This is a nice bar but the focus is definitely on fancy cocktails rather than beer. I stopped in early afternoon and it was pretty much empty so I can’t say much about the clientele or atmosphere but it seemed like it would be relatively calm based on the choice of music. Their are only about a half dozen taps here and almost all of them were for Magnolia’s beer which is just down the street. It is cool to see a tap list 100% focused on local brew but this is an easily skipped location if you’re beer hunting. There is all kinds of whiskey and other liquor though so if you’re interested in that--or food--this becomes a much more appealing location.
Walked up from Barrel Head; quite enjoyable actually and avoided the steadily worsening traffic and parking situation. Alembic is pretty small, although it appears that there is a second dining room as well. They had no food when I was there, however. Bartender was super friendly and helpful. Beer list was not large, but well curated and with a local focus. All beers available as half pours as well, which is a plus. True to form two of the taps were Magnolia, but there was also a nice selection of other stuff ranging from Berryessa to Social Kitchen and Fieldwork. Nice range of styles as well. Cocktails looked really interesting, and about 2/3 of the other patrons were focused on them rather than beer.
This place is much more of a cocktail/liquor place (in my opinion, anyway), but they do have a half decent beer selection too. It’s actually not far from Magnolia and they usually have some Magnolia beers offered here. The beer focus is certainly on local Bay Area and particularly San Francisco breweries.
Good service. Hip, slightly upscale place (particularly compared to some other locations in the Haight), and seemingly some good eats as well, though I have not partaken.
Disclaimer.. I haven’t been here in over a year. Ok, on with the review. The location is good. Deep in the Haight...lots of interesting things to do and see. Magnolia and Toronado all within walking distance. This place is really more of a cocktail bar. They specialize in mixology with beer being secondary. The tap list is small, but be sure to ask about the bottle list. They usually have some vintage bottles for very reasonable prices. I remember I got a vintage FW anniversary bottle for like $22. Cheaper than when it was released. The food here is really good too. I would recommend a stop if you’re in the area.
Visited on a Tuesday evening in November 2015. It’s a cocktail bar really with a decent tap list. Sat at the bar and tried a beer. It was pretty good, prices are decent too. It’s more for the hip and trendy crowd really but if you get thirsty whilst shopping on Haight St then this is a decent stop.
Cool looking place in a cool part of town. There’s more room inside than it appears from the outside. The beer selection is so-so, but the mixed drinks looked pretty awesome. I should probably re-visit when I’m not on a Beer Crawl and get me some those drinks they were mixing up.
It looks like I was dumb enough to not eat here, had I realised Alembic’s reputation for dishing up excellent grub...regardless, it’s a pleasant cocktail and whisky bar that has a small tap selection and bottles. Magnolia on draft, as mentioned and Drakes too, from memory. Easy going ambiance and friendly, attentive staff.
Probably time for a revisit but the couple of times I’ve been here they have an interesting tap selection, mostly local beers but some others as well. Bottle list has some nice stuff on it but it’s pricey. If you want a Bruery Marron or something else that isnt available anymore you can get it here.
Food is pretty good as well. I only ate here once but my sandwich was quite good. Went pretty good with the glass of mild that I ordered. These guys tend to do a number of events for SF Beer Week so if the small gastropub in the middle of hippie town isnt your thing check them out during beer week. Or go for the liquor selection. I think that’s really what they’re known for.
Stopped in here for a beer and some snacks on a Sunday afternoon. Beer selection is ok with only a few taps and bottle options, but they do have some rare things. The food was alright. Cheese plate was nice along with the spicy nuts. Waitress was super nice and even switched out a beer for my wife because she really didn’t like the first one she ordered.