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Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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164 Ratings
Ratings: 164
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Active Beers: 52
Beer Ratings: 573
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 10
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1398 Haight Street
San Francisco, California, 94117
United States
phone: (415) 864-PINT

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Photo of SSGPat
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%

Thanks to BA I found this place. We went after working in the valley and had the IPA. I had the cask conditioned and my friend had the regular. I believe that we were both happy. I make beer and was impressed with the cask conditioned. It was everything that I had hoped for. The regular seemed to be more carbonated and lighter in color (as expected) and that was what my friend was in search of. Great beer, and I'll be back when in town.

We didn't try the food so I didn't rate it.

It's located about 2 blocks from hippy central (Haight/Ashbury), but the clientele was very eclectic. I would suggest that if you are anywhere near to drop by.

SSGPat, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of Jaynuze
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%

Great place to sit back and sip some well brewed bitters! A great selection to choose from and all beers on tap are brewed right beneath your feet!
If you have time to spare, try a few of the sampler paddles to get a feel for all the beers ... it's inexpensive and you get to sample six or seven (can't remember) beers on tap. The cask ales are GREAT, so make sure to try some of them while you're here.
It's an interesting crowd, both young and old ... you can bring the kiddies too, they've got Orange soda on tap!! It's a nice quiet atmosphere in a quaint setting.
I hear that the place was a pharmacy/malt shop years before, so the whole "neighborhood business" feel is still there. An interesting mural adorns the wall over the bar and kitchen window. There are plenty of seats at the bar and a large number of tables. I was there on a Monday night, so it wasn't too crowded, though I hear it can get pretty tight on a good night.
This is a great place with a great feel to it. My buddy who lives in the bay area said that the food is pretty good (mostly organic ... California, go figure!), but we had already eaten, so I didn't get a chance to see for myself. The food looked good, so I'll definitely try it when I return to SF! I had a blast trying all the beers and will be back on my next trip. Make sure to check this spot out, it's a great place for beer!!

Jaynuze, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of porter17
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

A nice place to sit and have a few beers, I had a sampler of 8 beers, most of which were good to very good. The Porter was a little watery and a disappointment but the IPAs were very good. I enjoyed the fact that they had a few beers in both cask and on tap and a total of about 12 beers. The atmosphere was good and the service was good too. The quality was also good. The food looked and smelled good but I didn't have any. I recommend a stop in for a smpler if you are in the area. You won't be disappointed.

porter17, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev -1.2%

This place is only a few blocks from my house and I finally stopped by to have a drink and some food with the wife. The crowd is a bit interesting. Being in the Haight, you get the lifer hippies, the yuppies, and the random people coming and going (tourists,etc.). This review was written after a long Wednesday led to a search for anything that didn't require cooking. The place is a little on the small side so seating can be a challenge. We managed to get a nice booth. The beer selection is mighty impressive with about 15 or so beers on tap. Service and food selection were above average, especially for San Francisco. I could definitely see myself coming back.

jreitman, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of instrumentality
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

My girlfriend and I stopped by here on a Saturday mid-afternoon during Labor Day weekend, and somehow managed to snag the last two open seats at the bar. Just a few bus stops away from Toronado (my reason for being in the area), this was an absolute contrast: meticulously clean (probably the cleanest public restroom I saw during my trip); a tripped out, hippy-fied mural (really beautiful work if you're into that sort of thing); an eclectic crowd; and friendly service.

They had about 15-20 of their own beers on tap, including 4 on cask. Considering all of the beer on the menu was their own, this was a pretty impressive spread.

I had a Proving Ground IPA (quite good), she had a Sara's Ruby Mild (mild indeed, but she liked it), and we split a Wit Rabbit (great witbier). We also split a plate of fries, which were nothing amazing but served their purpose.

The most popular beer seemed to be the cask conditioned "Cole Porter," but I wasn't in the mood for a porter so I passed.

I enjoyed the experience enough to shell out 22 bucks on a t-shirt.

instrumentality, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of blgianbeer
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

I recently hit Magnolia after a long walk from the Pacific Ocean to the Haight-Ashbury district. Overall, the beer was mighty tasty. Very balanced and drinkable. Nice selection of hand pumped ales as well. We had an ESB and an IPA. The food was also great. We had the local artisanal cheese plate and the fried spicy calamari. No complaints there. Service was good, if not on the slow side. Seems like a really great place to hang out for an afternoon snack and knock back some brews with friends. The tables near the window are great for people watching.

blgianbeer, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of flexabull
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

One of my favorite places to visit when I am in San Francisco. Easy to find on Haight Street.

The atmosphere has been low key when I have been there, people tend to keep to themselves, their beers, or their company. Nothing wrong with that.

The quality of beers is top notch. Especially the Proving Ground IPA, and the Cole Porter. I really don't think I have ever had a bad beer here. And they always seem to have a beer or two on cask which is great for a little change up. I also like how they serve their beers in imperial pints, so you get a little more bang for your buck.

The service is slightly above average. Nothing great, but I have never had bad service here either.

I have only really tasted a couple of food items here, and they were tasty too.

flexabull, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of RedBeerchetta
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%

This place is definitely worth checking out if you're in the neighborhood, but it's not the best brewpub in SF. The room itself is quite cool, reminiscent of an old pharmacy, and the big windows looking out onto Ashbury make for good people watching, but it's often loud and filled with tourists. This is probably a better place to spend some time when the tourists aren't around. Beer quality and selection is good, and food isn't bad. If you're stopping by alone, they have a great selection of books to read while you're enjoying the brews.

RedBeerchetta, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

I stopped here for some beers and dinner while in San Francisco on business. It's in the heart of the Haight (on Haight St, 1 block east of Ashbury) so it's got a bohemian quality which worked for me. The place is kind of small and crowded but it didn't take long to get a table.

The beer selection is all brewed on site, and most are pretty good. The crown jewel of their regular selections is the Kalifornia Kolsch but the Summit IPA seasonal (maybe a one-time project) was even better. There were 2 casks being offered and about 9-10 drafts spanning the typical range (porter, IPA, brown ale, stout, wheat, mild ale, etc).

I had a pizza with dinner, it was ok but nothing special really. The beer is why you come here. I'm glad I searched on BA before coming to town, beerfly is an essential tool for travel.

TurdFurgison, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

This place is located on the legendary corner of Haight and Ashberry. It is small inside. There are about 15 tables, and a small bar. The walls have mural like paintings on them. It is very colorfull. I didnt see any brewing equipment, but I think it was in a basement. I saw a graiting in the floor, and I could see a room through it.

This place has slightly slow service. We waited for a little while for our waitress to come, and then she didnt come by very often. She was friendly, and slightly knowledgable on beer.

The beer selection was decent. They had about 6 beers on draft, and 2 on cask. They had the basics, an IPA, a porter, a brown, a hefe. an ESB. Every beer I tried was good though.

The food was good. They had the standard brewpub food, but they had more. I had a lamb sandwich. My wife had a great chicken pot pie. I really enjoy having different food at pubs.

This place was pridec about average for the city. It was not too expensive, but it could have been a little cheaper.

I would probably go here again, but not without stopping by the Toronado which is only about 6 blocks away.

OStrungT, Jul 10, 2006
Magnolia Pub & Brewery in San Francisco, CA
91 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.