Alembic Bar | San Francisco, California
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Alembic Bar
Exceptional based on 20 ratings
Type: Bar

1725 Haight St
San Francisco, California United States 94117 [ print map ]
415 666 0822

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Hours: M-F 4pm-2am; Sat-Sun noon-2am


Taps: 7? | Bottles: 26


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20 reviews for Alembic Bar
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  75%
 Selection  67%
 Food  89%
 Value  64%
 Overall  72%
 Rating  78%
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70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
nate2g  (606) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | October 19, 2013
It looks like I was dumb enough to not eat here, had I realised Alembicís reputation for dishing up excellent grub...regardless, itís a pleasant cocktail and whisky bar that has a small tap selection and bottles. Magnolia on draft, as mentioned and Drakes too, from memory. Easy going ambiance and friendly, attentive staff.
68
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1309) Do Not Resuscitate, California | June 5, 2013
Probably time for a revisit but the couple of times Iíve been here they have an interesting tap selection, mostly local beers but some others as well. Bottle list has some nice stuff on it but itís pricey. If you want a Bruery Marron or something else that isnt available anymore you can get it here.

Food is pretty good as well. I only ate here once but my sandwich was quite good. Went pretty good with the glass of mild that I ordered. These guys tend to do a number of events for SF Beer Week so if the small gastropub in the middle of hippie town isnt your thing check them out during beer week. Or go for the liquor selection. I think thatís really what theyíre known for.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
dinkle50  (77) Chicago, Illinois | April 28, 2013
Stopped in here for a beer and some snacks on a Sunday afternoon. Beer selection is ok with only a few taps and bottle options, but they do have some rare things. The food was alright. Cheese plate was nice along with the spicy nuts. Waitress was super nice and even switched out a beer for my wife because she really didnít like the first one she ordered.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Clembo1957  (67) Smethwick, England | April 24, 2013
Not a great selection of beers but friendly staff and plenty of space at the bar. I had a Magnolia Proving Ground IPA which was excellent.Good location on Haight and worth a visit
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
bvc  (68) Kenmore, Washington | February 16, 2013
Visited during SF beer week. Late night stop, and it was a good one that kept giving even the next day. Walk in and the bar is against one wall with probably 20-30 seats, couple of bistro tables and a stand up rail behind the bartop. Some seating in the back area that is more geared to people dining. Wish we would had eaten here, but didnít get the chance. Tap list was small, 6-8 iirc. They had an Upright event the day before, so there were a couple of cooling things on. We ordered a coupled of beers and a cocktail as they seemed to be geared a bit toward cocktails more. Bar seats opened up quickly and we ended up bellying up. The gal bartending was super busy but too time to answer some whiskey questions and was quite knowledgable. They had Rittenhouse 23yr which pretty much got me all excited. Enjoyed that, then some Willett and a couple of other things that probably werenít necessary after a long day of SF bar crawl. Great place, in my top 3 of my bay area trip, and totally worth a visit.
28
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 1/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 1/10   OVERALL 1/20
badlizard  (141) Berkeley , California | November 24, 2012
I REALLY wanted to like this place. Great selection of scotch, bourbons, and other whiskeys. Small beer selection; not worth visiting for beer. Iíve gone in ready to drop some serious cash, and always left disappointed. But the hipsters who work there are such fucking insufferable assholes, and the "service" has been so universally BAD everytime Iíve gone in that Iím done with this place. Yeah, I get it, youíre cool. Donít waste your time or money.
56
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 10/20
Frank  (53) Chicago, Illinois | March 22, 2012
This is a nice bar but the focus is definitely on fancy cocktails rather than beer. I stopped in early afternoon and it was pretty much empty so I canít say much about the clientele or atmosphere but it seemed like it would be relatively calm based on the choice of music. Their are only about a half dozen taps here and almost all of them were for Magnoliaís beer which is just down the street. It is cool to see a tap list 100% focused on local brew but this is an easily skipped location if youíre beer hunting. There is all kinds of whiskey and other liquor though so if youíre interested in that--or food--this becomes a much more appealing location.
70
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
msante79  (341) Mount Prospect, Illinois | January 24, 2012
Last stop on my and my wifeís little pub crawl on Haight street. This is a small little restaurant than has nice decor and is dimly lit. Only had 3 beers on tap which was disappoint to say the least but the food was extremely good. Had Shishito Peppers and bone marrow and both were excellent. Had Moonlight Toast on tap which was very good. Nice selection of mixed drinks too. Worth a stop for the food alone, but if your in it for beer only I would just go to Toronado.
62
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ  (100) San Diego, California | October 15, 2010
This place had a great vibe to it, very old and rustic, not a lot of taps, but they had quality beers, with some locals. I was really looking forward to this place, but unfortunately the service was absolutely terrible, there werenít many people there but it was almost impossible to get the bar tenderís attention, they were mostly just talking to each other. I wanted to try the food, but I sat there trying to wave down a bar tender for 20 mins and finally gave up. Also of note they have a good selection of whiskey and scotch.
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
JCB  (223) Durham, North Carolina | August 6, 2010
Iím tempted just to cut and paste DaSilky1ís rating, because thatís pretty much how I felt on my visit here. Rounded up a bunch of my family, who were a bit leery about being led to a purported beer joint. I assured them the food was supposed to be superb, but they werenít buying it when they spotted it sandwiched between burrito and slice joints. Several hours later, I was redeemed and the fam was raving. Wonderful vintage bar vibe with old wood, high ceilings, nice natural light from a skylight, and a lovely long narrow bar. Great selection of local taps, from Magnolia (the sister establishment), Moonlight, Marin, and others. Terrific service, chilled but really informative and serious about the offerings. Relaxed pace to the whole meal. The food is fuckin killer, from inventive appetizers (chili peppers with sea salt and blackened duck hearts, e.g.), nice local cheeses, to sweet mains like Croque Madame with bechamel and watermelon/watercrest infused sashimi. Yes, the price point is high but you know that when youíre visiting this town. And the beers were fabulous, with nice English pints filled with fresh local brew sealing the deal on a great, great experience. Kudos, Alembic. Iíll be back at least once next time Iím in town, and my local family is looking forward to making you a regular.

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