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By Brittany Doohan

Do you love being outside while you eat and drink things? Yea, me too. If the day is pretty, don’t waste it! (Especially because there are so many great people-watching opportunities in the Castro!) Read on for seven spots in the Castro District with outdoor dining or patio areas. (It’s just like camping, right?)



1. Chow — 215 Church Street

Not only does Chow have a charming outdoor seating area, but they also have a menu with a variety of options that can satisfy anyone’s taste buds. ", Chow. How I love you with your billiard green walls and golden wood trim! How I love you with the velvet curtains you brush past as you walk in! How I love you with your  seating that has a clear so one might gaze upon the night sky! How I love the guys in the kitchen listening to their Conjunto music and singing along!" said Yelper Tara H. from San Francisco, CA.


2. Cafe Flore — 2298 Market Street

Nestled so cozily in between Market, Sanchez and 16th Streets, you can enjoy the beautiful flowers, wonderful scenery and delicious comfort food at Cafe Flore. "  space is pretty with wisteria climbing everywhere, and the indoor area's walls are all glass so on a rainy day it's still nice — you can be warm and out of the rain but still feel like you're outside in the garden," said Yelper El B. from San Francisco, CA.


3. Squat and Gobble — 3600 16th Street

An afternoon of delicious crepes and people watching (and dog watching and car watching)? Yes, please! Squat and Gobble has got a variety of mouth-watering eats that you can enjoy sitting out in their outdoor seating or parklet area. "settling in to our AirBnB place on Castro, we walked over to Market and saw this place. The fun  seating area caught our eye, and we decided to eat there and enjoy the beautiful weather," said Yelper Jack E. from Las Vegas, NV.

(Soon to come: Outdoor patios at Fable and Dante’s Table!)



4. Toad Hall Bar — 4146 18th Street

Toad Hall is a friendly neighborhood bar where you can get 2-for-1 drinks (‘til 8:30pm, Monday-Friday), and enjoy them with that special someone (or to yourself) in their spacious outdoor area. "drinks, good music and dancing area, wonderful (heated)  patio, great crowd. What more can you ask for?" said Yelper Vivian H. from San Francisco, CA.


5. The Mix — 4086 18th Street

Get your kicks at the Mix! Their outdoor patio is extra special — it has plenty of shade for those scorching San Francisco days (ha!) and tiki torches to set the mood at night. "Fantastic bartenders, reasonable prices, and I LOVE the outdoor space — a great hidden find," said Yelper Nancy R. from Palm Springs, CA.


6. Pilsner Inn — 225 Church Street

While the Pilsner Inn may look small from the outside, once you step inside, it’s got length for days. As you walk past their fully stocked bar and head towards the back, you’ll come to find their lovely patio garden area full of lush plant life. "I like Pilsner because my 32" waist isn't considered extra large as it is at many of the other gay bars in Castro. I like Pilsner because of the outdoor patio where I can get some fresh air and enjoy a long conversation with a friend or total stranger. I like Pilsner because the drinks are affordable and usually poured heavy. I like Pilsner because of the Puffin-themed decor that seemingly makes no sense. I like Pilsner because Pilsner likes me," said Yelper Wayne F. from San Francisco, CA.


7. The LookOut — 3600 16th Street

Last but certainly not least, we have… the LookOut. The LookOut is special because their outdoor area is on the second floor and runs along two sides of the bar. Here, you can enjoy cheap cocktails and a panoramic view of the beautiful Castro District (and maybe some free chicken wings if you come on a Friday!).


Cheers to the great outdoors!