Valley Tavern – Noe Valley
I found Valley Tavern while on a historic walking tour of Noe Valley put on by the Public Library’s City Guides. It turns out Noe Valley was built as a suburb (big surprise) so most of the tour focused on the different styles of housing and how to tell the work of specific architects. (I highly recommend all of the FREE tours put on by City Guides.) While walking through the neighborhood, I realized there are several cute neighborhood bars that I never checked out when I lived in Noe many moons ago.
Valley Tavern is your standard neighborhood pub, brightly lit with lots of space, a good variety of beers on draft and two pool tables. On a beautiful, warm Sunday the bar was surprisingly not crowded, despite the delightful beer garden in the back.
The one aspect of Valley Tavern that was not so delightful was the plethora of televisions ranged around the bar. If you are a big sports fan, then this bar is probably right up your alley, but if you are looking to relax on a lazy Sunday, having numerous TV’s within your sight with the volume up is pretty distracting. They even have a television with the volume on in the beer garden! All the TV’s make Valley Tavern feel a bit like a hetero version of several Castro bars, with constant sports instead of Lady GaGa videos.
Their beautiful beer garden was also filled with yuppies working out of the bar, either plugged into their laptops or yapping loudly about real estate deals into their cell phones. While I enjoyed drinking a pint in the noon day sun, I couldn’t help but wish I had brought blinders and ear plugs with me to block out all of the workoholics who were harshing my mellow.
(between Castro St & Noe St)
San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Noe Valley