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Latest reviews from San Francisco

70 /100
Ales Unlimited (Beer Store)
2398 WEBSTER STREET
“I dropped by during a visit to SF. It’s at the top of a steep hill, which is difficult to get to with my standard transmission car, so I parked a couple of block away at the bottom and arduously walked up. Great views. The store is 90% wine and liquor and 10% beer in the back. They specialize in expensive beers, such as $70 barrel aged anchorage and lambics, and large format bottles. Not good for rating imho, but a fun place to visit once. Chocolate selection is also quite good, but limited.“
wetherel 8 days ago
80 /100 3150 POLK ST
“One block from the aquatic park, so I dropped by after a swim. Great location. About 11 beers on tap: standard brewpub beers. They have a bottled BA imperial stout at $45! Each $5oz taster is about $4.“
wetherel 9 days ago
64 /100 280 14TH ST
“Nice little brewery hidden down an alley. Parking can be hard but I found a spot 1 block away. 6 house beers on tap plus 6 guest beers. Pretty decent quality. Half pours $3 each.“
wetherel 9 days ago
60 /100 3950 24TH ST
“Dropped in for a tick after visiting the awesome Chocolate Covered across the street. This Whole Foods beer selection is half the size of other Locations. Some Belgians. Light on local beer selection. Some Russian River beers oddly laid on the salad bar cooler.“
wetherel 9 days ago
82 /100
Starr Spirits (Beer Store)
499 MONTEREY BLVD
“Nice new store replacing Monterey Deli. Selection has taken a bit of a hit but is still quite good. Lots of locals like Russian River, Barebottle, Henhouse, Faction, Moonlight, Alvarado St, etc. Awesome friendly helpful staff. Whiskey, gin, wine, coffee too. Reasonable prices and great feel to it. Just opened and no sandwiches but I like what I’ve seen so far.“
nickd717 28 days ago
80 /100 2636 SAN BRUNO AVE
“Dropped by on a visit to Chocolate Covered. About 10 beers on tap: hazies, kettle sours, IPAs, etc. for $7 each. Now they are canning, because of Covid. Parking is difficult, but I found something after 4minutes. I love these nano breweries.“
wetherel 162 days ago
58 /100 1439 EGBERT AVE, UNIT C
“Visited with heykevin before I dropped him off at SFO. Industrial brewery in Bayview. Not the classiest of places, but whatever. They have a spirits tasting area as well as the brewery/beer tasting area. Honestly, neither the beer or the spirits these guys make were good back when we first visited, nor have they really improved since. If you happen to be near one of their other locations, like in the Mission, maybe stop in to give their stuff a try. But, I wouldn't drive down to this location unless you really, really want to.“
brokensail 231 days ago
64 /100 2255 POLK STREET
“The place is um…cosy, I would think if you get 30 people in there it would be absolutely packed, as it was there was only about 10, so service was good. To help in making an informed choice, there is a beer menu, and an option to have a flight of 4 tasters, although it was a bit disappointing that they had no Stout’s or Porter’s on when we were there. I had the next best thing; an "LA Morena-Brown Ale", which was very good. It didn’t look like they had much or indeed any wine or spirits available (could be wrong on this though), go if you want to try a craft beer from a small local brewer.“
FACambridge 374 days ago
76 /100 69 BLUXOME ST
“Visited on the way back from a conference. Very nice. 15 taps and about 6 cans to go. A couple of sours and a couple of barrel aged beers. Nice eclectic selection.“
wetherel 417 days ago
72 /100 544 BRYANT ST.
“Dropped by on the way back from a conference. Very close to Caltrain station, which is convenient. 18 taps. Pretty good. A little expensive: $20 for 4 tasters (e.g. Strike in San Jose has 4 tasters for $8).“
wetherel 418 days ago
64 /100 69 BLUXOME ST
“Yet again very busy for a Saturday afternoon...but a good list on though..“
Wirralbeerveg 428 days ago
50 /100 544 BRYANT ST.
