Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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

1398 Haight St
San Francisco, California, 94117
United States

(415) 864-PINT | map

Acquired by New Belgium in 2017

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I went here a week or so ago with my wife and 4 friends after a week long cycling and wine tasting trip in Napa. We were totally wined-out and ready for beer.

Atmosphere: This is a pretty cool place that apparently used to be a pharmacy and now is a brew pub with a slightly diner-y or coffehouse like thing going on. Its relaxed. We got there early, like 6 pm on a Friday and it wasnt crowded, but there was quite a wait when we left.

Quality: Overall very good for a casual place.

Service: It was fine, the waitress was pretty attentive and gave reasonable advice to beer noobs at my table.

Selection: Nice selection of draft and cask stuff that they brew themselves. There were probably 4 or 5 cask selections in addition to 7 or 8 regular kegs. Beers ranged from decent to great. I think we tried them all.

Food: After a week of fancy food, we all got burgers which were great. One guy got fish and chips and praised them as the best he's had outside of London (he's kind of a tool though). The appetizers looked great, but we didnt get any.

Value: Everything was reasonable, but nobody was driving, so I have no idea how much. I would definitely recommend going here. If you go here for dinner or lunch, you can walk to Toronado after (its downhill about 8 or 10 blocks). You would not want to do the reverse!

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went to Magnolia after drinking at the Toronado and because I wanted to check out "Upper Haight" which turned out to be nothing more than lower haight with more money and tourism...bleah!

Atmosphere: Standard gastropub with semi-exposed kitchen, 1 bar, and lots of filled seats.

Quality: Nice, but has a prefabricated cookie cutter quality to it.

Service: Nothing special, but ok for a busy night.

The house beers were ok and I suspect the food was decent but I didn't try it. If I went back, it would only be to try the food.

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Photo of timtim
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

despite all of my travel companions griping about how cliche the haight has become, we managed to still enjoy ourselves at this little gem of a spot. a little crowded and crazy, the atmosphere still seems to feel pretty authentic and cozy. service was kind of slow, but the staff was super cool and sweet. seemed like most prominent styles of beer were available and well executed. food was bomb. i had fried pigs ears and fresh pork rinds to kick it off. a little expensive and just a touch touristy in a sf kind of way, but overall a great visit. props to mags for doing what they are doing where they are doing it. definitely worth a stop if you've never been through.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I stopped in here with my girlfriend on Wednesday afternoon. We sat at the long table near the west window, and only ordered two 20oz. beers between us.

Cool vibe. Very chic and sophisticated, much like a stereotypical San Francisco coffee shop. I dug it. Liz dug it, too. The interior was simple yet nice, sculpted from mahogany and adorned with black, tufted leather. Water was served in old 750mL glass bottles - nice touch - and the available beers were listed on a double-sided chalkboard hanging from the center of the bar. Magnolia had a very relaxed feel to it.

It took us a while deciding on which beers to choose from as the selection was very English-oriented. There were several bitters to choose from, along with a porter (Cole Porter), a trippel (Tweezer Trippel), and a few other light ales. There was also a small guest selection which included Damnation, DBA (on-cask), Old #38 Stout, Marin IPA, and one or two others. I had never tasted a true English bitter so I went with the New Speedway. Liz picked out the Cole Porter.

The service was a little slow, but friendly and helpful when it was there. We were essentially left alone at our table (until we finished our beers), which was actually kinda nice. The place is small enough that it's no hassle to just walk to the bar and order another round.

I didn't try any of the cask offerings (which was an accident), but I'll definitely be back to Magnolia in the future. This is definitely worth a stop.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

After an afternoon in Santa Rosa to visit Russian River, we came back to the Bay area hungry. The hotel in Berkeley was surrounded by Thai, Indian, Mediterranean, Afghan ethnic food, which all of us love, but we'd had our fill and just wanted something as simple as fried chicken. I was flipping through a beer magazine I picked up from Russian River, and there was an add for Magnolia's that said this place specializes in cask ale, so I was interested and had to look the place up online. Then a funny series of coincidences occurred. The place was located on the Haight-Ashbury, where we all wanted to check out after we found a place to eat, and the special for the night here was fried chicken. Once we looked over the rest of the menu, though, it quickly became apparent that I needed to try something other than fried chicken.

