Rogue Ales Public House

Rogue Ales Public HouseRogue Ales Public House
Rogue Ales Public HouseRogue Ales Public House
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

673 Union St
San Francisco, California, 94133-2811
United States

(415) 362-7880 | map

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Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Happened upon this while wandering through the city with my girlfriend's brother. We had eaten in Chinatown and bumped up the hills for a while until we were ready for a beer and this seemed like a good place. It was mostly empty at four in the afternoon on a Wednesday but the service was a little slow and the table area seemed a little dingy. The selection was pretty strong, with several taps of local stuff I hadn't seen. I had a Lagunitas I hadn't seen before. It wasn't cheap, but for downtown SF, it was fine.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Went here on a trip to San Francisco in 2011. The beer list was expansive and included several guest taps. I went in the afternoon and back for dinner that night. The food was good, lots of ingredients were grown at Rogue Farms. I would recommend to anyone in the area, it was a good spot. They do growler fills and sell package as well.

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Photo of brongladest
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Had a great time here, went for my 26th birthday and you get any beer in a twenty five ounce mug, an amazing reward for aging! The food was of high quality, sweet potato fries in generous portions and vegetation options, a SF bay area specialty. I'd say if your in the SF bay area check it out!

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Photo of jerrytodd
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I like most Rogue beers a lot so was pretty keen to pop by this place.

Atmosphere follows the SF craft beer pub trend of having no pride in aesthetics. Place felt dusty and cobbled together.

Service was fine, no quibbles there.

Food was so-so, although the chili I had was pretty good.

Value is reasonable.

Beers were great and a good selection of guest brews too.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.84/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Late evening on Sunday 3rd Feb 2013: the 49ers had earlier blown the Super Bowl and this place was subdued and fairly quiet apart from one table full of collage kids who had to shout because they appeared too pissed to talk.

The joint is basic and wooden: as are the pieces of furniture. Chalk Board high up behind the bar tells you what's on: when I asked for a ZIA Fireside Chat I got blank looks, my eye sight is so bad and the writer of the chalk board so crap it had 21A (as in 21st Amendment) looking like ZIA: oh how we laughed. The staff loved me, even got some free crisps, or whatever Americans call them. Anyway my wife and I shared 6 different beers and had a very pleasant stay, chairs could have done with some cushions though.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

We stopped in for a few beers around around noon on a Saturday. It's near the tourist attractions (Pier 39, etc), which was reflected in the prices but the service was great. They had at least 38 taps of Rogue, Anchor, a few ciders and a couple other random breweries. They had anything you were looking for. We only had an appetizer, the Blue Balls, and they were great. Definitely a great place to take a break from the sightseeing and relax.

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Photo of drrone
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

One of the stops on my Coastal road trip. I visited this place after the Brewery in Newport. I was in the area and figured I would have a quick beer. The place has a nice layout and feel to it. The beer selection was very good, both guest taps and an excellent offering of their own. I had the Class of '88 Barleywine and I liked it very much. I didn't eat any food, but the food beside me looked excellent. The service was very good, in contrast to the shitty service at the brewery.

I would drop by if you get a chance, worth checking out.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Considering the location, and the fact that Rogue is a very large and established brewery, I like this spot a lot more than I ever thought I would. Even though there's a bit too much merch going on, the overall design of the bar (my preferred spot of choice) is nice. And the selection is heavy on Rogue, yes, but there are also a lot of other beers on tap to try - which I think is the right way to do it. Service has always been good; genuinely attentive and chill.

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Photo of excalibur
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A great neighborhood pub with many draft beers. We visited this pub twice while in town during off hours and were delighted. When we were there they had about 15 Rogue ales and about 15 guest taps, many that we didn't know and the friendly bartenders were very helpful with advice and samples. Growlers are also available. The efficient city transportation takes you very close to their door. The only food we had was a bean dip of some sort and it was delicious and went very well with our beers. This is a casual, comfortable place with many regulars and visitors. We enjoyed our beers and the hospitality and will be back.

