Thirsty Bear

3.5/5.0 66 reviews
brewpub (Thirsty Bear)
661 Howard St
San Francisco, California United States 94105

415 974 0905
  thirstybear.com
Mon - Thu: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm; Fri: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm; Sat: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Sun: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1515) Do Not Resuscitate, California | March 20, 2013
Visited half a dozen times since 2006.

I dont mind the ambiance, Iím not sure where the complaints stem from. My only problem is when the place is packed. Otherwise itís clean, friendly, and has a nice decor. The service is decently knowledgeable and can at least describe the beers and tell you a little bit of relevant info (style, when it was brewed, etc) but arent necessarily beer nerds, not that I ask them a lot of questions.

They always have at least 7 or 8 house beers on of which a couple rotate. I dont think they make amazing beers but I guess I havent really had a terrible beer from them either. This is not a place I go all that often but every once in a while (once a year) Iíll stop in on my way to/from 21st Amendent.

Beer prices are a bit high and the food is definitely expensive (but not bad either) so for me itís just a pint of the newest beer usually.
70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
brokensail  (1265) San Leandro, California | October 15, 2012
Pretty nice brewpub, actually. Large seating area downstairs with a long bar, plenty more room upstairs. Some pool tables and a bit more of a lounge setup up there. Service was quick, the food looked okay, but the beers were average at best. Too bad their beers arenít good because itís a cool place to hangout.
60
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
nate2g  (1071) Boomtown!, Australia | October 19, 2013
Again I picked a bad time to grab a beer and ran straight into the after work crowd. Extremely busy with waiters racing between tables with orders and loud, jovial drinkers. Tap selection are the house brews and a seasonal or two in the mix.
70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
WingmanWillis  (848) , England | November 16, 2015
Visited on a Wednesday evening in November 2015. Large brewpub venue thatís been around for several years. Itís got a couple of levels and a huge bar area, food is tapas with a few other choices, prices are steep for the food! Beer wise, had a couple of specials plus 7 standard range. A tasting flight is available but itís set. Can also buy samplers of individual beers for $2. Itís a decent place and not too far off the beaten track.
62
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
Oakes  (787) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 29, 2006
Not much of a shock here - touristy downtown brewpub with a wide range of so-so beers. Every beer had something that held it back but some were tasty nonetheless. Didnít eat...regretted having lunch at 21st A because Thirsty Bear does paella which is way cooler than anything on any other brewpub menu Iíve seen on this trip. Service was good. On the whole, worth a stop if you have time or really want to hit a lot of brewpubs in SF.
62
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Sokolov  (759) Moscow, Russia | March 27, 2015
Quite good one. Brews are diverse & nice.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis  (707) Sunnyvale, California | November 16, 2014
Not sure why this place gets such low reviews. I visited on a Saturday afternoon, it was doing a good business but not crowded. Took a seat at the bar and ordered a sampler tray for $15. The bartender knew his beer (not only Thirsty Bear, but the whole city scene), and was happy to talk. Food was quite good and prompt. Beers ranged from pretty meh to quite good. All in all a place I would gladly return to.
54
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 1, 2009
This is pretty much the kind of bar I dislike. A rather snobbish Yuppie hangout, long, darkish, modern. The service was correct, not particularly caring, but showing up when we wanted. As far as the beers are concerned, there were quite a few of them, but the 2 we tried were considerably under average, I wish Iíd feel upon some of the higher rated stuff, but it was simply not the case. I ad eaten already, but tried a dessert and this was rather average as well for the 7 bucks it costed. The beer was also fairly expensive. Like most other SF brewpubs, this did not quite meet my expectations.
62
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
gnoff  (586) MŲlndal, Sweden | April 27, 2011
Place looked small at first, since it was packed almost to the doors and I was asked to find a place among the standing tables close to the doors. Noticed it was a lot bigger when using the restroom though. Tried 9 draught beers on a sampling plate, then had a rerun of one of thos beers together with a plate of fries. Not the cheap place, beers were OK to more than OK. It got very loud, perhaps due to the brick walls and the large amount of visitors. Not a must go Iíd say, but since it was the only brewpub I had time to visit in San Francisco I canít compare it to the other ones.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb  (555) Woodland, California | August 4, 2007
Service was great. Food was "modern", but tasty. Beers are decent. Seems a bit uncozy - mostly modern decor. Best to use the public trans and walk.

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