I have never seen such a diverse and mind-blowing menu at a brewpub, nor have I ever been to a place that had a selection of 4 different house casks and another guest cask. Our minds were quickly made up and the three of us headed out over the Oakland Bay Bridge to fight our way into SF. Then another funny thing happened: we knew we were close, so we started looking for a parking space. Then somebody pulled their car out and we were able to parallel park in their place, right in front of Magnolia's Pub. Finding a parking space in SF is nearly impossible, so we hear, but we were able to do this at nearly every outing we had in the Bay area.

The place was pretty busy, but we ended up getting the last table. The people behind us were waiting for quite a while, so the turnaround seems to be pretty slow. I can see why, however, because once we sat down we didn't want to leave. Cool atmosphere with a big community table. Water is served in refrigerated glass bottles that used to house various forms of liquor. There are several unisex bathrooms with an old fashioned faucet in the hallway with heated towels to dry your hands on.

The service was amazing. Even though the place was literally packed to the gills, we were attended to like we were the only people there. My mother told me she wanted me to marry the waitress. I'll admit, there is something to be said about a fine woman talking about cask ale.

The food was quite exciting. Heirloom tomato salad for an appetizer was quite delicious, as was the pasta carbonara. Everybody else thoroughly enjoyed their food as well, including my mom who still ended up getting the fried chicken, which was evidently just like Grandma used to make.

The beer was very good as well, but I'd have to say that maybe we came on an off night, since two of the three casks that I sampled seemed a bit dead. The stout was good, but the IPA was getting a bit oxidized and flat, as was the bitter. Even despite that, the beer was very good. I am just wondering how well they are able to manage 5 different casks on average. I would definitely like to come back another several times just to find out.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I happened to be in town and visited on a Tuesday evening with a friend. Lucky us, Tuesday is $3/ pint happy hour! We started with a cask IPA and its remarkable good. Smooth and flavorful. We got seated eventually. Although it is a laid back hippie vibe going on, the service was good. The seating was a little cramped as there is not much room in this place. We ordered burgers which were organic and very tasty. We even had the homemade beef jerky, YUM. We tried a couple more of the beers including the cask porter and the belgian tripel (on tap). Over all this is a fun place with great beer. Worth the trip.

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Photo of braddo
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Laid back hippie vibe as Magnolia's resides in the Haight neighborhood. Didn't get to sample too much as we pedalled our way up endless hills to refresh ourselves and still had to battle cars, trolly cars, buses and other bikers on the way home on two wheels. Be sure to visit on Tuesday to take advantage of $3.00 beers.

Kalifornia Kolsch: I love Kolsch beer but this was not one of my favorites. Not as refreshing as I hoped after a 30 mile bike ride. Maybe it was the 8 ounce serving in a tall shot glass. Can I really complain though - it was $2.00

Spud Boy IPA: My wife enjoyed this extreme IPA. No tasting notes but judging by how fast her glass emptied, it must have been tasty.

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Photo of mjl21
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Time to review the newly updated Magnolia 2.0.

Magnolia Pub is a great place that has recently gone through a major upgrade. They eliminated the hippie mural and have given it more of a classic bar with gold leafing around the room. The building itself is quite tiny. When you walk in there is now a large communal table that every restaurant in the City has put in. There are several booths and some two tops in the room. The bar itself is not very large and reminds me on an old time saloon. The beer board is hanging smack in the middle of the room and the beers are listed on the front and back.

When they redid the room they also redid the menus and have gone the route of a nice gastropub. Last time I was there was for brunch. I had the homemade sausage sandwich which was quite good and my wife enjoyed the French toast she ordered. They also offer cheese plates, charcuterie, and a few sandos.

The beer selection is quite large for such a small space. They usually have 10-11 beers on tap and 5 on cask. A lot of their beers are lower abv choices such as Kalifornia Kolsch and Blue Bell Bitter so you can try more beers and still walk out. They pour Imperial pints and 10 ounce servings. I tend to go with the Proving Ground IPA.

