Let’s Grab a Beer . . .
When the mood is relaxed, the pressure is off, and the desire is easy conviviality, head to one of these beverage-centric destinations.
The Growler hits that sweet spot between pub and restaurant, setting the stage for a no-pressure date in Danville. Choose a perimeter table or a counter spot, one of 80 bottled beers or a local pint, a killer kale salad or the popular bacon-avocado cheeseburger. Engage the beer-tenders, the patrons, or simply one another. It all feels natural. 515 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville, (925) 984-2706, growlerpubdanville.com.
A short stroll from Livermore 13 Cinemas, Artistic Table is the place to warm up or wind down. With taps and an advertised 99 bottles of beer on the wall, gourmet cheeses, local wines, and mind-blowing house-made pastrami, this is the classiest casual spot in the Tri-Valley. Grab a counter seat, and let the conversation flow. 56 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore, (925) 292-1543.
At Concord’s The Hop Grenade, three flat screens display up-to-the-second stats on 21 rotating drafts, making the brews a de facto starting point for conversation. Add in plentiful outdoor seating (the back patio features a fire pit and heat lamps) and shareable small bites ranging from Bavarian pretzels to beer floats, and you have all the trappings for a low-key evening out. 2151 Salvio St., Ste. J, Concord, (925) 332-7354, thehopgrenade.com.