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Reviews by Floydster:
4.7/5 rDev +11.6%
Visited on 1/23/09, walked about three blocks from the Hayward BART station to there, arrived around 10:00 am on a Friday morning, looked up and saw what looked like a coffee shop, I walked in and sat at the bar and noticed three other people already drinking a beer this early morning, then I did not feel so bad about doing it myself, not that I ever do anyways, atmosphere is awesome with an old jazz lounge kind of feel, old traidtional place that has a local music performance every night, cannot get much cooler than that, located in a neat part of town too, place was really clean and had a nice long bar, tables to sit around and eat too, seemed like a very loyal customer base frequents there quite a bit, Vic happened to be there and he is easily one of the nicest guys I have meet in the beer world, talked to me for over an hour annd was willing to answer all my annoying questions, gave me advice about the rest of my trip up in San Francisco and what were my must-stops along the way, although this place only has twelve taps, the majority are filled with awesome craft beer, when I was there this is what was available: FiftyFifty BART, Blue Frog Peligroso, Half Moon Bay Old Turkey, and Drake's George Brett Tripel (those four were leftover from their Barrel Aged Festival and boy was I happy that they were), prices were only four dollars per ten ounce glass on all of those, others are four to five dollars a pint, great prices for great beers, others included Pliny the Elder, Sierra Nevada Celebration and the special camp brew Hop Secret 393 made by Vic and a few others, also have about forty bottles of Belgian beers that were fairly priced but I did not pay too much attention to those since they had such a great tap selection, food was probably good but it was too early and I did not feel like a bagel which is about the extent of their breakfast menu, this place quickly became somewhere I will be sure to stop at each and every time I am up that way, and I am going to do my best to get to their Barrel Aged Festival this year because that lineup looked insane to say the least, do yourself a favor and check this place out, you will not be sorry you did, highly recommended
02-07-2009 17:25:54 | More by Floydster
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4.11/5 rDev -2.4%
Went with friends while visiting earlier this month...Beer Safari...SFBW...
Rain rain rain...perfect little shelter from the storm. Good crowd hyped up for awesome band. Friends are professional musicians, and knew quality music happened here.
Didn't know they had their SFBW Kickoff DIPA fest earlier. Didn't know their history. Very cool.
Had a Pliny and kicked back. Not sure that some would agree PTE is a session beer... But works for me. Wished I could come back for their PTY release a few days later.
Just enjoyed the vibe, and wouild hope to go back next time I'm on the Oakland side.
03-01-2014 13:04:50 | More by BillRoth
4.33/5 rDev +2.9%
The Bistro is a "must go" for East Bay beer heads. The atmosphere is mellow, the people (staff and customers) are nice, and, most importantly, the beer is excellent.
There are usually twelve beers on tap and a bunch of bottled Belgiums and other specials. There's wine, too, if you're into that.
I go for the beers on tap. They change frequently, hence the chalkboard beer list. There are usually multiple IPAs, a stout or two, and sometimes a tastier pilsner or brown. They let you taste before you choose and most staff is very knowledgeable and will help you pick the right one.
Other: there is nightly music, usually chill stuff played by local musicians/bands. They have specials events, including the yearly Double IPA Fest to kick off SF Beer Week. This year they got a few kegs of Pliny the Younger before and after the fest. They had a Pliny vs. Hoptimum battle, as well.
Great chill spot to enjoy excellent beer. Go here if you don't want shi-shi (Buffalo's) or trashy (Stein).
04-16-2012 03:29:03 | More by tizride
4.45/5 rDev +5.7%
If you have not attended one of the many Bistro beer festivals which occur each year, and you live in the Bay Area, and you say you love beer, then you are remiss and delinquent. This is the nexus of the NoCal craft beer scene, not Santa Rosa, not Berkeley, not SF, and (obviously) not San Jose. Downtown Hayward is a little, well, gritty, crusty, or rusty, but believe me when I tell you that if you have not sat in the afternoon sun on the patio at the corner of Main and B with a pint then you are not a beer lover. It's a 5 minute walk from Hayward BART.
01-16-2011 06:34:58 | More by easong
4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
Decent atmosphere with live music playing normally. Unfortunately, the crowd is usually on the older side, but the guys are great to chat with. Decor is minimal and utilitarian, with some seating outside on the street in addition to some tables inside.
They have 12 taps normally, and Pliny the Elder is almost always on top, along with other good offerings. The bottle list is all Belgian, with almost all the trappist beer represented (you can guess which trappist brewer is missing) along with a good selection from other Belgian brewers. The bartenders are all very nice, and the owner, Vic, is always willing to have a chat with you and share some of his stories.
Food menu is limited to some snack type foods and some ok sandwiches which you can get with chips or salad. I had the turkey sandwich and it was fine with a beer.
Prices for beer and food are all very good, and if I was in the neighborhood more, would be a great place to have lunch or dinner every now and then so that I could grab one of the beers on tap.
01-08-2011 04:05:31 | More by nataku00
3.94/5 rDev -6.4%
This is actually the first time I've been in here that wasn't for a festival. Met up with ipa247 to hand off a growler and have a quick beer.
The place is sort of empty. There are a handful of tables and a decent sized bar, but it seems like for a bar with a fairly big area, there's not too much going on. Maybe the stage helps out with that perception.
A pretty good tap list, though it's not the enormous wall-o-taps that some bars have. But, they seem to have consistently good beers available. The prices are pretty fair, from what I could tell.
Didn't have any food as it was just a quick meet-up.
The service was pretty decent. Bartender was reasonably friendly and got the beers quickly, but I suppose that's not tough to do in the middle of the day when it's not busy.
Wouldn't mind heading back here, especially because it's so close to my grandmother's house.
12-24-2010 20:27:49 | More by womencantsail
3.83/5 rDev -9%
One of my faves in the world. . . IPA fest, DIPA, Hop Rhizome, Wet Hop . . . good stuff.
Great atmosphere, downtown Hayward. Lots of Oakland A's fans. Good lookin' girls.
Quality of beer, lots of hoppy selections and Belgian bottles. Service is a little lacking, there's this like 50 year old guy who is a complete dueche who sometimes works the door with his passive aggressive homosexuality. He always has to touch, very much mall copish.
Selection isn't the biggest, but what they have, almost all is excellent. Food is decent, at least during brewfests, haven't ate there aside from that. Value is pretty good. Won't come cheap, but this extent of quality rarely does.
03-24-2010 22:28:36 | More by Beerandraiderfan
The Bistro in Hayward, CA
93 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.