Old Bus Tavern


Old Bus? Old Bus is an expression of the humble, steady and unfettered approach we take to brewing and cooking – and life. Co-founders Ben, Jimmy and John focus on serving the best-tasting beer, food and cocktails we can, using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. We also actually do spend a lot of time on old buses. John restored a 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia and spent a summer touring the country with his wife and dog before landing in Oakland, where it’s now become his daily driver and our team adventure vehicle. And now, with the help of our Indiegogo campaign, we are 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. This "Old Bus Bus" will be available to the community for outdoor parties, events, and catering. The Drinks After eight years of home-brewing together, John and Ben are now sharing their creations with a wider audience. Our beers are all based on classic styles that we’ve reinterpreted through constant experimentation. While we love big, unusual beers as much as any beer geek, we strive to create brews that are enjoyable from start to finish, day after day. In addition to our own beers brewed in-house, we offer a rotating selection of other local craft beers and wines. As for spirits, our bar consultant Christina Cabrera has designed an exciting cocktail menu based on simple, high-quality ingredients. Like the rest of the Old Bus team, Christina is partial to whiskey, mezcal and tequila, and that preference is reflected in our cocktails. The Food The Old Bus kitchen is led by Chef Max Snyder. Max brings a strong command of classic culinary technique to Old Bus Tavern, where he whips up shareable plates and entrees built on a foundation of California comfort fare. Max focuses on high-quality, local ingredients and creative recipes, free of pretentiousness. He also strives to incorporate our house-brewed beer and beer ingredients into dishes. The Experience Old Bus Tavern is a casual, neighborhood joint. The space has a welcoming atmosphere where people can always feel comfortable dropping by for a pint, a quick bite, or a full meal. We like listening to music all the time, and occasionally we'll pull down the projector for a big game. We love talking beer, food, and anything else, so come on by and meet the Old Bus team.

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  • Service and tax are included in all of our menu prices; no tipping is necessary.
  • Our revenue sharing system allows us to pay our entire staff a living wage.
  • Mission: Bring excellent beer, food and cocktails to our neighborhood.


Open Wed-Sun at 5:00pm (Kitchen Open at 5:30pm) Late Night Menu starts at 10pm

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(415) 843-1938

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