“Nice brew bar.. went on a Saturday lunch time very busy..“
Wirralbeerveg 428 days ago
74 /100 661 HOWARD ST
“Found this by accident while heading to another brewpub... the Hazy IPA is great...“
Wirralbeerveg 428 days ago
76 /100 34 MASON ST
“A short walk from the Hilton Union Square where my work conference is located. It was fairly crowded but not packed when I visited. Beer list was impressive, however it was extremely pricey in general. Upwards of $50 for some beers. Bartenders were okay. Waitress took my 3/4 full Pannepot Reserva when I vacated my spot to take a bathroom break downstairs, but the bartender grabbed me a new bottle when I explained what happened. Ordered the smoked sausage. It was okay but the fries came out cold. Overall I much preferred City Beer and would return there if back in the area.“
tennisjoel 438 days ago
92 /100
City Beer Store (Beer Store)
1148 MISSION ST
“This place really ticks every box of mine. Extremely solid tap list, relaxed laid back vibe, friendly bartenders, great food..and the beer store is something else. I had 3 beers on tap, Fieldworks IIPA which was one of the most unique beers I've ever tried and super good, Armistice Himey the Bunger (subtle play on PtE), an imperial stout, and St. Adairius Belgian Saison which was solid as well. The beer store has a sensational selection, even if a bit pricey, but that is the norm here in CA. Really impressive. Favorite spot I've visited in SF by far.“
tennisjoel 438 days ago
74 /100 1150 HOWARD ST
“Stopped here after a visit to City Beer after a work conference in Union Square area. Crowded and small. It was kind of noisy so a popular spot for sure. Ordered 1 beer and bought a can to go. No seating available. Pretty nice list of mostly hoppy variety. Would have been nice to go here with another beer aficionado. Good for what it is even if small and crowded. I preferred the vibe at City Beer.“
tennisjoel 438 days ago
88 /100
Toronado (Bar)
547 HAIGHT ST
“Dive bar vibe with stickers and graffiti all over the old walls, which I really dig, with a decent amount of seating, but not a whole ton of space, as is expected in San Francisco. Service was good, curt but not mean, seemed to definitely know the beer. Selection is world class, between the numerous beers on tap and in the list, you can find something for every beer lover. Amazing place that has a tone of history, and is THE place to get your beer on tap in the bay area, but make sure you bring cash, no credit cards accepted.“
jbruner 442 days ago
76 /100 399 4TH ST
“good selection of bottles and cans as well as a bar with about 16 taps. No flights.“
thorongil2 483 days ago
68 /100 3801 18TH ST
“Stopped by on a Tuesday afternoon and got a flight. Nothing particularly interesting - heavy on IPAs, a few non-IPAs which were fine but not really distinguished. I would not go out of my way to go here but there are definitely worse places out there.“
WestCoastHawkeye 498 days ago
74 /100 2505 3RD ST
“Came here for lunch and grabbed a flight and some food. Flight was solid if a bit IPA heavy - nothing hugely distinguished but everything was solid. The food was excellent - some nice bread and sausage. I'd repeat for the food and get a few new beers if I went back, but not as much of a beer destination.“
WestCoastHawkeye 502 days ago
64 /100 401 BAY ST
“Good selection of beers with most offering reasonably priced. Love the Unibroue beers specially brewed for this place. No real service here as there is no staff specifically dedicated to the beer section.“
Boutip 518 days ago
70 /100
Toronado (Bar)
547 HAIGHT ST
“Shitty bar, Shitty attitude, great beer. Simple.“
jonno 528 days ago
70 /100 34 MASON ST
“Not a bad location but definitely a little on the pretentious side, as might be expected. They didn't have too much of a local focus when I was in, which was a pity given the breweries around. Expensive, and they don't do flights or small pours, so not really a place you want to go to as a ticker. More good for getting a rare beer on tap or two, but would actually skip this if you are looking to try a bunch of local beers. Service OK.“
solidfunk 549 days ago
74 /100 1398 HAIGHT ST
“Pretty decent brewery in Haight-Ashbury area. Nice open space, and friendly service. Flights are available, and beers are mostly above average. Nice stop in the area. Prices OK.“
solidfunk 549 days ago
86 /100
