Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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3.75/5
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792 Ratings
Magnolia Pub & BreweryMagnolia Pub & Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1398 Haight St
San Francisco, California, 94117
United States

(415) 864-PINT | map
magnoliapub.com

Notes:
Acquired by New Belgium in 2017

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BEER STATS
Beers:
56
Reviews:
341
Ratings:
792
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.03/5
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
203
pDev:
11.17%
 
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Ratings: 203 |  Reviews: 134
Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Magnolia was one of our last beer stops on our vacation to California. We had walked Haight and Ashbury for a little while ending up at Amoeba music (I could have spend all day going through the records in there!) and the decided to walk back to the car. As we walked in the sun we became pretty parched and I suggested a place I remembered hearing about through my forum posts.

I busted out the iPhone and mapped it out. Psh, only a block past where we had parked. We made our way in to quench our thirst.

Once inside I immediately got the feeling of being in an being in an English pub despite the fact I've never been to an English pub. It's odd but true. Anyway, we sat down at the rather empty bar. I believe it was a Monday which would explain the lack of patrons. Good for us though.

We received prompt service from a bartender who wasn't actually tending bar as much as he was hand-painting the beer menu above the tap handles. The chalkboard already adorned several well-done artist depictions of the beer names. He was very kind and incredibly helpful despite not even being the bartender.

After some water, we figured out what we wanted and took a few half-pints of some of Magnolia's beers from cask. Very nice! Good quality, tasty, and refreshing.

Inside the bar was probably the most average thing however. The walls seemed to be purposely run-down with peeling wall-paper and (possible) simulated water damage. Dark, scratched wood was used for all the furnature and there wasn't a lot of decoration.

Regardless, Magnolia is a place I wouldn't skip if on Haight and Ashbury. The location has great beer with good cask offerings and food that looked good even though we didn't try it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of VoxRationis
4.11/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Was in San Francisco on business, but had a free afternoon, so travelled over to the Haight-Ashbury area for lunch. Magnolia Pub & Brewery is located on a corner in a largely residential neighborhood and presents as a very homey, lived in pub. The food was solid to slightly upscale pub fare and the service was attentive and knowledgeable.

The selection and range of beers stretched from lager to stout, with about 18 taps (including 3 guest taps with Fort Collins) and two cask conditioned offerings. I had a flight that was consistently very solidly well made. Overall, a very enjoyable, low key P&B experience.

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Photo of Noelito76
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of gspeer711
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of GaryColeman
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Adamplus4000
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Daniellobo
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Timtac
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

I found Magnolia while walking around the Haight-Ashbury area and stopped in for a couple of beers. They had 17 taps, including 5 cask offerings, plus a guest tap. I had the mild and the porter, which were good if not outstanding. Service was typical, decent bar service. The vibe is very pubby with lots of dark wood and a lived-in feel. It's a neat place if you're in the area.

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Photo of RachelRussianRiverBrewing
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Covocali
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Great music great spot in the city food average beer a little above average.

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Photo of Jame515
4.19/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Sludgeman
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited on a Monday evening.

V -- Place with beers all named after dead related - 3.75

Sel 3.5
Qua 3.75
Ser 4.5

Food - The spicy lamb sausage was great. Mashed potatoes were runny. - 4

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Located on Haight Street, this is in it. Really cool look to the place. So much history. Neat in the winter when the windows fog up inside. Beer is solid, they've been doing this awhile and are reliable.

Service is good too, never come across that uppity SF waitstaff so I'm entitled thing here. They work for their money. Selection doesn't yield too much weird stuff, an occasional gruit or gem from the cellar, but other than that, usual styles for the most part. Good food.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Very cool English style brewery and BBQ place. Beers are only good-to-average, but the place is pretty cool. BBQ is excellent, but you pay $$$$ for it. Beer is more fairly priced.

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Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of mothman
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Lots of English style ales. Lots of hand pumps. $4 imperial pints since it was Tuesday. Pretty chill place with and English theme. If you like bitters and Esb, this is worth checking out.

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Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of k3ve
4.15/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AgentMunky
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of KStark
4.15/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Vinithing
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.79/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dowlers
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Great location right in the middle of Haight area. Busy pub with dark wood cosy vibe. Beers selection is heavy on the English side and doesn't suffer for it. Had 5 casks on when I was there and about 15 others on draft. Staff friendly and food great, especially the cheeses.

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Magnolia Pub & Brewery in San Francisco, CA
Brewery rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 792 ratings