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Jack's Cannery Bar

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32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
$$$ - a bit pricey
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2801 Leavenworth St
San Francisco, California, 94133-1129
United States
phone: (415) 931-6400

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rowew

Colorado

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.

12-06-2005 01:26:39 | More by rowew
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

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.

05-12-2006 22:03:30 | More by DaPeculierDane
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redneckchugger

Florida

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
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tpd975

Florida

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
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beckerboots

Ontario (Canada)

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.

03-25-2006 15:43:36 | More by beckerboots
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SwillinBrew

California

3.14/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Well, i've been going here for quite awhile because when i come to SF, my company puts me in the Argonaut hotel which is next door (quite nice for the record)

The atomosphere is nothing to write home about, but it's not bad. If you walk in from the shore side, you have to go in, turn right then a quick left to the bar which is on the right hand side. Somewhat long with about 75 brews on tap. (I had some Chimary, El Toro IPA - which I wouldnt get again, Anchor Foghorn - mm mm good and a Rogue Dead Guy - for some reason, it's really extra tasty here)

You can get all the macros and popular micros on tap here. Not really any special selections, but at least you can count on a solid micro to drink. The service seems to be a bit lacking bordering on the "they just dont care" attitude.

This bar has potential but i'm going to call it a micro dive bar. I would not go out of my way to come here, but hey, if you are in the area and need a good beer fix, then stop by because you'll be sure to find something you like.

09-17-2006 07:47:39 | More by SwillinBrew
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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
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Chefie

Oklahoma

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
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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.
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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
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blgianbeer

New York

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.

08-08-2006 16:52:23 | More by blgianbeer
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Jack's Cannery Bar in San Francisco, CA
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