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Four Ways to Not be a Tourist in Sausalito

Where to eat, drink, and stay in the North Bay's southernmost town.


Fact: Sausalito is a tourist magnet. But that doesn't mean you have to be one of them. Some of the city's best spots are local hangouts that will make you glad you didn't just hop on the ferry for a beer at Barrel House Tavern. Check out our top picks.

Copita, the city's elevated cantina and taqueria, may be right in the thick of the tourist clot, but it serves some of the best California-style tacos in the Bay Area. Local meats and seasonal North Bay ingredients (including some from the restaurant’s own garden) like Neiman ranch pork, poblano peppers, sugar snap peas, and pumpkin seeds fill pillowy house made corn tortillas. Bonus—it has an extensive list of 100 percent agave blanco and respasado Mexican tequilas. 

What may be the best bocce real estate in the Bay Area sits beyond a discreet parking lot on the north end of town. Bar Bocce has a long sandy court right on the Bay, and its servers will tote sangria and crispy thin-crust pizza to you as you play. There’s only one court, though, so you may have to fight for it. 

The ever-quirky, ever-infamous No Name Bar is always worthy of a visit. The poets may be gone from this former Beatnik haunt, but the stiff drinks and cheeky décor remain (probably from when it opened in 1959). Enjoy the great outdoors beneath the palm fronds in the charmingly-shabby backyard or head inside to hear Sausalito’s old timers bust out their accordions and saxophones for live jazz. 

When you stay at recently-renovated The Inn Above Tide, you feel like you’re living in Sausalito, not visiting. Just make sure you know where to find it: With a vibe more akin to a classic North Bay house than a hotel (wooden shingles, Norcal succlents), it’s almost hidden in plain sight. Rooms come with private decks that hover above the bay, and views extend from Sausalito Harbor to the Inner Richmond. Bonus: the hotel's "experience menu" includes an adventure map with advice about the Headlands' best trails, curated Angel Island outings, and tours of Sausalito artisans’ studios and shops. 


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