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 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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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped here mainly for dinner and to watch a football game on a Monday night. Located in a good area filled with good restaurants, a fun area for a visitor to San Francisco. The food is good quality but modest choices, for example there are many burgers on the menu, all of which were Kobe beef (delicious). I imagined that the beer selection would all be from Rogue, but actually there were some very good guest taps from CA breweries. I stuck with the Rogue anyway, and was able to get better prices on tap than I sometimes get in their ceramic bottles (for the imperial series beers). There were maybe 30 taps (didn't count so that's not exact), all appeared to be good selections.

The layout is roughly 2 rooms and a small "beer garden" that was closed when we were there. The front room has the bar and some tables, the second room has a massive TV and tables set up almost in theater mode, dark lighting and all.

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Photo of juhl31
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

-atmosphere was quite perplexing for me. the times i have been in there, and on weekends no less, it wasnt as busy as i thought it should be based on the good ass beer

-the quality of beer...this is a beer site, was dynamite. lots of rogue stuff to try and it is for the most part all very good. i would be in trouble if i lived anywhere near this place

-the service is okay depending on whos helping you. the main guy seems to enjoy beer and working there and whatnot, but everyone else doesnt seem to be super trained or anything

-selection is solid. good amount of rogue stuff to try on tap or in 22's including the imperials, and they have guest brewers every week with a good selection of their beers too which is nice. it would have gotten a 5 other than the fact that they are out of a lot of rogue beers sometimes

-not worth eating there. not very good at all and over priced. the beer is worth it though

-i dont mind the value based on rogue prices and the fact that you can get beer cheaper if you are a rogue member. plus its the city. also, a lot of their beers are a ton better on tap. especially the hazelnut brown nectar!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Stopped in here on Sunday after the 4th as they opened at noonish. Walked in greeted immediately. Sat in front of the bar. An off work server was sitting at the bar and very friendly. He was from Washington so we talked beer alot from the area. Very friendly as was the server behind the bar. very cool, mellow atmosphere and some good beer talk with the employees. Our immediate server was sordove slow at times but very friendly and helpful. The selection was great! Some decent gues taps as well. All of the traditional Rogue stuff and much more. Food was average on taste and price. I was disappointed on pint prices though. A little pricey for house pints. Overall, great place if you're a friendly, chill place and it reminded me of Washington..just chill with bomb ass beer.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.1/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great location, across from Washington Park. The day I was there was a Sunday and there was music in the park. Had no problem getting a two-top outside to enjoy the weather and music. Excellent beer selection, many choices outside of Rogue offerings. I was happy to find some of the brews I wanted to try, but haven't had a chance (the DIPA and Double Dead Guy, in particular). The staff is knowledgeable, but not overly friendly. If it weren't for the location, the atmosphere would be average, at best.

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Photo of scalffd
3/5  rDev -26.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Like other reviewers we happened upon this place while walking around San Francisco. We were greeted by a server who told us that it was fine to sit outside, but be warned: if you sit outside you will get nothing. Grab a beer at the bar first and then move to the tables outside which offer nice people watching in Washington Park. They have a very nice selection of Rogue beers. We had a Shakespeare Stout and a Hefeweizen. The overall atmosphere is average at best. I liked the beer bit that is about it. I'd return if I were in San Fran, but I would not make a special trip.

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Photo of route66pubs
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Came across the place by chance while wondering around San Francisco. With some time on our hands, enjoying a Rogue brew seemed like a good idea, so we headed inside.

It was early on a Sunday afternoon, and we happened in while the barkeep was downstairs changing out some kegs. Once he arrived service was quick in coming for us and the several others that had just wandered in. The mellow Sunday afternoon crowd and atmosphere was enjoyable. But that mellow, laziness seemed to make return service a bit slow in coming.

If you like Rogue's brews, this place has a great selection of them. Several other locals as well. Some great stuff, to be sure, but this is not a place I'd likely go to look for rare, hard to find stuff.

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Photo of wieserjd
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Stopped in here with my wife while we were in SF as part of on our Honeymoon in 9/08. We basically went here because LaTrappe does not open until 6 p.m. and we had some time to kill. Plus we were hungry.

Ordered 4 appetizers. All were ok but nothing special. Bar food. Enough said.

We originally sat at a table but we soon realized that you will not get served unless you are at the bar so we moved there. Once there, the service was fine.

Selection was good. They had pretty much all of the Rogue beers plus some guest taps as well. I had a Hazelnut Brown (my favorite Rogue beer) Imperial Red and a Mocha Porter. Bartender allowed us to sample a couple other offerings which was nice. We chatted it up some with locals at the bar. Everyone was quite friendly. Hell, it was 4:00 on a Thursday, the sun was shining and we were all here drinking so the mood was pretty cool. I sampled a couple other offerings

Overall a decent place and we would probably stop in again on our next trip out West.

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Photo of photomike
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I've been here a few times, and always have a different experience.

The atmosphere is pretty good. During the day, out in the beer garden, it cannot be beat. At night, with its oft obnoxious people, not as much. There is a lot of seating here, and the huge bar is a comfy place to grab a seat. Plaques bearing the names of the regulars are affixed to the bar in front of most of the stools. A nice touch.

Service: They get 5 for at-the-bar service and a 2 for table service. The bartenders are all fast, efficient, knowledgeable and skillfull, but their wait staff sucks. period. 3.5 average.

The beer selection is pretty much as expected. Tons of Rogue with some choice guest taps. Never really had a problem with beers being unavailable like some of the people here.

Just stay away from the food. It is not good.

Beers are reasonably priced, and if you are staying away from the food, you will have a good time at Rogue.

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Photo of braddo
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Visited on a Wednesday night, completely dead and our waiter was barely breathing. I like what Rogue has to offer but I don't know if I would go back there again. Definitely not the highlight of the trip.

Good space to hang. I think they have an outdoor space in the back but we didn't venture out there. Other than the couple making out at the bar, atmosphere was decent.

If you want a good selection of Rogue beers it's woth the trip. Otherwise, there are better places in the city.

By the way, if you are gonna eat, save your money for another place. The food is average at best.

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Photo of mjl21
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Good old Rogue. I have been going here since they opened 5 plus years ago. It is one of my favorite beer bars in the City and often gets overlooked when people ask for good beer spots on the Pacific forum.

When you walk into the building you immediately see the long bar that stretches across the front room. There are 2 tv's which are usually tuned into sports. The beer chalkboard is to your immediate right advertising the 40 tap offerings. There are some tables in the bar area. They have plenty of seating scattered throughout the restaurant and a nice beer garden out back. They have a cooler up front that sells bottles to go and they also have a wall in the upper dining area that is stacked with 22's.

The beer is the main reason that I go here. As previously mentioned, they offer around 40 beers on tap. Most of the beers are from Rogue's various breweries including Eugene City and Issaquah. They also have a few JLS on tap and a lot of the XS line. There are also a few guest taps and there is usually one RR pouring. They also have a full liquor license and you can even get the spirits that they make.

In all of the times that I have been here, I have eaten the food twice. I had a salad once that was okay and their Bleucheese Meatball sando was quite dry. I typically eat at one of my favorite Italian spots in the area and then get my beer fix.

I tend to sit at the bar and find that the service is always good. On the weekends JJ the bartender is usually pouring drinks and the guy who wears the Pittsburgh Pirates hat is also very good. All of the staff is very accomadating at pouring a sample to see if you like a beer. This has saved me from ordering full pints of Smoke and Chipotle Ale.

Pints cost around $5 a pour, which is what I expect to pay in a high rent area.

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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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