Toronado (Bar)
547 HAIGHT ST
“Cool OG beer place on Haight Street. Cash only, and no tabs - seems there's a lack of trust here, haha. Great set of beers on tap. No flights, but they do half pours on some stuff. Great bottle list too, though some of the Toronado only specials are quite expensive. If I was with a group I'd consider it but not $80 for one bottle for just me. Best selection in SF that I saw. Prices OK and service is good, guys are friendly, if gruff, and know their beer.“
solidfunk 549 days ago
86 /100 1150 HOWARD ST
“Pretty sweet brewery, and great set of beers. Friendly, busy place in decent location, pretty close to City Beer Store. Everything available in flights/small ounce pours. Service pretty good despite business. Nice vibe in good weather, open feel. Prices OK considering it's SF.“
solidfunk 549 days ago
84 /100
City Beer Store (Beer Store)
1148 MISSION ST
“One of the best beer places in San Francisco - surprised nobody has added this yet. Lots of good taps, most beer available in half pours. Also, there is a huge store in the back with a ton of good stuff available. Found some Bottle Logic, Russian River and lots of other newbies when I was in. You can add your bottles to your tab. Food was OK - I had a fish taco. Service good.“
solidfunk 551 days ago
88 /100 1040 HYDE ST
“Si on avait su qu'à 10m de notre hôtel se trouvait ce bar, on y serait allé tous les soirs ! Tout en longueur, décoré avec de vieilles photos noir&blanc issues du milieu brassicole américain, ce bar dispose d'une vaste taplist, et clairement de qualité ! Ambiance chaleureuse et décontracté, serveur sympathique, possibilité d'acheter des bouteilles et des canettes, ce fût une belle surprise ! Mais malheureusement pour nous (et heureusement pour nos foies) tardive...“
AssKicker 559 days ago
68 /100 1150 HOWARD ST
“J'avais entendu beaucoup de bien de ce lieu donc pouf, on y va de gaieté de coeur. Contrôle de la carte d'identité à l'entrée. La partie bar est très chouette mais pas très grande, avec de beaux murs en briques rouges. Tout au fond on peut voir la partie brasserie. Hélas c'est très vite rempli et il y a vite moyen de se retrouver debout. Sur la quinzaine de bières à la pression, plus de la moitié sont des IPA. Tant pis pour la diversité. Les 2 que j'ai bu tapaient dans le dank... dont je ne suis pas fan. Autant dire que j'étais pas mal déçu au final. Dommage...“
AssKicker 559 days ago
82 /100
Fly Bar (Bar)
762 DIVISADERO ST
“Tombé au pif sur ce bar au gré d'une ballade aléatoire, et surtout parce que non loin BarrelHead Brewing était fermé le jour du Labor Day. Bar de quartier haut de plafond à la déco un peu arty, un peu roots, bariolé. La sélection des bières tape globalement dans du local. En tout cas c'est craft, varié et intéressant. On s'est prit un peu de grignotage et c'était super bon (les meatballs !). La serveuse était super sympa. Chouette endroit à l'ambiance bien sympathique.“
AssKicker 559 days ago
74 /100 3645 LAWTON ST
“Lieu sacrément éloigné du centre-ville, situé dans un coin majoritairement résidentiel et mignon tout plein, pas trop loin de la mer (côté ouest), c'est calme, très calme. L'endroit est sympa, la serveuse était cool, tout comme les bières. On s'est prit un plat de Nachos qui était bien préparé. Les prix étaient tout à fait corrects. Sympa.“
AssKicker 559 days ago
76 /100 34 MASON ST
“Un peu perdu dans une rue d'un quartier central de San Francisco, mais néanmoins pas mal craignos en terme de fréquentation, le bar Mikkeller nous accueille avec 2 personnes chargées de contrôler les cartes d'identité. Rien à dire, l'endroit est magnifique. Rien à dire, la bouffe est terriblement bonne. Chose à dire : c'est sacrément cher (entre 8 et 10$ le verre, voire 15 pour certaines bières. Seriously ?). Autre chose à dire : la sélection des bières n'était pas dingue, et globalement c'était pas super bon. Manque de bol, on était de passage quand il y avait de la Freitgeist donc forcément, l'importation européenne a due jouer dans la balance. Quoique, les autres bières étaient chères également. Un peu réservé sur les serveurs qui n'étaient pas incroyablement aimables. Bref, l'endroit est cool, mais faut du budget.“
AssKicker 559 days ago
78 /100 3801 18TH ST
“Small airy place great beer selection and a friendly service, Nice place with a local feel.“
tomer 601 days ago
72 /100
Hogwash (Restaurant)
