Short trip (4 days). Plan to do a lot of eating and drinking and if weather permits, strolling. So wife and I are looking for a neighborhood with a high concentration of bars with outdoor seating. Cafes, patios, beer gardens and what have you. We are more the beer types, so pretentious clubby cocktail lounges need not apply. We are pretty simple. "Hipster" is fine within reason, annoying yuppy or sorority girl hangouts would be best avoided. Dives are great. Classic, old timey gritty spots. But really want to enjoy some outdoors to if possible.
Bonus points for cool, classic architecture. Access to Transit is good as is other adjacent, walk able cool neighborhoods. Lite shopping is ok too (independent stores; affordable art/boutiques). Research leads me to Mission area, maybe Castro or up into SOMA?
Never been to the CIty. So I am starting from ground zero. Can't wait! Any ideas appreciated