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Weird Art in Bars: Wild Side West in Bernal Heights

We're resurrecting an old series: Weird Art in Bars, in which we explore the wacky adornments on the walls of the city's favorite and under-the-radar watering holes.

What a perfect bar to showcase on an immensely beautiful day such as this; Wild Side West, a Cortland Avenue institution with one of the best outdoor patios in the city is like a secret garden of wonders, full of decrepit sculptures draped in Christmas lights, plants and little nooks perfect for stolen kisses or conversation. Grab a beer from the inside bar, get rowdy at the pool table and then make your way down the creaky wooden stairs in the back to bask in the sunshine. Sometimes you'll even catch a musician or two jamming outside, so bring an acoustic guitar if you feel like joining in.

Photography by Joseph Schell

Wild Side West, 424 Cortland Ave., 415-647-3099