21st Amendment Brewery

21st Amendment Brewery21st Amendment Brewery
21st Amendment Brewery21st Amendment Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

563 2nd St
San Francisco, California, 94107-1411
United States

(415) 369-0900 | map

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VoxRationis from New York

4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Located on 2nd St in San Francisco just a short walk under I-80 from the Moscone Convention Center, 21st Amendment by all appearance is very reminiscent of an unassuming, neighborhood Bar & Grill. The decor bespeaks a repurposed building with lots of exposed wood and masonry and utilitarian, weatherbeaten looking furniture; the staff is welcoming and attentive.

I visited on a Sunday afternoon (I was in town for a business event) and found the atmosphere charming and cozy. Through the door, the four-sided square bar is evident immediately with seating for about 25 and has approximately 12 taps (including at least one guest tap for cider). Past that is the sit down space with room for at least 100 with the grill area at the back. I had tried 21st century beers before and enjoyed them; the American Brut IPA that day was top notch.

I really enjoyed the overall feel of the place, which again was relaxed and comfortable. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday mornings up until 2 pm. Note, I was in a hurry and the staff had me in and out of there quickly without pressuring or having to be asked; I suspect I could have sat there all day had I chosen to. Definitely worth a visit.

Oct 14, 2018
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laketang from Arizona

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Good vibe, got there just before lunch and was hopping by 12:15. The food was good pub fare. The neers pn tap were great, the coco nutz was very good. The hefeweizen was very good also. My beef is that with all their beers they could have had a much bigger tap list.

Feb 15, 2018
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knp5280 from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

i tried many of the choices they had, but walked away loving their Gigantes, even though I'm not a big pale ale fan. The flavor was amazing, and really drinkable.

Dec 17, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

this was kind of a random stop, but im so glad it happened. i have been enjoying their beer for years and marveling at their recent success and need to brew elsewhere. this is their somewhat humble beginnings, a smallish storefront from the street opens into a relatively expansive high ceilinged place, with the bar right in front, a small patio off the the side, and a lofted dining area above the kitchen all the way back. wood and stone and art are the decor, looks like its been there awhile, sort of quintessentially san francisco, at least as i have it in my head not being a local or anything. clean place too, well kept. the bartender was kind, and he shared a lot of samples with us. i had a smoked pumpkin beer that i really liked and the cask stout was excellent with vanilla, anise, and cocoa in it! the beer from these guys has always been good, so thats no surprise. a cool list of beers to pick from, and a nice looking food menu, but we didnt eat. good energy in here, especially in the morning as the day and the city sort of get going, it felt homey and right. very cool to visit the place where it all began for these now national players. worth checking out!

Nov 08, 2017
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flagmantho from Washington

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I visited 21st Amendment while in town for work. Of course I am familiar with all of their widely-distributed beers, but it was cool to come visit the mothership, as it were. It's an old school pub build-out with a couple of TVs on the wall; it's very lived-in, which I like a lot. They had 9 beers on tap plus 6 canned 21A offerings. The beers I tried were solid enough; I rarely have too many complaints about their beer anyway. It's not exactly a must-stop for amazing, undiscovered beer, but it's a cool piece of history to visit.

Aug 31, 2017
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Mikey440 from California

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located down the street from [email protected] Park, great place to go to before and/or after a Giants game. That said it can get crowded so get there as early as you can!

Jan 10, 2017
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breardon1776 from New York

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Good vide. Low key on a Tuesday night. Busy but chill. Sitting at back table working on client work. Mostly males eating and drinking. Service was nice, and beer selection was good. About 10 on Tap and another 8 in cans. Food was slightly above average in general but less than average for what I get at other brew-pubs. Would come again for sure.

Sep 28, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I recently stopped in here on a trip to Northern California. The inside hosts a bar and restaurant, and I believe they brew some beer at this location as well as their San Leandro production facility. The bartender was quite nice and attentive when I stopped in. They had around 12 beers on tap with a wide variety of styles represented, and cans of their year round stuff for sale as well. The quality of everything was good.

Feb 17, 2016
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coldbrew24 from Nevada

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Travelled there week before Super Bowl. Close to ATT park. Decent vibe. Good bartenders. Was mildly disappointed in take-home options, but not the tap selection options as it was the beginning of beer week in SF. They brought out some great brews from the cellar, including a 2010 Lower de Boom, which was outstanding. Food was good - cheese curds and wings.

Feb 04, 2016
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vikinggary28 from California

3.84/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Went on a Friday night when AC/DC was playing down the street at AT&T park and the place was rockin', I'm talking shoulder to shoulder beer drinkin' rockers looking for a beer and a bite to eat. The atmosphere there is great and although the service wasn't great I have to give them the benefit of the doubt because the crowd was huge, I'm sure on another night things would be more expedient. Beer selection is great and the food is adequate for keeping your stomach full while your drinking. A long line waiting for restroom use wasn't pleasant but expected. Next Giants game at the ball park will merit another visit.

