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City Beer Store

Beer Store and Beer Bar
SoMa, San Francisco
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  • Nicholas L.
    "Great selection of beers but check the date before buying."(28 Tips)
    Melanie N.
    "Amazing selection of bottles and draft beer."(3 Tips)
    John G.
    "Excellent sour beer selection, both on tap and in bottles."(4 Tips)
    jcII
    "Try a couple on tap, take something home."(24 Tips)
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  • Chuck R.
    Chuck RoslofApril 23
    Been here 5+ times
    Not a super long tap list, but there's never any wasted space on it.
  • K!K
    K!KOctober 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great rotating tap list plus hundreds of bottles.
  • K!K
    K!KOctober 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great rotating tap list plus hundreds of bottles
  • Steve R.
    Steve RubinSeptember 19, 2016
    Always an exceptional selection of beers on tap. My favorite place to drink a beer in the city.
  • Peter C.
    Peter ChristiansonAugust 25, 2016
    Great place to find a hard to find a beer, bonus points for being able to have a pint of beer while you shop as well!
  • Marcus E.
    Marcus EricssonJuly 18, 2016
    Great rotating beer selection
  • Alex
    AlexJune 22, 2016
    Great selection of bottles to-go.
  • Kait G.
    Kait GaissMay 13, 2016
    Obsessed with the concept (and it's a relatively simple one at that): sell outstanding craft beer you can't get anywhere else, support the homebrew community, constantly changing set of beers on tap.
  • Evgeny P.
    Evgeny PolotnyankoMarch 23, 2016
    Craft beer
  • Christian B.
    Christian BakerJanuary 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beertenders, excellent tap curation. Bottles are marked up a little, but I'll shell out a little extra to support local business.
  • Jamie L.
    Jamie LoBueDecember 23, 2015
    The pumpkin death stout was really good, super strong and cheap! Win win win.
  • Kevin-John B.
    Kevin-John BlackNovember 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing selection, friendly staff.
  • John S.
    John SchulzSeptember 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Friendly & knowledgable staff. Small but solid tap list which rotates frequently. Can order food from Citizens Band on the corner. Gets a bit cramped & noisy, but a great place for a beer or three.
  • Alina B.
    Alina BabirackaSeptember 20, 2015
    Great range of all kinds of beers.
  • John G.
    John GelbiusAugust 27, 2015
    Excellent sour beer selection, both on tap and in bottles.
  • Katie M.
    Katie MuiAugust 18, 2015
    As a place to hang out, it's a bit overrated, but the selection of beer is awesome.
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZhouAugust 12, 2015
    Super selection of beers. Can be crowded in the afternoons, but the staff are some of the friendliest. Always ask for suggestions.
  • Taylen
    TaylenAugust 10, 2015
    One of the top tap lists that continually rotates to always showcase great craft beer. Also a massive selection of small or simply delicious bottles available.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RiglerAugust 9, 2015
    Awesome selection of beer, also some tasty beef jerky
  • Stephanie L.
    Stephanie LivingstonAugust 2, 2015
    Very cool beer store. I Found a cider noir wine and a bourbon cider. :-)
  • Eli H.
    Eli HickoxJuly 6, 2015
    Great sour beer selection
  • Don O.
    Don OkudaJuly 2, 2015
    Avoid the crowd by getting here at 12pm and start drinking.
  • Boris M.
    Boris MindzakJune 20, 2015
    So. Much. Evil twin and Mikkeller.
  • Matt R.
    Matt RowlesJune 14, 2015
    Can't go past the double bastards, bastardo doblés
  • Jonathan Y.
    Jonathan YankovichJune 12, 2015
    Yo dawg, I herd you like beer, so I put a store in your bar so you can sip while you shop.
  • Vegard H.
    Vegard HellandMay 7, 2015
    Fantastic beer selection. Can be very loud as the walls and roof are concrete.
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny L.April 13, 2015
    Ridiculous selection of beer. Even better behind the bar (like Firestone Walker XV and XVI Anniversary, Russian River, Cascade, Bruery, Goose Island...)
  • Srikanth R.
    Srikanth RajuApril 10, 2015
    Just ask the bartenders for their recommendations. Get a bottle. Chill out. #peace
  • Tony R.
    Tony RodgersApril 9, 2015
    Great selection. Best around.
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MowreyMarch 12, 2015
    It's a city beer store. They have what you can't get anywhere else. Expect to fight for a seat at the bar. Lots of awkward standing too close to people at the bar until they leave. Amazing owners.
  • Rob J.
    Rob JMarch 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Ridiculous beer selection: ranging from things you know to things you never would find. Staff has always been solid to me-especially on the "store side."
  • Niku A.
    Niku AzamMarch 3, 2015
    Great selection with an awesome draft list. Grab a beer and sit down with it!
