MARS BAR AND RESTAURANT
A secluded SoMa bar and restaurant often overrun by hordes of concertgoers and workers from the neighboring Concourse Exhibition Center in the evening, Mars Bar and Restaurant makes for an excellent outdoor lunch break. Late at night you'll often locate barkeeps from other watering holes gathered here to blow their tips.
798 Brannan, SF. (415) 621-6277, www.marsbarsf.com
PIER 23 CAFE
This waterfront bar and restaurant features live music most nights of the week. Its outdoor area is an expansive field of patio furniture flanked by the bay. A popular evening destination for locals, Pier 23 Cafe just underwent a complete remodel, now ready for inspection.
Pier 23, SF. (415) 362-5125 www.pier23cafe.com
RED'S JAVA HOUSE
Little more than a kitchen shed up front and a tent with bar in back, Red's Java House is nestled beneath the Bay Bridge on Pier 30. The only thing that might obstruct your skyward reconnaissance is the occasional SUV parked next to the fenced-off, bare-bones patio. There's a widescreen TV for sports fans in the tent and a menu of burgers, dogs, and fish and chips.
Pier 30, SF. (415) 777-5626
Right next to PhoneCompany Park, Momo's has a limited view the baseball stadium and a massive apartment complex obstruct most of the horizon. The bar is incredibly well equipped, but Momo's is a restaurant, which may impair smoking operations. While there, enrich yourself with the art installation in the front garden box: a giant heart-shaped olive. Enriching!
760 Second St., SF. (415) 227-8660, www.sfmomos.com
Just a short flight east of San Francisco, Jupiter is the majordomo outdoor operation of the East Bay. This two-story brewpub and pizza restaurant in downtown Berkeley is attached to a giant compound replete with heating lamps and ivy. You'll have to stow those stogies, though: this place is a restaurant and doesn't take kindly to smoking.
2181 Shattuck, Berk. (510) 843-8277, www.jupiterbeer.com
The two-story Irish pub is equipped with two fireplaces and two functional bars. Its patio is a small balcony above a cobblestone alleyway the perfect size for an elite task force to secure a position and commence a-blazing.
2271 Shattuck, Berk. (510) 647-1790, www.beckettsirishpub.com
OASIS RESTAURANT AND BAR
Deep into East Bay territory is the Oasis Restaurant and Bar. By day this Oakland position operates as a Nigerian restaurant; at night it becomes a grooving outdoor lounge with DJs and two dance floors. A staggering canyon of cement surrounds the small rear patio. The heated paradise has multiple tables and chairs, a stage, a massive sound system, and a wraparound grass-covered overhang.
135 12th St., Oakland.
MORE OUTDOOR DESTINATIONS
Carmen's, Pier 40, SF. (415) 495-5140
Cinch, 1723 Polk, SF. (415) 776-4162, www.thecinch.com
Connecticut Yankee, 100 Connecticut, SF. (415) 552-4440, www.theyankee.com
Eagle Tavern, 398 12th St., SF. (415) 626-0880, www.sfeagle.com
Jay 'n Bee Club, 2736 20th St., SF. (415) 824-4190
Kennedy's Irish Pub and Curry House, 1040 Columbus, SF. (415) 441-8855, www.kennedyscurry.com
Lone Star Saloon, 1354 Harrison, SF. (415) 863-9999, www.lonestarsaloon.com
Lucky 13, 2140 Market, SF. (415) 487-1313
Medjool, 2522 Mission, SF. (415) 550-9055, www.medjoolsf.com
Mix, 4086 18th St., SF. (415) 431-8616
Parkside, 1600 17th St., SF. (415) 503-0393, www.theeparkside.com
Il Pirata, 2007 16th St., SF.