Visited in 08, 15 & 16. In 2008 this was one of the best places, fast forward to 2015 and this place changed very little, including the tap list. Now it’s just a decent place, with lots of better places around the bay. Selection is decent, a bit boring, but I stop here at least once every trip as they tend to have a few interesting and sometimes rare beers. The bouncers at the door can be very rude and obnoxious, and they get angry at you with no reason, which can really ruin your experience with this place. Once inside, the bar staff service is not great, but tend to be kinda OK.
50 taps with a lot of good stuff, but also some irrelevants (Radeberger Pils WTF?). Prices are very good compared to other Frisco bars. $5 for a beer, I payed $7.75 for last might for example. Service is kind but at the bar. Interior is pretty low scale but who cares?
Stopped by while on vacation in San Fran. Same dumpy style location as in San Diego and crappy service. Not as good tap list and bottles as SD though. Cantillon Rose at $180, just unreal. No plans to ever go back.
The bartender was very helpful, giving us plenty of samplers. The beers are great, and not just "standard" local ones, with a good selection of sours. This is also the best bang for your buck for good beer in SF.
A great place overall. The bar itself sits comfortably in the ’dive’ category in terms of its decor and ambiance. The beer range, though, is top of the line, with an excellent selection on keg and in bottle. Lots of local stuff. And pretty good prices. The service on my visit was curt but efficient. The cash-only policy is a little annoying, but it’s their call.
Overall, this is a stellar bar and definitely worth visiting if you are in SF.
Divey, grungy spot. Cash only. I was concerned that I’d be subjected to this place’s notoriously surly service, but I ended up finding the staff to be really pleasant (despite their grizzled appearances). Just know what you want to order before you get to the counter. The extensive tap list featured mostly quality locals (including plenty from Russian River). I was also able to score a Cable Car for onsite consumption for the expensive, yet still reasonable, price of $80. Overall, I enjoyed my visit. A place absolutely worth checking out.
Bucket list place tick for sure. Visited twice during my trip to SF in January. It’s a very grungy, dirty old school beer bar with staff that’s rude on purpose. The selection is good, I think most modern beer bars have a better idea of selection for beer nerds, but there is no shortage of good beer at this place. Prices are also quite decent, especially for San Fran. I think their real strength is the events. A Russian River tap takeover is worth getting to!
I finally made it!!!! So thrilled to finally make it to one of my mecca’s. Was here on a friday, early evening with some thebaldwizard and puddintane. Had a beachwood tap takeover and some other awesome stuff on tap. Cable Car was available in bottles. Wish I would have gotten one. Service was a tad surly, but I had a lot of respect for that. Being a service industry worker myself, I get sick of the bend over backwards attitude that is expected by many consumers. Fuck yeah, do it your way. I would be here all the time if I lived in San Fran.
I find the dive bar feel quite charming. Cool, unpretentious and relaxed. Service was actually quite OK and quick at our visit. Absolutely awesome selection at our visit with 20 or so Russian River -tion beers on draught as well as a few others and plenty of other breweries. Cable Car was available in bottles. Prices were more than fair. I’d probably hang around here if I was local. Shitters looked gross at first sight, but the facilities themselves were surprisingly clean.
A dive with some sticky surfaces, which is expected if you know of the place. Service was surprisingly good. Selection was fantastic, although bottle list at other locations is much better. Half pours and no flights. Prices were decent for what they were offering. A good spot where there is no pretense.