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Biergarten, Chambers, and Everywhere Else to Drink and Dine Outdoors This Summer

The rooftop at Medjool is always a safe, if crowded, bet.

The rooftop at Medjool is always a safe, if crowded, bet.

So far we've only been teased with the warm weather, and this weekend doesn't look too promising either. But late next week will be warm! And on into the summer months there's sure to be a break in fog here and there when you'll be yearning for a relaxing drink or full meal al fresco. We note today that Biergarten, the upcoming semi-permanent beer garden from the Suppenkuche team moving into the Proxy development in Hayes Valley, secured its liquor license and should be open soonish. That will be joined by an outdoor version of Pizzeria Delfina as well, and should liven up the Octavia corridor come the real warm weather months in September and October. Then we'd like to refer you back to the al fresco dining guide Grub Street pulled together around this time last year.

To that list we'd now add eVe in Berkeley, which has recently opened their back patio featuring a special a la carte menu; Chambers Eat + Drink, opening next week in the former Bambuddha Lounge space at the Phoenix Hotel; Txoko, opening May 31 in the former Enrico's, which should have a couple of nice outdoor tables facing Broadway just as its predecessor did; The Sycamore, which opened last summer and which has a semi-secret patio out back, right in the heart of the Mission; Bar Bocce, which is already drawing big crowds for their pizza and bocce ball in Sausalito; El Paseo, which has a gorgeous, secluded, brick-lined patio off the street in downtown Mill Valley; Chaac Mool, who are now slinging delicious tacos from near the playground in Dolores Park, making for a ready-made, BYOB picnic; as well as Jones, right in the heart of the Tenderloin near Union Square, which makes for a great after-work cocktail and nibble, as well as a good brunch spot on a warm weekend day.

The East Bay Express has also put together this comprehensive list of everywhere to eat outdoors over there where it's typically a few degrees warmer, from Alameda all the way up to Albany.

Earlier: Where to Dine Al Fresco On Those Occasionally Warm Summer Nights [Grub Street]

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