Jack's Cannery Bar
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
3.28/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Stopped in here 4th of July 2009 am not going to rate it to hard considering the day and amount of business. Walking in is a small like bar to the left with seating around and in front, off to the right is more seating and the longer, larger bar is against the right wall to the back right of the place. Handles libe the right wall of the bar. Was very crowded. Very touristy but hey..I was a tourist too. Not a place for great beer talk or great service. Quality was good considering the place, day and location. Service was slow and overworked for the day. Selection was average and I expected more from a SF beer bar with a buttload of handles. On the craft side I saw 21st Amm, Speakeasy, Alaskan but nothing earth shattering. Alot of Euro macro brews and macros too. Had no food and was shocked at the price for a pint. One beer good but not a craft brew watering hole for sure.
2nd visit on 6 February 2010. $6.50 drafts. Selection was better. El Toro taps, Anchor taps(lots of them) Still had a big BMC selection though. My Old Foghorn was pretty flat and mundayne. Not so fresh or a dirty line.
02-09-2010 21:24:46 | More by barleywinefiend
3.54/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Dropped in after a day touring the city before heading off to dinner on the wharf. Small crowd but it was a random Thursday afternoon in late September. Kind of dark almost like they were going for an Irish pub feel, Pretty big place with a long bar along one side, a small area with some tall tables and then a larger area with tables and chairs. Lots of TV's around as well. Service was not slow but it certianly was not fast either. Beer selection was certianly craft oriented but they had nothing out of the ordinary for what you would expect to find in California. Lots of Stone, 21st Amend, Bear Republic, Speakeasy, North Coast etc. No beers out of the ordinary but still a very nice slection. Lots of Euro macros as well along with the standard BMC. They seem to prode themselves more on just how many taps they can have as opposed to the quality of taps. My Stone IPA didnt taste to fresh but it was still good. Prices were a touch high but given the city we were in and the lcoation on the Embarcadero, I was not surprised. Certianly not a "beer destination" but if you find yourself down on the waterfront and in need of a beer I would certainly recommend the place.
10-31-2009 14:53:32 | More by ckeegan04
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
i thought this place was pretty good. they did have a lot of tap selections that i would never try but they had a whole lot of anchor brews (i really like anchor) so i was happy enough. the service was not overly nice or mean but i didnt really talk to anyone other than ordering because i basically knew what i wanted. the value was a bit pricey for what you got but im not really complaining.
this place didnt really stand out and im not sure if i would come again only because it wasnt anything special.
01-09-2009 00:57:22 | More by ssam
3.03/5 rDev -17%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
went there on the advice of a very helpful fellow BA. had an obsidian stout old foghorn and a racer 5. the bartender took forever getting to me, and when i called for the check it took half an hour, the service sucked, and the place is really touristy. the selection is better than i am used to, but for san fransisco it could be lots better ( no russian river) . if you are on the fishermans aharf, and don't plan to venture further, its worth the stop, but otherwise, i think i would venture elsewhere.
01-03-2009 04:06:37 | More by redneckchugger
3.05/5 rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$$
Was on the wharf and the place advertised 80 some odd beers, I took the bait.
First off its a standard bar. The place had a slight cat piss aroma going on. Myself and the wife took up a seat at the bar. They claim to have it all. I was less than impressed.
They do have a long line of taps, but nothing too wonderful. There may be 8-10 beers that would appeal to the BA crowd none of which are hard to come by.
The best of the list consisted of Arrogant Bastard, Racer 5, A few offerings by Deschutes and Anchor. Come on guys you should have at least one offering from Russian River!
I got the Racer 5 which was $6.50 a pint. Could have had it last night at Toronado for $4 ($3 during happy hour)
The wife was hungry so we ordered up some wings. There was no sauce on the wings. They had been dipped in unspiced flour and fried. I have had better food at a high school cafeteria. The worst part was it was $10 for 8 wings.
Unless you find yourself on the warf absolutly craving a beer, do yourself a favor and skip this one.
11-22-2008 02:59:27 | More by tpd975
4.94/5 rDev +35.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I read so many reviews about this place being tourisy and blah blah blah. I am from Florida and this place was great. The bartender immediately recognized our intent on the beer and went through most of them, asked what our tastes were, and then matched a beer for us. Any tourist should love the visit to this bar after walking on the wharf all day and eating at scoma's! And it's no Toronado if you are trying for a locals bar, but at least you won't get shot or mugged when you walk out the front door.
