Suggestions for Fishermans Wharf

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  1. MDDMD

    MDDMD Poo-Bah (2,174) Jun 4, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Will be in San Francisco in 2 weeks. Any suggestions for a good food and beer spot and a bottle shop in the Fishermans Wharf area? Thanks for any help you can provide.
     
  2. walterfredo

    walterfredo Aspirant (213) Nov 22, 2011 California
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    My suggestion: don't stay in fisherman's wharf. Total tourist trap, so many great spots to stay in the city...FW is not one of them.
     
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  3. TTC

    TTC Initiate (87) Jul 16, 2013 California
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  4. MDDMD

    MDDMD Poo-Bah (2,174) Jun 4, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    I have no choice. It is work related and I have to stay in that area.
     
  5. chcfan

    chcfan Zealot (569) Oct 29, 2008 California
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    The city is very small and easy to get around. Get Lyft/Uber or check out the muni/BART routes. There are no good beer anythings in the Wharf. The closest beer spots to there are La Trappe and Churchkey in North Beach and a little further down is Hopwater Distribution.
     
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  6. JayORear

    JayORear Meyvn (1,217) Feb 22, 2012 New York
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    This. No reason at all why you can't hit Toronado, Monk's Kettle, and Mikkeller (and City Beer and Cellarmaker) with the help of Uber.
     
  7. rmdownward

    rmdownward Initiate (160) Feb 10, 2007 California

  8. danscott

    danscott Aspirant (206) Jul 15, 2006 California

    Boooo, Wharf. If any of your fellow business travelers invite you to hang out there with you, give them a major eye roll, unless it is to eat 5 pounds of crab. I think that is the only acceptable activity if you are going to be there. Also, The Ferry Building down the Embarcadero a bit is foodie heaven. Spend an hour there sampling stuff, getting an oyster here and some salami there. It can be pricey, but is practically a unique experience with some world famous culinary spots all in one place. Somebody needs to open a craft beer bar there.

    Since you are an out-of-stater, here is a nice beer alternative to simply running around The City. Go to Marin County, which is the suburb on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Visit Marin Brewing and maybe even Iron Springs Brewing.

    Take a ferry across the Bay to Marin Brewing Company. It departs SF at The Ferry Building, lands in Larkspur spitting distance from MBC and is a fun sightseeing experience. MBC is pretty damn great for both food and beer, which is a quality many SF breweries lack. Grab a seat on the patio if it is a nice day.

    Schedule: http://goldengateferry.org/schedules/Larkspur.php

    You can also take a Marin County bus (the 29 or 228) from Larkspur to Fairfax, which has Iron Springs Brewing. Iron Springs is always my recommendation to out of towners who ask for a non-so-well known spot. Food and beer here is fantastic, it is one of my favorite brewpubs in CA (hell, or outside of CA) for the complete experience. If you like the Grateful Dead, you will especially want to visit.

    Schedule: http://www.marintransit.org/
     
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  9. walterfredo

    walterfredo Aspirant (213) Nov 22, 2011 California
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    the bushman is the only acceptable reason to go to Fisherman's Wharf

     
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  10. walterfredo

    walterfredo Aspirant (213) Nov 22, 2011 California
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    ...from the ferry building you can also take a ferry over to Jack London Square in Oakland, and you'll be just steps away from the Beer Revolution, and a very short distance from The Trappist and Faction Brew Co.
     
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  11. chcfan

    chcfan Zealot (569) Oct 29, 2008 California
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    The bushman is not longer with us, leaving In-n-Out as the sole reason to go to the Wharf.
     
  12. walterfredo

    walterfredo Aspirant (213) Nov 22, 2011 California
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    you're kidding me. I had no idea. RIP Bushman.
     
  13. FrogOut69

    FrogOut69 Zealot (500) Sep 24, 2013 California
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    RIP Bushman.
     
  14. MiScusi

    MiScusi Meyvn (1,030) Feb 12, 2005 California

    This is not beer-related but you'll thank me later. Walk over to The Buena Vista and have a few of the best Irish coffees you will ever have in your life.
     
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  15. peteinSD

    peteinSD Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2010 California

    ah, that's sad. RIP.

    i'd recommend some clam chowder and an anchor steam in a plastic bottle. best place was a stand up deal around the north most end of the chain of eateries.
     
