spotted: smokestack + magnolia.
by Leslie Santarina comment

12/3/14

spotted: smokestack + magnolia / sfgirlbybay

hi again—it’s leslie from spotted sf and this week i’m sharing this gorgeous space that opened earlier this year in our city. adding to the spotted series is smokestack + magnolia, an all-in-one brewery, bar and bbq restaurant. who would’ve thought drinking beer and eating ‘que could be this pretty?

spotted: smokestack + magnolia / sfgirlbybay

spotted: smokestack + magnolia / sfgirlbybay

spotted: smokestack + magnolia / sfgirlbybay

spotted: smokestack + magnolia / sfgirlbybay

spotted: smokestack + magnolia / sfgirlbybay

spotted: smokestack + magnolia / sfgirlbybay

spotted: smokestack + magnolia / sfgirlbybay

spotted: smokestack + magnolia / sfgirlbybay

david mclean, owner of magnolia pub, has been crafting beers in san francisco’s haight district for over sixteen years. outgrowing his original spot, he decided to move the brewing process into an old can factory in our city’s historic dogpatch district. he later partnered with chef dennis lee of local restaurant namu gaji to create an inviting space for folks to gather and share more than just pints around the table. smoky, tender, flavorful meats + sides and desserts (made by local marla bakery) can be ordered at the counter, while beer, whiskey cocktails and other spirits are served at the bar. everyone seats themselves and convenes at the communal tables.

this beautiful, rustic and warm space was designed to make it feel as if had been there for some time. tall ceilings, exposed pipes, weathered woods, casement windows, vintage adornments and patina-ed walls complete the main dining area and adjoining dock where the beers are made. the name smokestack is a tribute to legendary sf band, the grateful dead, and their song “smokestack lightning” (owner david mclean has been a devoted fan), as well as a nod to the building’s history as a factory.

if you’re in sf or planning a visit, this is surely one to add to the itinerary.

• all photography by leslie santarina.

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