Rogue Ales Public House

Rogue Ales Public HouseRogue Ales Public House
151 Ratings
Rogue Ales Public HouseRogue Ales Public House

Type: 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 DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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 woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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 barleywinefiend
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 dirtylou
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
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 BlackHaddock
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
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 jjboesen
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Having visited the Portland location (during the Oregon Brewer Fest), I really wanted to hit this one; situated in the middle of all the North Beach action, Rogue's Public House is a cozy tavern with a rather rustic interior, high ceilings, large windows, great music and plenty (17 Rogue beers and 11 guests) of beer all of which is noted above the bar on the exalted chalk board. There is a small bar upon entry with that is seperated from the dining area.

I had the opportunity to savor an Imperial IPA, a black lager, a dry-hopped red ale, a Russian Imperial Stout, the "Fresh Hop Frog," and their Younger The Bitter on cask. Yummy!

The food was excellent and the service was way above par. Two regrets: 1. it was a bit pricey given the area and 2. I only made the single visit. I would've liked to have had more time to hang out here - maybe on my next trip.

Note: If you are a responsible Beer Advocate who uses public transit, the No. 45 bus stops right outside the door.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place is pretty good as the atmosphere is very lively and the bar and wooden tables are pretty nice as well...The quality of all of the rogue beers is usually very good recently and the guest taps round out the selection to about 40 quality draughts with many rogues bombers and growlers to go as well. The food is the same as at the other Rogue outposts, meaning that it is solid if not slightly expensive and bland. Service is always pretty good, and a few of the bartenders are real gems...I like Rogue and love trying their myriad of new beers every few weeks or so, I'm also quite partial to a Kobe beef burger every now and again, and as such I always find myself here every few months. Still when I was a NB local, I found myself here much more often...

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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 metter98
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

After Toronado, this is my favorite spot to drink beer in the Bay Area.

Selection: Either I was there during a good week or selection has recently improved (based on comparison to older BF reviews). I counted more than 40 taps. 25 to 30 were Rogue and 10 to 15 were guest. All of the guest taps were craft or good imports. Rogue beers included all the top ones: Shakespeare, Chocolate, IS, I2PA, and a few very rare, as in never to be bottled one-off releases including a fantastic Imp. Red made for the 100th anniversary of the great quake. Guest beers were mostly local, i.e. Anderson Valley, Speakeasy, Bison, etc… I was impressed that they offered Bison’s Chocolate Stout on tap right next to their own Chocolate stout, widely regarded as America’s best. Surprisingly in a side-by-side taste test, Bison held up almost as well as Rogue’s. Bottle selection is limited mainly to Rogue products and seems focused on retail to-go orders.

Quality: I was first at Rogue for an early lunch and a few beers right when it opened and managed to have three beers with a higher ABV then 10% before noon. Two of them are on BA’s top 100 list. To me, that speaks to the high quality of the establishment’s brews. All of the beers I tried were right on. Nothing was old, lines were clean, etc…

Service: When I was there very early in the day I received a lot of attention. It was appreciated. The bartenders knew every beer they served, offered good recommendations once they recognized what I was in to, and were plentiful with large sample glasses.

Atmosphere: Screams public house. Smallish size bar but well placed with plenty of dining space. A patio with perhaps a dozen picnic tables is out back. It seems to be a popular lunch spot for area businessmen. A well painted mural lines one wall. Nothing to write home about but decent enough.

Food: I didn’t taste enough to rate it. Kobe beef seems to be their thing. Prices on food were a touch high for what I got.

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Photo of italianstallion
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Floydster
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I took a taxi here from the Montgomery Street BART station and was worth the seven dollars, walked in and saw an old pub-like restaurant, tons of trophies lining the top of the bar, a large liquor selection, fridges filled with both pre-filled growlers and Rogue bottles, there was over thirty taps and I had not tried half of them, over the course of a few hours, I had a few pints and a taster set which was five dollars for four ounce glasses, not a bad deal, they had pretty muche everything Rogue has brewed exlcuding the new Brewer's Ale and the sour I was hoping to try, they had seven or eight of their different imperials, a number of the John Locker Stock series, and several Issaquah brews, bartender was nice and filled me in on what was going to take place around the city next month during San Francisco Beer Week, did not eat because I had lunch before with friends, atmosphere was cool and had a rustic traditional feel, service was prompt, selection was good but you had better like Rogue beer because you are not going to find much of anything else, place was clean which is always appreciated when located on a super busy street corner in a big city, will be going back to this place at some point in the future, worth checking out, glad I went out of my way to visit

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Photo of Goldorak
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

After touring the Italian/beatnik district, the appetizers and Beer we had at Jack’s were long digested, and we ready for a main course.

