There are some serious beer bars in SF, and Church Key in North Beach is one of our favorites. This place is pretty small - even though it has a second floor, coming here with more than three people would be a lot, but if you’ve got a super small group, it’s a good place to hang out. The beer here is well priced, even though there are some bottles that hover around the $20 range, most things cost about $7-$10 and you can get some cheap cans for $3. Aside from that, the upstairs feels like you’re hanging out in the green room of a punk rock club with short ceilings, one long red velvet bench to sit on, stacks of empty kegs, and music from bands like Sonic Youth and Smashing Pumpkins. It’s not the most lively place to spend a Saturday night, but for a lazy afternoon, it’s ideal.
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