Service can be a little slow, which is surprising because the space is not very large. They do a good job if there is a wait by having a list that you put your name on.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.3/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Here it is, my 100th BeerFly Review:

Magnolia Pub & Brewery is a wonderful establishment situated on the hectic corner of Haight & Masonic (Yeah, it doesn't have the same ring, does it?). Once known as the Drugstore Café during the Dead Head Days of the 1960s, Magnolia, today, is a rather small, yet very busy, gastropub offering an incredible array of quality brews, the list of which can be found on the appropriate chalkboard. During my visit this list consisted of two IPAs, two bitters, two stouts and several others that impressed me. Additionally, there were three casks. All in all, outstanding given the limited brewing space allowed. (I understand that their brewery is located beneath Haight Street.) By the way, if you can, stop by on "$3.00 Tuesdays," when beers are ... well, you know.

As mentioned above, Magnolia is another one of those "gastropubs," and the menu is an eclectic one that stands well above your average "pub grub;" and while I always put great beer ahead of great food, this is still a good thing - and serves as an extra bonus when paying a visit. As a longtime Beer Advocate, I have long appreciated such establishments that respect beer enough to pair it with cuisine. In any case, I heartily recommend the organic burger, which was superb.

Many positive aspects abound here; one is the efficient and knowledgeable service, always an asset for customers craving food and quaff. Of course, another asset about Magnolia is that it is a short walk (or stumble) to Toronado (See Review). Speaking of transportation, you can also take Muni Bus 6, 7, 33, 37, 43 and 71.

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Photo of John_M
3.74/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Had not been here in several years, and frankly I was not all that impressed during my visit today. There were no guest beers on tap (in the past they had quite a selection of SpeakEasy stuff), and they were out of the Proving Ground IPA. Also, I spoke to the waitress/bartender about the atmosphere/decorartions in the pub, which I thought were pretty stark. She indicated the owner recently decided to get rid of the paintings and murals, in order to emphasize the old wood and aged feel of the building. That's fine I suppose, but right now the place has the feel of a place that is still recovering from a recent earthquake. Right now all you see is chipped paint, delapadated walls, etc. Service is fine, our bartender waitress was pretty friendly and we never had to wait too long. The brewpub still had a fairly decent selection of their own beers, as well as several on cask. The one beer I tried, an aged ale, was prettty decent. No complaints along those lines.

Ended up just getting a half pint and a glass of rootbeer, which cost $6. Considering we were in the Haight, I didn't think that was too unreasonable.

While I had not been here in several years, I can't say my recent experience corresponded well with what I recalled. This place is just down the street from the Toronado, and frankly I'll be damned if I can think of one reason why I would go here rather then there. The place was fine, but based on past experiences, I really was expecting a better experience. Oh well....

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Photo of xhcadamx
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A - Newly renovated this place is pretty nice. Very interesting decorating unlike any other brewpub I had been to before. The bathrooms were awesome. I am assuming they had been remodeled to look the way the looked when the building was built (probably a little bit after 1906).

Q - I was expecting great beers from this place. This was not the case, all the beers that were ordered at my table had a very young quality about them. My IPA was choked with a green apple flavor - couldnt even finish it.

S - Our server was often short with us. Maybe I look like a low tipper?

S - The varieties of beer was nice. I think I saw 3 cask beers. They have some beers that usually don't find at other brewpubs. Hopefully these beers are better than the 3 I had tried.

F - Very tasty! I had the burger and was very impressed. I think everything here is Organic / bought locally.

V - The beers and some food items are overpriced in my opinion.

