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Rogue Ales Public House

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Rogue Ales Public HouseRogue Ales Public House

139 Ratings
Ratings: 139
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: n/a
Taps: 43
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

673 Union St
San Francisco, California, 94133-2811
United States
phone: (415) 362-7880

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Photo of germaniac
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Hit up Rogue on a sunny Sunday afternoon, after spending some quality time at the Toronado Barleywine fest the night before. The last time I was here,a few months ago,it was a packed house on a Friday night. But this time, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. A few guys at the bar, a couple small groups of people having lunch, and us, jonesing for a bacon cheese Kobe beef burger and a pint.

The taplist was pretty short, just a small part of the board behind the bar filled. I was looking forward to having some Uber pilsner and Smoke ale. But what was there was still Rogue, and that's hard to beat. Saw Pliny the Elder and a few Pac NW gems as a guest taps. Decided on the John's Locker Saison, and it was pretty alright. As usual, the service was friendly and prompt, checking in occasionally to make sure we were still good. The food, well, I've never had anything but the Kobe burger, and it's always been excellent. Chipotle Ale Oyster shots are worth trying, too. This place does the corner pub feel right- classic rock playing in the background, windows facing the park, and a bitchin patio spot. Toss in Rogue quality brews and good folks, and it's a winner. I would be here all the time if I was a local. That's the best endorsement I can give, I guess.

Photo of DuqTroops
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Visited Rogue Brewery - December 6th.

I am from the east coast and never heard of Rogue beer. The beer is excellent. There are many varieties of beer here, I had the Hazelnut Brown Nectar. It had a very exclusive taste to it and had a little hop to it. The American Amber was also a must have here.

The service was excellent as well. We ate dinner here and our bartender/server gave us a sampler round of each of the beers on the house. He did his job, he is making more interested in this particular beer varietal.

Will come back in the future.

Photo of ggaughan
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Was lucky enough to visit the Public House the same vacation that I visited Russian River and also the Toronado. We actually hit the Toronado right after leaving the Rogue Public House...what a day.

The draft selection here is great. Most of my favorite Rogue's in one place to try. They allow to you have 2 sizes of beers and even samples if you need them. I tried a bunch of the 12oz beers and included the Chocolate Stout, Hazelnut Brown Nectar and a few of the Morimoto beers. I was a little disappointed that they didn't have the camamello on tap eventough the board said it was in. I have been waiting to try this one. Guess I will have to make a return visit to try.

The decor of the bar is very cool and they have a great selection of Rogue gottles for take out. Unfortunately I was already loaded down with bottles from earlier in the vacation so I was only able to grab one bottle on the way out.

Photo of JISurfer
4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I thought this place was really cool. I had been wanting to visit it, ever since I last went to SF last year. Well, I finally got the shot last Sept. and it was well worth the wait. Hell, I even got my pic taken in front of it.

It had all sorts of neat things representing SF on the walls and ceilings, as well as lots of Rogue paraphenalia all over the place. The service was top notch, with the bartendress hooking me up with all sorts of beer samples.

They had something like 50+ different taps there, most of them were Rogue beers. The few that weren't Rogue, were really hard to find beers, much less hard to find them on tap.

The prices were great, with a pint around $2-$3, but I hit it up during happy hour, so they were $2 a pint. All in all a great place to go. If you get the chance to go, do not pass it up, or you'll kick yourself in the a$$ for doing it.

Photo of brewbacca
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

located in the middle of north beach this is a great place for beer lovers to conviene. I've been here a couple of time and have never had a bad experiernce. on hot days (a rarity here in SF) they open the so called beer garden area out back which has picnic tables and grill food, this is probably my favorite area in the place. otherwise the interior is nice and sectioned of by an upper level and the lower area containing the bar and a few tables. both times I have gone the bar tenders were cool and talked beer with me. both times I've eaten here and the food has been good, and the service was timely, and attentive. If you get a chance try the stout float, so good, also good is the kobe beef burger with is freakin cheap 13 dollars considering its kobe beef. the burger is huge like a gorilla fist.
Besides having all the rogue beer on tap they have guest taps of the usual junk, like, bud, coors, miller, and pilsner uqruel. and for all the girly girls (not in reference to any BA ladies, yall rule) lindemens Framboise..
The only bad thing about this place is that as metioned by venom and rapappoda, the lines ARE freakin 200ft long, thats a pitcher and a half of beer witch is sitting in a line for indefinate amount time, which equals grossness, you can componsate for this by drinking the cask beer, which is located directly under the bar or order the two different rogue imperial bottles they carry, which are the imp ipa trafalger or the imp pils waterloo. both are awesome beers, probably the best rogue in my book.

