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Jack's Cannery Bar

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3.72/5
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41 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

2801 Leavenworth St
San Francisco, California, 94133-1129
United States

(415) 931-6400 | map

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
41
pDev:
13.71%
 
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Photo of jagshockey66
4.94/5  rDev +32.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I read so many reviews about this place being tourisy and blah blah blah. I am from Florida and this place was great. The bartender immediately recognized our intent on the beer and went through most of them, asked what our tastes were, and then matched a beer for us. Any tourist should love the visit to this bar after walking on the wharf all day and eating at scoma's! And it's no Toronado if you are trying for a locals bar, but at least you won't get shot or mugged when you walk out the front door.

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Photo of MerryTapster
4.8/5  rDev +29%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Was living in Oakland in 2009 for a few months and took BART over to San Fran for the evening when my sister, brother in law and buddy from PA came up from LA to visit. Place was decent I had a few beer only two that I actually remember were Obsidian Stout and Racer 5 IPA. I know they had a boatload of brews on tap, that was for sure. Baretender was a british fellow, very friendly and beer knowledgable. Made my way back there a few more time's before I made my trek back to the right coast.

If you around Fisherman's Wharf and your thirsty, this place is definitely worth a look.

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Photo of brewman63
4.64/5  rDev +24.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Stopped in here by accident to use the restroom while in the Fisherman's Wharf area and sure am glad I did. This place has great character, great waitstaff and great beer selection - and being in one of the most touristy-areas of the city. Each time we went to Fisherman's Wharf we were sure to stop in, even if only for one pint (it's awfully hard to have just one here). It's fun just to sit at the bar and gaze upon the all the taps lined up. You could try to sample all they have on tap but you better do it in several trips or make sure you have a designated driver with you!

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Photo of Anaxagoris
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Photo of benetoh
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

More than 40 qualitu taps includong lost coast, north coast, Deschutes, heretic, stone, knee deep, magnolia, moose drool, alaskan, anderson valley, ninkasi, lagunitas, and others. Pints were only $6 each, which is cheap for SF.

If you are getting dragged around from souvenir shop to souvenir shop around the wharf/Ghirardelli area this is a welcome break.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Jack's was my first beer stop in San Francisco. It is in the Cannery Row shopping complex a stone's throw from Fisherman's Wharf. The place is large with a huge bar with 80 or 81 taps, depending on which sign you read, a large dining area, and a large patio dining area outdoors. It was too cold for the outdoors so everyone was inside.

The beer selection was very good with a good mix of CA microbrews, Belgians, German beers, and some macros. The Belgians were priced really high so I avoided them, but the CA beers, including Drake's, Bear Republic, Anchor, Russian River, Stone, and AleSmith, providing plenty of choices. My favorite beer here was the Anchor Old Foghorn.

The service was good. The barmaid was friendly and knowledgeable. The food looked and smelled good, but I was heading for dinner later so I didn't get a chance to try it.

Definitely worth a visit when in the Fisherman's Wharf area.

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Photo of KStark
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of slyke
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Jack's was the first place I visited after checking in to my Fisherman's Wharf hotel. It was time for a late lunch and after an hour waiting for the rental car, I was thirsty too. The family was meeting up for a long weekend in San Francisco and we had a great time! My paternal grandfather ran a local 3.2 tavern until I was 11, so the whole family is at home in a bar. Dark wood paneling and painted tin ceiling with a large fireplace was a great atmosphere in which to get my first beer in San Francisco. The food was typical bar and grill fare, but of better quality. My parents thought it was the best clam chowder they'd ever had. I had no complaints about my chicken sandwich and fries. We sampled the taps, Dad with the Anchor Steam, Brother with the Speakeasy IPA, and me with the Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA and the El Toro Oatmeal Stout. I'd recommend Jack's Cannery Bar to anyone who finds themselves in Fisherman's Wharf.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Visited Jack's with the wife today while visiting San Fran for the first time. We arrived around 2 in the afternoon so the place wasn't packed. The best parts about this place is 1) 56 beers on tap! 2) The atmosphere.

Great, classy woodwork adorned the walls with a lovely fireplace seated in the center of the lounge area. They had a great local artist jamming on a guitar and you could pop out back to a nice courtyard area for a smoke!

The service was good, but 2 beers set me back $13. :/

It's a nice place and I'd definitely go back on a return trip.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A regular stop in SF, down in Fishermans wharf, is Jack's bar. An oasis in a tourist trap.
Large interior with dark stained raised panel walls and 2 different bars.
The larger bar is on the right, as you head back.
Very good selection of draft, about half being "imports" and old standbys, and half local good stuff.
We had a New Belgium Beer De Mars (reportedly a Jack's exclusive in SF), and one of my faves, El Toro IPA-good as ever too.
Barkeep was attentive, but not friendly -by any means.
Would have liked to have hung out for an Anchor Bock or a Racer 5, but we were off to wait for the trolley.
Didn't have food, or look at the menu.
Recommended.

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Photo of StevieW
4/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Right down the road from the Steelhead place in Fisherman's Wharf area. Dark, dingy wood atmosphere. Very welcoming fireplace and overstuffed couches and chairs as well. Long, Long wooden bar on the right as we entered. Seemingly endless amount of taps, maybe 60-70 running the length of the bar. Overwhelming to a Floridian on vacation in the big city. I had the El Toro Oatmeal Stout and 21st Amendment IPA. The bar service was sufficient, nothing to complain about. I really like the atmosphere and selection. Seemed like a place for locals to me. Worth a try.

