Thirsty Bear

661 Howard St
San Francisco, California United States 94105
brewpub (Thirsty Bear)  3.5/5.0 70 reviews
Mon - Thu: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm; Fri: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm; Sat: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Sun: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Mayor: slowrunner77 (2) | Taps: 9 | Bottles: 0
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis  (958) Sunnyvale, California | November 16, 2014
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.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Luvystypotables  (151) Virginia Beach, Virginia | November 13, 2014
Pleasant ambiance with a decent selection of beer.
60
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
nate2g  (1257) Boomtown!, Australia | October 19, 2013
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
dinkle50  (101) Chicago, Illinois | August 25, 2013
Popped in here on a sleepy Thursday afternoon. Beer was decent, food was ok. Service was attentive and not disruptive. Not a ton of beers to choose from, but they had enough for the group I was with.
66
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Clembo1957  (179) Smethwick, England | April 24, 2013
Not much Ambience about the place as has been mentioned here. The sample tray of house beers isnít bad, food is ok
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | March 20, 2013
Visited half a dozen times since 2006.

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.
50
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
Schlenkerla  (582) , Austria | January 13, 2013
Very average place. You do not feel that this brewery is managed by beer enthusiasts. Beers are drinkable. No need to visit this place, although very centrally located.
64
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
badlizard  (141) Berkeley , California | November 24, 2012
Iíve never been able to quite figure this place. Theyíre not after the beer snob market, but they have some interesting experimental and sometimes fantastic one offs. The food is, well, a touristy version of tapas in my opinion. Itís not bad, but if youíre expecting bellota or other high quality Spanish fare, this isnít your place. Thereís certainly worse places in the City, but thereís also much better.
70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
brokensail  (1352) Dublin, California | October 15, 2012
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.
68
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
joeneugs  (241) Livermore, California | July 4, 2012
Nice brewpub in south beach pretty close to BART. The inside is pretty large with a big bar, lots of seating and a loft where thereís even more room. I was impressed with the place considering Iíve been unimpressed with most of their beers. The bartender was really cool and gave me samples of everything. I didnít have the food. I recall getting a nice view of the brewing equipment from the bar, which I really like. Itís unfortunate that most of their beers are subpar because this is a really nice place.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Frank  (91) Chicago, Illinois | March 22, 2012
This place is alright. I stopped by in the late afternoon before the happy hour crowd blew in and had the place practically to myself. Their taps focused on their own beers, there were about ten, which were solid but not outstanding. Being at the bar by yourself nets you pretty good service so I canít say much about that but the bartender was reasonably knowledgeable about their beers so Iíll give him credit for that. This is an easy location for most folks stopping through San Francisco for business so I recommend the stop if you can swing it for lunch or something.

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