Thirsty Bear | San Francisco, California
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Thirsty Bear
Good based on 63 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 86, Thirsty Bear Panda Bear Ale 23, Thirsty Bear Stave Series #14: Bugs & Cherries , Thirsty Bear Roggen Bier , Thirsty Bear Grizzly Bear Red Ale , Thirsty Bear Workhorse Rye , Thirsty Bear Howard Street IPA 87, Thirsty Bear Brown Bear 45, Thirsty Bear Meyer ESB 48, Thirsty Bear Golden Vanilla 30, Thirsty Bear Valencia Wheat 36, Thirsty Bear Polar Bear 41, Thirsty Bear Cascade Stout , Thirsty Bear Cask Conditioned Ale , Thirsty Bear Rye Brasseur
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63 reviews for Thirsty Bear
 Ambiance  66%
 Service  67%
 Selection  59%
 Food  70%
 Value  60%
 Overall  63%
 Rating  70%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev  (58) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder  (351) 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
argo0  (229) Washington DC | September 18, 2005
Stopped in on a quiet Saturday for lunch. The cuisine is Spanish. Food was so-so (the pork sandwich was a bit greasy), but good service, and several of their beers were good.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
Tom Servo  (26) Arlington, Virginia | September 5, 2005
Not exactly my scene, but they have some interesting ideas on beer. The dancing troupe was kind of annoying, as it made conversation a little difficult. Service was slow, and fairly light on the knowledge, but the food is wonderful, especially th red potato tapas. Still kinda spendy though. Best bet is prolly tuesdays, when they have 3 dollar pints.
JMFG  (19) Florida | July 24, 2005
Stopped in while on vacation and tried to hit all the local brewpubs in SF. There was a heavy yuppie-ish crowd and the decor of the place reflects that. The beer was decent, but not special. Didnít have any food. Service was good, moderately informed. This place is right near the big convention center downtown, so perhaps that can be a factor. Overall, not my scene.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
willblake  (81) Bel Air, Maryland | June 23, 2005
I must have gotten there on a good day (day before Toronado BWF í05) because the food and the beer were both good. None of the beer knocked my socks off (well, one did, but that may have been a procuct of vacation glee). Bathrooms stupidly located upstairs. We sat at a table in the bar area and had good service from a busy server. She didnít know any more about the beer than the menu, but thatís okay. There was a DJ but it wasnít too loud to carry on a conversation and the tapas menu made it an easy place to hang out for a long time. I canít figure why this place is getting slammed.
  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).
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
MullMan  (29) New York | 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
bb  (16) Alamo, California | November 4, 2004
Donít go for the beer, but the food is great. Spanish food is well done.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 11/20
nja  (6) San Francisco, California | May 20, 2004
Spanish food is maddeningly inconsistent, sometimes very close to what Iíve had in Spain, sometimes awful. The ESB and stout tend to be my favorite. Major problem with this place is that beer is served ice cold, almost frozen really.

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