Dive Bars in Mill Valley


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  • Pete's 881 Club
    For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Pete's 881 Club for American-style cuisine. Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Pete's 881 Club's menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit. Pete's 881 Club also has large TVs for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Pete's 881 Club's seasonally available outdoor seating. Parties of any size can easily be seated at Pete's 881 Club. The restaurant can get thronged with crowds on Fridays and Saturdays, so book your table ahead of time through their reservation system. At Pete's 881 Club, you can park your car in seconds with the nearby street and lot parking options. Expect your bill at Pete's 881 Club to come in at around $30 per person. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Pete's 881 Club, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
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    721 Lincoln Ave
    San Rafael, CA US
  • Ramp Restaurant
    The Ramp Restaurant: A User’s Guide California-Style Beach Cuisine | Waterside Dining | Weekend Salsa Dancing | Rotating Happy Hour Menu | Established 1950 Sample Meals Lunch: mussels and clams with chorizo, spinach, white wine, and shallots Evening appetizer: tri-tip skewers with mushrooms, bell peppers, and au jus Brunch: ramp corned-beef hash with pasilla peppers and Yukon Gold potatoes Summer barbecue: classic cheeseburger with barbecue beans A Bit of History: The Ramp wasn’t even serving food when it started in 1950—well, not the human kind anyway. That’s because it was just a bait shop. Eventually, it acquired its first food-related piece of equipment, a hot-dog machine, to service the boatyard next door. Since then, it’s expanded the menu considerably and, due to a large bayside patio, has become a staple of waterside dining in Mission Bay. Where to Sit: Grab a plastic patio chair at one of the old wooden tables equipped with a shade umbrella. When to Go: Head in Saturday for brunch followed by salsa dancing with live musicians (May—October). Otherwise, head in for a rotating lineup of specially priced dishes, such as oysters on the half shell, and drinks during happy hour every Monday—Friday from 4:30pm until 7pm. While You’re Waiting Enjoy views of the Central Basin and Potrero Point. Count the fishing boats on the water or the music notes coming from the band’s horns. While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Test your sea legs with a cruise under the Bay Bridge and past Alcatraz with Ruby Sailing (855 Terry A Francois Boulevard) After: Dance into the night with salsa and tango at Cafe Cocomo (650 Indiana Street)
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    855 Terry Francois St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Butter
    Featured on Travel Channel's Feed the Beast and hailed as the area's Best White Trash Diner by SF Weekly, Butter reunites patrons with deep-fried and microwaveable specialties reminiscent of afterschool indulgences. The full bar and restaurant pairs its premium well drinks and 16-ounce tall cans with dishes including tater tots, mini corn dogs, and deep-fried pog slammers. Chefs infuse cocktails with grape and strawberry sodas, and pillage a pantry to turn up desserts including twinkies and deep-fried peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. In the midst of glowing beer signs and traditional bar décor, a Winnebago emerges from the wall guided by neon headlights. Against this backdrop, Butter hosts a regular array of themed parties such as retro Fridays, house music Saturdays, and karaoke Sundays.
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    354 11th St.
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Toronado
    Toronado: A User’s Guide Craft Beers | Drafts and Cans | Early-Afternoon Hours | Outside Food Welcome | Nationally Renowned Dive Bar Sample Drinks Double IPA: Russian River’s Pliny the Elder Barleywine: Anchor’s Old Foghorn Dark lager: Moonlight’s Death & Taxes Soft drink: Lost Coast Draught Root Beer When to Go: Try planning your visit to coincide with the the annual Barleywine Festival, when bartenders devote all of their taps to this strong, fruity ale. While You’re Waiting: Scan the menu that hangs above the bar. It’s best to have an order in mind by the time you reach the bartender—the staff can be a touch surly. By the Numbers More than 50 microbrews About 100 bottled beers The Vibe: Toronado definitely gives off a divey vibe. Its walls are covered with antique beer signs, and old draft handles look down from the ceiling like the ghosts of pints past. Inside Tips Toronado lets patrons bring in outside food. Make a beeline for the ATM since this bar only accepts cash. Come earlier in the day to beat the large crowds. In the Press Anthony Bourdain visited the bar for his show The Layover, saying “daytime drinking is a tradition here, as it is in any great city. Esquire magazine calls Toronado’s drinks “hardcore.” While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Order a bratwurst at Rosamunde Sausage Grill (545 Haight Street), and bring it with you to the bar. After: Take a class in night photography or darkroom techniques at Harvey Milk Photo Center (50 Scott Street). If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Play pinball between beers at Lucky 13 (2140 Market Street).
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    547 Haight St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Broken Record
    Hood Grub at The Broken Record: A User's Guide Organic, Sustainable Bar Food | Four Roses Bourbon on Tap | 300 Types of Whiskey | Outdoor Seating Sample Menu Appetizer: tempura-fried asparagus with Sriracha-buttermilk dressing Finger food: Totine—tater-tot poutine with Niman Ranch braised short rib, gravy, and queso fresco Dessert: cinnamon-sugared apple pie served in a mason jar with honey granola and organic ice cream The Backstory: The Broken Record's kitchen has been reinvented a handful of times in recent years, and the latest iteration—Hood Grub—serves up organic, sustainable bar food created by Chef Michael Nguyen. Though a few staples from the old kitchen make an appearance, including the much-loved sweet-potato tots, most of the menu is new. Inside Tips There are no servers here; simply make your way to the back of the bar and place your order at the window. Even though Hood Grub’s in a bar, you don't have to be 21 to visit. The bar and restaurant are cash only, so don't show up with just a credit card or a goat for barter. While You’re Waiting: Explore the bar area’s amenities, which include pool tables, TVs, dartboards, and beer. However, it’s the whiskey selection that really sets the Broken Record apart. If the Four Roses bourbon on tap doesn't catch your eye, consider pours of rare whiskies such as Macallan Speymalt 35 year and Glenrothes 1972. If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Hood Grub's owners and chef are also the masterminds behind the casual New American eatery the Vine (37533 Niles Boulevard, Fremont).
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    1166 Geneva Avenue
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Elixir
    Elixir: A Timeline Only a few years after the Gold Rush began, San Francisco residents were getting their drink fix at the corner of 16th and Guerrero. Though the saloon is one of the oldest continually operating bars in the city, today’s menu would appear alien to yesterday’s patrons, with its organic spirits, “low impact” drinks with less alcohol, and dizzying selection of more than 300 whiskeys. Read on to follow the saloon’s journey from 19th-century watering hole to modern-day hotspot. 1858: Elixir sprouts up at 16th and Guerrero, making it the first—and only—business to ever occupy that corner. 1906: The earthquake destroys the original bar, but owner and prominent city lawyer Patrick J. McGinnis has it rebuilt on the same spot. 1920–1933: What Prohibition? During these years, Elixir lists itself as a “Soft Drink Parlor” in the city’s business directory. 1933: Post-Prohibition renovations include the stockroom’s conversion to a women’s bathroom, signalling a social shift in American bar culture. 1940: The bar is renamed the Hunt-In Club, the first of multiple owner-driven name changes over the next five decades. 1985: Members of the Latino LGBT community frequent this spot, calling it Club Corona or La Bandita depending on who you ask. 1990: With a new name—Jack’s Elixir Bar—and a new focus—microbrews—the bar boasts more than 60 beers on tap. 2003: Jack’s undergoes a thorough renovation that includes new taps, an emphasis on tequila, and a pared-down name: Elixir. 2009: Bartender and owner H. Joseph Ehrmann speaks at the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans as an authority on San Francisco–style drinks.
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    3200 16th St
    San Francisco, CA US
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