Turn left on Ocean and walk over the pedestrian bridge and continue on Ocean to Ocean Ale House on the right.  Note that the walk from this BART station can be desolate at night. You might consider taking the KT Light rail 3 stops towards Sunnyvale or a cab for the 3/4 mile trip. Get off the K/T at Miramar and walk back 1 and 1/2 block.

Official Balboa Park Station transit info