Jack's Cannery Bar

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85
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30 Reviews
Reviews: 30
Visits: 37
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
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2801 Leavenworth St
San Francisco, California, 94133-1129
United States
phone: (415) 931-6400

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Reviews: 30 | Visits: 37
Photo of blgianbeer
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I recently hit this bar during a beer tour of the Bay Area. They have a good selection of micros including many local brews. That being said, when compared to other places in the Bay Area, this is a pretty lame place to drink. The beers were on the expensive side and the atmosphere leaves much to be desired. This area of SF is very tourist-y, so don't expect much local flavor.

If you're somehow stranded in the Wharf area and need a feew good micros, it's probably worth the stop. You could do worse. (507 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Huge bar in a beautiful brick building near the waterfront. Dark and cozy. Average staff. No food as far as I could tell. Just meters from the tourist hell that is Pier 39/Fisherman’s Wharf. Makes for a great escape.

Jack’s is one of those bars with a ton of taps that I’d just rather trade for a quaint café with 4 really great taps and a solid bottle list. Sure Jack’s has 80 taps but a third are macro or nearly macro, and almost all of the rest are tame to flat out boring. The best beer on tap was Racer 5 and I could be content to drink that all day but I was here to try new things and when a BA from the Midwest goes to a bar in San Francisco with 80 taps and can’t find anything new to try it’s a problem. I’d recommend this bar for newer beer enthusiasts with a lot of ground to cover in basic styles and fairly common craft brews. It just wasn’t the right place for me. (892 characters)

Photo of beckerboots
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This was our first stop on our four day trip to the Bay area. We had some time to kill before checking in to our hotel so we decided to walk down past the tourist traps to Jack Famous Cannery Bar. My wife gave me the "three pints or 45 minutes" speech so my beer management skills were put to the test. The place is huge; seems to go on forever. We sat next to the very cozy fireplace. The waitress was somewhat cordial, however it was apparent that she was on the last stint of her shift and was solely interested in taking our order and receiving her gratuity. The menu was limited, with standard pub fare. The tap list was fairly extensive with California micros being the primary focus. We all ordered the hamburger platter. Food was certainly adequate but not exceptional. I ordered a Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, an El Toro Oatmeal Stout, and then threw the young waitress for a loop by ordering a Shipyard Lager (which necessitated a keg change). Three pints, one hamburger and forty two minutes later we were on the road. Now I'm making an asumption that in this area of San Francisco, tourists would be a primary source of revenue. Perhaps a better menu and a little less indifference would go along way in having them stay more then forty two minutes. (1,259 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Jack's was my first beer stop in San Francisco. It is in the Cannery Row shopping complex a stone's throw from Fisherman's Wharf. The place is large with a huge bar with 80 or 81 taps, depending on which sign you read, a large dining area, and a large patio dining area outdoors. It was too cold for the outdoors so everyone was inside.

The beer selection was very good with a good mix of CA microbrews, Belgians, German beers, and some macros. The Belgians were priced really high so I avoided them, but the CA beers, including Drake's, Bear Republic, Anchor, Russian River, Stone, and AleSmith, providing plenty of choices. My favorite beer here was the Anchor Old Foghorn.

The service was good. The barmaid was friendly and knowledgeable. The food looked and smelled good, but I was heading for dinner later so I didn't get a chance to try it.

Definitely worth a visit when in the Fisherman's Wharf area. (917 characters)

Photo of rowew
2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4

We actually visited here twice - once in the late afternoon, and once near closing time. There was live music playing in the outdoor plaza, so we grabbed a patio seat (it wasn't very busy), listened to music, and waited for the waitress. And waited. And waited. It wasn't like she didn't see us - she passed in our vicinity many times, but made sure to never make eye contact. Then I tried going to the bar - but every time I would try and catch the bartenders attention he would duck in back. Finally, after over half an hour, despite the nice atmosphere and the good beer list we went elsewhere. I have never seen such a disgusting excuse for service. Despite this horrible experience we ended up back here later in the evening because it was the only bar in the area open. This time we sat at the bar (we were the only ones there), and got served fairly quickly. The server was abrupt, but at least he was there this time. This is a nice location, great beer list, but the service has ensured I will look elsewhere unless there are no other choices. (1,052 characters)

