Thirsty Bear | San Francisco, California
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Thirsty Bear
Exceptional based on 59 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

661 Howard St
San Francisco, California United States 94105 [ print map ]
415 974 0905

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Hours: 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


Mayor: adnielsen (1) | Taps: 9 | Bottles: 0


Thirsty Bear

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Beer Available At Thirsty Bear (arranged by most recent)
Thirsty Bear Howard Street IPA 86, Thirsty Bear Kozlov Stout 86, Thirsty Bear Meyer ESB 48, Thirsty Bear Brown Bear 45, Thirsty Bear Valencia Wheat 35, Thirsty Bear Golden Vanilla 32, Thirsty Bear Polar Bear 42, Thirsty Bear Rye Brasseur , Thirsty Bear Grizzly Bear Red Ale , Thirsty Bear Stave Series #13: Oro En Paz Sour , Thirsty Bear Bitter Kiwi Double IPA , Thirsty Bear Oktobearfest
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59 reviews for Thirsty Bear
 Ambiance  66%
 Service  67%
 Selection  58%
 Food  70%
 Value  58%
 Overall  62%
 Rating  68%
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner  (83) San Ramon, California | January 10, 2008
The food here is amazing! Who woulda thunk? Spanish food and beer - but it works so fricken well. Yeah, its a trendy SF place, but the keyword here is San Franciscan. That means its pretty low key and casual. Kids donít do so well here, but any other situation works.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest  (165) Boulder, Colorado | May 28, 2007
Quite a surprising delight. Pleasant, clean, slightly posh place with a nice view of the brewing equipment. Lots of beers to choose from (about 6-8 year-rounds and 2 seasonals when we were there). Ales were solid, lagers even better. Some of the best food Iíve ever had in a brewpub (which are typically terrible-to-ok)...inventive and assertive spicing that really works. Service wasnít terribly attentive, but then again we were seated at small tables in the bar area, not at a real dining table. I wish I had a brewpub this good in Boulder (Mountain Sun is the closest thing wrt to beer selection and food enjoyment).
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder  (314) Tallahassee, Florida | October 3, 2005
Stopped by twice on my honeymoon in September 2005. Once on a Sunday night and the place was packed - there was local flamenco singer...not great - but it drew a crowd. Second time was for dessert and a night cap on a Friday night. Spanish tapas style cuisine was excellent. Attentive waiters, good beer selection - most were excelelnt - one or two missed the mark - but overall an excellent downtown brewpub - a must visit if in the downtown San Francisco area.
74
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev  (57) Ontario | December 7, 2005
Stopped by for a drink and a snack in the lounge area off to the side of the bar on a Saturday night. Dark, elegant yet funky lighting. Service was ok but not very knowledgeable and pretty fake friendly (she did remember as we were about to leave they had an unlisted barleywine, I promptly sat back down. She also screwed up our food order...). Selection was good, there were approx 8 house brews on including the fabulous aforementioned barleywine. The interesting food menu served up a couple of good treats. A very stylish place that you would not guess is a brewpub, we left before the party got started, so the noise level was fine.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Bobsy  (25) Toronto, Ontario | January 2, 2008
Wine bar ambiance, with a very clean trendy look. Not something I usually want in my brewpub, but it worked. Very good, but expensive, Spanish food. Good beer selection of house brews, with maybe 12 on tap at time of visit.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Dansting  (114) Overland Park, Kansas | June 27, 2007
Went on a Wednesday night and we got seated right away. The place was very contempory/modern looking. Very "hip" looking, I suppose. And the main thing is that in my opinion, this is a tapas restaurant first and a brewpub second. The beer comes second to the atmosphere. The service was okay, although they wouldnít let my wife and I each order a sampler, as they said they didnít have enough glasses. So we just ordered another one when the first was finished. The food was good, not great. The tapas-style portions were bigger than we expected, so we didnít finish all we ordered. They had a 9-beer sampler, and the beers were okay as a whole. They had a vanilla bean lager that wasnít good at all, but their nitrogen ESB was pretty solid. After the sampler, I had a glass of their cask stout which was pretty good, and maybe the hoppiest stout Iíve ever had. The prices were steep, but considering the location and the atmosphere, it wasnít unexpected. I wouldnít make this a destination brewpub, but you wonít be disappointed if you go there.
72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
CaptKirk  (21) Hephzibah, Georgia | May 12, 2007
I was not even going to go, until I found myself in San Francisco. Went on a Saturday afternoon. Almost noone there. They were serving lunch and I found myself asking the bartender for a recommendation since I am not familar with anything spanish that is not a taco. The food was good, but not worth the parking hassle. Beer selection was good. with two seasonals available. Turned out a lot better then I expected and found myself please to have stopped by.
72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
maltdog  (75) Colorado | February 4, 2004
Pretty huge place witha minimalist feel. I was there kinda between lunch and dinner, so almost vacant, didn't see what the usual clientelle was. Bartender was friendly, attentive, and knew a lot about the beer. There was an excellent cask-conditioned stout available. Beer was overall pretty damn good. Tapas were small-portioned (well, they are just tapas), but tasty.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1380) 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.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3  (353) Tempe, Arizona | January 1, 2011
Cool urban space with tons of room (and they fill it up too). The food all looks so good. I ended up not trying any of their house beers since they had the SF Brewers Guild Imperial Common I wanted to try. I need to get back here soon.

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