I dont mind the ambiance, Iím not sure where the complaints stem from. My only problem is when the place is packed. Otherwise itís clean, friendly, and has a nice decor. The service is decently knowledgeable and can at least describe the beers and tell you a little bit of relevant info (style, when it was brewed, etc) but arent necessarily beer nerds, not that I ask them a lot of questions.
They always have at least 7 or 8 house beers on of which a couple rotate. I dont think they make amazing beers but I guess I havent really had a terrible beer from them either. This is not a place I go all that often but every once in a while (once a year) Iíll stop in on my way to/from 21st Amendent.
Beer prices are a bit high and the food is definitely expensive (but not bad either) so for me itís just a pint of the newest beer usually.
Visited on a Wednesday evening in November 2015. Large brewpub venue thatís been around for several years. Itís got a couple of levels and a huge bar area, food is tapas with a few other choices, prices are steep for the food! Beer wise, had a couple of specials plus 7 standard range. A tasting flight is available but itís set. Can also buy samplers of individual beers for $2.
Itís a decent place and not too far off the beaten track.
Pretty nice brewpub, actually. Large seating area downstairs with a long bar, plenty more room upstairs. Some pool tables and a bit more of a lounge setup up there. Service was quick, the food looked okay, but the beers were average at best. Too bad their beers arenít good because itís a cool place to hangout.
Again I picked a bad time to grab a beer and ran straight into the after work crowd. Extremely busy with waiters racing between tables with orders and loud, jovial drinkers. Tap selection are the house brews and a seasonal or two in the mix.
Not sure why this place gets such low reviews. I visited on a Saturday afternoon, it was doing a good business but not crowded. Took a seat at the bar and ordered a sampler tray for $15. The bartender knew his beer (not only Thirsty Bear, but the whole city scene), and was happy to talk. Food was quite good and prompt. Beers ranged from pretty meh to quite good. All in all a place I would gladly return to.
Oakes (816) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 29, 2006
Not much of a shock here - touristy downtown brewpub with a wide range of so-so beers. Every beer had something that held it back but some were tasty nonetheless. Didnít eat...regretted having lunch at 21st A because Thirsty Bear does paella which is way cooler than anything on any other brewpub menu Iíve seen on this trip. Service was good. On the whole, worth a stop if you have time or really want to hit a lot of brewpubs in SF.
A lively restaurant and brewpub. Hardly any tables available but lots of seating at the long bar for a lone beer drinker. Attentive and efficient service and nice mixed rock music (Dire Straits, AC/DC, Buzzcocks...) All beers available in a flight: 9 x 3oz for $15. A good deal! Informative beer menu as well. I had a nice conversation with the man next to me. He noticed that I made notes and he was an avid Untappd user. (Visited June 29th 2016)
This is pretty much the kind of bar I dislike. A rather snobbish Yuppie hangout, long, darkish, modern. The service was correct, not particularly caring, but showing up when we wanted. As far as the beers are concerned, there were quite a few of them, but the 2 we tried were considerably under average, I wish Iíd feel upon some of the higher rated stuff, but it was simply not the case. I ad eaten already, but tried a dessert and this was rather average as well for the 7 bucks it costed. The beer was also fairly expensive. Like most other SF brewpubs, this did not quite meet my expectations.
Place looked small at first, since it was packed almost to the doors and I was asked to find a place among the standing tables close to the doors. Noticed it was a lot bigger when using the restroom though. Tried 9 draught beers on a sampling plate, then had a rerun of one of thos beers together with a plate of fries. Not the cheap place, beers were OK to more than OK. It got very loud, perhaps due to the brick walls and the large amount of visitors. Not a must go Iíd say, but since it was the only brewpub I had time to visit in San Francisco I canít compare it to the other ones.