Rogue Ales Public House


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Rogue Ales Public HouseRogue Ales Public House

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(415) 362-7880 | map

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Photo of jpbebeau
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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 -18%
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 -10.1%
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 -26.1%
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 -3%
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%
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 -6.4%
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%
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 +1.7%
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 +5.4%
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 -9.4%
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 +0.5%
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 -1.5%
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%
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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Photo of gfreed
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A reasonable place to twiddle away an hour on a gray afternoon in San Francisco. With brick walls, lots of glass and a very high ceiling, it's noisy, but... it's a bar, after all. There were about 30 taps available; half were Rogue brews with the remainder occupied by things from Germany, the UK and the US. I had a Buckman Village Bitter which was a very pleasant UK-style bitter, grapefruity and smooth. Buckman is apparently a small brewery in Portland, OR. I don't see it listed here on BA, which is unfortunate. I'd give the bitter a B+. Anyhow, the hatted, soul-patched, tattooed, chained, tightly jeaned, Chuck-Taylored, skinny and hairy-armed bartender left me alone to watch football on the giant TV. I hate football, but I enjoyed sitting at the bar.

An unforgettable moment: I witnessed the bartender mixing a can of Hamm's with orange juice, then hand it to someone at the bar -->who drank it.<--

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

A: Stopped in while staying in San Fran (fishermans wharf region). Since it was mid afternoon during the week, the tables surrounding the bar was pretty empty, which was nice. Pretty decent size bar with outdoor seating in the back. A nice comfy relaxed feel. Some of the women we were with complained about the condition of the womens room, saying it was dirty.

Q: There beer was quite fresh, no problems here.

Service: The bartenders were great...very prompt with service, willing to talk shop and answer any questions regarding the beer selection. They were very willing to give samples as well. Problem was, we had a table and our waitress was not very prompt and it took her a long time to come we ended up going to the bar for beers.

Selection: They have numerous Rogue beers on tap. Pretty much every regular Rogue beer was there on tap. It offers a wide array of styles for most any type of beer drinker.

Despite the happenings with one waitress, I would certainly go back again.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.14/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

*Update: 08/11/10
I was hanging out in North Beach yesterday, and I decided to give this place another try. I think they've gone through 2 or 3 management changes since last time I came here. It's much better now. A large selection of Rogue bottles to go in the back. An awesome line-up of guest taps, and about 15 Rogue beers on draught! Had a couple of beers and chatted with the bartender/manager, who was knowledgeable and friendly. He comped one of my beers and was passing out free samples every time something new got tapped! Compared to my last visit, this was a total change. Good going, Rogue!

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

NOTICE: Ask to join the "Rogue Nation" and save $0.75 per beer! Membership is free and it's easy to join. This kept all of the beers very fairly priced at $4.75 per pint.

Stopped in here for the first time with some friends last night.

The Rogue Ales Public House had around 35 beers on-tap; roughly 20 Rogue offerings, ~14 from west coast microbrews, and Budweiser "King of Berrse". Dozens of other Rogue ales were available in bottles and growlers, though we stuck to the draft beers. I had heard of about 3/4 of the beers being offered, but hadn't had a chance to try many of them. Luckily, Rogue Ales Public House offers sample trays, which allow you to order 4oz. glasses any four draft offerings. This worked out very nicely.

The Public House is decorated with loads of Rogue beer and memorabilia, in a style similar to a TGI Fridays. The high ceilings prevented the area from getting too noisy, even though it was pretty crowded the entire time we were there. I dug the atmosphere - it was very comfy.

Our server, whose name I can't remember, was very speedy and informative. She also made some fantastic beer recommendations and was willing to go the extra mile to answer some of my irregular questions (e.g. "Is Menage Frog brewed with brettanomyces?"). Kudos to her! She made our experience all the more enjoyable.

All of our beer was served fresh in non-chilled pint glass or 4oz. samplers. A few of the stouts were offered on nitro-tap, and all of the beer (from Rogue, at least) could be taken home in a growler.

We also had dinner here, which was pretty good by pub grub standards.

North Beach is already loaded with great bars, but if you're looking for conversation and some delicious beer this is your place. I'll definitely be back!

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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped here on Friday during the last week of March.

Overall atmosphere was good, a decent size bar was fully occupied. The main dining room had a decent number of booths/tables. There was an adjacent dining room as well. Overall quality was good - the beer quality was very good. Service was so-so, granted they were a bit busy but our server was just not that good - he had good knowledge of the beer but overall lacked personality. The selection of beers was awesome - most of the Rogue lineup was available on tap. Food menu was somewhat limited. Foodwise Da Boss had the Kobe burger which was very good. I had the Blue Ball sandwich which was pretty good. Overall value was reasonable based on the food costs. Glad we had the chance to stop in!

