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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2801 Leavenworth St
phone: (415) 931-6400
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 30 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
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.
01-09-2009 00:57:22 |
More by ssam
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
went there on the advice of a very helpful fellow BA. had an obsidian stout old foghorn and a racer 5. the bartender took forever getting to me, and when i called for the check it took half an hour, the service sucked, and the place is really touristy. the selection is better than i am used to, but for san fransisco it could be lots better ( no russian river) . if you are on the fishermans aharf, and don't plan to venture further, its worth the stop, but otherwise, i think i would venture elsewhere.
01-03-2009 04:06:37 |
More by redneckchugger
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$$
Was on the wharf and the place advertised 80 some odd beers, I took the bait.
First off its a standard bar. The place had a slight cat piss aroma going on. Myself and the wife took up a seat at the bar. They claim to have it all. I was less than impressed.
They do have a long line of taps, but nothing too wonderful. There may be 8-10 beers that would appeal to the BA crowd none of which are hard to come by.
The best of the list consisted of Arrogant Bastard, Racer 5, A few offerings by Deschutes and Anchor. Come on guys you should have at least one offering from Russian River!
I got the Racer 5 which was $6.50 a pint. Could have had it last night at Toronado for $4 ($3 during happy hour)
The wife was hungry so we ordered up some wings. There was no sauce on the wings. They had been dipped in unspiced flour and fried. I have had better food at a high school cafeteria. The worst part was it was $10 for 8 wings.
Unless you find yourself on the warf absolutly craving a beer, do yourself a favor and skip this one.
11-22-2008 02:59:27 |
More by tpd975
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
07-23-2008 17:51:48 |
More by jagshockey66
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
As previous reviewers noted a very touristy place. Nice atmosphere and friendly/attentive staff. They advertise 60 - 80 beers on tap. but were out of several during our visit. Nothing rare or spectacular among any of the available draft choices;just a few different ones like Moose Drool or Alaskan Amber, nothing worth the 6.00 per pint they were charging. I guess they figure quantity is more importent then quality. Next time I am in area I will go around the corner to Knuckles and choose between their many options of fresh Sierre Nevada drafts.
01-25-2008 20:37:07 |
More by Schultz
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$
What I like about this place is the atmosphere. I like the fireplace and all. I also thought the bartenders were friendly. Problem is, they didn't have very many micro brews. Also the ones they have (as said by a previous user) were out. Also, it is a little touristy being so close to the warf. More of a tourist spot than a place to sit back relax and experience something....or anything new. I would certainly go back, due to the decent staff. But if I'm looking for quality brew I'll head elsewhere.
01-20-2008 02:13:31 |
More by Chefie
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
So my Father was in town, visiting me here in SF, and as this place was right next to his hotel, we ended up hitting it a few times during his stay here in the city. This place is LARGE and somewhat of a multi-roomed sf staple. There is dark wood everywhere and a pretty good jukebox and some pool tables as well. Thre quality of the beers I had here were all pretty good but in general the tap lines are hit and miss...and whilst the service is always fast and friendly, the selection while good leaves much to be desired. Almost 50 or 60 or so beers on tap but usually many of the interesting ones are tapped out, and many of the taps are macro lager boringness....Anyways, still one of the best touristy places by the wharf...
08-04-2007 20:52:12 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
I didn't even notice this place until we were walking around the cannery and my wife spotted it. I figured it would be worth it to check it out. They have outdoor seating but we moved indoors when the cool wind off the bay started punishing us.
The little outlet bar on the outside is typical of these walkway venues that you see in nearly all tourist areas. The inside of the restaurant resembles a TGI Fridays in many ways but with a molded ceiling in the dining room and a really cool hand carved mantle piece above the fireplace. There are beer signs all over the bar area, which seats many along the stretched out area. The brick wall behind the bar hosts some vintage beer signs and above, you'll notice several old, retired tap handles.
The quality of the beer seemed ok. There wasn't anything out of wack with the beers I ordered.
Jack's has an ok selection of beer with all of the current Anchor beers available on draft. They claim to have 85 beers on tap but they really have 68 different beers available with only 33 beers listed on their chart. Don't bother asking the bartender what else is on tap, or you'll be greeted with a wise-ass response.
I started on the outside bar, to be told that she didn't know what else was on and that all the beers were listed. I decided to go inside to be greeted with the same response from another rude woman, saying, "what you see is what you get." Wow...stellar fucking service in this establishment. I replied to her remark with, "thanks for being so helpful!" A gentleman behind the bar must've seen I was clearly annoyed b/c the patrons next to me commented on how rudely I was just treated.
