Long known for the beloved brewpub in the heart of the Haight-Ashbury District, Magnolia has opened a larger brewery and barbecue restaurant with a full bar in the Dogpatch neighborhood. Here you will find 20 taps and some selections on cask at a BBQ restaurant attached to the production brewery. Magnolia is known for its award-winning British-inspired beer styles including bitters, milds, porters and stouts, along with a popular kolsch and (of course) some pungent west coast style IPAs.
This is Dave McLean’s third location, following Magnolia Gastropub and his cocktail bar, Alembic, both in the Haight. The restaurant draws on the strengths of both of those venues. Beer shares the stage with a charming funky eclectic aesthetic, an extensive library of whiskies, inventive cocktails and the eclectic menu of select wood-fired artisan BBQ meats and sides. Magnolia posted a series of videos as they built this facility, including one about the design of the restaurant and the first batch on the new brewing systems. Long common tables are conducive to conversation. There are no TVs.
Extras: This up and coming neighborhood now has two breweries within two blocks. Drop by Triple Voodoo, with more of an emphasis on Belgian-style beers, near the same streetcar stop. The SF MUNI streetcar line that connects to BART at the Embarcadero also goes right past the SF Giants baseball park, so keep these places in mind for your pre- or post-game consideration.
2505 Third Street, at 22nd • San Francisco 415.864.PINT
The simplest way to get from BART to Magnolia’s Smokestack is to exit the Embarcadero BART gates underground and enter the MUNI Metro system in the station ($2.00 exact change or Clipper Card). Take the K, N or T Sunnydale train toward Visitacion Valley to the 20th Street stop on 3rd Street. Continue on foot another long block to 22nd and cross the street to find Smokestack at 2505 Third. (Note that 3rd Street curves to reach along the waterfront, intersecting streets such as 20th and 22nd, but that 21st does not come through. SF does grids casually.)
(The same instructions as above apply to any of the four downtown BART stations where you may transfer underground to the MUNI streetcar lines. Major MUNI bus lines #22 and #48 also cross 3rd Street near the restaurant.)
Official Embarcadero Station and connecting transit info.Embarcadero BART to Magnolia in the Dogpatch