Lots of Oregon Ducks and of course Beeraphanelia all over the place, chalkboard over the bar tells you what’s on from Rogue (lots of them) and the guest taps, none of whom were particularly appealing to me. There’s another section on the side that seems to be more of a bottle shop. I didn’t buy anything but there were a few interesting items. There seems to be theme nights, Minou was disappointed we didn’t show up on a Wednesday, trivia night would have been fun. I wonder how a bunch of English-as-a-second-language Canucks would have fared against some of the locals.

The place was pretty deserted (notice I said deserted, but not quiet, some guy was repairing bar stools and was making quite a racket) on a Monday evening, so a waiter who seemed to know his products well came right over and was helpful, he gave suggestions and his personal take on some of the Beers listed. I went for the No-Fault line ale, one I’ve never even heard of before. I wasn’t as big a fan of it as he was, but there’s no accounting for taste. The rest of my party’s Beers seemed up to form and tasted pretty clean.

It sort of went downhill for me when my food arrived. Worst ribs ever. They tasted like they were microwaved, sauce on the side so they were dry as hell and the portion was pretty meager for the price tag of about 15 bucks. The coleslaw and beans that went with it were palatable, but I would have liked a little more of those, too. For example, at publick house in Boston for 10$ I got 3 times the amount of meat. Sauce was the only real saving grace, but then again, I’ve had better. Mel ordered a burger, which was fine but pricey as well. And for a tied house, pints were a bit on the steep side, but I guess that’s a Frisco thing.

I liked the place overall, but next time I wont resist the temptation to eat in one of the dozens upon dozens of great little restaurants along the way and settle here afterwards for liquid dessert.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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 david18
3.91/5  rDev -3%
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 jdense
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
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 LittleDon
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of DrewBeechum
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited during the weekend of the Toronado Barleywine festival. As the mad crowds descended upon the Toronado in the Haight-Ashbury area across town in North Beach sat the quiet and refined Rogue pub.

15 different taps pour Rogue beers, a single engine carries a cask (Youngers ESB when I was there) and there are about 6 taps devoted to the usual kludge for the masses.

Bar is rather small but well portioned and there's a rather large amount of dining space with about a room and a half devoted to tables.

When I was there, the bar was quiet with only one other party at the bar and our bartender was old school North Beach and was helpful and told good stories. Unfortunately one part of the glycol system was down and so the Imperial Pils was too warm to serve.

As with the other Rogue pubs, food is solid pub grub with the speciality Angus burgers. (My favorite, the Angus Bleu Cheese Bacone cheeseburger)

All in all a very nice solid Rogue experience and well done.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

After hearing about how I absolutely need to stop here sometime for the 20th or 30th time in the past year I decided to give Rogue a try. I figured that all they would have is the stuff that every bevmo in Ca carries. When I walked in and looked at the chalk board above the bar I was shocked to see 22 Rogue beers on tap. There were some pretty interesting ones like the dark smoked rye or the bullfrog ale.

The place was just starting to fill up with the evening crowd so I got to see what it was like almost deserted and then once it was almost full. The bartender was really helpful and I didn't have any problems getting a drink. I also thought it was neat that they had a fridge in the corner with a bunch of Rogue bottles.

I didn't try the food as I was there to try the beer. The beer prices weren't bad and I will definetely come back in the future.

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Photo of jrancan
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

It's only 2 or 3 weeks old and they haven't finalized the interior yet, so I probably shouldn't be reviewing it, but hey, I don't know the next time I'll be in SF so here goes.
First off they only had 8 beers on tap (all Rogue of course), but I'm giving them a 4.5 because they are in the process of adding 22 more Rogue taps. That's right, I said 22 more. Only at Rogue could they fill of those taps.
Location is great, right on the corner of Washington Square in the North Beach section. Interior is typical bar, mucho Rogue memorabilia and plenty of room (except for the bar itself, which I found to be a little cramped). Bartender was cool. Free pint glass and a free round which might have been a mistake, but oh well. I wish I could have waited a few weeks to visit to see all the taps up and ready to go. Can't wait to come back.
Oh yeah, no brewing on premisis, all shipped from OR.

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Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco, CA
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