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Rogue Ales Public House

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Rogue Ales Public HouseRogue Ales Public House
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

132 Ratings
Ratings: 132
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Taps: 43
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @rogueales

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Photo of OStrungT
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

OStrungT, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of baiser
4.08/5  rDev +1%

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.

baiser, May 31, 2005
Photo of Troyone
3.9/5  rDev -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.

Troyone, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of danburgess67
4.9/5  rDev +21.3%

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.

danburgess67, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of axisjones
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

axisjones, Nov 27, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

donnebaby, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of drewbage
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

drewbage, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of gclark
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

gclark, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of WetCoaster
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

WetCoaster, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev +1%

"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."

Gueuzedude, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of barleypop
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

barleypop, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of jrancan
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

jrancan, Sep 23, 2003
Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco, CA
90 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.