A new brewpub and yet another trendy neighborhood spot on Mission Street in Bernal Heights, Old Bus Tavern has softly opened its doors in the former El Patio restaurant space.

Beer made in house by restaurant partners and homebrew buddies Ben Buchanan, Jimmy Simpson and John Zirinsky (such as that lemon basil saison, pictured above) are already rotating onto a local draft list. Pub style "Test dinners" with items like slow cooked chili and buckwheat cornbread are at the ready from chef Max Snyder who most recently served as executive chef at Le Marais Bistro and has previously cooked at at Saison, Coi, Eleven Madison Park. And with Ryan Linden managing the bar and cocktails from consultant Christina Cabrera, there's something for every drinker — and for non-drinkers, too, with craft root beer also on tap.


You might have scored some of the chili ahead of time at pop-up Barchili, which has frequented Old Bus Tavern's friends and neighbors Pizzahacker. And, as the tavern's name suggests, the whole squad are big vintage bus enthusiasts. According to their website, they're purchasing and restoring a vintage VW bus fully dedicated to the business. "We are customizing the vehicle with beer taps, cooking station, speakers, party lighting and other fun features," they write. "This 'Old Bus Bus' will be available to the community for outdoor parties, events, and catering."

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A flurry of press, a full menu, and more beer are likely to arrive next week, but you can stop by this weekend (and Wednesdays through Sundays from 5:30 on) if you're in the neighborhood.

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Old Bus Tavern, 3193 Mission Street, (415) 843-1938, Open Wed-Sun at 5:30pm, No Reservations

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