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Thirsty Bear

415-974-0905  •  $$
ADDRESS: 661 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105

CUISINE: Small Plates, Brewpub, Spanish, Tapas, Farm to Table

FEATURES: Entertainment, Full Bar, Handicap Access, Kid Friendly, Smoke Free, Vegetarian Friendly

DETAILS

The twentysomethings and thirtysomethings of San Francisco are often found at ThirstyBear, a combination brewpub and Spanish tapas restaurant said to be the country's first such culinary combination. With a name inspired by reported incidents of bears breaking into campsites or bars and drinking beer, ThirstyBear originated in 1996 and offers nine varieties of house-brewed beer daily. Brews include Howard Street IPA, caramel Brown Bear Ale, Kozlov Stout, pilsner-style Polar Bear Lager and Valencia Wheat with a hint of orange. In addition to beers, Thirsty Bear also features a variety of Spanish wines, single malt Scotches and Spanish brandies at the downstairs bar. As for the dining menu, a few favorite tapas include a potato and onion omelet, sautéed prawns, crab and Manchego cheese dip served on sourdough, and a cheese assortment served with walnut bread. A few heartier dishes include Spanish meatballs, baby back ribs and paella. Desserts such as cherry empanadas, pumpkin seed brittle and sangria sorbet provide a delightful finish to your meal.

 


 


Full bar. Serving lunch Mon–Sat, dinner nightly. "Thirsty Bear is adjacent to techie central, aka the Moscone Convention Center, so look for programmers galore quaffing anything from nitrogenated Meyer ESB to whatever brewmaster Brenden Dobel taps seasonally. As for the food, it's Spanish tapas all the way. (Just be careful if you tell friends to meet you at the tapas bar, since there's a topless bar across the street.)"
— Brian Yaeger, SF Weekly, Aug 25, 2010
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The twentysomethings and thirtysomethings of San Francisco are often found at ThirstyBear, a combination brewpub and Spanish tapas restaurant said to be the country's first such culinary combination. With a name inspired by reported incidents of bears breaking into campsites or bars and drinking beer, ThirstyBear originated in 1996 and offers nine varieties of house-brewed beer daily. Brews include Howard Street IPA, caramel Brown Bear Ale, Kozlov Stout, pilsner-style Polar Bear Lager and Valencia Wheat with a hint of orange. In addition to beers, Thirsty Bear also features a variety of Spanish wines, single malt Scotches and Spanish brandies at the downstairs bar. As for the dining menu, a few favorite tapas include a potato and onion omelet, sautéed prawns, crab and Manchego cheese dip served on sourdough, and a cheese assortment served with walnut bread. A few heartier dishes include Spanish meatballs, baby back ribs and paella. Desserts such as cherry empanadas, pumpkin seed brittle and sangria sorbet provide a delightful finish to your meal.

 


 


 
"Thirsty Bear is adjacent to techie central, aka the Moscone Convention Center, so look for programmers galore quaffing anything from nitrogenated Meyer ESB to whatever brewmaster Brenden Dobel taps seasonally. As for the food, it's Spanish tapas all the way. (Just be careful if you tell friends to meet you at the tapas bar, since there's a topless bar across the street.)"
— Brian Yaeger, SF Weekly, Aug 25, 2010
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Full bar. Serving lunch Mon–Sat, dinner nightly.

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