Sink Into Cheap Craft Brews, Decent Food at Bean Bag
The place: Bean Bag Café, 601 Divisadero (at Hayes), 563-3634
Matthew Stafford Not your average gutter water.
The hours: Daily, 3-10 p.m.
The deals: Pints of craft brews for $1.75; house wines are $3 on Fridays
The digs: Hip yet friendly neighborhood hangout complete with exposed brick, worn wood, sidewalk seating, and a bevy of black-clad hepcats writing in notebooks, reading Camus, or discussing earnest matters over mugs of java. There's also windowside counter seating affording urbane Western Addition vistas.
The verdict: The Bean Bag pours pints of Happy Hour beer for less than two dollars, and it isn't even your regulation mass-produced gutter water we're talking about but the good stuff like Widmer, Deschutes, Big Daddy, and Lagunitas IPA. (The five house brews change on a revolving basis.) On the other hand the coffee, tea, and chai are just okay, but the food's impressive, especially for a coffee house: big, bountiful salads, hearty sandwiches, an excellent breakfast burrito, really good burgers and fries, and a tasty array of crêpes and pastas. On a quiet afternoon (a rarity, note) it's a pleasure to sit by the big windows or out on the sidewalk and watch the world go by, inexpensive (but not cheap) beer at hand.
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Overall grade: B