  • Arian E.
    Arian EvansMarch 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beers here if you can handle shitty, self-important attitude of the ultra-hipster serving staff. Most times I wind up hating that I'm giving them my money. Only go b/c friend's biz is next door
  • Brian S.
    Brian SperdutoJanuary 28, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    They get a lot of bottles that are hard to find other places. Check their taplist on their website also.
  • nils j.
    nils jansonDecember 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get out by 10pm or they'll kick you out!
  • Edward G.
    Edward GonzalesNovember 10, 2014
    Amazing craft beer selection. Also a great place to sit and try a few.
  • Time Out San Francisco
    Time Out San FranciscoSeptember 9, 2014
    Grab a beer from the cooler, order a small plate of regional cheeses and salametto and banter with the other beer-o-philes. When it's time to head out, mix and match a six-pack to take away. Read more
  • Micha H.
    Micha Hernandez van LeuffenSeptember 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    There's beer here
  • Thê-Minh T.
    Thê-Minh TrinhSeptember 2, 2014
    Sweet place, huge choice of beers (local and imported)
  • Jonathan K.
    Jonathan KressatyAugust 31, 2014
    Beer! Beer!
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WAugust 29, 2014
    I dig the little speakeasy hidden room behind the "mirror" with the old card catalog file cabinet.
  • Gordon W.
    Gordon WrightAugust 18, 2014
    Beer by the bottle selection is stellar and they usually have at least one unique beer on tap.
  • Alexandre F.
    Alexandre FerreiraAugust 17, 2014
    All about beers.
  • €rik - SU2
    €rik - SU2August 12, 2014
    You can taste and buy, great concept!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MelançonAugust 12, 2014
    Lil Devil Belgian Blonde = good summertime brew
  • Ville S.
    Ville SundbergAugust 9, 2014
    Sample the beers in their small bar after you take your pick from their huge beer bottle selection.
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DorshorstAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Always something new and exotic on tap, and an amazing selection of bottles to take home.
  • Zach F.
    Zach FoxAugust 7, 2014
    Don't let the name deceive you - this place is also a bar!
  • Chris E.
    Chris EdwardsAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Helpful staff and amazing beer. No food though, but if you're there during the day grab a sandwich at Deli Board, bring it over, and you're all set.
  • Paulina
    PaulinaJuly 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They sell the Iron Springs Kent Lake Kolsch here! Seems to be pretty elusive as of late @HrsnHrsn
  • Greg L.
    Greg LearJuly 12, 2014
    All I can say is.....AWESOME! Russian River Pliny the Elder usually shows up on Wednesday. Be there! Great beer selection and really amazing beer taps.
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PolettoMay 26, 2014
    Huge variety of beer. Buy a bottle and drink it in store, or take it to go.
  • Ninad D.
    Ninad DMay 6, 2014
    If you like IPA or you wanna try different breweries .....u must go to city beer. .. Try a few beers or bring some home!!!
  • Erlend H.
    Erlend HauklandApril 26, 2014
    If you are looking for special beers that you won't find anywhere else, then this is your place!
  • Kadir A.
    Kadir AnnamalaiMarch 29, 2014
    Get the bottles and enjoy!
  • Paul S.
    Paul SMarch 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Gentleman working there said Cascade Figaro was only made for City Beer. Really? I can order on Cascade's website. Also, DO NOT GO PAST REGISTER WITH A CLOSED BOTTLE! You will get YELLED at.
  • Nicholas L.
    Nicholas LativyMarch 16, 2014
    Great selection of beers but check the date before buying. We found several out of date bottles on our visit.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 20, 2014
    A combination bottle shop and bar with rare beer offerings in SOMA.
  • Roro H.
    Roro HFebruary 17, 2014
    Come to buy bottles and have a pint.
  • Tomasz
    TomaszJanuary 22, 2014
    Great selection and great prices. Beers are sorted by type.
  • Ryann M.
    Ryann MaddenDecember 16, 2013
    Erica was super informed and helpful with beer selection. Corner if the bar has lots of bartender traffic. Great spot to spend a Saturday.
  • Raman E.
    Raman EdwardsDecember 14, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    You can't go wrong with anything they have on tap, but you can also purchase any bottled beer and enjoy there as well
  • Lord Barden
    Lord BardenSeptember 26, 2013
    Beer tasted like beer.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SingletonSeptember 19, 2013
    Feel like being creepy? No problem, there's a room in the back with a 1 way mirror looking into the rest of the store. Bonus points if you rifle though the card cabinet and find the vintage photos.
  • Simon F.
    Simon Favreau-LessardSeptember 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Search through the drawers in the secret room and find some old gems
  • Dan K.