07-23-2008 17:51:48 | More by jagshockey66
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
As previous reviewers noted a very touristy place. Nice atmosphere and friendly/attentive staff. They advertise 60 - 80 beers on tap. but were out of several during our visit. Nothing rare or spectacular among any of the available draft choices;just a few different ones like Moose Drool or Alaskan Amber, nothing worth the 6.00 per pint they were charging. I guess they figure quantity is more importent then quality. Next time I am in area I will go around the corner to Knuckles and choose between their many options of fresh Sierre Nevada drafts.
01-25-2008 20:37:07 | More by Schultz
3.26/5 rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$
What I like about this place is the atmosphere. I like the fireplace and all. I also thought the bartenders were friendly. Problem is, they didn't have very many micro brews. Also the ones they have (as said by a previous user) were out. Also, it is a little touristy being so close to the warf. More of a tourist spot than a place to sit back relax and experience something....or anything new. I would certainly go back, due to the decent staff. But if I'm looking for quality brew I'll head elsewhere.
01-20-2008 02:13:31 | More by Chefie
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
So my Father was in town, visiting me here in SF, and as this place was right next to his hotel, we ended up hitting it a few times during his stay here in the city. This place is LARGE and somewhat of a multi-roomed sf staple. There is dark wood everywhere and a pretty good jukebox and some pool tables as well. Thre quality of the beers I had here were all pretty good but in general the tap lines are hit and miss...and whilst the service is always fast and friendly, the selection while good leaves much to be desired. Almost 50 or 60 or so beers on tap but usually many of the interesting ones are tapped out, and many of the taps are macro lager boringness....Anyways, still one of the best touristy places by the wharf...
08-04-2007 20:52:12 | More by francisweizen
3.23/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
I didn't even notice this place until we were walking around the cannery and my wife spotted it. I figured it would be worth it to check it out. They have outdoor seating but we moved indoors when the cool wind off the bay started punishing us.
The little outlet bar on the outside is typical of these walkway venues that you see in nearly all tourist areas. The inside of the restaurant resembles a TGI Fridays in many ways but with a molded ceiling in the dining room and a really cool hand carved mantle piece above the fireplace. There are beer signs all over the bar area, which seats many along the stretched out area. The brick wall behind the bar hosts some vintage beer signs and above, you'll notice several old, retired tap handles.
The quality of the beer seemed ok. There wasn't anything out of wack with the beers I ordered.
Jack's has an ok selection of beer with all of the current Anchor beers available on draft. They claim to have 85 beers on tap but they really have 68 different beers available with only 33 beers listed on their chart. Don't bother asking the bartender what else is on tap, or you'll be greeted with a wise-ass response.
I started on the outside bar, to be told that she didn't know what else was on and that all the beers were listed. I decided to go inside to be greeted with the same response from another rude woman, saying, "what you see is what you get." Wow...stellar fucking service in this establishment. I replied to her remark with, "thanks for being so helpful!" A gentleman behind the bar must've seen I was clearly annoyed b/c the patrons next to me commented on how rudely I was just treated.
He came over and asked if I had decided on what I wanted. I told him that I hadn't b/c I was trying to make out the extra 35 taps behind the bar that weren't listed. He asked what exactly I was looking for and maybe he could make a suggestion...obviously trying to be helpful. He then asked what I usually drink. I told him that I'm not trying to be a pain in the ass but I drink all kinds of different beers and that this would be much easier if they could make a sign/list that is updated when a keg changes. Of course, I get the routine about how they have over 65 beers at any given time and do I know the amount of time it would take someone to update such a list and blah, blah, blah... No excuse, man. If Gingerman, Toronado, Firewaters, etc. can update a list with this many beers, so can they. It's just an excuse to have piss-poor service and more of a reason to not care. Idiots.
They are in a great location and they choose to do things half ass. I saw a crowd of 12 order a pitcher of Anchor Steam and a pitcher of Shiner Bock. It seems like this is the crowd that they're catering too and any good beer they have on tap is by random chance.
On a side note, it seemed I wasn't the only dissatisfied customer. After I tried to find out what else they had while outside, a clearly annoyed man came over to a nearby table complaining about the cost of his martini's. They were $8 each and they were each in a plastic dixie cup. Before kicking over his chair, he stated that this place was the armpit of the world and this bar was ghetto. The crescendo soon came as he screamed louder and louder each time - "Ghetto...GHEttto...GHETT-OHHH!!!" Friggin' classic, man. By the way...the bathroom was pretty ghetto. Use another restroom if at all possible.
05-14-2007 19:49:02 | More by weeare138
Jack's Cannery Bar in San Francisco, CA
84 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.