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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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krl2112

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

07-02-2014 02:01:32 | More by krl2112
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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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briang01

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.8%

06-17-2014 15:06:35 | More by briang01
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$$

Another SF dive bar with dreadlocks and weed in the air. The locals sure do love their good beer, weed, and non-showers (ha ha).
A decent selection of beers, nothing to write home about IMO. The bartender was friendly which is a rarity nowadays, and tried to be helpful with a couple of questions I had.
Lots of lounging area out back with locals melting into the sofas, a man yelling the "C" word at the TV at the front bar also. We had one and we were done. The beer selection was not enough to keep us dealing with that level of "diveyness".
Very close walk from our hotel though!

05-17-2013 01:51:27 | More by brewandbbq
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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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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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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

A: I almost didn't go in because this place looks so average. Thank goodness I ignored my first impressions.
Q: What a beer selection! Don't be deceived by the measly 14 or so on tap. They're all very good but ask about the bottled beer selection and you'll be blown away! I can't give 5 because that's perfection.
S: 10:30 pm on a Wednesday night. You don't really expect the "A Team" behind the bar but that's what I got. I never caught her name but boy did she know her beers. I just told her what I was looking for and she knew exactly what to recommend.
S: More Washington and Oregon beers perhaps ... but that would be nitpicking.
V: for the advice and selection this place offers outstanding value.

03-21-2013 07:46:26 | More by EspressoGuy
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elNopalero

Texas

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $

It took a return visit to San Francisco for me to visit the Amsterdam Café. Don’t know why I never made it there while I was living in the bay, as I have earned a reputation for sniffing out good beer bars. Plus its right off the 38, smack dab in the middle of the ‘loin. (I meant that as a selling point, but I can see how it could be taken the other way…)

This place is visually unappealing—it’s like a SF ‘dive bar’, perhaps unintentionally. All the elements are there: the low-budget décor, the flat monocolor (red) paint… but I can imagine given some more time some real character will develop out of the decorations and artwork displayed on the walls.

The tap selection the day I visited was decent. There were a few curiosity picks and some rarities (Stillwater!) at prices about par for that area of town. The real treat, however, was trying my first bottle of Fantome! This was one time where I was glad I asked to see the bottle list. Seemed like a friendly group of regulars hang out here and I definitely hope to return and join them in conversation some day.

01-09-2012 22:03:47 | More by elNopalero
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

This is basically a small dive bar, with a great selection of beer. Reminded me alot of my watering hole at home, maybe a bit more young and edgey, but none the less a dive with above average selection, so i felt pretty well at home. I get the impression this is more of a local place, but niether the patrons or the bartenders made the couple "visitors" (like myself) feel unwelcomed, as she explained that the drafts were listed on the board behind me, or that it was a cash only bar. I also chatted with some of the locals who were friendly enough. I was here on a Sunday afternoon and the place wasn't packed, but wasn't dead either (just how i like it). It was a great way to spend an afternoon. I'm not exactly sure i would seek it how as SF seems to have plenty of great beer bars, but this place was in walking distance to my hotel, so was definitely well worth the stop.

07-08-2013 14:39:03 | More by AngusOg
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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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Amsterdam Cafe in San Francisco, CA
94 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.