overall great place to chill and eat, and have a pint

Photo of OldSock
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

First off, I am a huge Rogue fan, so I was very excited about trying some of the Rogue beers that I have not had. Sadly despite and impressive list of Rogue Ales which I was excited to try, many of them were labeled as out. I also had three attempted orders which were not labeled as out end up being out. So the actual selection, at least when I went, was not what I was hoping for. The prices too were pretty pricy for a place that is owned by a brewery. Service was nice, and the bartender and waitress were apologetic for the large number of out beers. The beers I did end up having were fresh, but were not really that outstanding. I did not try the food, but it looked good. Worth a look if you happen to be in the area or have not had many Rogue beers.

Photo of GClarkage
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Stopped by here a few days during the week to sample several Rogue beers that I couldn't find in the bottle. The place was very empty right around lunch time. Couldn't believe it. Only one other person besides my friend and I. Sat at one of the booths next to the bar. Huge selection of beers! They had virtually every Rogue beer on tap plus another 15-20 or so guest taps. They were out of about 4 different Rogue brews, but what they were missing on tap , they had in bottles at decent prices. The one thing I love is that they sold samplers. $5.50 for 4 different 4oz pours. Kinda steep in price, but every one I tried seemed fresh and good. The service was fine, as it should have been with just us and one other patron at the time. I tried the Kobe bacon chedder burger which was out of this world! Best burger I've even had I think. But, the price was outrageous. I think it was $15!! Most expensive burger I've had! Overall it's a place that I will try again. After all, I have to try at least another 10 or so Rogue beers I still haven't had.

Photo of OStrungT
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

This place had over 40 beers on tap. It had like 20 Rogue beers,and about 20 guest beers. They had some Rogue beers that I have never even been able to find in bottles before on tap. It was quite impressive. They have an eating area inside, and a beer garden outside. The food was not quite as good as it could have been. It was just a little expensive, and it was not too spectacular. The beer more than made up for it though. There were bottles of beer lining the tables. All were for sale. They were just a little over priced as well, but I think just about everything Rogue is overpriced. I would definately not recomend going for the food. Reguardless of what you like, they have something to drink. The service was a little slow considering that we were the only table ocupied. Ultimately, it was a good experience. If you are in San Francisco, hit it up.

Photo of baiser
4.08/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Rogue Ales pub in San Fran has a nice atmosphere. Nice, large window panes, and a woody interior, with a long wooden bar, tonnes of Rogue bombers lined everywhere and all their taps + guest taps listed on a big chalk board. I also liked how they indicated which taps were out, so it helped while we were deciding on which beers to have. I started with the I2PA and then had a sampler of old crusty, imp pilsener and some others. Beer was served properly, and in a prompt manner. The wait staff is kind and friendly. Food was way too expensive for pub fare, but the prices of the beers were quite reasonable. Definitely a place to check out in SF.

Photo of Troyone
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The atmosphere is pub type with a divided dining area and seating in front outside. The bar area is a little yuppy-ish.

Lots of wooden tables, chairs, and bar. The restrooms are appropriately named and clean. Lots of Rogue paraphenalia with a few TV screens.

The service is usually prompt and knowledgable.

The broad selection includes mostly Rogue brews and appears to have guest brews that do not challenge them, some commercial and one cask that has been empty every time I happen to go there. I think the Pacman yeast that is used with most (if not all) of their own beer options gives them all a similar taste.

There are some healthy options on the menu.

Pricey food.

Photo of danburgess67
4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place is just great. When I visited on December 13th, 2004, they had literally 25 different Rogue products on draft (!), with a good many other beers available as well. The location is great, right on Washington Square in North Beach, and buses and cabs are plentiful and very close by, making it easy without a car.

My favorite was the Double IPA -- incredibly hoppy, yet far less bitter than one would expect.