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I didn't even know this place existed in San Francisco until my cousins-in-law took me when I was there on business. It's not often that the three of us get tipsy all in the same bar, but this place was that warm, comfortable, and relaxing, all the while bustling with fun and charisma. The well-lit layout encourages interaction with other patrons without the discomfort of sitting on top of people. The service was ok, but at least it wasn't bad. You might wait for a few minutes when you make your trip up to the bar and bar keeps aren't going to entertain many questions. But at least they're not condescending jerks that so many craft beer joints seem to employ. There is a great selection of home and guest beers. I had a wonderful time here and would love to go back as soon as I can.

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Photo of jpbebeau
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Late on a Sunday night, when you're staying nearby and La Trappe is, unfortunately, closed, I can recommend stopping in here.

Met up with a friend who happened to be in town and we wandered by several nearby places until we found ourselves outside of Rogue.

The place wasn't terribly busy, so we seated ourselves and went to the bar for our beers. Two large blackboards (one in each room) had the Rogue beers and guest beers on tap. We sat in the far room and were disappointed several times when we made our way up to the bar and the tap list didn't match. Oh well, we still had good beer. Rogue Old Crustacean, 21st Amendment Bitter American, Sierra Nevada Harvest, etc.

I wouldn't call this a dive bar, but the bathroom may qualify as having been transplanted from one.

I was informed the kitchen was closed, but the bartender suggested bringing in food from next door. So in less than 5 minutes I came back with Pad Thai to go with my beer.

It sounds like it's best to go here when it's not overwhelmingly busy. I enjoyed it, and it was convenient. Most importantly, it was open and we walked by it.

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Photo of BenHesk12
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Rogue ales is a dive bar/restaurant in SF's North Beach right off of the main drag, Columbus ave. The public house boasts a large guest list as well as features several of their own fresh rogue ales. Rogue, brewed in Oregon, has plenty of good selections, and it seemed like the guest taplist was indeed hand picked. On the day I went in, a Saturday, the waiter was completely incompetent and barely succeeded in the simple task of bringing us our beers. ** I even saw him take a sip of a customers beer to see what it was, because the bartender had forgotten what he poured--so be warned about the service... Overall, if you happen to stumble across this place and can't find anywhere else, it's good for a beer or two, but sit at the bar.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Walked to the Rogue Public House while at AGU in San Francisco.

Selection first...about 10 Rogue beers including a few I hadn't tried before. Bottles of Voodoo Doughnut available too. 15+ guest taps, I ordered a New Belgium Lips of Faith Kick sour ale. Others included beers from Lagunitas, Stone, High Water Brewery. 30+ taps overall.

Bar atmosphere seemed jovial, but the back room for eating was a bit desolate and generally lacking in "Pub" feel.

Food was pretty good, although the fries with my Kobe burger (which was delicious) were bordering on lukewarm when they were brought out. Service was shoddy; the waiter seemed very aloof and cold for the most part and needed several reminders to finally get my table glasses of water.

All in all, a decent place for a pint, but I can't really recommend eating there again.

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Photo of Sheepdog
3/5  rDev -25.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Went to this establishment while visiting my brother in San Fran. I had googled it prior to leaving Arizona. I was excited to go here and try some food and brews.

The place was crowded when we got there and and the wait staff took about 10 minutes before they acknowledged that we were there (even though our group of four was in there way constantly).

Waited for a table to clear and the waitress sat us at a table that hadn't even been cleared yet.

The food arrived at room temperature however the beer was decent. I have tried numerous Rogue beers but somehow it just wasn't that good. I think it was more of the wait and impression that I got before we even sat down.

After paying for the meal I was almost embarrassed to have pushed this place on my family when there are a lot more beer pubs in the area that we could have gone to.

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Photo of dgilks
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was in North Beach during my recent travels and Church Key was closed so it was Rogue or nothing. I can't say I was entirely disappointed. The Rogue beers were Rogue beers which meant that they were unexceptional but the guest beers were great. I really enjoyed a Chalice of New Belgium Le Terroir and was pleased to see Sculpin on tap. On the whole, the experience was pretty good with a relatively knowledgeable bartender making the experience a positive one and providing something to do on a hot June afternoon.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Came here on a Saturday afternoon and the bar was crowded but the tables were empty. Nice layout as the bar seats about 10 or so, and has roughly 30 taps lined up behind the bar. A large and easy to read chalkboard provides the latest list.

