On a beautiful day you might feel like some sudsy goodness in the great outdoors. The only problem is everyone, and we mean everyone in the city who is of drinking age, will have the same idea. The smart move would be to get yourself to this Hayes Valley watering hole exactly when it opens. Claw at the gate if you have to, otherwise, it’s going to be a grueling 45-minute wait. One more word to the wise: Order more than you think you will drink. Even if your eyes are bigger than your liver — do you or those close to you want to wait in that line again? And if you do have your choice of a picnic table, we suggest one close to the bathroom, as you’ll be standing in line to get in there, too. To complete your traditional Bavarian experience, pickled beets, bratwurst, and pretzels are de rigueur, and you’ll be happy to know they’re locally sourced.
Biergarten, 424 Octavia Street (between Linden and Fell streets); 415-252-9289.
Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile