Thirsty Bear | San Francisco, California
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Thirsty Bear
Good based on 61 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 Panda Bear Ale , Thirsty Bear Stave Series #14: Bugs & Cherries , Thirsty Bear Roggen Bier , Thirsty Bear Grizzly Bear Red Ale , Thirsty Bear Workhorse Rye , Thirsty Bear Kozlov Stout 86, Thirsty Bear Howard Street IPA 86, Thirsty Bear Brown Bear 45, Thirsty Bear Meyer ESB 48, Thirsty Bear Golden Vanilla 30, Thirsty Bear Valencia Wheat 35, Thirsty Bear Polar Bear 41, Thirsty Bear Cascade Stout , Thirsty Bear Cask Conditioned Ale , Thirsty Bear Rye Brasseur , Thirsty Bear Stave Series #13: Oro En Paz Sour , Thirsty Bear Bitter Kiwi Double IPA , Thirsty Bear Oktobearfest
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61 reviews for Thirsty Bear
 Ambiance  66%
 Service  68%
 Selection  59%
 Food  70%
 Value  59%
 Overall  63%
 Rating  70%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
argo0  (217) 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 Jersey | 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
maltdog  (77) Colorado | February 4, 2004
Pretty huge place witha minimalist feel. I was there kinda between lunch and dinner, so almost vacant, didn't see what the usual clientelle was. Bartender was friendly, attentive, and knew a lot about the beer. There was an excellent cask-conditioned stout available. Beer was overall pretty damn good. Tapas were small-portioned (well, they are just tapas), but tasty.
loweredsixth  (7) Clovis, California | January 12, 2004
Large restaurant, yes snobby, but comfortable. The staff seemed pretty knowledgeable about their beer when I was there. I didn't, however, try any of their food.

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