There is a large selection of Rogue beers, and a nice list of guest taps. Beers from Stone, New Belgium, and Lagunitas were most notable. The two beers I had were fresh and tasty.

Service was a bit slow since there was a decent crowd at the bar. The food was decent but not great.

This should be a must stop for anyone visiting San Francisco to enjoy some beers. There are some beers to go and swag in the back of the restaurant too.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere: its a small restaurant with a very large crowd. its so packed inside that i wasn't able to tell if it was nicely kept or not, but i'm guessing it was.

Selection: a lot of Rogue beers as well as some guest taps. If you like rogue beers, then this selection will be a dream come true for you. i'm not a big fan of rogue beers, but they had New Belgium's Lips of Faith La Terroir on tap....which was amazing.

Service: very friendly. the waitress there made sure my group got a table which was greatly appreciated given how crowded it was. They brought me the wrong beer once, but after telling them, they went back and got me the right one, and let me keep the wrong one to drink as well for no charge.

The food was pretty good, but pricey, though not more pricey than the rest of the city.

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Photo of prg1976
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere was great, sat at the bar and met some very nice people. Great weather outside with a nice breeze blowing in the door.

Beers were all pretty good. Got samples of the beers I wasn't sure of, the others were solid.

Service was good. JJ, the bartender was very generous with the samples.

Selection was good, obviously lots of Rogue brews, but also quite a few guest beers.

Food was ok. I had a Kobe burger that was pretty good.

Overall, a really nice place with a good atmosphere and great company at the bar.

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Photo of MexicanSkittel
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Gotta say I like going to Rogue a lot. I'm still yet to have a bad experience here.
Clean establishment, great selection of house and guest beers on tap, as well as good selection of to go Bottles.
Catch it on a sunny day and visit the patio out back with a cold pint. You've gotta have a bowl of the Chilli. It's pretty awesome, and it comes with a piece of hazelnut bread.
Great location, easy to get too, make sure you have quarters if you drive, the meters will be monitored.
Become a citizen and get discounts.
Keep the Revolution alive guys.

Update: 11-27-11
So I ran into my first bad experience here.
On a Sunday evening, I go in with a buddy, and had kinda of talked the place up. I ordered a double IPA which I've ha many times...
We sit at a table and I take a whiff, the beer wasn't anywhere near as floral as past experiences, nor wa there any flavor. I thought maybe it was me, my buddy not the "beer drinker" had a taste and went "ehhhh". I couldn't get close to 1/4 they way through it, when we decided to swoop some bar stools. As we were there I asked the bartender to try the beer and see what he thought as it wasn't what I remembered. He said it was off and it could e the end of the keg. He offered to take that off my bill and my next one was on the house. Hey pretty nice.'s where it goes bad. I ordered a nitro stout. He started the beer and poured 3/4 to let settle before finishing the pour. Good start. Well my buddy ordered a co2 pint and got it after it was poured. Mine still settling. 3 bartenders behind the bar, 4 min now and still no beer for me. 7 min still no beer for me. The 3/4 had settled and not finished the pour. All three bartenders walked by it SAW the beer and did nothing. I wasn't going to ask for it but rather wait patiently to see what happened. Finally after 11 min (yes I was looking at my watch) did a fourth bartender walk behind the bar and finish my pour, with a perfect head and pour. He asked the bartenders who's beer it was and all three even the one who started the pour who's it was...he said "I don't know".
That's when I decided to say "well that's mine, I ordered it over ten minuets ago".
He realized his mistake, was apologetic, and said all our beers were on the house.
Bad experience yes! Did they make it right? Yes! But I feel after having sent back my first beer I'm a customer that you don't want to neglect after that, and with three bartenders, really guys??
Was my beer good??? Amazing! Well was it cause I waited three f-ing months for it? (eddy murphy) Who knows.
Will I go back? Well fuck yea it's a revolution.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

We opened the place up at noon, so nothing much was going on. However, the place is large and open, seemed clean, and the wood aesthetic is nice. With a good selection of Rogue beers and a few non-house beers, there is something for everyone while not being overly adventurous. We got our beers from the bar, but it appeared that servers would be active later. Didn't try the food but it looked like decent brewpub cuisine. I would go back here if I was in the neighbordhood and try the food sometime.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

La Trappe wasn't open yet and I was hungry, why don't I make the short trek to the Rogue Public House for lunch and beer?