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Photo of puftdank
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of beerwolf77
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

This place was a block or so from our hotel and since we needed to get drunk it made for a great option. From the outside it looked trendy but once inside it was pretty much standard dive action. I'm from Milwaukee. Just like I like it. Tap list was long if heavy on the hops. I'm a sour head but I suffered through and drank what was offered. I think between my wife and I we had a pint of every beer on tap. The bartender was super friendly and talkative. We ended up chatting with the couple next to us and found out they were from the Midwest as well. Made for an even better evening. Prices were reasonable for the area actually. This place would do just fine back home.

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Photo of arizcards
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Convenient place to hang out at in the Fishermans Wharf area.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

In the Fisherman's Wharf area of San Fran. It is important to note that this is a cash only bar and beer prices started at roughly $6.50 per pint and went up higher, depending on the ABV. Keep that in mind if you stop in.

This is a pretty standard type bar inside as far as decor. Plenty of table seating for diners and a long bar with sufficient seating and some tables around the bar as well.

The service was pretty good. The bartender was very attentive and prompt with serving. He seemed to know a lot about the beers on tap as well.

The selection is pretty solid. They have 85+ beers on tap, which include Rogue, Stone, Bear Republic, Fat Tire, North Coast, 21st Amendment, Anchor, Oskar Blues, Anderson Valley, Lagunitas...as well as some ciders. There is a beer for everyone here style-wise. I do wish they had some beers I cannot really get in PA, that is part of the fun of going to beer bars out of state, trying out different brewers.

I did not try the food, but some in our party did. It looked like pretty standard bar food, with your standard apps.

Overall not a bad place to hit up if you are down in the wharf area. I would go back again.

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Photo of Howlader
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of francisweizen
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

So my Father was in town, visiting me here in SF, and as this place was right next to his hotel, we ended up hitting it a few times during his stay here in the city. This place is LARGE and somewhat of a multi-roomed sf staple. There is dark wood everywhere and a pretty good jukebox and some pool tables as well. Thre quality of the beers I had here were all pretty good but in general the tap lines are hit and miss...and whilst the service is always fast and friendly, the selection while good leaves much to be desired. Almost 50 or 60 or so beers on tap but usually many of the interesting ones are tapped out, and many of the taps are macro lager boringness....Anyways, still one of the best touristy places by the wharf...

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Photo of Schultz
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

As previous reviewers noted a very touristy place. Nice atmosphere and friendly/attentive staff. They advertise 60 - 80 beers on tap. but were out of several during our visit. Nothing rare or spectacular among any of the available draft choices;just a few different ones like Moose Drool or Alaskan Amber, nothing worth the 6.00 per pint they were charging. I guess they figure quantity is more importent then quality. Next time I am in area I will go around the corner to Knuckles and choose between their many options of fresh Sierre Nevada drafts.

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Photo of portia99
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 1

The first bar my wife and I hit on arriving in San Fran (3rd Feb 2013): it was Super Bowl and the 49ers were to blow the whole thing later in the day.

Plastic glasses were all that was allowed in this semi-sports bar, as they were expecting a larger than usual custom for the game.

Small bar to your left as you walk in the front with a larger almost hidden bar to the right a few steps in. Think Dr Who and the 'Tardis', this joint is a whole lot bigger inside than it appears from outside. Wood paneling, ornate ceiling and various styles of tables and chairs.

Staff friendly and helpful to a visiting Brit and his wife: good selection (to me anyway) but the burgers were terrible!

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Photo of jdense
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Visited 3/31/10 during afternoon stroll around North Beach, they have a significant number of taps, but nothing too exciting except for some Anchor products I haven't seen before. Pretty big cavernous place located in the middle of the old Cannery complex, help was efficient enough. The beers are a bit overpriced, though about average for The City. Didn't try or see any food. I guess I was looking for some more rare hard to get beers, and despite the number of taps, I came away disappointed in the beer selection.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Sign out front of the place states they have a lot of beer on tap. Figured I would stop in to check it out. This is a typical grungy tourist bar in the Fisherman's Wharf area. There are two bars here, a small one when you first enter the place, then a larger one in the back. Loads of worn dark wood everywhere and a bunch of neon lights provide the glow.

There were over 50 beers on draft here, and good west coast selections from Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, all of the Anchor beers, Stone, and Deschutes. The beers were expensive at $7 a pint.

Service was decent and the bartender knew his beers. I did not have any food. This is a one time visit for me, as the prices are high due to the location, and there aren't really any unique beers here either.

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Photo of ssam
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

i thought this place was pretty good. they did have a lot of tap selections that i would never try but they had a whole lot of anchor brews (i really like anchor) so i was happy enough. the service was not overly nice or mean but i didnt really talk to anyone other than ordering because i basically knew what i wanted. the value was a bit pricey for what you got but im not really complaining.

this place didnt really stand out and im not sure if i would come again only because it wasnt anything special.

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Jack's Cannery Bar in San Francisco, CA
Place rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 41 ratings
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