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Taps: 12 / Bottles: 20
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1001 B Street
phone: (510) 886-8525
(Place added by: Troyone on 04-26-2005)
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| Reviews: 23
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
The Bistro is a "must go" for East Bay beer heads. The atmosphere is mellow, the people (staff and customers) are nice, and, most importantly, the beer is excellent.
There are usually twelve beers on tap and a bunch of bottled Belgiums and other specials. There's wine, too, if you're into that.
I go for the beers on tap. They change frequently, hence the chalkboard beer list. There are usually multiple IPAs, a stout or two, and sometimes a tastier pilsner or brown. They let you taste before you choose and most staff is very knowledgeable and will help you pick the right one.
Other: there is nightly music, usually chill stuff played by local musicians/bands. They have specials events, including the yearly Double IPA Fest to kick off SF Beer Week. This year they got a few kegs of Pliny the Younger before and after the fest. They had a Pliny vs. Hoptimum battle, as well.
Great chill spot to enjoy excellent beer. Go here if you don't want shi-shi (Buffalo's) or trashy (Stein).
04-16-2012 03:29:03 |
More by tizride
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
If you have not attended one of the many Bistro beer festivals which occur each year, and you live in the Bay Area, and you say you love beer, then you are remiss and delinquent. This is the nexus of the NoCal craft beer scene, not Santa Rosa, not Berkeley, not SF, and (obviously) not San Jose. Downtown Hayward is a little, well, gritty, crusty, or rusty, but believe me when I tell you that if you have not sat in the afternoon sun on the patio at the corner of Main and B with a pint then you are not a beer lover. It's a 5 minute walk from Hayward BART.
01-16-2011 06:34:58 |
More by easong
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Decent atmosphere with live music playing normally. Unfortunately, the crowd is usually on the older side, but the guys are great to chat with. Decor is minimal and utilitarian, with some seating outside on the street in addition to some tables inside.
They have 12 taps normally, and Pliny the Elder is almost always on top, along with other good offerings. The bottle list is all Belgian, with almost all the trappist beer represented (you can guess which trappist brewer is missing) along with a good selection from other Belgian brewers. The bartenders are all very nice, and the owner, Vic, is always willing to have a chat with you and share some of his stories.
Food menu is limited to some snack type foods and some ok sandwiches which you can get with chips or salad. I had the turkey sandwich and it was fine with a beer.
Prices for beer and food are all very good, and if I was in the neighborhood more, would be a great place to have lunch or dinner every now and then so that I could grab one of the beers on tap.
01-08-2011 04:05:31 |
More by nataku00
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is actually the first time I've been in here that wasn't for a festival. Met up with ipa247 to hand off a growler and have a quick beer.
The place is sort of empty. There are a handful of tables and a decent sized bar, but it seems like for a bar with a fairly big area, there's not too much going on. Maybe the stage helps out with that perception.
A pretty good tap list, though it's not the enormous wall-o-taps that some bars have. But, they seem to have consistently good beers available. The prices are pretty fair, from what I could tell.
Didn't have any food as it was just a quick meet-up.
The service was pretty decent. Bartender was reasonably friendly and got the beers quickly, but I suppose that's not tough to do in the middle of the day when it's not busy.
Wouldn't mind heading back here, especially because it's so close to my grandmother's house.
12-24-2010 20:27:49 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
One of my faves in the world. . . IPA fest, DIPA, Hop Rhizome, Wet Hop . . . good stuff.
Great atmosphere, downtown Hayward. Lots of Oakland A's fans. Good lookin' girls.
Quality of beer, lots of hoppy selections and Belgian bottles. Service is a little lacking, there's this like 50 year old guy who is a complete dueche who sometimes works the door with his passive aggressive homosexuality. He always has to touch, very much mall copish.
Selection isn't the biggest, but what they have, almost all is excellent. Food is decent, at least during brewfests, haven't ate there aside from that. Value is pretty good. Won't come cheap, but this extent of quality rarely does.
