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Published on May 24, 2024
"The Whale's Tail" to Make a Splash in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park with New Cocktails on Memorial Day WeekendSource: Flickr / Alyenaa Buckles

Golden Gate Park is set to quickly become the weekend hotspot as the much-loved Beer and Wine Garden makes a grand return with a brand new twist—cocktails. Now rebranded as "The Whale's Tail," the family-friendly destination is slated to open doors for the summer season, starting this Memorial Day weekend. Revelers can enjoy live music, food trucks, and child-friendly entertainment from noon to 6 pm while basking in the park's scenic beauty.

This year's addition of spirited concoctions and the usual beer and wine selection is expected to draw in a crowd looking to unwind casually. According to SF Rec and Parks, "The Whale’s Tail — a new name inspired by the nearby Street Whale art installation, is child-friendly, dog-friendly, and bike-friendly." The refreshed outdoor lounge will also feature "a revolving schedule of live music, as well as food trucks, street art and games," as stated in a SFist report.

As a nod to its past, where canned IPAs and a select few lagers were on the menu, the new cocktail offerings hope to spice up the drink options available to visitors. Patrons required to present their ID will receive wristbands for purchasing alcohol. This year, along with beers and wines, "the pop-up ‘​​will now include brunch cocktails on its menu alongside its traditional beer and wine offerings,’" detailed the San Francisco Recreations and Parks Department.

The location for The Whale’s Tail couldn't be more perfect, nestled at "14th Avenue East Meadow just west of the Rose Garden and situated across from a community favorite: Street Whale," all detailed in a post from Illuminate's Instagram. The venue will open its doors on weekends, including select holiday Mondays, promising to offer an idyllic spot to relax and mingle with fellow San Franciscans. This weekend's kickoff is particularly special as it aligns with Memorial Day celebrations, prompting an extended run through Monday.