Dec 09, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A must stop for anyone visiting San Francisco as it is very accessible from public transportation and has a very good selection of beers! (stay away from the gumbo!)

Oct 30, 2015
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Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

This is my favorite bar before a giants game to grab a brew and some good food. The beer selection is fantastic with multiple beers on rotation so it is a little different by season. Rustic feel to the bar that highlights the beer but is an enjoyable and warm atmosphere

Aug 07, 2015
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SFWD1934 from California

3.13/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

21A is not bad. It is within walking distance to AT&T Park so anyone that is in town to see a baseball game can alway pop in here. They are small, but keep in mind that they will have their new place in San Leandro pretty soon.

Jun 04, 2015
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Lard_City from California

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Very nice small microbrewery in San Francisco's SOMA area. All of their beers on tap but only one guest brew. Indoor seating was adequate, service was good, food was typical pub food of good quality but nothing special.

Apr 29, 2015
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Rilesmiles from Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Stopped here around 6 on a Thursday with a buddy. Very crowded, lively atmosphere. Was glad to see the garage doors open to let the breeze in, made for good ambiance. Beer list was as expected, and the one Brew Free or Die that I had was very enjoyable. First beer of any kind from these guys, as I was visiting from Wisconsin.

Seems like the kind of place I'd like to frequent after work if I lived in town. Prices weren't bad either, considering the location and the talk I've heard of downtown drink prices.

Apr 04, 2015
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Budinetz from Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +19.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Went here on a night when the Dodgers were playing the Giants. People were decked out in born teams garb. Myself and friends had just experienced beer that was out of this world. One of those beers was hell or high watermelon wheat ale. I never thought that this beer would become as amazing as it is at this current time. I'm honored to say that craft beer has influenced my life on a level that I never thought would exist.

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Jun 11, 2014
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jgasparine from Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Made the mistake of visiting just prior to a Giants game. The place was so packed that it took about 10 minutes just to walk across the room. Needless to say, my wife and I couldn't find a place to stand (let alone sit) without being in the way.

After a while, we found ourselves at the upstairs bar, tucked into a corner. We eventually got service, but the bartender to patron ratio was EXTREMELY low. Basically, after an hour visit, we each had one beer, and at that rate, it wasn't worth staying.

The one beer we had was Hell or High Watermelon. Very good fresh. Nice watermelon garnish. Quality overall was outstanding. But the atmosphere and service suffered.

The selection was good- it is what you'd expect- a good range of 21st Amendment Beers.

Overall, I would NOT recommend going when a ball game is in town. It could be worth revisiting on a "normal" day to see what it's like...

Nov 02, 2013
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

This is a pretty good place and a good stop before or after a Giants game.

Fairly large, open-concept restaurant with a decent sized bar. Lacks the typical San Francisco beer bar feel that I found (and liked) in most places but was still nice.

The beer is above average but nothing to write home about. Food was also above average.

Aug 07, 2013
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Where's the setting for the beer? That setting is a !5! I love their beer, and because I lived at Clocktower half a block away, this place always feels like returning home. When you visit SF, make this your home base in SOMA, and for the Embarcadero, South Park, and Giants Field.

Aug 02, 2013
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AngusOg from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Visited on a Monday afternoon for lunch.
Seemed like a fun place. Probably helped that i had some friendly and entertaining patrons sitting near me at the bar. Service was friendly and attentive which is always important to me when gauging a place. Food was very good, though i just had a burger and salad. I was happy they had alot more choices than just their standard canned offerings. I would highly recommend the "Love Boat" if you ever have the chance. Ended up drinking several pints of it after my 5 beer sampler flight. I heard it gets crowded before and after Giants games, as it is just a few blocks from the ballpark. Enjoyed my experience, would recomend.

Jul 03, 2013
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craft_shannie from Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

stopped in for an early lunch. glad we were early as this place fills up FAST and had a line by the time we were leaving. industrial space, high ceiling, lots of light - very open & cool - except that there isn't much (if any) soundproofing, so the chatter can get deafening quick. larger shotgun style w. the front being a holding area, followed by U-shaped bar, restaurant seating, and then an open kitchen in the back.

this was my first taste of 21st amendment. tried hell or high watermelon, love boat, brew free! or die IPA, amber waves, and MCA stout. love boat was VERY good (see review), but the others were solid, but nothing memorable. (other than the hell or high watermelon being served w. a watermelon wedge).

food was good. fish tacos & a veggie burger. i would argue overpriced, but its san francsiso, isn't most everything?