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Photo of trumpetego
3.78/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by Magnolia tonight for a drink with an old friend who lives nearby.
Very nice pub atmosphere. There's a long communal high table to the left and smaller tables in a dinning area to the right. The bar is located at the back of the room. Typical dim lighting, polished wood surfaces, etc.
The beer is so-so. Between us we sampled five beers: a wheat beer (on cask), a bitter, a kolsch, an oatmeal stout, and an old ale. The weakest, by far, was the wheat. It was not unpleasant, but it wasn't particularly flavorful. The lack of carbonation that goes along with cask conditioning didn't help. The other offerings were all pretty good. None were the best examples of the styles I've had, but they were drinkable.
Service was pretty good. The bartenders were helpful and chatty, but not particularly attentive.
Selection was decent. There were about 16 beers on tap and five on cask (although most of the cask offerings were also on normal taps. Even so, there were a fair number of styles available. The focus was primarily English styles (milds, bitters, stouts, pale ales, and old ales), but there were also German and Belgian style beers available.
I didn't have a chance to try Magnolia's dinner selections, but I did have an excellent dessert. The menu had some very interesting items on it, although they were not cheap. From our seats at the bar we could see plates emerging from the kitchen, and they looked and smelled very good.
Value was quite good on the night we went. We were there at about 9:30pm on a Tuesday night, and the bartender mentioned something about it being $3 beer night. I don't know if this is only on Tuesdays, but it made for an excellent value.
I wouldn't say Magnolia is a must-see for the beer tourist in San Francisco, but it is worth a try if you have time.

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Photo of LoRezDave
4.38/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I was in San Francisco for business back in October and just found the time to collate my notes on The Magnolia Pub & Brewery. This was my first/only trip the Magnolia and it's gone on my Must See San Francisco list...along with The Toronado which is just a few blocks away.

The Magnolia is right on the corner of Haight and Masonic. Two exterior walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and a corner door make it very inviting. It naturally draws in the people passing by.

The interior atmosphere is very warm due to the worn, relaxed, woodwork throughout (wood bar, wood paneling, wood booths, etc). Two sides are window booths looking out on Haight and Masonic. The two opposite walls on the back and other side have old yellowed wallpaper that reaches to the high ceilings and fantastic crown molding.

I wound my way through the tables and made my way to the bar. When traveling on business, and dining solo, I'm a big fan of the restaurants with full-menu bars...such as The Magnolia. It's a bit on the noisy side, definitely not bad, just slightly reverberation-ish so noise/sound/conversation carries and bounces around. As I got comfortable on the high-stool I noticed Grateful Dead music wafting quietly behind the warm chatter of patrons. That hit a particular soft-spot for me. While the Magnolia draws a lot of it's naming and general character from the Grateful Dead music, songs, and lyrics, it's by no means overbearing and people not familiar with the Dead would not be put off - or even notice.

I ordered a Kalifornia Kolsch (5.1% 15 IBU) while "soaking it all in" and checking out the taps. That day (Oct 15) they were pouring 12 taps and 4 casks (!). They also were offering several wines on tap and in bottle along with a few champagne's and sparkling wines.

While I was checking out the menu I noticed one of the sous chef's, thinking he was hidden, dance a little jig back in the kitchen.

Everything about the place seemed thoughtful - the menu, the worn rich decor, the chalkboard tap-list, etc.

I ordered a sausage plate which was delicious and slightly smokey. All their sausages are homemade. Unfortunately I didn't seem to take any other notes - but I recall very strongly being duly impressed. I paired the sausage plate with a Weather Report Wheat (4.3% 55 IBU). The fruitiness of the hops worked well with the apple-flavor in the sausage and the mild spicing of the sausage was toned down nicely from the the cooling/smoothing of the wheat-based ale.

The service at the bar was terrific. I tend to keep to myself when doing the solo-thing but the small-talk and tag-team service at the bar was efficient and friendly.

At one point I overhead one of the diners proclaim "I'm going to be Grace Slick for Halloween" which was appropriate since the holiday was only a couple weeks away, and Golden Gate Park was about three blocks down the road.

Since I'm not big into sweets I chose not to eat my desert but drink it instead. Dessert was a Prescription Pale Ale served from cask (5.9% 55 IBU).

Wow great spot. The food, the music, the atmosphere, the staff/service, and the beer. All wonderful, accommodating, and relaxed. I will definitely be back.

** Edit: Oh, and from their website you can sign up for their newsletter which is informative and refreshingly artistic in this writing and look-and-feel.

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Photo of marcpal
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This was a unique establishment in a unique atmosphere and location. Very Cali in nature and a trippy walk just getting there. This is a textbook Gastropub in terms of the food and beer offered: first that I can recall being one that also brewed their own.