  16. rossthefireman

    rossthefireman Initiate (0) Oct 20, 2008 California

    Fishermans Wharf is so bad, so bad. At least you are sort of close to the Ferry Building. If you make it to the Ferry Building the meat cone from Boccalone is a must.
    Also, what others said, Uber and Lyft are a good bet, because trying to find a 'regular' cab is pretty much impossible.
     
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  17. JohnCassillo

    JohnCassillo Zealot (501) Mar 29, 2013 California

    Could also just grab a couple-day pass on MUNI for a whole lot cheaper. They sell them through Clipper's site and Walgreen's, OP (if you're interested).
     
  18. rossthefireman

    rossthefireman Initiate (0) Oct 20, 2008 California

    They could, but sometimes MUNI can be intimidating for out-of-towners. That and the shit bums.
     
  19. danscott

    danscott Aspirant (206) Jul 15, 2006 California

    MEAT CONE
     
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  20. DrunkenMonk

    DrunkenMonk Aspirant (283) Jun 2, 2012 California

    Upstairs at Aliotto's for crab cakes and clam chowder. Boudin's for sourdough bread. You WILL want to take sourdough bread home! It's touristy but it is the BEST sourdough in the world....THE WHOLE WORLD!
     
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  21. MDDMD

    MDDMD Poo-Bah (2,174) Jun 4, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Had it before and I agree!!
     
  22. MDDMD

    MDDMD Poo-Bah (2,174) Jun 4, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Very helpful.
     
  23. PlayitAgain

    PlayitAgain Initiate (116) Sep 8, 2010 New York

    If I may briefly hijack the thread, I'm also an out-of-towner and will be in San Francisco this weekend. Really appreciate the advice above.

    If I'm looking to try some pliny the elder, are there any options in San Fran, or do I need to trek all the way up to the brewery? If I do make the trip up there to sample the taps and pick up some bottles, is there anything I should know? I'll be in town from Friday through Monday. Thanks!
     
  24. walterfredo

    walterfredo Aspirant (213) Nov 22, 2011 California
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    The Toronado on Haight almost always has it flowing. Other places around the city will too, most of which are on and off.
     
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  25. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (3,950) Oct 14, 2009 California
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    @danscott, as a local I might borrow your suggestion and do it myself some day. I've grown accustomed to MUNI (the local bus system) and find it a ... manageable... way to get around but after nearly a decade of living in the area I've only recently become enamored with the Ferry system. To the OP: as many have already said, avoid the wharf!
     
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  26. morsetx

    morsetx Aspirant (213) Mar 10, 2013 Texas

    Last 2 days been to jack's - at least 50 taps - good selection of hoppy stuff - prices a bit high.
     
  27. JayORear

    JayORear Meyvn (1,217) Feb 22, 2012 New York
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    The Urban Tavern at the Union Square Hilton almost always has both PtE and Blind Pig on tap. Check City Beer in SOMA on Wednesday for PtE in bottles.
     
  28. El_Guapo

    El_Guapo Initiate (35) Feb 19, 2013 California

    To the OP, you could take a short walk from FW up Columbus and have a great eggplant parmesan sandwich at Mario's Bohemian Cigar and then cross the street to the Rogue Pub. For a more interesting beer selection, there is La Trappe Cafe also just off of Columbus.

    Regarding Pliny, I have had more success getting bottles at Cask (3rd Street near Market) than City Beer Store. However, Cask has a really small beer selection, especially compared to City Beer Store. On tap, you can almost always find it at Toronado on Haight Street plus other RR options. As an added bonus, both City Beer Store and Toronado have had Alpine Hoppy Birthday on tap recently. I use the site Untappd to get a sense of what is available before heading to a spot (e.g., https://untappd.com/venue/1026). Cheers!
     
  29. Jd2391

    Jd2391 Aspirant (297) Apr 5, 2013 Illinois
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    I can confirm this. Went there on last night in San Francisco after several several people telling us to go there. Before we went there we thought "how good can an Irish coffee be?" we left saying "why didn't we go here every night for a final drink?!?"
     
  30. MiScusi

    MiScusi Meyvn (1,030) Feb 12, 2005 California

    Heh, also a great way to start the day with a few Irish Coffees
     
  31. Jd2391

    Jd2391 Aspirant (297) Apr 5, 2013 Illinois
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    Touché. I will be back there in a couple weeks and have to give it a try in the morning! The bartenders are also amazing and hilarious there...hope I get the same one!
     
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