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Amsterdam Cafe

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Taps: 15 / Bottles: 350
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]

937 Geary St
San Francisco, California, 94109-7001
United States
phone: (415) 409-1111

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(Place added by: hopdevil2112 on 03-16-2010)
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Wowcoolman

California

4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $

This is the sort of establishment you wish you had down the street from your house. It's low key, a place you can carry on conversation, and it's run by total beer fanatics. Be aware that all the beers they have are not visible- you can ask.
On tap- a well chosen selection of beers, not your usual suspects. When I went they had some really hard to find Drakes and a good assortment of local California IPAs on draft.
The vibe is nicely chill here, I enjoyed it far more than a certain Lower Haight bar that gets world class write-ups here. Yes you'll see the hookah getting passed around and may smell something more pungent and hop-like than apple tobacco- this is SF now.
In terms of value I am impressed. Other bars will double the retail price of bottled beer- not here. You get the feeling that the proprietors WANT you to have good beer. That alone justifies my high rating. Glad to see everyone agrees with me.

07-16-2011 06:01:39 | More by Wowcoolman
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Chelsea1905

Washington

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Stopped in after walking about Nob Hill. Seriousy, what a difference a few blocks can make! This place is surrounded by drop outs and "herbal" stores.

Anyway, stopped in, cool place with some funky art on the walls. The girl behind the bar was friendly and was reasonably knowledgable about what was on offer. She was also very good at putting up with the one other customer in the bar that was talking about his paranoia.

Music was good, beer was in coolers mainly with a good bottle selection, and a few handles. Had something local during happy hour and I think the pint was only $3!

Cool litte bar, not on the best street, but definitely worth a check if you're in the area

04-21-2011 04:57:34 | More by Chelsea1905
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ElectricBoogaloo

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$

Stumbled upon this place while looking for a different hookah bar, but i'm sure glad we chose this one instead.
The hookah was dirt cheap-$10 for a pipe. no added fees for extra people either. didn't have a great selection on flavors, but i'll save that for hookahadvocate.com
The beer selection was out of this world. well over 75 beers in bottles with another 10 on tap, almost purely craft offerings. The bottles tended to be on the pricey side, but the taps were in the pricey-to-reasonable range. The staff was a lone young bartender who unfortunately didn't know enough about beer to be working at that place.
All in all, I would definitely return. The young crowd and the great selection are enough to bring me back if I return to SF.

03-20-2011 04:32:45 | More by ElectricBoogaloo
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Chincino

Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

My friend took me to the Amsterdam Cafe on a trip to San Francisco I took over the summer. This place had a warm and inviting feeling. It was a small place and it was crowded when we went

It seemed to be a good combination of locals and tourists. The staff were very friendly and knowledgable about the beer. Although it was crowded, we were served quickly.

The beer selection was very expansive and it included a lot of local beers on tap as well as an extensive bottle collection. I had a Lagunitas beer and I also tried a Westmalle Trappist ale while I was there.

This place is fabulous and I would definitely go there again the next time I'm in the wonderful city of San Francisco!

01-24-2011 03:42:58 | More by Chincino
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count321

California

4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $

I'm not gonna lie, final straw that got me to join Beer Advocate was to be able to review this bar. I LOVE THIS PLACE. The beer selection is incredible. The addition of new beers every week is awesome. I'm recently excited about the addition of Kiuchi's Hitachino family: The Espresso Stout, The Red Ale, The Classic Pale Ale, The XH, and the other one that I can't remember right now are all awesome.
They have lots of hard to find beers from Mikkeller, Brew Dog, Allagash, Flying Dog, and Jolly Pumpkin; to name a few. The bottle selection (around 190) is nicely displayed in glass cases behind the bar with prices easily visible and very reasonable.

The staff is great; they know their beers and are happy to recommend beers if you tell them what you types of beer you like. The menu can be a little overwhelming, so this is usually a pretty good way to go.

Hookah service is available and although I don't usually partake, it gives the bar a nice scent that doesn't compromise the taste of the beer. (unlike the urine aroma of other beer bars, I won't name names, but you know who you are.)