Maybe I set my expectations too high, but the place didn't totally feel like Rogue to me. While half of the 30 taps poured Rogue beers, a few displays of bottled Rogue beers around, and a poster in the bathroom telling of the biggest "bathroom toast" ever hosted (with Yellow Snow IPA, no less), it felt more like a standard bar and restaurant. A handful of patrons at the bar during the lunch hour, and maybe a table or two occupied.

I knew this would be my best chance to try Rogue beers I couldn't easily get, so I ordered two Rogue beers with my lunch (more on lunch later). "Standards" like the Hazelnnut Brown, Chocolate Stout, and Mocha Porter were pouring, also some I2PA, Menage A Frog, Double Mocha Porter. The guest list consisted of California breweries. And why are there no prices listed next to the beers? Now I have to take guesses at what my bill's going to be. I had no problems with the condition of my beer, but I had hoped that, since this is a Rogue tap house, that glassware would be more specialized than simply slapping a Rogue name on a shaker pint. They also had a tall yet narrow hexagonal glass for the stronger offerings. My beers were $5.50 and $2, the latter being a victim of a happy hour that I didn't know existed.

I learned what a Menage A Frog was thanks to the bartender, who answered away at customer beer questions. Then came my Kobe beef hot dog with carmlized onions and blue cheese. Maybe it's my recent blue cheese kick, but that stuff totally made my meal. Having creamy house mustard also livened up my dog.

Even though I held higher expectations, I walked out a happy person. It was a beautiful warm day in San Fran and baseball season was underway. Being in the city at that time was exciting, and downing beer and a dog during that moment made an already great afternoon even better.

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Photo of wingman14
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

You walk in right next to the bar, and there are two small rooms plus outside seating where you can enjoy some food and beverages. You can also buy some bombers to go, along with rogue t-shirts. After waiting for a table to clear we knew we wanted the kobe beef burgers, which were excellent. They went well with the Rogue beers we had on tap. Overall there were somewhere around 30 beers on tap, mostly Rogue with some other (mostly local) beers on tap. A good deal of food on the menu, once you get a table (it is a sit where you can style) the food came out quick. Definitely a place to check out, especially if you enjoy Rogue beers.

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Photo of ElectricBoogaloo
4.08/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here for a late weekday lunch while walking down to fisherman's wharf. The place was deserted when we got there, but slowly filled up as the early dinner crowd arrived.
They had all the 'normal' rogue offerings I see on tap, along with the imperial ipa and the ris. they also had about 10 guest taps to compliment their selection. I was hoping for a 'special' one-off, but I'm guessing they don't get much since they are so far from the brewery itself. I had 2 dry-hopped reds, john-john dead guy and a stout.
The food was spectacular. I had a kobe beef burger with the wasabi mayonnaise that was to die for. Reasonably priced food as well with a large menu to choose from
Since it was so quiet, we got great service. The bartender was friendly and knew alot about the beers he was serving.

a great place to go. highly recommend.

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Photo of darian
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is quite comfortable, and wasn't too busy on a Tuesday night. I didn't think the Kobe beef burger was amazing, but it was still delicious and the beef was clearly high quality. The toppings (mushrooms, cheese from Rogue Creamery) were excellent, as was the wasabi mayo.

I enjoyed the Hazelnut Brown Nectar and Cherry Quad, the latter of which was served in a wonderfully weighty goblet which is normally available for purchase. This glass made my drinking experience at least 25% better.

I will be returning the next time I pass through San Francisco.

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Photo of Chincino
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

While on a tour of San Francisco, I stopped at the Fisherman Wharf area and asked someone about how I could get to the 21st Amendment Brewery and I was informed that the Rogue Ales Public House was a great beer bar and it was only a 10-15 minute walk so I decided to check it out.

The atmosphere was relaxed and I sat at the bar. The beer selection was pretty extensive and included numerous Rogue ales as the name of the establishment implies. I only had one beer here-Rogue Dead Guy Ale and then I was given a sampler of the bartender's choices.

I definitely would recommend this place!

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Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco, CA
Place rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 157 ratings