The Elysian Tangletown pub is the ultimate neighborhood pub! In very few places have I had such great beer, food, and service all at once, in a place with such great ambience and location. The Elysian like any bar, is best when you live nearby and you can just walk over for a beer, dinner, or whenever. For food I would recommend the brisket sandwich, burgers, and the reuben, and I haven't had weekend brunch there yet, but the menu looks wonderful and I'm very much looking forward to doing that.
As for beer, my personal favorite at the moment is the Pilsener, but on a hot day, the Jasmine IPA is super refreshing, but still a real beer. The ESB is the old standby, and I'm actually looking forward to the fall and winter so I can try the more hardy brews!