Rogue Ales Public House

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Rogue Ales Public HouseRogue Ales Public House
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136 Ratings
Ratings: 136
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @rogueales

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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 barefootbrewer
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Wow, what a fun place. I'm a fan of Rogue beers anyway, and it was a delight to visit their pub. They had several taps and sold a lot of Rogue merchandise there - basically the selection was, if it is Rogue - they had it.

I had an oak aged stout that was intense and delicious. They also featured their new Rogue rums. After a short talk with the bartender he just sent a few shots to our table to try (I think they should stick to beer), which showed the level of service and attention to the customer that we received.

The atmosphere was excellent both inside and outside in the courtyard. We quite enjoyed ourselves playing dominoes on the picnic tables outside.

Overall, this would be on my must do list for San Francisco!

Photo of 1759Girl
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

How have I not reviewed this place yet?! Rogue Ales Public House has been a haven for me on certain days. When it is beautiful sunny day in the city, and I can't be bothered to go all the way to Zeitgeist... I remember that Rogue has a little beer garden in the back yard! It could be a bit more charming, but who cares?
And the day I finished my last final (which happened to be an intense one on Shakesepeare) my first semester back after an 8 year break from college... where did I want to go to release? Of course I was to be found in Rogue Ales Public House having an icecream float with Rogue's Shakespeare Stout!
The food is always okay.. nothing fantastic, but never too bad. Notably the beer is always amazing. I mean, truly wonderful.

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 Tristan_E
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of blgianbeer
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This was the pinnacle of my recent beer tour through the Bay Area. We spent four nights in SF and a spent a portion of three evenings drinking beer at Rogue. First, I have to admit that Rogue is one of my top three brewers in the country, so I'm definitely biased. I've had few of their beers that didn't qualify as exceptional IMHO.

The first night we happened upon this bar, I felt like I was in Rogue-lovers paradise. Roughly 20 Rogue brews on tap in addition to some well picked (minus the Coors) guest brews. The variey of Rogue was astounding. Imperial Porter on the hand pump was great, as was the blend of Hazelnut Brown/Chocolate Stout (locally referred to as the Nutty Buddy). About 4 XS brews were available as well (I2PA, Pils, Stout, Crusty). Specialties included the Orange Honey Wheat and Chamomellow. Bartenders were all friendly and the manager, Conrad, was very cool.

I would consider traveling back to SF for the Rogue PH alone. Rogue, PLEASE BRING ONE TO BROOKLYN!!!

Photo of Poppypitbull
4.71/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

located in the North Beach section of San Fran, this place rocks.
wife and I hit it on a trip out west, making sure to sit and take it all in while we were there. One of the bartenders said they had 45 different kinds of Rogue to try and they were all VERY helpful in guiding us around what we were looking for. Their deadguy ale was fantastic as was their wheat. The only beer I didn't care for was the stout, it was just too thick. Maybe on a nice cold winter day I'd be into it.
Highly advise hitting this place up if you are in the area. They have a nice selection of other beers for sale if you aren't into their Rouge stuff too.

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 jjboesen
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Having visited the Portland location (during the Oregon Brewer Fest), I really wanted to hit this one; situated in the middle of all the North Beach action, Rogue's Public House is a cozy tavern with a rather rustic interior, high ceilings, large windows, great music and plenty (17 Rogue beers and 11 guests) of beer all of which is noted above the bar on the exalted chalk board. There is a small bar upon entry with that is seperated from the dining area.

I had the opportunity to savor an Imperial IPA, a black lager, a dry-hopped red ale, a Russian Imperial Stout, the "Fresh Hop Frog," and their Younger The Bitter on cask. Yummy!

The food was excellent and the service was way above par. Two regrets: 1. it was a bit pricey given the area and 2. I only made the single visit. I would've liked to have had more time to hang out here - maybe on my next trip.

Note: If you are a responsible Beer Advocate who uses public transit, the No. 45 bus stops right outside the door.

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 colbylee
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a pretty good story (or so I think). I was visiting San Fran for the first time with a really good friend of mine. It was are last full day of our vacation, and I was still not satisfied with my vacation. Though I was having a good time in the city, and enjoying the many beers they have to offer. I tried all i had on my checklist. (See I'm from Utah, we do carry a lot of beers, but none on tap, unless they are below 3.2% in volume). There was one empty box with out a check entered into it. I wanted to try Rogue Dead Guy Ale on tap!!! I love the Rouge brews, and never ever tried anything but the Dead Guy. I thought my best chances besides going to Portland would be San Fran.

I kinda gave up on my search for Rogue, when I was waking down around Union, and in the conner of my eye I saw the beautiful star of the rogue brewery. I ran there, and noticed they had all the Rogue I could think of. I started off with my long waited Dead Guy Ale, It was a party in my mouth plus a after party with hot girls. I couldnt believe how good this beer was on tap.

Now to the pub itself. After finishing my first beer, I asked the bartender if I could try the Chipolet Ale. He said you should try it first and gave me a free smaple, I thank him everyday for allowing me to try it before I bought it. It just wasn't my style of ale.

The bar tender was very nice, and even gave me a free beer. the whole staff was very nice, and very educated about Rouge Beer, and the other breweries that they offered. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to try a good beer company with tons of selections. You could spend hours at the bar takling with the bar tender about beer, and other things. We might spend some time picking and choosing what beer to try next.

Im going to San Fran again in a week, and can't wait to show my girlfriends dad that you can talk about beer just like you talk about wine, and this place is a good stepping stone.

