The Jug Shop

1590 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, California United States 94109
bottle shop  3.35/5.0 10 reviews
Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; Sun: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

beer menu
Mayor: StevieT (1) | Taps: 0 | Bottles: 300+
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
StevieT  (120) , Australia | December 4, 2016
I was really impressed by the range and the price, service was friendly.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
rlgk  (614) Göteborg, Sweden | November 15, 2016
Quite ok shop with a good beer selection in fridges. I bought some Almanac-cans and a few more. There was also a shelf with more exclusive beer in the far left corner.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Bryne  (903) Bryne, Norway | August 8, 2016
2 minutes walking from our hotel, Castle Inn. Good selection of local craft beer, though no big surprises. I wish they had more small singles. I always seek local craft beer and can’t buy many six packs or to many bombers. (Visited June28th 2016)
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77  (453) Reno, Nevada | August 20, 2015
surprised they are ranked so low. Went to an SF beer week tasting there that was very well put together and did a little bottle shopping as well. Nice selection...and they have their own parking!!
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | January 15, 2014
Visited January 15, 2014.

Finally made it here. I’ve been hearing about this place for a while now and last month I even walked right by it on the way back from dinner at the German / Austrian (ratable) place a few blocks up the street but I didn’t stop here. It looks impressive at first glance considering how much wine and liquor they have, how big the place is, and how the employees are all wearing beer shirts but over all the selection is just alright. You’ll find the beer in the corner of the store to your left when you first enter. There are half a dozen fridges full of beer across from some shelves with beer. In the next aisle over there is a small shelf that also has beer on it mixed in with the liquor. They have a good selection of German beers which I won’t complain about, they have some Belgians (decent selection), and they have kind of a hodge-podge lineup of American beers. They have a large sign in the back of the store that advertises Almanac but I saw no Almanac beers. I don’t know if I’ll be stopping in again unless I need some Lagunitas and I happen to be in the area (probably for Leopold’s Gasthaus), though I can get Lagunitas anywhere on the peninsula.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
laysh  (1) , | March 17, 2013
Eric and crew do a bang up job of bringing excellent beer to the masses! Creative, one-of-a-kind Friday tastings and a great selection of bottled oddities make this place a go-to. All they need now is some decent signage and an exterior paint job...beer mural?
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
gail  (10) San Francisco, California | July 7, 2009| Updated December 14, 2016
Sure, it’s mostly wine. Beer selection is rather modest but interesting (though sometimes they have treasures from their last event.) HOWEVER: Beer tasting and special events with guest brewers are very cool, with a smart and talkative crowd that shows upl. It’s worth getting on their mailing list if you are local.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 8/20
RblWthACoz  (23) Brooklyn, New York | October 13, 2007
From notes, 2006. After over a year of being in San Francisco, I finally checked this place out shortly before I moved out of town. The name Jug Shop sounds like a place that would have a heap of good stuff to sip on. As far as wine goes, that is true. But for beer, I wasn’t overly impressed. They had a good selection, but not much that would raise eyebrows. If I still had to choose one place to continually stop for a good/great selection, it would most likely be BevMo. My understanding is that the Jug Shop used to be a great spot for buying beer. I’m not sure exactly what has changed, but it will need to change for the better to improve it’s reputation for beer in my eyes.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 4/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 6/20
mkgrenwel  (117) North Shore, Massachusetts | January 10, 2007
I walked in and walked right back out. Not that there was anything wrong with the place, but in this city you can find great beer in every corner store, and the Jug Shop didn’t really push that standard. It’s a fine store, but I’m not sure it’s notable enough to warrant a place on this site.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
Goldorak  (114) Montreal, Quebec | September 26, 2006
This liquor store was about 100 yards from my hotel on Nob Hill, in a recently built box-style building with plenty of parking up front. Inside it’s a big old warehouse full of booze, the Beer is to your left. Plenty of local stuff can be found like Speakeasy and Anchor, a few larger California micros, and a small but decent supply of imports, 6$ Orval (ouch), Lindemans for the ladies, Samuel Smiths and Chimay. But this place is mainly a wino store. Prices were all right, if I remember correctly I took 2 or 3 12oz Speakeasies and a Cassis for around 10$. We drank everything we bought from there the next day, and it was fresh. Help was at the register only, which is fine by me for this type of store, and they allowed me to break a 6-er when I asked. Prices weren’t always clearly indicated though, some labels underneath the Beers in the fridge didn’t always match. As mentioned below, it’s only worthy of a stop if you’re nearby and need a few bare necessities, as it was our case. And they happen to have long opening hours, so that can come in handy. While you’re there, right across the corner of Pacific and Polk there’s this little bakery/cheese shop/foodie store that had some great stuff, including some obscure French ciders, don’t hesitate to check them out.

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