Magnolia Pub and Brewery

1398 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA, 94117, United States
(415) 864-PINT
Latitude: 37.77013, Longitude: -122.44508

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  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $$
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 4.57 | Atmosphere: 4.29 | Service: 4.25 | Food: 4.00
87.4
out of 100
Overall Beer Mapping Score
Based on 7 reviews.
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4.3
out of 5
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emerge077 (340)
Tuesday 1st of November 2011 12:11:35 PM
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It should go without saying (as with most trendy hotspots) to avoid going at peak hours if you don't want to be disappointed.

Corner spot in the Haight, the space had some funky vintage touches to it, like old tile flooring, tiled walls behind the bar, and an old vintage washbasin for the restrooms (and actual towels). Chalkboards detailed the house selections, which included 12 drafts and 4 casks, which was impressive. Two wet hop harvest ales, one dry hopped with Citra, the other with Simcoe. Weekapaug Gruit, a couple bitters, milds, pair of IPA's, ESB, Kolsch, Stout, Pale on draft and cask.

Visited twice in the same day, first for drinks at the bar and later for a bite to eat after shopping and hitting Alembic. Service was great both times, the bartender even did some juggling of plates. Our server was very knowledgeable about the beers, and suggested a tasting order for the beer flight.

Quality and attention to detail here is top notch... from the custom built beer flight boxes, branded glassware, imperial pints, psychedelic art coasters, and the sharp menus (check out the back of the paper, it's a clever blotter art design). Magnolia was a surprise hit on our visit to SF.
Selection: 4.25 | Atmosphere: 4.25 | Service: 4.5 | Food: 4.0
86.7
Overall

t_a_z_i_o (1)
Monday 10th of January 2011 04:12:38 PM
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The Magnolia Pub and Brewery is a very nice place, in a great neighborhood and easy to reach via public transit. When we visited the beer menu consisted of beer that was almost entirely their own (brewed below), with the only guest, a cider. This is a gastropub so the food is top notch as well. Great place to take a date, imho. There's a full recap of our visit on pszenica-piwo.blogspot.com
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4.75 | Service: 4.75 | Food: 4.75
93.3
Overall

usmakusma (30)
Friday 8th of January 2010 04:08:45 PM
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As others have said, it is a nice place. 16 beers on tap and 5 hand pulls, good variety.

We asked the bartender if they had a sampler of their beers, he said they don't do tasters anymore because people took too long to drink them and the beer would get stale, they prefer to pour a smaller number so you can get it fresh. I thought this was odd, It doesn't take us that long to finish a sampler. So we got 4 tasters, and found out they give really big tasters. I think it would make more sense to cut the taster size in half and sell a sampler instead of naming off all the different beers.

As for the beers:

Wheat: Had a good after taste, but not much of an initial taste.

Brown: Opposite of the wheat, good initial taste, but not much aftertaste.

Stout: Good aroma, most of the flavor came at the end.

Porter: Nothing special

Bock: Nice chocolate malts. Well rounded beer.

After the samples I believe I had the Brown.

It was a busy place (It seemed like mostly us tourists), nice big windows in front. The bathrooms were kinda odd and cool. They were unisex, very small rooms with just the toilet. The bigger room outside had the sink and towels. We did have to drive around a bit to find parking since this is a big tourist spot.
Selection: 4.75 | Atmosphere: 3.75 | Service: 4 | Food: N/A
83.3
Overall

bobcat78 (210)
Wednesday 24th of September 2008 11:16:47 PM
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As many of the previous comments have said, this place is very strong in the darker beer and cask ales. It is an interesting place, located right on Haight Street, has the hippie tie-dye look on the outside but the inside is straight english pub. Almost no decoration inside the pub.

For someone that enjoys porters and stouts, this place was definitely a winner. The Cole Porter is both named well and brewed well. The cask version as well as the cask bitter were both excellent.
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 3.75 | Food: N/A
81.7
Overall

BrewDad (256)
Tuesday 2nd of September 2008 06:40:24 PM
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Had a great time there. It was a nice trip on the mass transit. Took the cable car to the underground train and then out to Height Ashbury. Back to the 60’s or the late 80’s was what it felt like. An old brew pub if ever there a must stop and a great place to visit. The beers where great and the food was also good, Be ready for some hippie food that is served by a great wait staff. Talked with the manager and she was great found out a lot about the brewery and they where about to show off some great beers. We had a real nice time and will go back when in town. Stop by and have a Saison De lily and just think of the 60’s while there. To Jerry we raised a pint.
Selection: 4.75 | Atmosphere: 5 | Service: 4.25 | Food: 4.5
93.3
Overall

BahHumBrew (535)
Monday 1st of September 2008 07:54:28 PM
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There is a good size bar along the back wall with additional tall counter seating across the aisle. The rest of the large dining room provides table seating around the perimeter walls and a central partition that holds the tap/pump lists. When I visited there were 11 house brews on tap plus a guest brew from Moonlight. The cask offerings included 4 of the styles available on tap plus one additional house brew. I enjoyed the Proving Ground IPA and a Cole Porter from the pump. We did not stay for dinner but the menu has been upgraded from standard pub grub to include some unusual starters and entrees plus several interesting week night dinner specials that would be worth a return visit. Parking in the Haight is very limited so if you drive, be prepared for a bit of a walk through this interesting district that still reflects much of the sixties lifestyle.
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 4.25 | Service: 4.5 | Food: N/A
91.7
Overall

danscott (23)
Tuesday 6th of May 2008 03:29:48 AM
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Awesome place that represents the Haight well. Hippy brewpub, but upscale. Known for their English style ales, they usually have 3-5 on draught and 3-5 on cask. Also known to do some crazy, experimental beers, like beer made from wine, from flowers, etc, and generally to great success. Always great music playing, as long as you like the Dead. Above average bistro style pub food with an emphasis on local ingredients and organics. Big thumbs up.
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4.5 | Food: 4.5
90.0
Overall

beerist (26)
Friday 20th of July 2007 10:22:18 AM
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I could probably sum up my experience here with 6 words: "Five cask ales on the handpump." Seriously, this place is an English cask ale lover's dream. when I went they only had 4 beers on tap, but had 5 on the handpump. The beers are almost all centered around the English theme with plenty of English pales, bitters, and milds rounding out the tap list. All of the beers were quite good. Drinking these beers was definitely a change from the West Coast hop bombs I had been enjoying previously and required me to focus a little more to pick up subtle nuances of flavor within the different beers.

The atmosphere and overall vibe of the place is a quirky, hip English pub with colorful, "hipster-type" waitstaff. The service was really good - our server came over many times to check on us. We did see one couple who got there right after us take a LONG time to get seated, however (nearly 45 minutes!).

The food is good English pub grub. I had bangers and mash and my wife had fish and chips. They were both very good and the portions were very generous. Prices were pretty average for the area.

As with most everything in SF, this was easy to get to using MUNI (certainly a recommended option when you're at an establishment with 5 casks).

If you like good English ales, do not miss this place.
Selection: 4.25 | Atmosphere: 4.25 | Service: 4.25 | Food: 4.0
85.0
Overall
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Pumps and taps
Pumps and taps
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Tap List - 08/08
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Magnolia entry
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Magnolia bar shot
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Magnolia Tap List - More beers on the handpump than on tap!
Magnolia Tap List - More beers on the handpump than on tap!
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