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The 7 Best Bars Near San Mateo

Updated: May 2, 2022

It's always happy hour with these great bars in San Mateo! We go for the drinks and stay for the vibe. After careful analysis of top articles and review sites, we know these are the best bars in San Mateo. Head to these watering holes for great live music, darts and strong drinks!

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Mortar & Pestle

Cocktail Bar, $$, San MateoCocktail Bar, $$San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

If you travel further


Wine Bar, San CarlosWine BarSan Carlos
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Fiddler's Green

Sports Bar, $$, MillbraeSports Bar, $$Millbrae
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

The Cask

Wine Bar, $$, San CarlosWine Bar, $$San Carlos
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Blind Tasting Wine And Beer Bar

Wine Bar, $$, San CarlosWine Bar, $$San Carlos
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0


Bar, $$, BurlingameBar, $$Burlingame
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 4.0


Hookah Bar, $$, Foster CityHookah Bar, $$Foster City, Bays
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

Why these restaurants?

Selecting the right restaurant can be really difficult, especially when you would like to find a new one. These results are brought to you by boam, with insights from the Yelp and Google ratings for 28808 San Mateo restaurants, 3104661 reviews, and 1901 top lists and articles from the likes of . Yes, we even looked at to pull this list together. As restaurants continue to adapt to COVID-19, you can trust us to show the latest information on which restaurants are open and how with our real-time data recommendation engine. Every restaurant shown earned its spot fair and square. With boam, money never makes the list. These ten options are sure to delight.

Most common questions

San Mateo Prime is the highest-rated bar for a date night in San Mateo.

San Mateo Prime and McGovern's Bar are bars with a happy hour in San Mateo.

Steamies, O'Neill's Irish Pub, and San Mateo Prime are the highest-rated bars that are good for groups in San Mateo.

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