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The Bistro

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

28 Ratings
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Taps: 12
Bottles: 20
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1001 B Street
Hayward, California, 94541
United States
phone: (510) 886-8525

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(Place added by: Troyone on 04-26-2005)
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Reviews by xmorgan:
Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +18.5%

The Bistro is NOT a place for:
Food
Yuppies
Idiots
hard liquor
pitchers of beer
whiny bitches
red bull
frat boys...
What it is is a kewl (notice the spelling) place for extreme beer and decent people. They are the best beer establishment in the south bay, bar none! But if you want food and brew pub beer, go down the street to buffalo bills, you will love it. This place does not serve beer for the masses that most brew pubs brew. They also do not have a million taps, they do have a beer list that changes often. The only fixed taps are a beer for the masses and a fruit cider. But most often the other 10 taps are a double IPA or 2, a Pilsner, a Wheat or hefe Wheat, and a mix of styles. They have a respectable Belgium beer selection (in bottles). Nightly local bands play.

xmorgan, May 13, 2009
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4.49/5  rDev +6.4%

brywhite, Sep 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

atpca, Jul 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

boudeysbigbrew, Jun 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

MrDave, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%

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.
Recommended

BillRoth, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of tizride
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

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).

tizride, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of easong
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

easong, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of nataku00
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

nataku00, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

womencantsail, Dec 24, 2010
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The Bistro in Hayward, CA
93 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.