The atmosphere was 'different' indeed. It was a scene outside and the place itself was mad laid back. About 12 tables and a sleek little bar that looked right into the kitchen. The biggest negative for the whole experience was that the beer list was only on the chalkboard so I had to get up each time to look at it and hesitated because for the people eating under it, they probably didn't want my dopey mug standing over and looking over them repeatedly.

The quality of the beer was pretty good, did not have each but the quality of the food was also good. The best beer was the spud IPA and they offered casked versions of each as well. The food was a bit greasy but well rounded. Very well rounded. Partially my fault in what I ordered (greasy potatoes/vegs) but the salad with blue cheese was tremendous as was the spicy sausage. Not for the faint of heart, this one was spicy.

I started my selection with a tasting sampler which was a great deal and let me experiment the styles that they had to offer. They did a good job of matching the glasswear and the food offered choices among choices and all were professionally and chowhoundedly done. Good stuff.

It is worth the trip there for the cask options alone as well as solely for the mustard. Might be the best ground homemade mustard Ive ever had. Id put it on a doorknob and eat it, kudos to the cook that puts that one together.

Worth a visit, get your butt out there. Bartender/waitress also friendly and attentive. Good crowd too. One other note is that they had Russian River guest beer flowing as well.

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Photo of Irie
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Spent the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving here. Great atmosphere with a bunch of relaxed folks. Met a few other beer-heads here which lead to some interesting conversations.

The selection here is great. It's not as vast as some, but it's definitely big and all very quality beers. I got the Porter and the Stout, both of which were great.

Service was great, bartender was very knowledgeable and friendly. Price was totally reasonable for the quality too, so big win there.

I'll be back here without a doubt.

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Photo of redtopian
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Really good beer. Very hoppy. I tried the Pale ale and the IPA. And actually the IPA did not seem as much a bitter as the Pale, despite the 60 BU in the Pale vs. the 100BU in the IPA. A nice selection. I liked the fact the alcohol by volume and Biternss Units were noted along side each beer on the board. A good atmosphere with a large "communal" table. And the Dead being played on the stereo which always makes it a little sweeter. It fit in nice being in the Haight Ashbury area. Overall, a great experience. I only wish I had had the chance to eat there as well. Food "Looked" good.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Probably the best place in San Francisco for cask ales. They always have at least 3 or 4 casks on, both their own beers and some nice guest casks- both local and overseas. Last time I was there I had a nice Dark Star mild from England. This place is right on Haight, and so it can be kind of a scene. These days the upper Haight is basically a big shopping/tourist district, and the clientele here often reflects that. It also means it's often crowded and the service can be harried and a little hard to deal with. Nice house beers and definitely a place I'll hit up again.

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Photo of bbothen
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Cool spot in the upper Haight. Right in the middle of the Haight/Ashbury scene.

8 or so beers on tap at all times plus 5 beers on hand pump. Very cool. At least 1 guest tap as well. Moonlight Reality Czech when I was there.

Please has a cool vibe and is a great place to people watch. Plenty of tourist types as well.

Long counter/bar, plenty of tables, a long wood "captains table" all packed into a somewhat small building.

Service was very attentive & friendly on my visit. No problems there.

Food was good. I had the Albacore Tuna sandwich & it was great. Wife had a burger with blue cheese & it tasted great as well.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Certainly atop the list of my SF Brewpub faves.

Exceptionally crafted food that utilizes locally sourced, sustainable ingredients. I'm always delighted by the changing menu.

And the beer is first rate, too. You'll find no less than 4 beers on cask, anytime you visit. Mostly, English in style, some of my all-time favorites include Big Cypress Brown, Kalifornia Kolsch, Prescription Pale, Spud Boy IPA, and any of their bitters. It is THE place to go for a cask conditioned English Bitter and each and every one I've samples has been incredible.