03-24-2010 22:28:36 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been to The Bistro a few times on off-nights, and I think only one night was there any music. The ambience is a bit weird, and usually when I've been, the inside is empty except for two or three at the bar, and maybe 6-10 ppl are outside. It's a little hard to describe, but at least it's not uninviting, as Toronado can be. Too bad it's all the way in Hayward.
As mentioned in other reviews, there's about a dozen varied taps, and Pliny the Elder is usually there. Good value as well.
As far as festivals go, The Bistro is good at throwing some good ones. Lots of space, good organization.
Never tried the food. Lots of eateries nearby, and they let you bring it in. We've tried Buffalo Bills for dinner (so-so) once, and we went to a burrito joint a few blocks away to load up before the DIPA festival.
03-19-2010 20:42:43 |
More by oggg
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Been to the Bistro many a time and It has never disappointed. The only thing I can think of that they could do better is grow, so I say knock down the business next to you and expand. Always an interesting thing visiting this place because of the many different musical acts they have on certain nights of the week...I guess you can check their calendar, but I always pass it up and just make the journey. Everone is always happy, they keep the place looking clean, the service is exceptional. I've been here on some pretty busy nights, and If you're having trouble pushing your way up to the bar, I've had folks order my drink on numerous occasions. Not a huge tap list, but rotate often and they have Pliny, so who would complain? Fairly decent pub style menu with solid items. Pliny is my big sell here and they charge about $1 cheaper than other spots I frequent, so I'd buy that for a dollar.
02-14-2010 16:50:17 |
More by hophead247
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
I have a college buddy that lives pretty close to the Bistro so we go here a couple times every trip I make up there to hang with him.
They always have some good beers on tap and they always keep it (for the most part) local or at least CA to support the breweries. They always have Guinness on tap but that is the only macro offering. The taps change pretty much every time they blow a keg so you will always have something new to try.
The atmosphere is very local feeling with people just wanting to have a good time. You can get some weird people but they are always fun to peeople watch.
It is literally 1 block walking distance from Buffalo Bills which is also a great brew pub with pretty good food to check out (get their oatmeal stout or the TAZ pale ale if it's fresh). Grab some food and a couple beers at Buffalo Bills then walk over to the Bistro to finish it off with some more good beers and that's a pretty good night IMO. It's also close to a BART station so it's easy to get to from any area of the Bay Area.
01-12-2010 10:09:29 |
More by PeprSprYoFace
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The cat sez: "Meowy Christ-mouse" !
Located on the corner of "B" and Main Streets, this was actually closer to BART than Buffalo Bills. Again, a waist-level wrought iron fence deliniated an outdoor patio. Entering, the "J"-shaped bar ran along the left wall. The décor tended towards eclectic, but with a beer and music theme. A short, slightly raised stage was against the back wall. A great, bohemian clientele. I felt right at home. I was welcomed by the owner and signed some copies of ASN for him. I also took note of their use of a fat separating gravy measuring cup for foamy beer.
Beers: Twelve (12) taps, including Pizza Port Yellow Bus; Beerman's Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine; Scrimshaw; SN Celebration; Red Hook Longhammer IPA; Racer 5; Lagunitas IPA; Green Flash Imp IPA; Pliny/Elder; Double Bastid; Fox Barrel Pear Cider; and Guinness.
BTs: Thirty five (35), all either Belgian imports or Belgian-style. Yow. Lots of wine, too.
11-26-2009 13:43:45 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Here for the IPA festival but got a good lay of the land and a good impression.
That also factors in as well because this place puts on really cool festivals where they expand a tent on the sidewalk so they can set up a little beer fest/garden outside.
Overall pretty spacious, great taps, and some of the better local stuff like RR, moonlight, and a lot of specialty belgian stuff. Bartenders seemed nice. (women)
The only downfalls I could think of is that hayward is a little out of the way, and if this place got more crowded it could be overwhelming, but minor details.
08-27-2009 15:33:01 |
More by bret27
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