As others have said, place is a dive bar, lots of space, for San Francisco, then you get outside, wow, very large outdoor area. Took a couple minutes to get bartenders attention, but it was somewhat busy. decent tap list, didn’t check out bottles. Didn’t have food. pool table a games in the back area of bar. Not a family place and we did feel a tad out of place, no one was hostile or anything, but it was mostly a crowd younger us, I’m mid 40’s, it was like someone else said, bike messenger younger crowd, was loud music both in and out, in the metal varietal. The outdoor area is right buy an overpass so might explain loud music. On a nice weather day, be good place to hang. Not a family place.
This place has a nice tap list and a huge beer garden. I didn’t notice anything terribly rare or exciting from a beer perspective but, most definitely, if you are happy to drink a primarily local list of great beer in a very cool beer garden, you’ll like it here.
GT (672) San Diego, California | February 17, 2012
Pretty awesome dive bar in SF that is very similar to my Chapel Hill favorite: He’s Not Here. A big dive bar with large amounts of outdoor pic-nic table seating. Taplist was fairly large and was in chalk (good thing) signifying quick keg rotation. RR Supplication pours were $8. Local, dank IPAs were $5-6. Service was incredible considering how wildly packed the place was- I loitered around in an area where a typical hoity toity bar would never give me service and magically we got everyone’s order in. Correct glassware, fresh kegs, local heavy selection. Now I know why this is the favorite bar amongst my UNC friends in SF. If you get tired of the snotty bartenders at Toronado, well here you go. Similarly impressive taplist.
aj1451 (12) Vancouver, British Columbia | February 10, 2012
Ok, you don’t go here if you want perky waitresses that will faun all over you. This is a bar and has great beer at a good price. I was here in November 2011. I had a wonderful afternoon. The doorman was surly, as were the bartenders, but they were also pleasant. They have bike parking in the beer garden. Another great aspect of this place is the beer garden and inside/outside food counter. Standard bar food, cheap. The pool table is level and in good shape.
Metal on the speakers at 3pm on a Friday, and a electric fireplace in the middle of the room near the door and the bar. It is worth a visit.
A super cool dive/beer bar that is perfect for a weekend afternoon drunk. Huge outdoor area, good music, and a good beer selection. A must on a sunny day.
Boliv (35) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | May 28, 2011
Visited during a recent trip to SF, and a place I never would have found if I hadn’t been hanging out with a few friendly locals willing to show me some good drinking spots. It was fairly dark, dank, and busy on a Thursday night, but the selection was pretty good and the service was fast. The outdoor patio was great, it’s a nice atmosphere to hang out, drink, and watch people. A great local spot.
My favorite beer bar in the city. Always a few really good micros and local seasonals on tap, but pitchers are cheap and the company is good. Sierra Nevada and a couple of the other local micros test out new taps here, making the selection even more interesting. Last time I was here there was a Sierra Nevada impy stout, two months prior to the Anniversary bottle release of the same beer. Bartenders are wicked skillful pulling multiple taps at a time and mixing up complex drinks in between. The courtyard with its communal tables is usually packed with boisterous, gregarious revelers. An unforgettable SF mission experience almost every visit.
I will probably update this review, I have only been there once so far, so I had a limited experience. I didn’t try their food but they had great looking burgers, from what I saw, that are cheaper than anywhere else I have seen in SF. There was also a woman outside in the patio area selling fresh Tamales (awesome). Theres a few porta-johns outside which really make it much easier instead of having to go inside and wait on a line.
Overall a great place to hang out and drink outside.
It really is the best place on this earth if you get there early on a nice day. Good times people watching, or just smirking at the people on the other end of the table. It can be too hipster for some people, and even though I’m personally torn between saying the service is awesome or aweful, it can really rub some people the wring way. Just thinking about the beer garden, though, gets me craving sone Hoegaarden.
Warm beer, cold women - stay away. That’s their motto. This place is not for the faint of heart. It’s a dive biker/bike messenger bar with a huge outdoor beer garden. On any warm Sunday afternoon it THE place to go have beers or the best bloody mary in SF. It gets packed. It smells of old beer. It has good outdoor grilled burgers. The tamale lady visits often. And the beer selection is great with about 20 or so beers on tap. A very local dive. I love it! Stay away!!!