Photo of bobsy
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Huge beer lineup, with a purported 43 on tap at the time of our visit. Most of these were Rogue brews, although they did also have around a dozen mainly local California brews (some of which seemed obscure, but I don’t live there). I went to get more of a taste of Rogue offering, so we ordered two lots of samplers (which allowed both of us to choose any 4 brews off the tap list). All the beers seemed to be in good shape, and I enjoyed the dry-hopped St. Rogue Red the most because it was positively alive with freshness.

We also ate there. The friendly waitress recommended the kobe beef burger, which was fantastic. The fries were crap, soggy oven chip affairs, but I was getting too full to bother. Service was very attentive. There are two rooms, but unfortunately the one with more character had pretty loud music, so we sat on our lonesome in a sparsely decorated spot next door.

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 ubermick
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Been there a few times now, the latest being after a depressing Giants home game. But a trip to Rogue cheered me right up.

First, for being in North Beach, the place is surprisingly quiet. I've never seen it "dead", but I've never seen it packed either. It always seems to have "just the right amount of people" in there for a good atmosphere.

The beer list is the best part. 20 or so of Rogues own brews are supported by 6-12 (depending on the time of year) guest brews. Manager Dan Pearson, a Rogue to the core (ask to see his tattoo if you don't believe me) is extremely supportive of the local craft brew scene, and while the on tap list features Coors "We pity you" Lite and Bud "NASCAR dad" Lite, it's well stocked with offerings from places like Anderson Valley, Speakeasy, Bear Republic, and more. (Note... I find it kind of funny that people are bothered at the fact that they don't carry a better selection of guest beers - it is a Rogue pub, and you shouldn't be surprised that they try to focus on their own stuff!)

Given, as I said, I've never seen this place packed, service has always been great for me. Wait staff are friendly and quick, as are the bar staff who are always happy to let you sample the beers on offer, and make suggestions based on your mood. The food is strictly pub fare, although very well done - their Kobe burgers, while spendy at $12+, are quite good. (They have cheaper varieties, made with standard ground beef) Their chili is hearty and satisfying, and the wings were pretty decent too (although, again, a little pricey).

All in all, Rogue has become one of my favourite destinations in the city, and I REALLY recommend you check it out!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Located on the corner of Union and Powell Streets, it was not the easiest to get to, but it was damn worthwhile!

The entryway was a triangle-shaped vestibule that opened onto the distressed-copper topped bar to the immediate right. The windows along Union were lined with standard tables. A cooler of (mostly) bombers sat to the immediate left of the doorway. In the center was a slightly raised area with standard restaurant tables and chairs surrounded by a shoulder high wood barrier. Daniel (Dan) was my server and the few of us at the bar hoisted a holiday toast with Santa's Reserve!. To the extreme left was a separate party area along with the logo item shelf and all of the way aft was an outdoor biergarten. A jazz mural was painted onto the wall at the end of the bar.

Mom: Nope. Too little to distract her.

Beers: It's effin Rogue; for pity's sake! Old Crustacean Barley Wine; Dark Smoked Rye (from Issaquah); Kells Irish Lager; Mocha Porter; Hazelnut Brown; Yellow Snow Ale; American Amber; Shakespeare Stout; Dead Guy Ale; Brutel Bitter; St. Rogue Dry Hop Red; Half-E-Weizen; Chocolate Stout; 100 Meter IPA; Honey Orange Wheat; Bullfrog Ale; Menage-A-Frog Tripel; No Fault Imp. Red; Imp. Porter; Morimoto Soba; Cream Frog - and that's just draught, folks!

Plus a dozen guest drafts and unknown bottles. Ugh. I work too hard.

Photo of tonistruth
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A- i got there not too long after the doors opened so it was just my buddy, me, and two bartenders. Funny enough, i ask ne bartender what they had on tap, he directs to the big chalk board over the door where the other bar tender has just erased the board in order to add or change something. So that got the visit started with a good laugh.
Very nice layout to the place, i'd say english pub with tables that are for people who want to enjoy a meal and good brew away from the beer. Actually a really beautiful place.

Q- didnt try any food, did get a shakespeare stout, and we all know that was fanastic

S- no complaints there, completely friendly, known what they were talking about, helpful beyond what they are paid to do.

S- at least 40 taps, vast majority are rogue including rogue specials. maybe 8 or so guest taps, good guess taps though.

very enjoyable time i had at rogue, i will be back when i return to san fran hopefully in the near future.

Photo of mjl21
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Good old Rogue. I have been going here since they opened 5 plus years ago. It is one of my favorite beer bars in the City and often gets overlooked when people ask for good beer spots on the Pacific forum.

When you walk into the building you immediately see the long bar that stretches across the front room. There are 2 tv's which are usually tuned into sports. The beer chalkboard is to your immediate right advertising the 40 tap offerings. There are some tables in the bar area. They have plenty of seating scattered throughout the restaurant and a nice beer garden out back. They have a cooler up front that sells bottles to go and they also have a wall in the upper dining area that is stacked with 22's.

The beer is the main reason that I go here. As previously mentioned, they offer around 40 beers on tap. Most of the beers are from Rogue's various breweries including Eugene City and Issaquah. They also have a few JLS on tap and a lot of the XS line. There are also a few guest taps and there is usually one RR pouring. They also have a full liquor license and you can even get the spirits that they make.

In all of the times that I have been here, I have eaten the food twice. I had a salad once that was okay and their Bleucheese Meatball sando was quite dry. I typically eat at one of my favorite Italian spots in the area and then get my beer fix.

I tend to sit at the bar and find that the service is always good. On the weekends JJ the bartender is usually pouring drinks and the guy who wears the Pittsburgh Pirates hat is also very good. All of the staff is very accomadating at pouring a sample to see if you like a beer. This has saved me from ordering full pints of Smoke and Chipotle Ale.

Pints cost around $5 a pour, which is what I expect to pay in a high rent area.

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 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.

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Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco, CA
90 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.