Top Five Bars Near Parkmerced

The Bay Area is brimming with nightlife options—so much so that deciding on a single destination for some hops, spirits, or vino can take a little effort. But this overabundance is a good thing. Only minutes from the Parkmerced neighborhood sits a staggering assortment of bars that captures the best of the Bay Area. We are not here, however, for a full rundown; we are here for the crème de la crème: the (drum roll please) top five bars near Parkmerced.

Que Syrah | 230 West Portal Avenue

We begin in the vast realm of the fermented grape with Que Syrah. This small yet charming wine bar is known for its wide selection of vintages from independent and lesser-known wineries around the globe. The narrow expanse of the bar creates an inviting ambience that makes its formidable wine options somehow seem less foreboding. Come for the cozy atmosphere, stay for the stellar and rare vintages.

Randy’s Place | 1101 Ocean Avenue

One cannot concoct a top five bar list without including a dive bar option. Randy’s is decidedly no-frills—not the place to go on a first date, but perfect for when you are in the market for cheap drinks served in a vibrant atmosphere. At Randy’s Place, you will find a jukebox filled with classics, old-timey prices, a perpetually stocked supply of bar snacks, and character to spare.

The Dubliner | 328 West Portal Avenue

As one may expect from the name, the Dubliner is an Irish pub through and through. Much like Randy’s Place, this is not a bar that bends over backwards to appeal to a specific audience. It has kept its traditional Irish aesthetic since day one—and it works. Taxidermy and Guinness posters decorate the walls, and a line of taps extends down the long, wooden bar. The Dubliner is a great place to grab a beer or a whiskey—and not a bad spot for watching sports thanks to its multiple television screens. There is also pool and an old jukebox in the back that rivals the one at Randy’s.

Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company | 1735 Noriega Street

Like any stellar brewery, Sunset Reservoir is an absolute must-visit destination for hops enthusiasts and the like, but its broad appeal can satisfy even those who prefer other types of beverages. The modern-but-rustic aesthetic of its open, two-story building provides an apt backdrop for its classic and cutting-edge brews, which range from sours and stouts to IPAs and light blends. Add to that a solid cocktail and wine selection and a surprisingly sophisticated food menu featuring classics like wings and burgers and finer fare like seared salmon, mussels and chorizo, and a light pear salad.

The Ave Bar | 1607 Ocean Avenue

The most impressive aspect of The Ave is its diverse appeal. One-third dive bar, one-third sports bar, and one-third speakeasy, this neighborhood favorite serves up top-notch cocktails in an atmosphere that is definitely laid back. The bartenders make a phenomenal Moscow Mule and a delicious Margarita, and the beer and wine lists are quite deep as well. It’s a great place to go to have a cocktail or beer and watch a game with a lively audience.