United States > California > San Francisco
dinkle50 (54) Chicago, Illinois | April 28, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Clembo1957 (37) Smethwick, England | April 24, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
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
bvc (61) Kenmore, Washington | February 16, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
badlizard (130) Berkeley , California | November 24, 2012
28 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 1/20
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.
Frank (50) Chicago, Illinois | March 22, 2012
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
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.
msante79 (335) Mount Prospect, Illinois | January 24, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
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.
JohnnyJ (96) San Diego, California | October 15, 2010
62 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
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.
JCB (174) Durham, North Carolina | August 6, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
nickd717 (80) San Francisco, California | July 24, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
While not necessarily a beer bar per se, the Alembic is legit! There are always good selections in both bottles and on tap, and the prices are very, very fair especially considering they give you large pours. Youíre not going to harpoon your white whale most likely, but you wonít walk out without drinking some great beers if you choose wisely The food is amazing. I first came here during SF Beer Week for a Dogfish Head and Magnolia beer dinner. The beers were great of course, but the food was amazing! The jerk spiced duck hearts really stood out. In subsequent visits, they have never failed to impress with their food selections. The service is generally nice and attentive, and if youíre into cocktails, theirs are excellent. How would I know this? Iíve sampled the drinks of others. Donít worry, I only tick beers, not cocktails. Great whiskey selections too though, which I noticed since distilled malt is my next favorite libation after fermented malt. Overall, an excellent bar, whether youíre looking for a beer bar or just a bar in general. One of my top choices in San Francisco.
Nate (258) Indiana, Pennsylvania | March 22, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Stopped in for a quick draught to check out the place. Crowded, so I got a beer and stood at the shelf along the wall. Service was fine, small place. Prices were a bit high for their limited (but good) bottle selection. Nice place if you want to get some cocktails or are into bourbon/scotch. Most taps were Magnolia (from down the street) and the bottle selection was good, if not smaller than I would have liked.
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