Thirsty Bear

3.5/5.0 66 reviews
brewpub (Thirsty Bear)
661 Howard St
San Francisco, California United States 94105

415 974 0905
  thirstybear.com
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

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
CaptKirk  (21) Hephzibah, Georgia | 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 10/20
Ratman197  (135) Arvada, Colorado | August 2, 2006
The ambiance is slick dick yuppie chic! The service was great considering the place was packed with yuppies getting off work. The beer selection was decent at 9 beers all of them very drinkable. The menu was to scary so I canít comment on the food. Decent beer but Iíd walk over to 21st ammendment any day!
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
bitter  (90) Henderson, Nevada | April 10, 2006
thirsty bear is in a cool south of market local. good tapas food and a range of beers that of average caliber. worth a look if your in the area.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
Oakes  (786) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 29, 2006
Not much of a shock here - touristy downtown brewpub with a wide range of so-so beers. Every beer had something that held it back but some were tasty nonetheless. Didnít eat...regretted having lunch at 21st A because Thirsty Bear does paella which is way cooler than anything on any other brewpub menu Iíve seen on this trip. Service was good. On the whole, worth a stop if you have time or really want to hit a lot of brewpubs in SF.
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  • 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder  (461) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
argo0  (247) 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.
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  • 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
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.
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  • 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.
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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).

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