He came over and asked if I had decided on what I wanted. I told him that I hadn't b/c I was trying to make out the extra 35 taps behind the bar that weren't listed. He asked what exactly I was looking for and maybe he could make a suggestion...obviously trying to be helpful. He then asked what I usually drink. I told him that I'm not trying to be a pain in the ass but I drink all kinds of different beers and that this would be much easier if they could make a sign/list that is updated when a keg changes. Of course, I get the routine about how they have over 65 beers at any given time and do I know the amount of time it would take someone to update such a list and blah, blah, blah... No excuse, man. If Gingerman, Toronado, Firewaters, etc. can update a list with this many beers, so can they. It's just an excuse to have piss-poor service and more of a reason to not care. Idiots.
They are in a great location and they choose to do things half ass. I saw a crowd of 12 order a pitcher of Anchor Steam and a pitcher of Shiner Bock. It seems like this is the crowd that they're catering too and any good beer they have on tap is by random chance.
On a side note, it seemed I wasn't the only dissatisfied customer. After I tried to find out what else they had while outside, a clearly annoyed man came over to a nearby table complaining about the cost of his martini's. They were $8 each and they were each in a plastic dixie cup. Before kicking over his chair, he stated that this place was the armpit of the world and this bar was ghetto. The crescendo soon came as he screamed louder and louder each time - "Ghetto...GHEttto...GHETT-OHHH!!!" Friggin' classic, man. By the way...the bathroom was pretty ghetto. Use another restroom if at all possible.
05-14-2007 19:49:02 |
More by weeare138
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
We dropped off the rental car (or should I say tank) and our bags at the hotel, and we were ready for a Beer. As a first time visitor, we decided to do a bit of the touristy thing, so we walked up to Lombard street to see the crooked road, and had a great view of fishermans wharf, where we ended up going to next, if only to grab a Beer at Jacks.
A strange décor indeed, it was split in two sections. As you walk in from the street, the right side looked like your typical retro sports bar, with neon signs, pictures of classic cars with pin-up girls leaning on them, and plenty of TVs playing the football game. Knowing that I cant resist staring at the boob tube, my girlfriend dragged me across to the left side, which had a few booths and tables, well hidden from the chattering cyclops. Im glad she did, because this side looked much more charming. Great craftsmanship on the ceiling, the back door had tiny rectangular windows that look straight out of the late 19th century and the fireplace was fantastic, with religious figures in a dark wood finish, it almost looked like an altar. It was kind of reminiscent of some of the old estaminets in Brussels, a bit of Au bon vieux temps and a sprinkle of Cirio. That pinball machine and pool table didnt fit in at all though, but we were far enough from them to not be much of an eyesore. Crowd was mainly touristy and ran the gamut of 20-something college kids ordering shots to old couples resting their bones. With my backpack, camera and notebook, I didnt seem too out of place here.
After sitting there long enough to take in the surroundings but too long to get served fast enough, I got up and headed towards the bar when the waitress came out of her rabbit hole and took our order. She didnt seem too have too much Beer savvy, because I asked her who brewed the one Beer Ive never heard of on the menu, and she had to go to the bar and ask. Turns out it was a local (El toro IPA), so I went for it. The rest of the menu was mainly macros, stealth-macros like Blue Moon, and the larger micros you can find just about everywhere else in town, so selection was sort of a small let-down, even for a guy with very limited west coast exposure. Minou went for a cider, which was one of those UK imports. I think it was Strongbow. Our pints finally arrived, and they were fine, I was a bit worried that a relatively obscure Beer would have tasted a bit stale, but it didnt. We also ordered a few oysters and a shrimp cocktail, which were acceptable, if a bit pricey (so were the pints).
In hindsight my overall feeling about Jacks is kind of lukewarm. Compared to most places Ive been to around town, its clearly sub-par, but it was still my first watering hole on my trip (the airport bar doesnt count), so I cant totally bash it. Id pin this down as a its better than nothing, so have a Beer here while the wife is shopping kind of place.
09-26-2006 14:04:58 |
More by Goldorak
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Well, i've been going here for quite awhile because when i come to SF, my company puts me in the Argonaut hotel which is next door (quite nice for the record)
The atomosphere is nothing to write home about, but it's not bad. If you walk in from the shore side, you have to go in, turn right then a quick left to the bar which is on the right hand side. Somewhat long with about 75 brews on tap. (I had some Chimary, El Toro IPA - which I wouldnt get again, Anchor Foghorn - mm mm good and a Rogue Dead Guy - for some reason, it's really extra tasty here)
You can get all the macros and popular micros on tap here. Not really any special selections, but at least you can count on a solid micro to drink. The service seems to be a bit lacking bordering on the "they just dont care" attitude.
This bar has potential but i'm going to call it a micro dive bar. I would not go out of my way to come here, but hey, if you are in the area and need a good beer fix, then stop by because you'll be sure to find something you like.
09-17-2006 07:47:39 |
More by SwillinBrew
Jack's Cannery Bar in San Francisco, CA
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