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The Good Sun

The Critical Science of Sunny Drinking

Other cities had their summer fun. Now it’s our turn. Here are the five best spots to hit—and the best times to hit them if you want some direct sunlight—right about now, when we all like to pretend this is our chance at summer.

The Monk’s Kettle

The Monk’s Kettle

The Hot Minute: Noon, sharp.
The Hot Seat: Table 10.
The Hotness: Hey, you’re lunching on a sidewalk patio area that... didn’t exist until this week. Nice. Table 10 is closest to 16th Street, so it’s best for meeting passersby who might want to join your table for a beer. It could happen.

Causwells

Causwells

The Hot Minute: 12:45pm.
The Hot Seat(s): Table 47 or 48.
The Hotness: You’re as far as possible from the door, with a table covered in rye Parker House rolls and beer. The sun’s strong enough that the Causwells people are currently investigating umbrellas. So hurry.

Causwells, 2346 Chestnut St (at Divisadero), 415-447-6081

Park Tavern

Park Tavern

The Hot Minute: 2:02pm.
The Hot Seat: Table 500.
The Hotness: The view of Washington Square Park: striking. That crispy polenta cake: delicious. That dog under the table: happy.

Park Tavern, 1652 Stockton St (at Union), 415-989-7300

Fog City

Fog City

The Hot Minute: 4:01pm.
The Hot Seat: Table 124.
The Hotness: You’re right in the middle of the least shade-filled two hours here, not far from the water. You’re also right in the middle of happy hour, with $1.50 oysters. So no complaints.

Fog City, 1300 Battery St (at the Embarcadero), 415-982-2000

Beretta

Beretta

The Hot Minute: 5:37pm.
The Hot Seat: Table 405.
The Hotness: Another round of añejo sours and an imminent Mission sunset. You’re on a 23rd Street sidewalk running east to west, so the sun’s good here all day. But, you know, imminent sunsets and añejo sours. The end.

Beretta, 1199 Valencia St (at 23rd), 415-695-1199

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