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Thirsty Bear: "Microbrewed + Spanish Food Madness!" ThirstyBear Brewing Company Tip by machomikemd

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The Thirsty Bear took its name from a newspaper report of a tale of thievery with violence in Moscow. An escaped circus bear wandered into a city centre bar and, being a mite thirsty began demanding beer from the clientele. Not wishing to tangle with the bear, the drinkers gave up their pints quietly. After several drinks, the bear wandered off and was apprehended by the local constabulary whilst sleeping off the effects of the alcohol on a park bench. this place is really close to MoMA, Yuerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Metreon, and Moscone Center

Thirsty Bear manages to combine being one of San Francisco's best brew pubs with being one of its best Spanish restaurants. Now there's a pairing you don't find every day. It is Another great beer destination, close to downtown. IPA and Stout are especially good, and the food is excellent - different from the usual pub fare, but in a good way. Place can get really crowded after work!

Favorite Dish: Food at the Thirsty Bear can mean anything from munching away at olives and bread while you drink to a full-scale Spanish meal. A quick look at the menu is sufficient to tell you that these guys know what they are doing. How many restaurants do you know that serve three different types of paella? Fish, by the way, is a common feature of the menu, and the restaurant's star dish is the Kokotxas Donostiarra starter: sautéed fish cheeks in garlic and sherry.

paellas of the day are delicious, seared ahi tuna served on greens are excellent!, gambas al ajillo (chili, garlic shrimp) - spicy and good, braised short rib - boneless, tender and flavorful on mashed potatoes, and sauteed organic spinach with pinenuts, wonderful, tapas at $ 8 an order.

Microbrewed beer Alongside the IPA, ESB and Brown Ale are a wheat beer, a pilsner, a stout and a vanilla flavoured beer, they also have $3 for 22 oz Draft during happy hour. Thirsty Bear also offers a couple of seasonal speciality beers. Check the web site to see what is available.

Attire: Casual Dress, Smart Casual

Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Fri 11:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
Sat 12:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Sun 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Address: 661 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: 661 Howard Street (between 3rd St & Hawthorne St), San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 974-0905
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 5
Theme: Wine Bar/Wine Tasting

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 16, 2007
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