1398 Haight St, San Francisco, CA, United States
The Grateful Dead are always playing in the background, but they are often drowned out by the crowds of people, from 20 and 30 something professionals to artsy hipsters to not-so-burned-out hippies, who congregate here for fantastic beer and delicious food designed to complement the brew. The menu changes daily, and the cuisine is sensibly seasonal and local, which pleases the locals and shows off the possibilities of Bay Area farming. Wait, why the constant stream of Grateful Dead, you ask? This historic Haight-Ashbury location was once the site of the infamous Magnolia Thunderpussy bakery/restaurant, run by the eponymous burlesque dancer, free love pioneer, restaurateur and favorite friend of many of the musicians who came to record in San Francisco. If you don't know about Magnolia Thunderpussy, well, you shouldn't leave San Francisco until you do. Good beer will help, making Magnolia a great place to start, or continue, your investigation.