We were trying to eat here right before catching a movie across the street. The wait staff was very helpful and got us seated. The ambiance was pretty standard I guess, nothing special. The burger with blue cheese was pretty good. Seemed like a average value. But the beers are really hit and miss. D of the 5 beer sampler and 3 were good. Overall, not bad,not great.
I enjoy visiting this place when I get the chance. The staff is friendly and service is good for the bay area. I like the Oatmeal Stout the best. I have been going there for a few years and have seen some seasonal beers but I think it is time they change or add some different beers.
fidel (114) Livermore, California | July 12, 2008| Updated July 12, 2010
A nice place downtown Hayward. Great Pizza and nice selection of food. Some strange beer selections like the pumpkin ale, and most of them I like.
I have oddly never been here before, so I decided to fix that. Right in downtown Hayward, but there seems to be plenty of free parking, which is a bonus. This place could not look more brewpub from top to bottom. Pretty much defines the stereotype. Outdoor patio, plenty of inside seating, large bar. They had a dozen or so taps including some guest beers. The menus are all printed up with the standard default core beer taplist and it was a bit challenging to even figure out what they actually had on tap. Flights of four available for $11. When I was there they had a few special beers; all were available as part of the flight. I did not try the food. Service was pleasant, friendly and prompt. Beers were pretty meh overall other than the Hellimony which was a surprisingly pleasant rye IPA. Looks like a fun place to hang out, with beer as a secondary feature.
AgentSteve (83) SF Bay Area, California | September 3, 2007| Updated October 28, 2009
This is the second best beer spot in Hayward! Sadly, thatís not hard to achieve. I grew up in and around Hayward, and it sucks. Seriously, though, BB is a cool place, and everything about it is well done. Good job and decent beer.
In downtown Hayward just up the street from The Bistro. The place was darkly lit on a rainy weekend night. Not a huge crowd, but a handful of people at tables and at the bar. Kind of an old west feel. Bartenders were friendly enough, service was quick. The beers were okay at best. Price was decent ($6-something for 5 samples). Okay place for a few ticks, but not some place I need to go back to.
Went here after the bistro. Nice changeup in beer selection, the oatmeal stout was prety good. The blueberry stout was like stout pancakes. Itís a large place, long bar, lots of seating, mixed crowd, not too crowded(it was a thursday). I prefer the beers here to the more ultra hopped varieties elsewhere, I ím a malt fan. I carried home a growler of the oatmeal stout from this place, the price was incredibly reasonable.
Each time Iím in the area this place gets out prioritized until now. Very happy to finally visit. Right here on B-Street thereís loads of patio seating and some cool rustic oak dťcor inside. I had the hot pastrami on rye and it was dynamite. Tried only the ďon premiseĒ brewed beer and it was ok. Make sure to take a trip toward the rest rooms where their maybe 10 barrel brewhouse is located as well as a small fermenter farm. Nice set up. Iíll definitely be back to try more of their menu and more of their beer offerings made here. Friendly staff and friendly atmosphere.
Oh crap, how have I not rated this yet? Iíve been here a number of times for a lunch break during Bistro festivals. The short version is that the food is pretty good, the service decent, the beer meh, and the prices bad. No idea on the parking situation but Iíve never driven here so all I can say is that the parking situation all around downtown Hayward is pretty bad.
They have a patio which is nice and they always have a seasonal beer on tap but most of their seasonals are different versions of their fruit wheat. They have one or two stronger beers they release throughout the winter but thatís about it, aside from their half a dozen normal beers. Even though there isnít much here for me Iíll likely stop in again at some point since it is just a block from the Bistro.