ThirstyBear Brewing Company

ThirstyBear Brewing Company

Brewery, Tapas Restaurant, and Other Event · SoMa
661 Howard St (btwn 2nd & 3rd), San Francisco, CA 94105, United States
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:30 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • Noon–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Established in 1996, ThirstyBear Brewing Co. is SF's Only CCOF Organic Certified Brewery Serving Craft Ales and Lagers. We serve Spanish tapas, artisanal cocktails & wine.


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    "Panda Bear - with vanilla flavor was just perfect"(10 Tips)
    Mike S.
    "Just ask for the Pilsner, not the Polar Bear."(8 Tips)
    Voodoo D.
    "Golden Vanilla beer and empanadas are perfection!"(5 Tips)
    Ryan L.
    "Great Cask Beer"(5 Tips)
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  • beer
  • tapas
  • panda bear
  • polar bear
  • paella
  • breweries
  • organic food
  • good for groups
  • sangria
  • lively
  • burgers
  • casual
  • cocktails
  • empanadas
  • pool tables
  • vanilla
  • seared ahi tuna
  • patatas bravas
  • bocadillos
  • dancing
  • Terence L.

    Spanish tapas and hipster brewery a bit of an odd combination, but it works.

    Terence Lo · September 19
  • Ava

    mediocre beer selection at best

    Ava · September 12
  • Jiexi C.

    The paella and tortilla was awesome! Huge place too. Event spaces up above

    Jiexi Cao · August 10
  • Jaydeep S.

    Not bad. Was here for an event and it's very clean, their beers on tap selection is a bit small but I liked quite a few.

    Jaydeep Singh · July 28
  • Ashley K.

    For all the hype, the Panda Bear beer tasted like a vanilla candle

    Ashley Kemper · July 12
  • Bre R.

    Not the best menu as far as options, but I suppose this is more of a drinking place than an eating place.

    Bre Roz · May 26
  • Jenny L.

    Seemed to be a mostly after work crowd, but its a nice building. The panda bear beer was pretty tasty.

    Jenny L. · May 21
  • Gosia

    Panda Bear - with vanilla flavor was just perfect

    Gosia · May 5
  • John D.

    Good beer good times. Closed for private events too often though.

    John Doherty · April 25
  • Max K.

    Do not get the burger. It's really just not that good.

    Max K · April 24
  • Wil R.

    The ESB was legit

    Wil Reynolds · April 7
  • Francesca H.

    My burger was dry!!! But the calamari is yummy and you gotta try the Valencia Wheat beer, delicious

  • Anton N.

    Tried three different beers, didn't like a single one of them. And neither did my stomach.

    Anton Nekhaenko · March 20
  • Chris H.

    Great vibe and not too loud. Nice to have a drink and also be able to hear the person across from you.

    Chris H. · February 23
  • Miikka K.

    Great Beer sampler 9 flavored 3 oz each

    Miikka Kangas · February 8
  • Peter G.

    Thirsty Burger worth to try.

    Peter Gazaryan · February 6
  • Ming-Samurai L.

    Closes at 11pm

    Ming-Samurai Lai · January 10
  • Libby L.

    The crispy potatoes and roasted Brussel sprouts are both amazing

    Libby Lee-Egan · January 7
  • Mad

    Eggnog was quite tasty for a beer spot. Happy holidays!

    Mad · December 13, 2014
  • Lauren S.

    Meh. Average food, average beers. Fun bar games upstairs but no one was playing them.

    Lauren Strehlow · November 27, 2014
  • Ben C.

    Delicious appetizers. Easy to meet big groups of people here. Only 1 IPA on tap: Howard Street Hoppy IPA 7% ABV

    Ben Coffee · November 19, 2014
  • Sean S.

    A nice brewery/restaurant in San Francisco. Lots of great things on tap, so be sure to grab the sampler. The Panda Bear, a golden ale with vanilla and cocoa nibs sounds odd, but is amazing!

    Sean Smith · November 17, 2014
  • Vlad M.

    There are better breweries in San Fran

    Vlad Mereuta · November 7, 2014
  • Oleksandr S.

    Try set all beers set

    Oleksandr Skrypnyk · October 25, 2014
  • Bommy C.

    Panda bear ale and polar bear pilsner 🍻

    Bommy Cha · October 19, 2014
  • Daniel R.

    Try : Test All Beers 9ea, 3oz BeersIncluded 2 Seasonal Beers

    Daniel R · October 18, 2014
  • RJ C.

    Awesome tapas selection and the paella is really good too

    RJ Corcuera · October 15, 2014
  • Sara H.

    Our awesome waitress made a toddler friendly cup out of a to-go soup container!

    Sara H · October 13, 2014
  • SFGate

    Stop by after work and nosh on tapas here -- there are more than 30 varieties to choose from -- while you stay for a beer or two. Read more

    SFGate · October 9, 2014
  • Dave J.

    The seasonal/specialty beers are always great here, especially their barrel-aged series.

    Dave Jensen · October 9, 2014
  • Yaron S.

    Beer and cheese pairings are nice. Flamenco performances on Sunday nights

    Yaron S · September 28, 2014
  • Lumen B.

    Nice to good with friends.

    Lumen Bigott · September 24, 2014
  • ThirstyBear Brewing Company

    New Menu! Seared Ahi tuna, tortilla española, albóndigas, gambas al ajillo, ribs w/ ESB bbq sauce, melón con jamón, a new flatbread & pinchos…

    ThirstyBear Brewing Company · September 4, 2014
  • Bourbon🍸Explorer

    This may be a brewery but the real star are the tapas. The craft beer is hit or miss so stick to the bourbon barrel aged beers when available.

    Bourbon🍸Explorer · September 1, 2014
  • Amy R.

    This place is massive, great beers and great staff. Get the taster rack.

    Amy Robinson · September 1, 2014
  • Brian N.

    Pool table is upstairs

    Brian Nguyen · August 30, 2014
  • Cathal C.

    Polar bear

    Cathal Cleary · August 23, 2014
  • Peter G.

    Thirstyburger is awesome.

    Peter Gazaryan · August 21, 2014
  • Adam S.

    They also have Excellent Tapas

    Adam Sampson · August 14, 2014
  • Adam S.

    Get the Beer Sampler - Only $12

    Adam Sampson · August 14, 2014
  • Fernando G.

    The "tapas" taste really like spanish tapas, try them, they'll save you a $2000 flight ;)

    Fernando Gomollón Bel · August 13, 2014
  • Fernando G.

    Homebrewed beers with a very particular taste, try the "Panda" with cocoa and vanilla!

    Fernando Gomollón Bel · August 13, 2014
  • Paul C.

    Good beer selection

    Paul Cunningham · August 9, 2014
  • Mitch L.

    Excellent tapas! Some of the absolute best in the city. Ask them to pair beer samples with each tapa to increase the dining experience.

    Mitch Lopez · August 9, 2014
  • Janice L.

    slow service, slightly higher prices than expected and the food is okay. would only go for beer & snacks witing a large group in the future.

    Janice Li · August 6, 2014
  • ThirstyBear Brewing Company

    If you liked our Golden Vanilla in the past, check our out our Panda Bear. We added toasted cocoa nibs to whole vanilla beans to make a delicious organic golden ale.

  • Leticia C.

    Try the sample menu 🍺

    Leticia Caltran · June 17, 2014
  • Alec M.

    Only organic brewery in San Francisco

    Alec Mitchell · June 6, 2014
  • Logan C.

    Anything on cask.

    Logan Cautrell · June 2, 2014
  • Matt S.

    Great Bloody Mary with Tito's vodka.

    Matt Silverman · May 7, 2014

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