Party Like it’s Friday! Beale Street Bar and Grill!

Greetings dear readers! I’m happy to present to you a weekly addition to SF Metblogs! Every Wednesday, I’ll pick a bar to write about and present my take and experience in hopes of giving you options for your everyday after-work Happy Hour needs so that you can effectively “Party Like it’s Friday!”

Why should you care what I have to say, you ask?

Good question!

Let’s just chalk it up to the fact that I’m pretty passionate about the after-work Happy Hour ritual we all like to partake in on occasion. You don’t have to agree with everything I have to say, but I hope to get the chance to introduce some new places and perhaps a new perspective on what San Francisco has to offer!

Comments are always welcome and please feel free to throw some suggestions my way! I’m an equal-opportunity drinker and always looking for new spots to check out! As this is a San Francisco blog, let’s try to stay within city limits. Although, I’m no stranger to the East Bay and would love to venture out that way on occasion.

Beale Street Bar and Grill

Beale Street Bar

I was first introduced to Beale Street Bar and Grill when my roommate invited me to a thing his co-workers were having one night. Working in the Financial District in San Francisco has taught me never to turn down an invitation to a bar I’ve never been.

We’re so limited to what bars there are to go to in the area that it seems we tend to flock to the same ones repeatedly after work. I do get it; certain people have certain tastes. That much is… well, certain. But, I’m the type of guy that likes variety. I tend to not have a favorite type of anything. The Financial District seems to provide a certain specific type of venue for your happy hour needs. Sure there’s variety, but like any district in SF, it’s pretty limited. In the Financial District, there are mainly pubs and bars catered to those hard working people we like to affectionately (and sometimes not so much affectionately) call Yuppies.

I tend to really like dive bars. It’s not a preference in the sense that I’ll be opposed to go anywhere else. It’s just that I feel like they have an environment that’s much more comfortable than any stuffed up fancy place can provide.

Beale Street provides the happy medium. It’s still the Financial District and even their slogan says it’s “The Financial District’s Neighborhood Bar” and that tells me they can provide that comfortable dive bar experience you may want.

Inside View

You do get a nice mix of people. There are lots of people dressed like they’ve worked a long hard day at your everyday SF law firm and those who somehow end up there in your beloved jeans and a t-shirt. The vibe here is really relaxed and the service is great. The bartenders are attentive and the drinks are cheap. The food is great, as great as your average American Bar-and-Grill food can be, and inexpensive.

The Green Room/Upstairs Bar

What more can you ask for?

It’s good that you asked!

On occasion they have live music. Upstairs they have another bar and they clear out the front area for bands to perform. It’s a really great setup. I’ve had the opportunity on random nights to discover some really great talent! I’m always on the lookout for some great local music.

And speaking of really great local talent just waiting to be discovered, you should definitely check out Beale Street tomorrow night.

A whole slew of bands are playing starting at 7:30 PM with Red Light Go, an up-and-coming Alternative Rock Cover Band. Check out the main website for more information!

Stay tuned for next week for another great bar!

4 Comments so far

  1. lovelovelavish on April 23rd, 2008 @ 8:33 pm

    i love to drink, love san francisco, and therefore love this blog! and you got good taste too cuz i was already planning to go see "red light go" play tomorrow night! good party band. and really good writing. i’ll be staying tuned to see what other happy hour spots you’re diggin. ~ LLL


  2. anthonyriva.com » Blog Archive » My first post on SFMB! (pingback) on April 24th, 2008 @ 7:06 am

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  3. Kaili (kailiotter) on April 25th, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

    WOW! That place looks super-festive!

    I’ve gone for Happy Hour to this strange bar near my work. It’s like an old man’s bar, called "Eddie Rickenbacker’s"… They have interesting drinks, yummy food and a HUGE orange tabby wandering around. They also have about 50 vintage motorcycles hanging from the ceiling. Check it out! Right across from 111 Minna.


  4. Anthony Riva (anthonyriva) on April 25th, 2008 @ 3:22 pm

    Oh yeah, I’ve been there on many occasions! I like that place!

    I was actually attacked by a drunk guy there once. Apparently he didn’t like it when I said that I couldn’t imagine what it was like in prison and felt he needed to show me what it was like to have your throat grabbed and being shoved up against the wall. Good times.



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