Taps: 43 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by AylwinForbes:
4.01/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Obviously this place is a Mecca, as the dozens of reviews attest too. We visited on our Big Beer Adventure (Route 101) in March and felt it only right that this was a must. The good news: no children; unlike so many other hipster places, brats are out. Thank God. There is something of a time-warp when entering the saloon-like swing door; it is quite dark, noisy, pulsating with local folks who do not live life in corporate America (as I understand it), almost just a little bit threatening - like the surrounding area. The tourists will not wander into here.
We visited on a Tuesday which is apparently when the neighbouring sausage place does its special with hamburgers. Hence the crowds. What a scene: some totally stressed shirtless guy would appear at the door yelling a name into the din. Fantastic. People watching is the best sport here: constant ebb and flow and coming and going.
Some have muttered about the service. The way I see it, if there is one bloke serving the whole crowd then don't expect to be treated like a visiting royalty. Know what you want, place the order clearly. No worries.
Bathroom is spectacular - like a Jackson Pollack. Beer selection awesome to someone from Chicago. Too many to choose. Okay, maybe some places have more but how many can you ever really have? This is one of our fave places anywhere. It's more than just the beer.
08-06-2010 03:24:32 | More by AylwinForbes
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3.68/5 rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Overall a great beer bar. Visited during SF beer week. At the time they had over 50 barleywines on tap from a excellent selection of breweries. The atmosphere was loud and bustling. Frequently shoulder to shoulder throughout the bar. The bar was fairly dirty and there was a lot of toilet paper on the floor throughout the bar. The service was poor, but the knowledge was great.
02-19-2014 01:21:50 | More by jaydoc
4.3/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here twice during SF beer week, once for an event and another when nothing was going on. I have wanted to check this place out ever since I stopped at the one in SD, glad I could finally visit it. Atmosphere was exactly how I expected it to be, jam packed and loud. Tons of people all over the place enjoying themselves, some a little too much. I like these kinds of beer bars so if you don't I could see why some wouldn't like it. Service was good even when they were getting slammed with orders. I had a bit of trouble getting their attention but once they saw me it was smooth sailing. Quality was high on the beer end, correct glasses and such, the bar itself could use a hose down every once in a while but it wasn't that bad. Selection was excellent as expected. I was able to try a bunch of the Moonlight beers which was awesome as well as Anchor OBA which has been on my wants for years, all of which was after the -tion night beers which were incredible. Since they are connected to the sausage house next door I am just going to include it, the merguez sausage was awesome. Prices were quite good, even during the event. Overall it was exactly what I was expecting, and even a little more. I would be a regular here if I lived in the bay area.
02-17-2014 18:57:09 | More by orangesol
Toronado in San Francisco, CA
94 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.