Southern Pacific Brewing

Bar / Brewery
Southern Pacific Brewing Southern Pacific Brewing in San Francisco's Mission is a cavernous brewery and bar with great food to go with the drink. Tip a few in SF with Party Earth. San Francisco United States 37.7601299 -122.4140453
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Southern Pacific Brewing - Bar | Brewery in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review Teeming with tanks of soon-to-be beer in a sprawling space that holds more than two hundred people, Southern Pacific Brewing is a station-sized temple to local brew. Celebrating the Mission’s industrial past – SP rail... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–W, Su 11am–midnight, Th–Sa 11am–2am
    Kitchen closes at 11pm nightly

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Southern Pacific Brewing Review

The Scene

Southern Pacific Brewing in San Francisco's Mission is a cavernous brewery and bar with great food to go with the drink. Tip a few in SF with Party Earth.

Teeming with tanks of soon-to-be beer in a sprawling space that holds more than two hundred people, Southern Pacific Brewing is a station-sized temple to local brew.

Celebrating the Mission’s industrial past – SP rail once passed through the area – this warehouse-turned-bar and brewery boasts a lofted indoor dining area, a huge outdoor patio, and a slew of communal tables ideal for carousing and sharing rounds.

Beer lovers from Mission hipsters to Downtown yupsters gather around with baskets of sage fries, big burgers, and pitchers, tapping their toes to the indie rock echoing under the forty-foot ceilings.

In addition to the eight or so house brews and the dozen rotating guest taps, the joint serves a slew of themed cocktails like The Wig Wag (vodka and ginger beer) and the rye and vanilla-kissed Galvanizer.

Alfresco tables reside out front, while inside, the bar that runs along the right of the room is flanked by tall tables and banquettes offering views from the floor-to-ceiling front windows.

Corrugated aluminum, chain link, and steel rafters comprise the overall aesthetic, but ample potted trees and loads of natural light make the place feel almost cozy, with a lively vibe that’s rarely too loud for conversation.

To catch up with cronies, try the latest local hops, and quell a hankering for a badass piece of beef, SF denizens please depart next station: Southern Pacific Brewing.

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Tip from Jonah:

They’re not listed on the menu, but if you want to share something besides the stellar beer, ask the bartender about getting pitchers of their specialty cocktails.

  • Crowd

    Tech-savvy Internet kids, tree-hugging hipsters, creative professionals, boisterous beer seekers, birthday groups, and packs of bros lost in the Mission, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Two diminutive flat-screens are usually muted but tuned to local Giants games. Quirky indie rock blends with classic jams from the 60s and 70s, creating a hip, neo-collegiate vibe without the screams of “shots,” popped collars, or crappy basement beer.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Classic American pub fare like burgers, salads, and pizza rub elbows with more exotic dishes like bahn mi sandwiches and a house cured charcuterie platter intended for sharing.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $4–$9, entrées $9–$13, desserts $7. Beer $4–$5/glass or $11–$15/pitcher, wine $5, cocktails $9–$13/glass or $40+/pitcher.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: button-downs, hoodies, flannel, t-shirts, sneakers, sundresses, flats, fitted jeans, blouses, boots.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursday through Saturday nights for a very busy though never cramped scene of festive beer drinking, or during early dinner hours midweek for a more laid-back chance to sip a few.

  • Close By

    Shotwells (3349 20th Street), first opened in 1891 as the Schlichtmann & Bredhofy Grocery Saloon, is right around the corner and offers no-frills beer swilling complete with a pool table, a pinball machine, and a more intimate atmosphere.

Southern Pacific Brewing User Reviews

Average rating:
Good place!
Gor G. Jun 8, 2013
This place is DEEP. Some noteworthy bar hop locations include: Homestead and Dear Mom. But aside from that, Southern Pacific Brewing is actually a very awesome spot. My first impression was that this place was huge. Upon entering, you're first in a tiny biergarten setting with outdoor wooden benches in a courtyard. Walk inside and you're greeted to a space reminiscent of an airplane hangar. The bar is made for big groups, so it's a favorite for birthday or party events. Plenty of walking space to not feel cramped. To top it off, all the beer is dirt cheap. $3 for something they brew in-house and $5 for all other pints. I think I cried tears of pure happiness when my tab only came out to be $15. Only warning though: for all non-Americans, you MUST MUST MUST bring your passport in order to get in. I've heard horror stories of people being turned away. Seems like a weird policy, but it's a small price to pay for being able to enjoy this cool bar.
Low-key, industrial vibe, good microbrewery, decent food, easy airy time.
Lucie D. May 21, 2013
My first visit here was for my 32nd birthday party. It was recommended by a buddy who knows what it means to have a good time without having to stress anything. It definitely delivered. We wavered between 10 and 25 strong, and always had pretty much enough space and very decent drinks. I had the spelt veggie cheeseburger, and it wasn't bad at all. There is a patio outside which is particularly nice on a sunny day. Non-obtrusive TVs for when the Warriors or the Giants are on and you want to sit around with friends without the whole bar getting swept up in the game. The space is basically that of an airplane hangar, two levels and two bars. Not always a lot of table space but no big bother.
Great Bar...Decent Food
Andrea G. May 13, 2013
Southern Pacific Brewing is a great place to meet friends for a beer. It has a calm, laid back vibe with the perks of great beer and decent food. I say decent food because although it is better than most bar food, it's preparation is inconsistent. I have had very good, creamy and flavorful mac & cheese with pork belly, however, the other day i had a dried out over cooked version that I would not go back for had it been my first time. That being said, the selection of beer is great and they they have just enough TV screens to watch a game without turning the whole bar into a scene. It is a great place for a low key hang with friends or as a starting off point for a crazy night!
Solid for day drinking
Jayson M. Aug 15, 2012
Will this place blow your mind? No, it’s a brewery. But it’s tucked up an alley, feels secluded from the busy city, and is always a chill good time. Grab a beer, hit the patio, then repeat. I almost always try and stay outside as it can get really loud in the main room during peak hours. Love bringing my dog and it’s also a good place to go if you’re stuck with the kiddies. Like most brew houses, the food is hearty but not terribly exciting. That’s ok, though, because after a pitcher I could eat a used tire and think it tasted like foie gras.
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