Thirsty Bear

661 Howard St
San Francisco, California United States 94105
brewpub (Thirsty Bear)  3.5/5.0 66 reviews
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: brokensail (1) | Taps: 9 | Bottles: 0
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 10/20
Hooker  (16) Coquitlam, British Columbia | June 20, 2005
Huge area divided up into several eating or table sections, with ramps and stairs in various places. Initial service was quick but the there never seemed to be anyone behind the bar. the atmosphere seem cold almost like a night club instead of a brew pub. The beer was average and the bartender didnít seem too knowlegable about it (when he was around. I would probably try it one more time (but only on my way to 21st Amendment).
66
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
j12601  (340) Poughkeepsie, New York | December 29, 2015
For the size of the place it has a nice open feel with a good amount of wood and exposed brick, felt spacious and yet still intimate. Couple of TVs located in the corners making it easy enough to watch sports or ignore them if that was more your speed. Very friendly server, seemed well versed in their beers and philosophy, pointing out early that they were all organic and everything was done in house, and unfiltered and unpasteurized. Brewhouse all located behind the bar within visible sight. Sampler flight seemed like a decent value at $15 for all of the beers, which numbered 9 when I was there counting the seasonals (2 year old barleywine and a new gruit). None of the beers were something I would go out of my way to find, but they were all good and didnít have any flaws. Clean, well made. Could be worth a stop, but Iíd only go if youíre in the area, not likely a destination location.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
sir__v  (218) Lille, France | December 8, 2015
Visited the 20th November 2015 with friends - Good place on the downtown of San Francisco. Really standard place with good beer selection. Good service and good ambiance. Nothing very special except the beers...
70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
WingmanWillis  (949) , 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Sokolov  (783) Moscow, Russia | March 27, 2015
Quite good one. Brews are diverse & nice.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
ruigo  (124) , Portugal | March 23, 2015
A bit packed but a nice place and a long time brewpub. Just in the center of the city.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis  (740) 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  (126) Virginia Beach, Virginia | November 13, 2014
Pleasant ambiance with a decent selection of beer.
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  • 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
dinkle50  (82) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Clembo1957  (146) 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

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