FIRST STREET TAPHOUSE

IN historic DOWNTOWN BENICIA

hours

mon+tues closed
WEd-Fri
3PM - 9PM
SATURDAY 10AM - 9PM
SUNDAY 10AM - 8PM
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visit us for inside and outside dining, or grab beer and food to go

hours

mon+tues closed
WED-Fri
3PM - 9PM
SATURDAY
10AM - 9PM
SUNDAY 10AM - 8PM
open for inside & outside dining and carryout

Located in scenic downtown Benicia, our newest taproom features a creative seasonal menu, 20 taps, and both indoor and outdoor dining options.

location features

historic building

SPACIOUS STREETSIDE PATIO

SCENIC DOWNTOWN

Before it was a taphouse...

The building that is now home to our First Street Taphouse has a long and storied history in downtown Benicia. Originally built in the 1890s, the building began as Elsie's Rooming House (presumably a reputable hotel), before later gaining notoriety as one of lower First Streets many former bordellos. Throughout the years, the building has been home to many iconic Benicia businesses, and at one point, was even used as the studio for famed American sculptor, and Benicia native, Robert Arneson.

an old photo of the first street taphouse when it was an antiques store

The home of our First Street Taphouse circa 1950.

an old photo of downtown benicia

View of a bustling First St. on July 4, 1917.

an old photo of an artist making a sculpture

Before it was a taphouse, artist Robert Arneson kept his studio on the 2nd floor of the building. Here he is at work in 1977.

food menu

food with flair

A creative SEASONAL MENU, featuring
sharable plates.

see menu
A photo of the taps at the Mare Island First Street Taphouse

private events

at the first street taphouse

Reserve our benicia Room upstairs, or outdoor parklets for your next event

A full kitchen, ample parking and seating, plus views you'll have to see to believe!

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