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 11/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
CaptKirk  (21) San Francisco, California | 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
WingmanWillis  (589) , 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
Sokolov  (696) Moscow, Russia | March 27, 2015
Quite good one. Brews are diverse & nice.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
ruigo  (112) , Portugal | March 23, 2015
A bit packed but a nice place and a long time brewpub. Just in the center of the city.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis  (605) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Luvystypotables  (96) Virginia Beach, Virginia | November 13, 2014
Pleasant ambiance with a decent selection of beer.
nate2g  (1046) 上海 / 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.
  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.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
Clembo1957  (101) 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
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1511) 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.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 10/20
Schlenkerla  (413) , 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.

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