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South Bay Drugs

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South Bay DrugsSouth Bay Drugs
BA SCORE
100
world-class

76 Ratings
Ratings: 76
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.7
pDev: 6.6%
[ Store ]

779 Palm Ave
Imperial Beach, California, 91932
United States
phone: (619) 424-5164
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Moving?

(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2005)
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Reviews by midaszero:
Photo of midaszero
5/5  rDev +6.4%

South Bay is how I use to get all my California goodness. Joey is awesome. When ordering online there is a pretty quick turn around and he is cool to deal with.

Finally got a chance to stop in on a recent trip to San Diego and check out the store. Boy is it smaller than I imagined. I mean it isn't small but everyone I know seems to order from him so it is kind of like where the hell does he keep all the beer?

They get a lot of good stuff and Joey is always very fair with how he handles all his business. Incredibly honest and easy to deal with. I just wish I could still order from them.

midaszero, Nov 24, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of djaeon
5/5  rDev +6.4%

This was one of the best beer stores in San Diego County. And you would never know it from looking at the facade. The owner was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They had an amazing selection and competitive prices. They didn't just have new shipments, but also some that were set aside and purposely aged (a couple Nogne-O beers I got there come to mind). I say "was" because they're currently closed and moving to a new location. I look forward to their new location, wherever that may be. I just hope it's in a more central area (or at least closer to my house).

djaeon, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of bikencycle
5/5  rDev +6.4%

Have only ordered online, but have been very pleased with all of the Russian River, Ballast Point, Alpine, Lost Abbey, and other offerings. I have ordered 3 or 4 times and Joey does a great job packaging your items for shipping thanks to the styrofoam wine shippers he uses. They are moving right now so online orders are on hold for the moment, which is completely understandable under the circumstance. Haven't done a trade with the King yet bit maybe in the near future I will have something that he wants.

bikencycle, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of gatornation
5/5  rDev +6.4%

as i write this south bay will be moving to a new location after 27 years at same location my reviews is at the current location....

south bay is my favorite online store the service is exceptional..the selection is exceptional..the overall beer buying is great..joey pays attention to you as a person and treats your order as such..after a few questions on initial order and some clerical things its a snap to reorder..and as i said joey always keeps you informed wish this store was open where i live ..highly recommended

gatornation, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of FARGO619
5/5  rDev +6.4%

Have been in here several times. Great selection of micro brews. "Joey" is always up for talking about beers and recommends one if you are looking for something new. Would highly recommend this place. Great selection of hard to find stuff and local brews too. One of the best shops in SoCal. If you are looking for STONE, DESCHUTES, LOST ABBEY, ALPINE or anything that can go quick give this shop a shot. Check out his website...she ships! Keep up the great work and I will keep coming back for more.

FARGO619, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of marquinoftroy
4.7/5  rDev 0%

South San Diego is sort of a dead end. Look into any visitors guide to SD and you will see that South San Diego lacks a certain visitor-friendly appeal. No sports teams, no big colleges, no fantastic parks and no seals at our beach. There are only a hand full of reasons one would venture south of downtown. The outlet mall at the border, sand castle competition, the amphitheater and the drive-in are the most popular reasons.

But, if you fancy yourself as a beer-ophile and in the SD area, then you owe it to yourself to check this place out. Like what everyone before me has stated: amazing selection, nice people, shady location and an ugly store.

marquinoftroy, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of mulder1010
4.65/5  rDev -1.1%

went in 2x while in SD

Q-- Huge drugstore, or is it just a lot of space?? with a smaller selection than I thought. But it made up in quality. That is for sure. Not the greatest area of Imperial but not arguing.

S-- Geoi is a good guy and easy to talk to and communicate with. Held 2 bottles of Victory at Sea for me. Very cool to do.

S-- Not a lot of stuff but it was quality. Goose Island to Great Divide. Avery to Russian River. Some of the harder to find CA beers to be found there. Notably Alpine. All the essential SD area beers at good prices. Lots of refrigeration as well. Able to buy singles is a huge plus as other stores will not let you. Had a good Belgian selection but not there for that.

V-- Good pricing on bombers and able to buy singles of Yeti and Goose Island are solid. Not the largest but a quality selection. A must hit if in Southern SD.

mulder1010, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of mistakebythelake
5/5  rDev +6.4%

Geoi is an outstanding guy. Have not had the chance to visit the store out in the San Diego area, but plan on doing so next trip out that way. I have ordered from South Bay numerous times and Goei always answers any questions promptly and is a pleasure to deal with. If he doesn't have it he probably can find it for you. Has a great selection of hard to find local San Diego craft beers along with some other outstanding west coast breweries.

Has an up to date website with listings of new arrivals and things like that. Beers are packaged great and shipping is inexpensive and always arrives on time.

mistakebythelake, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.05/5  rDev -35.1%

Visited this place while in San Diego for a science conference.

South Bay seems like its located in a very run down neighborhood. The store is a huge waste of space as half of it is blocked off for the storage of shipping materials. Still though, appropriate "sensitive" beers are kept in the fridge and others are out on the shelves. Dates on the bottles indicate that traffic is rather high so everything is pretty fresh. Not impressed with how the store looks though.

There was no service. There was one guy at the counter and he was so old and looked so fragile that I felt bad asking him to help me and show me around. Nice guy though.

I must be missing something with regards to the selection. Maybe they offer more on their online store? South Bay, the physical store, barely has anything, just a well stocked variety of locals. Again, I'll give the benefit of the doubt because perhaps they offer a lot more online, but I wasn't impressed here either.

Prices are very reasonable here and even border on the cheap side. Worth a visit if you know what you want and what you want is something local and easy to obtain. Otherwise, take yourself elsewhere.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

Here's my story, I've ordered from 4 online retailers thus far including Matt Maples Liquid Solutions, Vintage Cellar of Blacksburg, VA, Hi Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA. Now the infamous South Bay Drugs of San Diego.

This was the most complicated so far due to the fact that I wanted three cases of identical orders for three different guys. Here's the plan, my bro Dante', and our joint best friend Kolby are all jonesing for West Coast IPAs. We lived out there for a summer when we were younger.

Here we all our spread out all preoccupied with grad school and families all on different paths. Dante's is getting his doctorate in PT living in Acworth, GA. Our buddy Kolbz is getting his masters in real estate development, and I'm working full time as an RN with 3 kids going for my RN to MSN for a nurse pracitioner.

Needless to say we're stressed out, but guess what Kolby came up with this plan that every year coming into Christmas and our birthdays. We're going to do a joint west coast beer order with telephone conferenced tastings to get us through our classes. It's on Kolbz this year and will rotate until we see fit each yar.

Here's this year's haul all new beers minus one or two for some of us. Alpine Pure Hoppiness and Duet IPAs, Karl Strauss Big Barrel DIPA, Lost Abbey Carnevale (Kolbz is obssessed with Brazil), Alaskan Smoked Porter 2010, Russian River Blind Pig, Port Old Viscosity, Wipeout, and Hightide Fresh Hop IPA, Kern River Just Outstanding IPA, Maui CocoNut Porter (2 cans), Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast.

Joey was extremely easy to work with and we can't really complain about pricing because the cost is multiplied by the shipping costs but we knew that coming in. It was 80+ for the beer and about 50 or so for the packing and shipping costs per case. Yeah, we're crazy!!!

WVbeergeek, Oct 19, 2010
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