What do you do when you wake up on a Saturday morning in San Francisco and it is, yet again, cold, grey, and Karl the Fog is comin’ in hot?
Hop across the Golden Gate Bridge to the quaint, little bayside town of Sausalito.
This is exactly what two of my friends and I did on a (rare) free weekend a few weeks back. We decided to Uber across the Golden Gate Bridge rather than take the ferry across the bay (which, depending on how many people are in your party, can be cheaper per person than a ferry ticket).
We made reservations at Barrel House Tavern, situated right on the water and boasting a pretty amazing brunch menu. Hits of the morning:
Make-your-own mimosas and Bloody Marys (I opted for the Hibiscus Mimosa)
Parmesan-garlic fries (to start)
After brunch we strolled down to the breezy, outdoor Bar Bocce for a couple drinks and as the name implies, bocce ball -- watching not playing as we still don’t have a firm grasp on what exactly playing bocce ball entails (Using hands? feet? Is there a goal? Bros love it therefore I’ll just watch).
There’s an interesting aspect of Bar Bocce that I imagine goes unnoticed often -- the word vodka is used in quotation marks on their menu. At first chalking it up to another case of misused quotation marks, I kept skimming the page. But it was so prevalent that I finally asked the waiter -- Bar Bocce only serves beer and wine and their “vodka” is actually some weird 20 proof wine that they use as a substitute. Stick to the basics here: our pitcher of sangria did the trick and we sipped it down on the marina beach.
Sausalito is a perfect little spot for a Saturday spent shopping, strolling, and sipping sangria. There’s a bounty of brunch spots, but I would highly recommend Barrel House Tavern for both food and views.
+Do not, I REPEAT DO NOT, wear your shortest, flowiest, off-the-shoulder dress (yes, I did this). Sausalito is extremely windy, and much chillier than I thought -- long pants and jackets are a good bet year-round.
+Make reservations wherever you decide to go - it's very popular spot on the weekends as the typical San Francisco fog usually thins out by the time you reach Sausalito.