    Dan KimAugust 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this taproom. 1. There's a HUGE selection of craft brews you'd be hardpressed to find anywhere else, and 2. The beers on tap will please any beer enthusiast. Highly likely to try something new.
  • Sarah
    SarahAugust 13, 2013
    Best place in SF to pick up a great variety of Belgian Ales
  • Erin O.
    Erin O'ConnorJune 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the snack food they have on offer. Made by local folks, varies, always good. The cheese coins on as of 6/2013 are super yummy buttery goodness.
  • Marcus R.
    Marcus RonaldiMay 18, 2013
    One of the best beer stores in the city with a great corkage selection.
  • Burt H.
    Burt HermanApril 25, 2013
    Corkage for beer is a amazing idea
  • Steven S.
    Steven SpringerApril 24, 2013
    Best beer store in America, will impress even the snobbiest of beer snobs.
  • Jai D.
    Jai DeckerApril 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss out on the BEST Belgium beer, Leffe Brune (brown)
  • Mitch A.
    Mitch AidelbaumApril 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing beer selection! Ask for a taste of their taps..
  • John A.
    John AllbeeMarch 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Alesmith Grand Cru Baby ! Craig has single handedly turned me into a beer snob. Been coming here for years !
  • Felix D.
    Felix Del RosarioMarch 16, 2013
    Come celebrate St Patty's!
  • Jen W.
    Jen WoodfieldMarch 9, 2013
    Flemish sour ale...always.
  • Melanie N.
    Melanie NelsonMarch 1, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Amazing selection of bottles and draft beer. Bartenders are all friendly and knowledgeable!
  • Barbara P.
    Barbara PenderFebruary 10, 2013
    Evil Twin Femme Fatale Brett yummy
  • Adam N.
    Adam N.January 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This is the best thing in the world.
  • Untappd
    UntappdDecember 29, 2012
    Awesome selection of beer to go and taps! We love the tap list design! You can even buy beer and have it corked for you to drink in the store!
  • Dan V.
    Dan VigilDecember 18, 2012
    Closed on Mondays T____T
  • Kyle L.
    Kyle LouisDecember 16, 2012
    Fantastic spot witch great staff.
  • Brian O.
    Brian ONeillDecember 8, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't be afraid to ask the employees which beer to choose. They are very knowledgeable and will find the perfect beer for you.
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BrightmanSeptember 20, 2012
    Hey out of towners, grab anything by Russian River Brewery, especially Pliny the Elder (Imp IPA).
  • Abigail P.
    Abigail PurcellJuly 26, 2012
    Great tap selection. For only a $1 corkage fee, you can pop any of the bottles for sale.
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    This place has 500 to 700 bottled beers from around the globe, as well as a rotating list of 15 on tap. And with a recent expansion, there's now even more room to lounge over a pint with friends.
  • Al S.
    Al SJuly 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is a beer geek's Mecca. Have a beer on draft and then stock up unique brews for home. Tell one of the bartenders a style you like and ask for recommendations. You won't regret it. I promise
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJuly 1, 2012
    If it is available, try HighWater Brewing Company's Campfire Stout. S'mores in a bottle.
  • Beer 47
    Beer 47March 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    An excellent craft beer destination. Get a beer on tap. Buy a bottle and take it home. 
  • Beer 47
    Beer 47March 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    When they close at 10pm, go across the street to Bloodhound to get more craft beer.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SimonsMarch 12, 2012
    Great tap selection as well as in store purchase consumption, bring your own snacks
  • Asinine D.
    Asinine DuplicityMarch 4, 2012
    Haha checked my id then served me a rather foul porter then said my id was no good. Wtf. Rude
  • Kari
    KariDecember 27, 2011
    Beer store and a small bar. Helpful personnel. Circa 300 bottled beers and 15 taps. Some of the rarities to be consumed in premises only. Buzzing!
  • 芯 点.
    芯 点December 22, 2011
    Lots of Belgium bears to choose.
  • Dave G.
    Dave GoldbergDecember 7, 2011
    Enjoy tons of great beer on tap, but don't deal with the bartender in glasses who knows shit about beer. Cheers!
  • Ayesha
    AyeshaDecember 3, 2011
    Huge selection of beers. Very cool!
  • Tomasz M.
    Tomasz M.November 20, 2011
    so far away......
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 15, 2011
    Here’s a genius concept: buying beer? Drink some as you’re shopping. This mom and pop shop packs in more than 300 beers to buy and a few on tap to taste. Find it in the fridge? Drink it at the bar.
  • Tian W.
    Tian WangOctober 23, 2011
    hundreds of beers i have never seen, many taste funny. bought a bottle a sour beer myself.
  • Jeremie H.
    Jeremie HOctober 17, 2011
    Try the Batch 300- uhhh mazing
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