09-29-2010 03:09:59 | More by count321
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Strolled in here with a couple of friends last night. We initially went to Edinburgh Castle (across the street), but wanted a place that was a bit mellower/quieter. Amsterdam Cafe was a good choice.

This place is tiny. Seating accommodations for about 20; standing room only could probably fit 45-50. Amsterdam Cafe has two rooms: the bar area in the front of the establishment, and an open space with a couple of tables in the back. Lucky for us, the crowd was light, and we were able to snag a table in the back room.

The draft selection was intriguing, and the bottle selection was very impressive! I spotted Sculpin, DFH Sahtea, Avery Maharaja, and a host of other top-notch American micros. There were also a TON of Belgian ales, too. According to the bartender, they had over 200 bottled beers in stock. The draft selection included a lot of hoppy west coast ales (Lagunitas IPA, Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, Ranger IPA, to name a few) along with Piraat and Trappist Westmalle Tripel. They also carried Lagunitas Fusion 2, which I've never seen on-tap anywhere besides the brewery.

My friends and I chatted in the back for several hours, never struggling to hear each other over the music. The overall vibe was mellow and artsy, and the majority of the crowd was in their twenties. Very comfortable, but borderline too slow/relaxed.

I'm sure I'll be back here at some point. I see (from the review below) that they've hosted beer tastings, and that makes me like it even more. If you're in the city for an extended period of time, check out Amsterdam Cafe!

08-21-2010 18:39:48 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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themaffeo

California

4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I've been going to Amsterdam Cafe for about six months now, ever since a local beer group had a monthly meeting within it's friendly walls. Amsterdam is exactly what you would expect and want from a local beer aficionado bar: it's a warm, inviting space with friendly customers at the counter, over 150 beers behind and knowledgeable staff in between.

The beer stock changes rather frequently with a new beer coming in on average once per week, and the quality runs from common beers to exotic limited edition bottles.

There's a beer here for every budget, which I really appreciate. I think the cheapest is 3-4 bucks and the most expensive runs around $16 (22+ oz'er).

While they don't serve food, they are welcoming of outside meals making this a great place to swing by with a lunch and grab a quick summer ale.

If you're in the city and want to either drink an old favorite or meet a new one, Amsterdam Cafe is the hidden gem your taste buds have been waiting for.

06-30-2010 20:46:43 | More by themaffeo
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Ghenna

California

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

My wife and I dropped by while waiting for a concert last night, at the recommendation of Yelp.

The interior of the place is pleasant, darker paint and local art (for sale) decorating the walls. Their selection of beers encompasses two larger glass refridgerators, ~10 taps, and a bunch of bombers lining the walls. Most of their selection would be gettable at your local bevmo, but there were a few more exotic beers.

The lady behind the counter seemed quite knowledgeable about her selection, offering advice and samples of what they had on tap- you could tell that she's a beer geek. Speaking of on tap, the selection was quite varied. Examples I can remember were A Belgian quad, golden drak, mateveza black, jolly pumpkin farmhouse ale, great white, guinness, and a few others- all told quite varied in terms of style. She even directed me to another bar under the impression that I was jonesing for 90min on tap.

Prices were reasonable, only a bit higher than what you would expect to find retail. During happy hour (5-7) taps were all a buck off- which made them fairly reasonable. All told a nice place with friendly staff (and free wifi). I'll definitely be back if I'm ever in the area again, if nothing else to see what they have on tap.

05-30-2010 21:04:25 | More by Ghenna
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carlhungas

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -24.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Its a nice neighborhood spot but kinda the run of the mill selection the lady who owns the place dose not know much about beer but is willing to get things in ya want. I live near by but have only ben there five or so times. A nice feature is local art constantly changing and an outside smoking area to look at all the crack heads limp by. In all if your in the tenderknob this is the only place to find something other different on draft. Oh and they have dj there on the weekends it gets a bit of a crowd in there

03-24-2010 07:02:27 | More by carlhungas
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Amsterdam Cafe in San Francisco, CA
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