I haven't been there since they remodeled but I plan on making a visit soon.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

The charm of the hippie-history of Haight Street wore off when I left highschool, and now I see the area as a good place for thrift shopping and a haven for strung out homeless people... NICE!
Magnolia Pub and Brewery is a saving grace among the silly tourists and trustafarian homeless kids (you know the ones that are still pretty and have money for makeup and buying cool pipes, but still want to sit on the sidewalk and beg for money?)
I digress...
Magnolia not only has amazing beer... it has amazing beer available from cask. The food is pretty nice, but the beer....
Did I mention the beer?
Good stuff!

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Photo of ubermick
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Another stop on my recent evening out in the Haight, I'd heard very good things about their beers.

First opinion was that it was very different from any brewpub I'd been in before, feeling more like an organic cafe than anything else. It was quite busy when we got there, with the bar packed with folks who were there for the food, and not interested in the beers, so we left and came back after the dinner crowd died down.

The brews on offer were okay. Our group ordered a casked Prescription Pale, a brown, and the Cole Porter, and passed them around. But okay is rough going in the craft brewing business - as we sat there and sipped, we found ourselves missing the Toronado a couple of blocks away. They just weren't that memorable, although the Cole Porter was the standout.

Our server was courteous, but a tad aloof. She recommended that we try a cheese plate with our beer, which we did, and then she left us alone for the rest of our stay - one of our group was keen to order a Cole Porter, but she didn't seem to interested in taking her order. Took several more minutes to get our tab, and we filed out, heading back to Toronado.

It's worth a visit to check out, and from scanning the food menu, and remembering the crowds, their meals looked very good, but with everything else on offer in the Haight, this spot is down my list in recommendations.

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Photo of jayrod20
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

One of my favorite places to visit when I am in San Francisco. Easy to find on Haight Street.

The atmosphere has been low key when I have been there, people tend to keep to themselves, their beers, or their company. Nothing wrong with that.

The quality of beers is top notch. Especially the Proving Ground IPA, and the Cole Porter. I really don't think I have ever had a bad beer here. And they always seem to have a beer or two on cask which is great for a little change up. I also like how they serve their beers in imperial pints, so you get a little more bang for your buck.

The service is slightly above average. Nothing great, but I have never had bad service here either.

I have only really tasted a couple of food items here, and they were tasty too.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I dropped in here Saturday after hitting the Toronado Bwine festival. The restaurant is right on a corner on Haight St. in San Francisco. The interior reflects the atmosphere of the location, with a few artsy murals lining the walls. Looking at the blackboards, the emphasis was definitely on the beer over the food, with most of the space being dedicated to the beer. The bartender was very prompt but not especially friendly. I also didn't try the food but have heard many good things. I would've tried more, but we were saving our stomachs for more barleywine. It was busy when U went in, not sure if it always that busy or the festival had something to do with it.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Been going to this place on the haight for years but decided to review it finally.

When you walk in it will probably be packed, there might be open tables, sometimes you can just sit down at them but asking the waitstaff is advisable. Sit at the bar if there's room. The place is very trippy and some sort of hippie music is usually playing. It's a great looking mix between a pharmacy and brewpub.

The beer selection is good, they have a lot of beers on tap and usually interesting ones. You can order imperial pints, tastings, and other assorted shapes and sizes. I ordered the oysterhead stout, and you could taste the oysters they put in the mash.

They serve food, the menu makes it sound good, but when you order it, it's not as good as it reads. I ordered the clam chowder and was not impressed by it.

All in all if youre up on the haight and want to go to a brewpub, this is the one. The toronado usually has there beers on tap, so do other bars like alembic. Its an alright place, make up your mind for yourself, I like 21st amendment better.

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Photo of kleffman
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Doing a little SF beer tour weekend and hit up Magnolia for a lunch and some beers. Quite impressed with their IPA on cask and the Tripel. I wasn't sure what to expect out of the Tripel but they pull the beer off very well. Great food for lunch. Sat at the bar and got great service, beer recommendations, and in general had a fantastic time. Will go back for sure. Cool area too, obviously since it's in the Haight. I recommend going here for some food, and then down to the Toronado for a couple more drinks. Then if you're leaving the area, head over to the 21st Amendment for dinner and a couple finishing beers. Now that's a great day.

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Magnolia Pub & Brewery in San Francisco, CA
Brewery rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 775 ratings