Taps: 10 / Bottles: 75
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mactrail:
4.3/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
A great small place in North Beach not far from the Rogue Ales taproom. Very knowledgeable bartender, friendly, full of information, happy to provide samples. Poured both of us samples of Ovila from bottle opened to try. Number of taps varies from 7-10 but there are lots or interesting bottles which many people were trying. Taps included Green Flash IPA, Nogne, Stone 15th, Firestone Double Barrel, Alaska Summer, a German Hefe, and Ephemere Cassis.
Interesting changing music selection from the Mac laptop. Friendly folks. One lady brought in a couple of Surly Furious cans as a gift to the bartender. Not crowded early on a Saturday evening, jammed on Friday.
Makes a good stop if you're hiking up to Coit Tower. Easy to get here from downtown or Fisherman's Wharf on frequent 30 trolley coach line or the big 6X bus, or the 41 and 45, all running every few minutes.
09-04-2011 05:40:12 | More by mactrail
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3.99/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
This was my 2nd attempt (a few years in between) and stopping by the Church Key while in the charming North Beach region of SF. This time the place was actually open and in existence (not sure what happened that previous night...)
Cool place - small, split level bar that is high on cozyness no matter where you are. Tap selection was small - maybe only 8 or so beers, though it looked like the number was usually a little higher (empty spots on the board). Still, there were good choices to be had and my ruination hit the spot.
Pretty cool neighborhood spot - not one to got out of the way for, but if dining down in North Beach and in need of a pint (and dont feel like going to la trappe or rogue), here is another good option.
07-09-2013 00:33:56 | More by dirtylou
4.17/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
long walk through Chinatown from the downtown hostel to North Beach... entered into one of the smaller, more cozy spots I hit in town - seemingly devoid of lighting, chill feel - sat at the back near the end of the bar....
Tony, the barkeep that night - quite friendly/outgoing, good guy, enthusiastic - talked up the local food scene, gave a good overview, the best this the best that - conducted the room well
had a bottle of Petrus Oud Bruin, then a bottle of Velvet Merlin, then sampled some drafts.... the bottles range from reasonable to expensive, decent selection of those and drafts, locals don't make up a significant percentage of the bottles - decent-sized list, a lot of stuff I've had before, stuff I didn't care to try...
can't remember if they had a kitchen (don't think so)...hey, if I was a lil more local, I'd probably be semi-regs
05-15-2013 05:44:22 | More by Bouleboubier
4.64/5 rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Coming here I felt like I had discovered a Hobbit-hole of beer geekery. The vibe of the place—from the nondescript symbol of a sign, to the ‘regulars’ vibe, to the barkeeper himself—felt more like I had stumbled into a man cave of craft beer. A real hole in the wall, they still managed to have 10 tap handles pouring and all sorts of proper glassware. The bottle list runs for pages and pages and makes for great reading. Prices are about what I’d expect for the beers. If this place was easier for me to visit I’d make it regular haunt. Hope I can drop in again sometime.
08-27-2012 19:44:04 | More by elNopalero
Church Key in San Francisco, CA
91 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.