During the afternoon, the bar was very quiet. But on my return visit in the evening, the atmosphere was quite fun and festive. With people visiting from all over the country and world, it's an absolutely fantastic conversation bar.

A visit to Rogue's is essential for any beer lover who visits San Francisco.

Photo of axisjones
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

All Rogue, all excellent. This fine establishment is very visible from the outside, it has green neon Rogue signs decorating the frieze of the building with large windows looking into a spacious room. The inside is a typical bar/restaurant setup with lots of rogue brewerania. pretty nice vibe. The rogue/beer theme permeated every aspect of the restaurant, the salt and pepper were in beer bottles and they even had a beer bottle filled with crushed hops and barley. They had over 15 Rogue beers on tap, from Half-a-weizen to Shakespeare to Old Crusty. I got a pint of Shakespeare and a sampler (any four beers on the menu). Of course, the beer was rich, unique, and fresh. For dinner i had the kobe beef cheeseburger. It was a tasty and rare, just like i like it, and the fries (served with mayo) were also excellent. Service was good, a little inattentive, but knowledgable about the selection. A must for rogue fans, and a damn good place to visit in san francisco.

Photo of donnebaby
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by on a late Tuesday afternoon and the place was dead. This was my first visit to a Rogue Public House, so I can't compare it to others (although I'd like to, and no one else seems to).

Atmosphere's pretty lame and seems thrown together without really any effort--which I decided could've been worse if it was a cookie-cutter "Rogue Nation" brewpub. As it was, they were shoving the Rogue label down my throat as just about everything on the wall was Rogue related and everywhere around me were standing 22 oz. bottles of Rogue brews. I sat inside, but I think the seats outside would've been a better call.

They had tons of beers on tap, all of the Rogue offerings I could think of--and prob. close to 20 from other breweries micro and macro from Dechutes to Bud. They also had all of the bottled Rogue beers I could think of and many more that I'd never seen before. I had a Younger's and Imperial IPA on-tap and then had a bottle of the anniversary Integrity IPA.

I also had a basket of fries, b/c I was shocked by the prices of anything else on the menu. Sandwiches started around $11, and I chose to spend that cash on beer instead. Good fries though, served w ranch dressing.

Nice chill place.

Photo of drewbage
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited during the weekend of the Toronado Barleywine festival. As the mad crowds descended upon the Toronado in the Haight-Ashbury area across town in North Beach sat the quiet and refined Rogue pub.

15 different taps pour Rogue beers, a single engine carries a cask (Youngers ESB when I was there) and there are about 6 taps devoted to the usual kludge for the masses.

Bar is rather small but well portioned and there's a rather large amount of dining space with about a room and a half devoted to tables.

When I was there, the bar was quiet with only one other party at the bar and our bartender was old school North Beach and was helpful and told good stories. Unfortunately one part of the glycol system was down and so the Imperial Pils was too warm to serve.

As with the other Rogue pubs, food is solid pub grub with the speciality Angus burgers. (My favorite, the Angus Bleu Cheese Bacone cheeseburger)

All in all a very nice solid Rogue experience and well done.

Photo of gclark
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited Saturday, 12/20, since it was advertised in recent Celebrator issue & we were out west for our 20th wedding anniversary. I believe I recall the pub's goal was to serve 20 Rogue's & 20 other taps. Well, I think maybe 15 Rogue products taps are covered on tap ( I was disappointed the Christmas seasonal was not available). NO other taps as the bartender mentioned it was slow ramping up the non-Rogue taps owing to California alcohol law oddities. Nevertheless, that small disappointment was offset by being able (this was my first visit to a Rogue establishment) to pound a multitude of my favorite Rogue interpretations!

Pub is cozy, help is helpful, and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Not much exceeds being able to taste the Rogue products on tap as opposed to the bottle variety we get here in Atlanta.

Photo of WetCoaster
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place opened recently with very little, if any, fanfare; I was shocked to chance upon it one night after dinner, I had no idea it was there.

Went back a few days later with my official Drinking Buddy, in town from Seattle. A quick glance around revealed a pleasant, airy atmosphere with large windows facing the mini-park across the street, and a medium-sized dining room. We made a beeline for the bar, a proper dark wood affair facing the exposed brick south wall. At the end of the bar is a beautifully painted WPA-style wall mural. It's a very comfortable place in a safe, if touristy, area; definitely wife/gf friendly.

