Got a Bike? These Bars and Restaurants Are Waiting For You
If you’re looking to grab a beer and a good meal after your Saturday morning ride, then you’re in luck: There are a growing number of bike-centric restaurants, bars, beer gardens and coffee shops that offer cyclist-friendly amenities—some doubling as bike retailers and repair shops. Here are six places around the country that are perfect for a pit stop.
Peddler Brewing Company, Seattle
Since Seattle offers plenty of perks for cyclists, it’s no surprise many city businesses do, too. Customers who show up to Peddler with proof of membership to one of several bike-focused groups or programs—including Pronto, Seattle’s bike-share program or the Washington-state-based bicycle club Cascade—get discounted growler and bottle fills any time they stop in. Plus, Peddler makes sure cyclists get what they need during a stop, including indoor and outdoor bike parking, a bike pump and a workstand for customers to use. The owners also dedicate plenty of time to bike advocacy efforts and sponsor a local bike team.
CamRock Cafe & Sport, Cambridge, Wisconsin
Located at the head of the CamRock mountain bike trails, this place has a little of everything. There’s a patio café with a menu of items with kitschy bike-inspired names (like the “Fender” chicken wrap), a wine and beer list with more than 100 craft beers available and live music on some nights. Meanwhile, CamRock’s sports shop offers bike repairs and tune-ups and rents everything from mountain bikes to cross country bikes to snow shoes for those times when Midwest weather conditions don’t quite allow for biking. It also organizes weekly evening group rides and weekend rides to the nearby Lake Ripley.
The Cannibal Beer and Butcher, Los Angeles
This new butcher and sandwich shop with an adjacent restaurant is just as bike-friendly as the New York-based original thanks in part to the owners’ personal love of cycling. There are bike racks available for anyone who comes on two wheels and cyclists who show up in their gear get a free second beer along with a small knapsack and energy bar to fuel them up for the ride home. For those as big into beer as they are into bikes, The Cannibal offers a dizzying selection of 500 brews and has a dedicated beer director who plans to start teaching beer classes on weekends and organizing frequent beer-pairing dinners.
Benders Bar and Grill, San Francisco
Finding a bar in one of the country’s most expensive cities that’s willing to dedicate part of its coveted square footage to indoor bike parking isn’t easy, but this San Francisco dive bar does just that. It’s not uncommon to find 30 bikes lined up on the rack on any given night, according to co-owner Dion Jolley, who adds that the place has always been popular with recreational bikers, bike messengers and is often used as a post-race meeting spot. There’s also a menu that offers surprisingly gourmet burgers, tacos and the bar’s fabled tater-tots. Hey, if you just biked your butt off, you should feel free to indulge.
Sedona Bike & Bean, Sedona, Arizona
When it comes to cycling, you simply can’t beat the dreamy location of this café/bike repair shop that sits along some country’s best-rated trails, part of a 250-mile stretch of single tracks that zigzag around Sedona’s stunning Red Rock mountains. In terms of fare, the place keeps it simple with pastries and snacks, coffee and Italian espresso, and Kombucha and energy drinks. Visiting cyclists of all skill levels can rent one of Bike & Bean’s fleet for the day or overnight to try out the trails. The business also organizes Friday night rides.
The City Bakery and Birdbath Bakeries, New York City
When owner Maury Rubin decided to implement a discount for cyclists at his legendary City Bakery and its “eco-minded little sister” Birdbath Green Bakery a decade ago, he was the first bakery (and possibly the first food business) in the city to do so. His intention? To encourage customers to get to his shop on two wheels rather than via cab. It turns out there were more bike-happy city dwellers than he realized. His whopping 50 percent discount quickly became “way too popular” he says, so he knocked it down to 25 percent and, eventually, to today’s 15 percent discount, which applies to both City Bakery and Birdbath’s now seven locations. Rubin has expanded the bike-focused aspects of his business, completing deliveries to bakeries around the city by bicycle rickshaw, which log a combined 12,000 miles a year. He’s also partnered with local bike shop Bicycle Habitat to give its staff generous discounts in exchange for bike and gear discounts for his own employees. Welcome to the new bike-and-baked goods economy.