Thirsty Bear | San Francisco, California
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Thirsty Bear
Good based on 61 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: bytemesis (2) | Taps: 9 | Bottles: 0


Thirsty Bear

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Beer Available At Thirsty Bear (arranged by most recent)
Thirsty Bear Bugs & Cherries , Thirsty Bear Workhorse Rye , Thirsty Bear Grizzly Bear Red Ale , Thirsty Bear Panda Bear Ale , Thirsty Bear Kozlov Stout 86, Thirsty Bear Howard Street IPA 86, Thirsty Bear Brown Bear 45, Thirsty Bear Meyer ESB 48, Thirsty Bear Golden Vanilla 30, Thirsty Bear Valencia Wheat 35, Thirsty Bear Polar Bear 41, Thirsty Bear Cascade Stout , Thirsty Bear Cask Conditioned Ale , Thirsty Bear Rye Brasseur , Thirsty Bear Stave Series #13: Oro En Paz Sour , Thirsty Bear Bitter Kiwi Double IPA , Thirsty Bear Oktobearfest
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61 reviews for Thirsty Bear
 Ambiance  66%
 Service  68%
 Selection  59%
 Food  70%
 Value  59%
 Overall  63%
 Rating  70%
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60
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
MullMan  (29) New Jersey | June 19, 2005
this place had itís day during the dot-com boom, but feels like a hangover now. itís got the large & spacious ambiance, lots of exposed brick to show itís date. trendy tapas food theme which is tough for a brewpub to do well.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis  (400) 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.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Luvystypotables  (45) Virginia Beach, Virginia | November 13, 2014
Pleasant ambiance with a decent selection of beer.
60
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
nate2g  (651) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | 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.
62
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
dinkle50  (77) Chicago, Illinois | August 25, 2013
Popped in here on a sleepy Thursday afternoon. Beer was decent, food was ok. Service was attentive and not disruptive. Not a ton of beers to choose from, but they had enough for the group I was with.
66
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
Clembo1957  (80) Smethwick, England | April 24, 2013
Not much Ambience about the place as has been mentioned here. The sample tray of house beers isnít bad, food is ok
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1427) 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.
50
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 10/20
Schlenkerla  (343) , Austria | January 13, 2013
Very average place. You do not feel that this brewery is managed by beer enthusiasts. Beers are drinkable. No need to visit this place, although very centrally located.
64
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard  (141) Berkeley , California | November 24, 2012
Iíve never been able to quite figure this place. Theyíre not after the beer snob market, but they have some interesting experimental and sometimes fantastic one offs. The food is, well, a touristy version of tapas in my opinion. Itís not bad, but if youíre expecting bellota or other high quality Spanish fare, this isnít your place. Thereís certainly worse places in the City, but thereís also much better.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail  (884) Orange County, 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.
68
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
joeneugs  (150) Livermore, California | July 4, 2012
Nice brewpub in south beach pretty close to BART. The inside is pretty large with a big bar, lots of seating and a loft where thereís even more room. I was impressed with the place considering Iíve been unimpressed with most of their beers. The bartender was really cool and gave me samples of everything. I didnít have the food. I recall getting a nice view of the brewing equipment from the bar, which I really like. Itís unfortunate that most of their beers are subpar because this is a really nice place.

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