Thirsty Bear | San Francisco, California
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Thirsty Bear
Good based on 64 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

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

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 Kozlov Stout 84, Thirsty Bear Panda Bear Ale 25, Thirsty Bear Stave Series #14: Bugs & Cherries , Thirsty Bear Roggen Bier , Thirsty Bear Grizzly Bear Red Ale 52, Thirsty Bear Workhorse Rye , Thirsty Bear Howard Street IPA 83, Thirsty Bear Brown Bear 45, Thirsty Bear Meyer ESB 47, Thirsty Bear Golden Vanilla 30, Thirsty Bear Valencia Wheat 34, Thirsty Bear Polar Bear 39, Thirsty Bear Cascade Stout , Thirsty Bear Cask Conditioned Ale
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64 reviews for Thirsty Bear
 Ambiance  66%
 Service  68%
 Selection  59%
 Food  70%
 Value  60%
 Overall  63%
 Rating  70%
Rating Distribution

  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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail  (1171) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
joeneugs  (189) 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
Frank  (73) Chicago, Illinois | March 22, 2012
This place is alright. I stopped by in the late afternoon before the happy hour crowd blew in and had the place practically to myself. Their taps focused on their own beers, there were about ten, which were solid but not outstanding. Being at the bar by yourself nets you pretty good service so I canít say much about that but the bartender was reasonably knowledgeable about their beers so Iíll give him credit for that. This is an easy location for most folks stopping through San Francisco for business so I recommend the stop if you can swing it for lunch or something.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
TEJA  (67) Stockholm, Sweden | March 16, 2012
A crowded place next to the Moscone conference center. A big selection of their own beers that was mostly was OK but donít try their Vanilla beer. As the place is so crowded the bartender could not tell much aboute the different beers but the bar has small information notes aboute their different beer. A wide selection of their own beers (aboute 10 different).
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
msante79  (342) Mount Prospect, Illinois | January 21, 2012
Last stop of the night for me and my wife. Place is huge and spanish themed. Some type of spanish folk band playing and place was packed all the way to closing time. Had the ESB and IPA which were both average. Had a flat bread which had burnt chorizo but was still decent at this point of the night. Nice place for dinner and drinks, but there are better beer options in the city.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff  (555) 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 12/20
ozbeernerd  (16) Adelaide, Australia | March 28, 2011
Not a bad little brewpub. All the beers are their own and a diverse enough of a range to be interesting. A couple of the bar tenders were as fast as lightning. I mentioned casually to my brother I hadnít tried one of the beers and no sooner had I said it a sampler appeared before me. The cocktail guy is fun to watch. The last time I was in their the atmosphere was electric, but that was during the World Series.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 10/20
mrhoppy  (225) Santa Clara, California | January 2, 2011
A fun place to go. Very popular with the locals. Food and organic beers are excellent.
  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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