582 SUTTER ST.
“Sleek modern looking, good tap list, a bit of a hipster feel. Nice place.“
tomer 601 days ago
60 /100 525 SUTTER ST
“A big noisy place, not really a beergeeks establishment but still got some interesting taps. No half measures which is a shame. Fair place.“
tomer 601 days ago
62 /100 100 MCDONNELL RD - INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL BOARDING AREA G NEAR GATE G93, POST-SECURITY
“Came here on 15.8.2019. One of the better airport bars. Nice stone bar giving you sufficent space, really good beer selection (30 draft beer) and friendly atmosphere. Had a Racer 5 and a Delicious Stone IPA.“
Schlenkerla 604 days ago
76 /100 1398 HAIGHT ST
“Worthwhile if you're in the Haight Street area, a couple blocks from Toranado. Good beers, but I was a little disappointed that almost everything was some variation of IPA. A summer thing? Anyway, good beer, service, food and atmosphere.“
northropfrye 629 days ago
92 /100 34 MASON ST
“Mikkeller beer and bars are fantastic. Was at Bangkok location last year and this one is almost as good (doesn't have a Michelin star restaurant in it like the Bangkok location does). Decent bar food. Amazing selection of fantastic beers. I guess this is an example of gentrification because it's on kind of a sketchy street, but no problems. Went here twice while in San Francisco. One of my favourite beer bars!“
northropfrye 629 days ago
82 /100
Toronado (Bar)
547 HAIGHT ST
“Right on Haight Street, although a few blocks from the touristy Ashbury area. Good atmosphere, it was pretty busy when we were there but thankfully the back room was quiet. I prefer that. Great selection of mostly California beers on tap. Great prices during Happy Hour.“
northropfrye 629 days ago
54 /100 1 FERRY BUILDING MARKETPLACE
“Yeah, read before. It is located outside of the building. Small place that was not exactly cheap. Beers were OK nothing too great. Average service. Would not go out of my way to be there.“
Radek Kliber 634 days ago
84 /100 3193 MISSION ST
“It's Cellarmaker. The main brewery is better because you get more of a selection of Cellarmaker taps. This one is about 50/50 between Cellarmaker and other local stuff. I went for the Cellarmaker and was not disappointed, but that's a slight negative. Some cans and bottles (mainly Cellarmaker) in the fridge too. This is a really excellent place. The food smelled very good but I didn't eat. Would happily go back and go out of my way to go back.“
WestCoastHawkeye 653 days ago
78 /100 249 CORTLAND AVE
“Some solid stuff at this one. I prefer the other Healthy Spirits I've been to but good mix of international semi-obscurities and domestic / West Coast micros. Worth a stop.“
WestCoastHawkeye 653 days ago
74 /100 1398 HAIGHT ST
“Cool bar restaurant in a cool area. Busy but comfortable and friendly quick service. 10+ beers on tap, all I think from Magnolia.“
Pyobon 658 days ago
86 /100 34 MASON ST
“Good beers“
elbenco 659 days ago
82 /100 1150 HOWARD ST
“Good place, nice beers“
elbenco 659 days ago
80 /100 1525 CORTLAND AVE
“Warehouse-style brewpub in a part of San Francisco I have not visited much. Reasonably close to the airport (which was my next stop). Got a flight of 4 5 oz pours. All were solid to quite good. Only complaint is that this place is very heavy on hops. Most of the lines (around 15-20) were IPAs or otherwise hoppy variants of other types of beer. The hops were delicious - these guys crush juicy IPAs - but would like a little more variety. Still, Barebottle does good stuff. Worth a visit. Solid food truck outside too.“
WestCoastHawkeye 660 days ago