Columbus Cafe – North Beach
A friend had been trying to drag me into Columbus Cafe for a couple of years, and I always resisted. They bill themselves as a sports bar, which is just not my thing. On a recent walk through North Beach however, I was in search of a cold beer and found Columbus Cafe pleasantly empty of patrons and thought it a perfect time to check out the bar.
The bar does have the obligatory flat screen televisions, but when I went in on a Saturday during the day, the volume was off and no one was paying much attention to the games. It was a quiet rainy day, and the only other people in the bar were a few neighborhood regulars enjoying their breakfast beers and chatting up the lovely bartender. The bartender was amazingly nice, and we spent a good hour in friendly conversation with her and the other patrons. One of my favorite things about trying new bars is meeting people, so I am always happy to find a bar where people are open to chat with strangers.
I imagine Columbus Cafe can get pretty crazy during big games or on weekend nights, but on off hours it’s a solid neighborhood bar with a good draft beer selection. They also have a great happy hour deal, with 2 for 1 draft beers from 4:00pm – 8:00pm seven days a week.
(between Bannam Pl & Columbus Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94133