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City Beer Store

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City Beer StoreCity Beer Store
BA SCORE
98
world-class

231 Ratings
Ratings: 231
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.11%
Taps: 15
Bottles: 300
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Store ]

1168 Folsom St
San Francisco, California, 94103-6027
United States
phone: (415) 503-1033

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2006)
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Reviews by fragilehearted:
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4.4/5  rDev -0.9%

I decided to stop by the City Beer Store on my most recent trip to San Francisco. It was on a Friday in the middle of the day, so there were a few people in there, but it wasn't too crowded - perfect!

It's like a little beer cave tucked away from the city life. They have a few beers on tap, some beers in coolers, and some beers at room temp, for your shopping & drinking needs. You can enjoy a bottle or draft beer while you shop! I immediately ordered one & settled in before doing any shopping. When I was ready to shop, the gal there was helpful but not pushy.

There's not room for a ton of beer, but what's there is great. Tons of locals & Belgians. I loaded up on mostly Russian River, of course.

Prices are a bit high to me, but this is California (not Texas), & the selection & service make it worth it. Vibe is the best - clean, laid-back, quiet (it's downstairs off the street)...plus, how great is it to enjoy a great beer while you're shopping? I made some friends & enjoyed a second - hey, I'm on vacation! City Beer Store is a great place, & I'd be a regular if I lived in SF.

fragilehearted, May 01, 2011
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

aoampm, Sep 10, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -5.4%

brywhite, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of JReale
4.75/5  rDev +7%

JReale, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of mike312
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Fairly unimpressed considering all the hype. I was able to find a similar beer selection at a nearby Whole Foods (which was an amazing selection, mind you). Overall, compared to the likes of other dive bars with similar selection (Toronado, Zeitgeist, etc.) and Monk's Kettle, I was far from impressed.

mike312, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of ubiq3000
4/5  rDev -9.9%

ubiq3000, Aug 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

ms333, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of LittleDon
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%

A (mostly) beer only SoMa establishment with an strong tap list and comfortable environs.

If I'm staying in SF for more than a day, and staying in the usual Financial District spot, I try to make my way to City Beer Store. The three for four times I've been here it's been fairly busy. It's a polite crowd, though, a I've never had to wait too long for my next pour. There's always something to choose. A dozen to fifteen choices ranging from very small breweries you've never heard of (unless you live in the area) to stuff you've always wanted to try but haven't been able to find. The food is limited, but you're not here to eat. Parking is limited, but it is walkable if you're staying around the Convention Center. Prices are reasonable. I believe there are bottles and growlers for purchase, but I never have. A must if you're coming to the city.

LittleDon, Aug 16, 2014
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City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA
98 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.