Alembic Bar

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56
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
Frank  (78) San Francisco, California | 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.
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs  (201) Livermore, California | December 25, 2015
Disclaimer.. I havenít been here in over a year. Ok, on with the review. The location is good. Deep in the Haight...lots of interesting things to do and see. Magnolia and Toronado all within walking distance. This place is really more of a cocktail bar. They specialize in mixology with beer being secondary. The tap list is small, but be sure to ask about the bottle list. They usually have some vintage bottles for very reasonable prices. I remember I got a vintage FW anniversary bottle for like $22. Cheaper than when it was released. The food here is really good too. I would recommend a stop if youíre in the area.
68
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
WingmanWillis  (694) , England | November 13, 2015
Visited on a Tuesday evening in November 2015. Itís a cocktail bar really with a decent tap list. Sat at the bar and tried a beer. It was pretty good, prices are decent too. Itís more for the hip and trendy crowd really but if you get thirsty whilst shopping on Haight St then this is a decent stop.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
daknole  (460) Scottsdale, Arizona | July 24, 2015
Kick ass place. Seriously badass. Amazing bartenders. Nice beer list and amazing cocktails.
66
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
glennmastrange  (82) hobe sound, Florida | September 28, 2014
Cool looking place in a cool part of town. Thereís more room inside than it appears from the outside. The beer selection is so-so, but the mixed drinks looked pretty awesome. I should probably re-visit when Iím not on a Beer Crawl and get me some those drinks they were mixing up.
70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
nate2g  (1046) 上海 / Boomtown!, Australia | 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  (1512) 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  (79) 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  (105) 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  (103) 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.

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