At this point, 22 taps were up and running. I was excited to find that they offered shuttles, with your choice of four four-ounce brews--extremes and barleywines included. This was a godsend in a place with so many unique choices on tap, and we were able to work our way through almost all of them this way.

If you visit this site, you know that Rogue is one of the top craft brewers out there, so the beers were, for the most part, delicious. I thought the smoked beer was a bit much and the bitter tasted like an IPA, but that's just me. You can't go wrong. And while I can't imagine why you'd bother, wine and a full liquor bar are available. There's also a full food menu, but I was too focused on the task at hand to care.

The service was good. The bartender was quick, friendly and fairly knowledgable, though not an expert. Their hostess/PR chick was a bit chirpy, but she did get us signed up to the Rogue Nation post haste which, if I heard correctly, entitles the cardholder to a surprisingly substantial discount on beer, among other things.

A few quibbles. The bar has a sign declaring it a "No Cell Phone Zone." Great in theory, but not practical in today's digital world. If a friend calls to find out where I am, I don't want to get up and walk outside in the freezing rain simply to say "At Rogue." Sorry. Also, the restrooms are "Hops" and "Barley." Do YOU know which you are?

Overall, though, a terrific addition to the city. If you visit, be sure to pick up a "Dead Guy Ale" pint glass--it's the coolest glass ever.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

"Luckily a friend reminded me that Rogue had just opened this place, or I might have missed it on my short stay in San Francisco. Luckily for me it was straight forward to find.

As to the food, the Kobe beef burger that I ordered was incredible. Apparently the Reuben was a bit tough, perhaps it was boiled too long in the beer. But the burger was by far the best burger meat I have ever had, so juicy and tender.

They had about 15 Rogue beers to choose from, plus more in bottles for carry out. The service was ok, I am not too sure if they are up to speed yet. They were perfectly helpful, but the waitress tried to steer a female friend to the most innocuous beer on the menu, even after she tried to order one of their more flavorful offerings that they happened to be out of, oh well I guess they get a bunch of macro drinkers. Overall a good place to visit if you are in San Francisco, for the amazing Rogue beer selection alone. Hopefully as it gets a bit more established they will work out the kinks, then this will be a perfect place."

Photo of barleypop
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Couldn't wait to check out this outpost of the famous Rogue nation. It is located just off Columbus Avenue in the North Beach/Little Italy area of San Francisco. Perfect location for a night out on the town. Bar Area had 3-4 tables and a comfortable bar with two televisions tuned to the game. The back wall had a large jazz mural. The dining area had many tables and was decorated with all sorts of Rogue propoganda. The beers on offer(13-15) were proudly displayed on a dry-erase board.

They had a nice array of their beers on tap with the promise of the addition of 22 more. I was more or less happy with most of what I sampled. The bartender and waitress were friendly and knowledgable. They were more than happy to help patrons find a beer that they might enjoy.

The food was the only area I thought was lacking. I ordered a french dip that was sub par. Hoppygirl accompanied me and she really enjoyed the bacon/swiss burger. Perhaps I picked the wrong item on the wrong night. Don't let this dissuade you. There are many great restaurants in the area.

Overall this is a must visit if you are in San Francisco. Cheers.

Photo of jrancan
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

It's only 2 or 3 weeks old and they haven't finalized the interior yet, so I probably shouldn't be reviewing it, but hey, I don't know the next time I'll be in SF so here goes.
First off they only had 8 beers on tap (all Rogue of course), but I'm giving them a 4.5 because they are in the process of adding 22 more Rogue taps. That's right, I said 22 more. Only at Rogue could they fill of those taps.
Location is great, right on the corner of Washington Square in the North Beach section. Interior is typical bar, mucho Rogue memorabilia and plenty of room (except for the bar itself, which I found to be a little cramped). Bartender was cool. Free pint glass and a free round which might have been a mistake, but oh well. I wish I could have waited a few weeks to visit to see all the taps up and ready to go. Can't wait to come back.
Oh yeah, no brewing on premisis, all shipped from OR.

Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco, CA
90 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.