Cool, darkened bar on Haight Street with a sizable amount of English-style stouts and milds and IPAs. Cask ale selection is solid. The Ruby Mild was underwhelming and a touch watery, but the stouts and IPAs were excellent. Bit on the pricey side, especially after Toronado, and a very small bar area. Still, a good stop for lower-alcohol English beers that reminds me a lot of the Wharf Rat.
Very cool place to visit. Small setting and a nice selection of beers, including cask ales! Food was outstanding! Had the calamari and special pizza of the day and both were absolutely delicious.
Hophead22 (60) Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California | September 22, 2008
Small little place, not alot of room to get a drink. Finally got a table for lunch after 20min. Good selection of brews, not anything special though. They did have 5 beers on cask though, so that was pretty cool. Very good food, had the Cubano, tasty, but a little pricey. Very freindly and helpful waitress, always checked up on us pretty frequently even though it was very busy.Good expierience.
Located in the heart of the Haight, Magnolia is a trendy hipster hideout for people who mostly looked like tourists. It was a good place to stop for a bite on my first visit to the area. I enjoyed my meal and the beer, but there is likely better food, atmosphere and certainly beer elsewhere. Why not skip out on Proving Ground IPA and pick up a pint of Pliny at Toronado down the street?
Good beers in a touristy part of town. The space is very uncomfortable, and it’s really hard to sit down and enjoy their great brews. I prefer to drink Magnolia beers at Toronado or Monk’s Kettle. The food is okay and expensive.
Visited there in February, but I’m just getting around to rating it. Wow. An awesome place. Great to visit at the same time as Toronado as they are in walking distance of each other. Good food. Friendly patrons and staff.
Right in the thick of the Haight, not quite what I’d expect (except for the hippie, grateful dead theme)the food was more upscale than I’d expected: we had a really good wild mushroom sandwich and a beet and goat cheese sandwich, both on some fabulous sourdough. The beers, though, were mediocre. A very traditional array on tap and all were very safe styles, nothing very big or bold (and the tap lines are maybe a little dirty?). I’m glad we went but I don’t feel a need to go back.
...interesting place right in the middle of haight. Massive selection of beers, and the availability to take a growler home, that shit is amazing. We never got to go back, but one day I will. Nice knowledgeable staff, and overall a great place to catch a few good brews.
April 2008 - Smack dab in the middle of the best people watching territory in the country, Magnolia holds a formidable corner in Haight-Ashbury area. With a sunny, open-air feel, the pub is cozy and welcoming. We visited with our friends from thebeergeek.com as well as some beer-novice friends and everyone was happy. The menu is good, if a bit in the to-be-expected hippie vein. We all cleaned our plates and emptied our glasses, doing some damage to their great 6-beer cask lineup. Definitely a great start to our day in SF. (Brewery #461, 4/11/2008)