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Photo of jdense
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Visited 3.31.10.

A loud boisterous neighborhood bar feel, with the full range of Rogue Brews, including some hard to find outside the Nation, John John Whiskey Barrel, Old Crustacean and Double Mocha Porter. Some decent guest taps, Lagunitas, Moylan, Drakes, 21st Amendment. Service was pretty slow, the lone server was a bit overwhelmed, trying to please the regulars need for conversation/friendship.Once again, not the best vibe, too many drunks that obviously can't handle high gravity brews. Typical Rogue pub grub, though I didn't see a lot of people eating, which given the outstanding Italian food in North Beach shouldn't be a surprise. A lot of character, more than Rogue PDX, and other than the service, one of my favorite beer embassies.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.94/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

visited this place around 5pm after exploring Chinatown and North Beach. churchkey was closed and la trappe wasn't open yet either, so against my will i wound up at Rogue

very similar to the Rogue alehouse i visited in Portland a few years ago from an atmosphere perspective. bartenders were kind of bland, and quite frankly, so was everything else but the beer.

tap list was detailed on a large chalkboard and was actually really impressive. There was at least 20-25 Rogue beers on tap, including just about every beer i have ever seen in a store and various others. All of the large beers were on hand.

That said, i didnt come to California to drink Oregon beer. Luckily, there was maybe 8 guest taps, including a few from Drakes and Firestone Walker. I plowed through a Drakes Denogginizer and Jolly Rodger, both of which were awesome

located in a really awesome neighborhood, my favorite in the city. Not sure Kerouac would approve of this place though...

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Photo of david18
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

We went to this place on our way to dinner. A little, unassuming place in a nice neighborhood very near North Beach, Downtown and the piers.

Very good selection of Rogue Ales as well as an equal selection of other locals and belgians. It's very difficult to decide what I wanted since I like all the rogue ales and they have so many choices. I had the double ipa and my brother in law had the frog belgian style ale.

My biggest complaint was the glassware. Very heave chalice style glasses.

Prices were reasonable, bartenders were knowledgable. I would have liked to spend more time there but we were late for dinner. Don't know if they do flights but I assume they do. I also don't know if they give tastes but I'm sure they do that as well.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Liked this place. Darker, old-feeling bar that is actually pretty big for San Francisco. Beautiful big wooden bar. Overall, very cozy. Music was audible but not so loud that you had to shout to have a conversation. Everyone was pretty mellow. Service was a bit slow, but only becuase there were only 3 people working. Very nice and knowledgeable on the beers. As for the selection, it was pretty solid. About 20-30 taps, mostly Rogue products, which is always good. The rest a guest taps which varied from locals I had never seen to the usual Bear Republic, Pliny, west coast offerings. Food was very good, loved the fries with sea salt. Prices are average for San Fran which means expensive for a SoCal guy like me. Definitely a go-to place.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Located on the corner of Union and Powell Streets, it was not the easiest to get to, but it was damn worthwhile!

The entryway was a triangle-shaped vestibule that opened onto the distressed-copper topped bar to the immediate right. The windows along Union were lined with standard tables. A cooler of (mostly) bombers sat to the immediate left of the doorway. In the center was a slightly raised area with standard restaurant tables and chairs surrounded by a shoulder high wood barrier. Daniel (Dan) was my server and the few of us at the bar hoisted a holiday toast with Santa's Reserve!. To the extreme left was a separate party area along with the logo item shelf and all of the way aft was an outdoor biergarten. A jazz mural was painted onto the wall at the end of the bar.

Mom: Nope. Too little to distract her.

Beers: It's effin Rogue; for pity's sake! Old Crustacean Barley Wine; Dark Smoked Rye (from Issaquah); Kells Irish Lager; Mocha Porter; Hazelnut Brown; Yellow Snow Ale; American Amber; Shakespeare Stout; Dead Guy Ale; Brutel Bitter; St. Rogue Dry Hop Red; Half-E-Weizen; Chocolate Stout; 100 Meter IPA; Honey Orange Wheat; Bullfrog Ale; Menage-A-Frog Tripel; No Fault Imp. Red; Imp. Porter; Morimoto Soba; Cream Frog - and that's just draught, folks!

Plus a dozen guest drafts and unknown bottles. Ugh. I work too hard.

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Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco, CA
4.06 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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