The Thirsty Bear
661 Howard St, CA 94105
Down the road from the Moscone Center, so you’re all but guaranteed to bump into someone you know.
The W Hotel bar
181 3rd St, CA 94103
A trendy hotel very close to the GDC venue, with a highly popular bar in the lobby.
The City Beer Store
1168 Folsom St, CA 94103
Close to the junction of Folsom and 8th, this outlet is a little further from the Moscone Center but offers a wide selection of beers.
Chevy’s Fresh Mex
201 3rd St, CA 94103
This Mexican restaurant is said to be quieter than other drinking holes, and does a nice line in margaritas.
Jamber Wine Pub
858 Folsom St, CA 94107
While billed as a wine bar, Jamber still offers an extensive beer menu. Far enough from GDC that you’ve got a decent chance of getting a seat.
The Redwood Rooms
495 Geary St, CA 94102
Found in the Clift Hotel, legend has it that the original panelling and bar were carved from a single redwood tree. Bear that in mind when you spill your beer.
The Starlight Room
450 Powell St, CA 94108
Claiming to have defined cocktail couture, this swanky bar is found 21 stories above the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.