Jun 29, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

I used to always go here when I was in SF, but I believe I'll start skipping it. The place always seems to be jammed, and the noise level is crushing. The food is actually very good and not too expensive for San Francisco, but it's not a very enjoyable place to eat.

Beers are on the hoppy side, and I have not had many draft brews that have impressed me at all. The canned beers they have started doing are the much better way to get a taste of the brewery. The bar area has just a few pleasant little tables as well as the strategically placed bar. The girl servers have always been helpful, though often harried. I have to mention the awful bathroom, truly a stench like a real English dive bar full of Saturday night drunks.

Directly across the street to the west is a narrow street called South Park which opens up into an actual park. It's an intriguing classic San Francisco enclave that runs a long block to the west.

May 23, 2013
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WesM63 from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I visited 21st Amendment during a work trip to San Francisco in May of 2013.

A: Atmosphere is typical bar/eatery. Lots of chatter, Giants game on tv. Assorted crowd of college kids, business men/women and couples.

Q: Quality was above average. All of the beers were full of flavor and tons of brewery only beers. Actually, nearly all the beers on tap were brewery only beers. (Exceptions being Hell or High Watermelon and Brew Free or Die IPA)

S: Service was above average. The lady barkeep was polite and very cordial asking me promptly what I would like to try next and if I wanted food, etc. The only downfall to this is while both lady barkeeps were extremely nice, the second one was much more chatty with someone she know personally at the end of the bar. This did on occasion keep people waiting on beer. (I should mention I sat at the bar)

S: As mentioned previously. in addition to the canned beers they had tons of brewery/restaurant only releases. At least 7-8 in addition to the canned beers you see everyday as well as a couple guest ciders.

F: Food was above average bar food. I had the El Cubano (Pork and Ham Panani) which was a delicious sandwich and large portion.

V: Value was pretty reasonable. Pints were in the normal $6/$7 range with the food being slightly higher priced, $12-13 IIRC.

O: Overall, this is a great place to visit. It's 2blocks from AT&T park and 2blocks from the Courtyard Marriot. I was pleasantly surprised as I was expecting the draft list to be comprised of their canned beers maybe 1-2 brewery/pub only beers. That was not the case at all, in fact it was the other way around. 7-8 brewery/pub only beers and 2 canned beers (Hell or High Watermelon and Brew Free or Die IPA) on tap. None of the beers were over the top must haves, but all excellent none the less.

May 08, 2013
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BlackHaddock from England

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited on 5 Feb 2013 during ’Strong Beer Month’ where nearly all the brews on offer were on the strong side.

The actual place is basic and fairly large: looks smaller and compact from the street. Bar and drinking area as you walk in: an eating area with a raised portion at the back behind the bar its self.

I had two flights of five draughts: all nine on-tap beers available on the day and a Two Rivers Cider. All in good condition, even if I wasn’t too excited by a couple of the brews.

Lass behind the bar worked hard and looked after me, to food was good too. I wasn’t expecting such a high bill though.

Mar 27, 2013
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litheum94 from California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited the brewpub today, and since it was my fourth visit and first time eating there, I figured this was a good time to post a review.

My wife, daughter and I paid a visit after spending the day at the Academy of Sciences, and we stopped in for an early dinner and some drinks. I wouldn't say that it is exactly kid friendly, since they don't have a kid's menu, but my daughter was welcomed and they altered their quesadilla to fit her tastes. My wife and I shared the carnitas quesadilla and we had no complaints about it at all. It was very good.

The beer, as expected was good. Between the two of us, we tried the 5 South Pale Ale, Ugly Sweater Winter IPA, and Roasted American. Ugly Sweater was a little above average, but the other two were very good. I liked the 5 South so much, I refilled my growler with it.

Now, the complaints. In regards to the growler, it cost $18 to refill it. That's far too much for a growler refill for a non-special beer, and I can't say I'll be refilling mine again, unless it's something amazing.

My other complaint was the service. Our waitress didn't seem to have a clue. Her attitude was one of apathy, and she had a lot of trouble getting our order straight. When she first came to us, I asked for a ginger soda, a pint of Roasted American, and a sample of the Ugly Sweater and the 5 South. It took her going over the order three times to repeat it correctly, and then when she came back , she brought the first two drinks, but only one sampler. I enjoyed it, and based on the description of the beers on their drink list, I was pretty sure it was the 5 South. When she came back around, I asked what I had, and she told me it was the Ugly Sweater. I was skeptical, but ordered a pint of it anyway. When the beer came to the table, it was clear that what I had a sample of was not the Ugly Sweater. It wasn't the end of the world, but when you work in a brewpub, you should know what beer you're serving.

Other than those two aspects, our visit was a good one, as my other visits were. The atmosphere was nice, and the beer is good enough that I'll pay another visit when I'm in the area.

Dec 30, 2012
21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco, CA
Brewery rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 19483 ratings