.Outside Sippin’: Beer, wine, exotic cocktails…and fresh air

Assemble Marketplace/Riveter Bar

Pre-pandemic, Assemble restaurant in the Craneway Pavilion was a favorite lunch/brunch spot. The industrial-style interior, partially preserved from the Craneway’s past as a Ford assembly plant, which manufactured jeeps and tanks during WWII, is unique. The restaurant closed shortly after the pandemic started, but reopened, and now includes expanded outdoor seating as part of The Riveter Bar, according to director of beverage Calvin Young. Enjoy the bay breeze and views while sipping a Summer Sangria (Bacardi Rum, fresh citrus, pinot noir, splash of elderflower), Watermelon Martini (Grey Goose Essences, fresh watermelon, lemon, hint of mint), Richmond Sling (Bombay Gin, Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, Grey Goose Vodka, pineapple juice, tophat daisy, hibiscus, maraschino, pinot noir, touch of coriander and nutmeg) or the favorite Ford Point Bloody Mary. Tommy’s BBQ Co., Brezo and the Rocky Island Oyster Co. inside also provide food for outside dining during most of the same opening hours.

Noon-7pm, Thurs.-Sat. 1414 Harbour Way S., Richmond. 510-215-6025. assemblemarketplace.com

East Brother Beer Company

This local brewery has been a destination of choice for craft beer lovers since founders Chris Coomber and Rob Lightner opened the taproom in 2017. It has always featured outside seating, which obviously has become even more popular. East Brother has developed a national following, and its Bo Pils was on Beer & Brewing Magazine’s 2020 Top Ten list. On tap now, among others: Pre-Pro Lager, Oatmeal Stout and Bo Pils. Fall will mark the return of the very popular Festbier, a pale German lager with strong malt and light hops. Take a load off while taking ease outside, order from the food truck and maybe make some new friends.

4-9pm Wed-Fri, noon-9pm Sat, noon-8pm Sun. 1001 Canal Blvd., Richmond. 510-230-4081. eastbrotherbeer.com

Armistice Brewing Company

Find Armistice in Richmond’s Marina District. The sibling founders note that, “When you visit our taproom, you’ll notice it has a lot more in common with the old idea of the public house than with modern brewery taprooms.” That is, if the traditional pub has a large outdoor beer garden, and an on-site food truck, which Armistice does. Take a seat and enjoy one of the constantly changing offerings, perhaps the English-style Befugged Bitter, German-style Rich City Pils or—raising money to support the trans community—The Gay-est-Best Coast IPA. Armistice will celebrate its five-year anniversary on IPA Day on Aug. 6 with a “massive block party,  live music, DJ, tons of food vendors, beer and extremely good vibes!”

Noon-9pm Mon-Thurs and Sun, noon-10pm Fri-Sat. 845 Marina Pkwy. #1, Richmond. 510-230-4966. armisticebrewing.com

The Factory Bar

First, major props for having the cojones to open during the pandemic, which the eagerly awaited Factory Bar did. It’s been a bustling success, and its lovely outdoor patio seating is in high demand, so reserve if planning to take advantage of it. (Friendly dogs are welcome out there as well.) Heating lamps keep one warm during often-chilly Richmond evenings, while imbibing one of the many wines, beers and specialty cocktails, such as La Fresca (Lunazul, strawberry/hibiscus syrup, lime juice, orange juice, garnished with a dehydrated lime wheel hibiscus) and Betty’s Gin and Tonic, named for local hero Betty Reid Soskin. Every purchase of the Awayuki strawberry gin, house tonic, lime juice, topped with soda water, garnished with cucumber swirl, strawberry and mint cocktail donates $1 to Betty’s favorite charity, the NIAD Art Center. The new Boozy Brunch on Sunday mornings pairs local chefs and caterers with a special cocktail menu. And the venue celebrates its second birthday on Aug. 7 with specials, giveaways, food vendors and a mural reveal.

Patio hours: 4-10pm Mon-Fri, 2-11pm Sat-Sun. 12517 San Pablo Ave., Richmond. 510-778-1079. thefactorybar.net

Black Star Pirate BBQ

Things to know about Black Star Pirate BBQ: It’s insanely busy because of mega-media coverage when the former Nobilis site reopened. It’s only open Fri-Sun. The drive to Point San Pablo is over a windy, steep road. There is a lot of very cool Burning Man art there. And people are really going for the food, not for an extensive beer-wine-cocktail menu. But—the outdoor patio overlooks the bay, there’s usually live music and the vibe is as groovy as co-owner/chef Tony’s beard. Nuff sed.

11am-7pm Fri-Sun. 1900 Stenmark Dr., Richmond. 510-680-1221. blackstarpig.com

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