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Jack's Cannery Bar

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32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
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2801 Leavenworth St
San Francisco, California, 94133-1129
United States
phone: (415) 931-6400

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Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

Sign out front of the place states they have a lot of beer on tap. Figured I would stop in to check it out. This is a typical grungy tourist bar in the Fisherman's Wharf area. There are two bars here, a small one when you first enter the place, then a larger one in the back. Loads of worn dark wood everywhere and a bunch of neon lights provide the glow.

There were over 50 beers on draft here, and good west coast selections from Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, all of the Anchor beers, Stone, and Deschutes. The beers were expensive at $7 a pint.

Service was decent and the bartender knew his beers. I did not have any food. This is a one time visit for me, as the prices are high due to the location, and there aren't really any unique beers here either.

10-04-2011 16:04:44 | More by Gavage
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%

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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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.59/5  rDev -1.6%

The first bar my wife and I hit on arriving in San Fran (3rd Feb 2013): it was Super Bowl and the 49ers were to blow the whole thing later in the day.

Plastic glasses were all that was allowed in this semi-sports bar, as they were expecting a larger than usual custom for the game.

Small bar to your left as you walk in the front with a larger almost hidden bar to the right a few steps in. Think Dr Who and the 'Tardis', this joint is a whole lot bigger inside than it appears from outside. Wood paneling, ornate ceiling and various styles of tables and chairs.

Staff friendly and helpful to a visiting Brit and his wife: good selection (to me anyway) but the burgers were terrible!

05-28-2013 15:55:52 | More by BlackHaddock
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francisweizen

Alaska

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

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
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.01/5  rDev -17.5%

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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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev +7.9%

This place was a block or so from our hotel and since we needed to get drunk it made for a great option. From the outside it looked trendy but once inside it was pretty much standard dive action. I'm from Milwaukee. Just like I like it. Tap list was long if heavy on the hops. I'm a sour head but I suffered through and drank what was offered. I think between my wife and I we had a pint of every beer on tap. The bartender was super friendly and talkative. We ended up chatting with the couple next to us and found out they were from the Midwest as well. Made for an even better evening. Prices were reasonable for the area actually. This place would do just fine back home.

01-04-2012 03:22:50 | More by beerwolf77
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%

We dropped off the rental car (or should I say tank) and our bags at the hotel, and we were ready for a Beer. As a first time visitor, we decided to do a bit of the touristy thing, so we walked up to Lombard street to see the crooked road, and had a great view of fisherman’s wharf, where we ended up going to next, if only to grab a Beer at Jack’s.

A strange décor indeed, it was split in two sections. As you walk in from the street, the right side looked like your typical retro sports bar, with neon signs, pictures of classic cars with pin-up girls leaning on them, and plenty of TVs playing the football game. Knowing that I can’t resist staring at the boob tube, my girlfriend dragged me across to the left side, which had a few booths and tables, well hidden from the chattering cyclops. I’m glad she did, because this side looked much more charming. Great craftsmanship on the ceiling, the back door had tiny rectangular windows that look straight out of the late 19th century and the fireplace was fantastic, with religious figures in a dark wood finish, it almost looked like an altar. It was kind of reminiscent of some of the old estaminets in Brussels, a bit of Au bon vieux temps and a sprinkle of Cirio. That pinball machine and pool table didn’t fit in at all though, but we were far enough from them to not be much of an eyesore. Crowd was mainly touristy and ran the gamut of 20-something college kids ordering shots to old couples resting their bones. With my backpack, camera and notebook, I didn’t seem too out of place here.

After sitting there long enough to take in the surroundings but too long to get served fast enough, I got up and headed towards the bar when the waitress came out of her rabbit hole and took our order. She didn’t seem too have too much Beer savvy, because I asked her who brewed the one Beer I’ve never heard of on the menu, and she had to go to the bar and ask. Turns out it was a local (El toro IPA), so I went for it. The rest of the menu was mainly macros, stealth-macros like Blue Moon, and the larger micros you can find just about everywhere else in town, so selection was sort of a small let-down, even for a guy with very limited west coast exposure. Minou went for a cider, which was one of those UK imports. I think it was Strongbow. Our pints finally arrived, and they were fine, I was a bit worried that a relatively obscure Beer would have tasted a bit stale, but it didn’t. We also ordered a few oysters and a shrimp cocktail, which were acceptable, if a bit pricey (so were the pints).

In hindsight my overall feeling about Jack’s is kind of lukewarm. Compared to most places I’ve been to around town, it’s clearly sub-par, but it was still my first watering hole on my trip (the airport bar doesn’t count), so I can’t totally bash it. I’d pin this down as a “it’s better than nothing, so have a Beer here while the wife is shopping” kind of place.

Visited Sep2006

09-26-2006 14:04:58 | More by Goldorak
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jdense

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

Visited 3/31/10 during afternoon stroll around North Beach, they have a significant number of taps, but nothing too exciting except for some Anchor products I haven't seen before. Pretty big cavernous place located in the middle of the old Cannery complex, help was efficient enough. The beers are a bit overpriced, though about average for The City. Didn't try or see any food. I guess I was looking for some more rare hard to get beers, and despite the number of taps, I came away disappointed in the beer selection.

04-01-2010 00:33:25 | More by jdense
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rowew

Colorado

2.6/5  rDev -28.8%

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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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

06-11-2005 23:25:06 | More by brewandbbq
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Jack's Cannery Bar in San Francisco, CA
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