Photo of slyke
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Jack's was the first place I visited after checking in to my Fisherman's Wharf hotel. It was time for a late lunch and after an hour waiting for the rental car, I was thirsty too. The family was meeting up for a long weekend in San Francisco and we had a great time! My paternal grandfather ran a local 3.2 tavern until I was 11, so the whole family is at home in a bar. Dark wood paneling and painted tin ceiling with a large fireplace was a great atmosphere in which to get my first beer in San Francisco. The food was typical bar and grill fare, but of better quality. My parents thought it was the best clam chowder they'd ever had. I had no complaints about my chicken sandwich and fries. We sampled the taps, Dad with the Anchor Steam, Brother with the Speakeasy IPA, and me with the Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA and the El Toro Oatmeal Stout. I'd recommend Jack's Cannery Bar to anyone who finds themselves in Fisherman's Wharf. (932 characters)

Photo of Troyone
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Located in an old historic brick building on the opposite side of Leavenworth St. from the Warf area this is a convenient place for tourist. There are many European beers of their eighty or so taps. Unfortunately the European tourist I met there were not interested in European beers and wanted some local stuff (see selection below). There was some live ebtertainment that was pretty good, a guitar player singing. Spacious with different areas to relax.

The wood bar is long with wood stools, tables, and chairs. Stainless steel taps and some were stained? Did not see a kitchen or even notice anyone eating. Restroom was clean.

The first server a guy was alright, when he left a female bartender took over and was not as hospitable but adequate.

Aside from Racer 5, Poppy Jasper, and an ACME beer the local selection did not really represent all of Northern Cal and no cask (handpump). In fact I suggested to some tourist from Europe, who liked the three I mentioned and wanted local beer, to go to Magnolias. There was nothing from Russian River, Magnolias, and only the standard selections from SN, Lagunitas, etc... Many European beers but their selection did not really appealed to me. Definitely not a good selection of local Stouts.

Did not see a menu.

expensive (1,286 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A regular stop in SF, down in Fishermans wharf, is Jack's bar. An oasis in a tourist trap.
Large interior with dark stained raised panel walls and 2 different bars.
The larger bar is on the right, as you head back.
Very good selection of draft, about half being "imports" and old standbys, and half local good stuff.
We had a New Belgium Beer De Mars (reportedly a Jack's exclusive in SF), and one of my faves, El Toro IPA-good as ever too.
Barkeep was attentive, but not friendly -by any means.
Would have liked to have hung out for an Anchor Bock or a Racer 5, but we were off to wait for the trolley.
Didn't have food, or look at the menu.
Recommended. (663 characters)

Photo of Clembo1957
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I visited Jack's several times during my visit to San Francisco. The selection of beers is large ranging from American to British (i personally wouldn't drink Bass or Newcastle Brown here in the UK!). One of my visits was on Superbowl Sunday so the atmosphere was very good, other times the bar can be virtually deserted.

The clientele range from regulars to befuddled tourists seeking refuge from Fisherman's Wharf. I was pleased to see one of the barmaids directing tourists to local brews like Anchor. Other visits the service at the bar is not impressive and can be slow. I sampled Anchor Foghorn 9.0% and only sold in half's! (634 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Right down the road from the Steelhead place in Fisherman's Wharf area. Dark, dingy wood atmosphere. Very welcoming fireplace and overstuffed couches and chairs as well. Long, Long wooden bar on the right as we entered. Seemingly endless amount of taps, maybe 60-70 running the length of the bar. Overwhelming to a Floridian on vacation in the big city. I had the El Toro Oatmeal Stout and 21st Amendment IPA. The bar service was sufficient, nothing to complain about. I really like the atmosphere and selection. Seemed like a place for locals to me. Worth a try. (563 characters)

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Jack's Cannery Bar in San Francisco, CA
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