Went on a Wednesday night and we got seated right away. The place was very contempory/modern looking. Very "hip" looking, I suppose. And the main thing is that in my opinion, this is a tapas restaurant first and a brewpub second. The beer comes second to the atmosphere. The service was okay, although they wouldn’t let my wife and I each order a sampler, as they said they didn’t have enough glasses. So we just ordered another one when the first was finished. The food was good, not great. The tapas-style portions were bigger than we expected, so we didn’t finish all we ordered. They had a 9-beer sampler, and the beers were okay as a whole. They had a vanilla bean lager that wasn’t good at all, but their nitrogen ESB was pretty solid. After the sampler, I had a glass of their cask stout which was pretty good, and maybe the hoppiest stout I’ve ever had. The prices were steep, but considering the location and the atmosphere, it wasn’t unexpected. I wouldn’t make this a destination brewpub, but you won’t be disappointed if you go there.
Quite a surprising delight. Pleasant, clean, slightly posh place with a nice view of the brewing equipment. Lots of beers to choose from (about 6-8 year-rounds and 2 seasonals when we were there). Ales were solid, lagers even better. Some of the best food I’ve ever had in a brewpub (which are typically terrible-to-ok)...inventive and assertive spicing that really works. Service wasn’t terribly attentive, but then again we were seated at small tables in the bar area, not at a real dining table. I wish I had a brewpub this good in Boulder (Mountain Sun is the closest thing wrt to beer selection and food enjoyment).
I was not even going to go, until I found myself in San Francisco. Went on a Saturday afternoon. Almost noone there. They were serving lunch and I found myself asking the bartender for a recommendation since I am not familar with anything spanish that is not a taco. The food was good, but not worth the parking hassle. Beer selection was good. with two seasonals available. Turned out a lot better then I expected and found myself please to have stopped by.
The ambiance is slick dick yuppie chic! The service was great considering the place was packed with yuppies getting off work. The beer selection was decent at 9 beers all of them very drinkable. The menu was to scary so I can’t comment on the food. Decent beer but I’d walk over to 21st ammendment any day!
thirsty bear is in a cool south of market local. good tapas food and a range of beers that of average caliber. worth a look if your in the area.
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. Didn’t eat...regretted having lunch at 21st A because Thirsty Bear does paella which is way cooler than anything on any other brewpub menu I’ve 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.
Stopped by for a drink and a snack in the lounge area off to the side of the bar on a Saturday night. Dark, elegant yet funky lighting. Service was ok but not very knowledgeable and pretty fake friendly (she did remember as we were about to leave they had an unlisted barleywine, I promptly sat back down. She also screwed up our food order...). Selection was good, there were approx 8 house brews on including the fabulous aforementioned barleywine. The interesting food menu served up a couple of good treats. A very stylish place that you would not guess is a brewpub, we left before the party got started, so the noise level was fine.
Stopped by twice on my honeymoon in September 2005. Once on a Sunday night and the place was packed - there was local flamenco singer...not great - but it drew a crowd. Second time was for dessert and a night cap on a Friday night. Spanish tapas style cuisine was excellent. Attentive waiters, good beer selection - most were excelelnt - one or two missed the mark - but overall an excellent downtown brewpub - a must visit if in the downtown San Francisco area.