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The Local Eatery & Drinking Hole

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The Local Eatery & Drinking HoleThe Local Eatery & Drinking Hole
very good

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Taps: 20
Bottles: 44
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1065 4th Ave
San Diego, California, 92101-4802
United States
phone: (619) 231-4447

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thelocalsd

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(Place added by: Todd on 09-13-2005)
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Reviews by opwog:
Photo of opwog
2.65/5  rDev -29%

I have heard this name dropped for a while. While I was in a little Italy cafe, I even asked a stranger if they had heard of it and the guy loved the place. Maybe it was having too high of an expectation to begin with, but I don't understand how anybody thinks that this is a great beer bar with all that San Diego has to offer.

I walked into a large room and immediately felt like I was at a college sports bar that was on the downhill slide after several years of a successful run. It had one girl working the bar and the entirety of this large room. She was nice enough, but there is no way that one person could competently handle that large of a room, even when it was almost empty. The people that were there were sitting on opposite ends of the room. I asked what the Lost Abbey beer tap was and she couldn't even tell me what beer they had on tap. Similarly, she got two others wrong. I finally decided on the Airdale Porter, which was great. So after nursing the last inch of my glass for 30 minutes, she finally showed up at our end of the bar again (note: there were only 7 people even sitting at the bar). I asked about a sampler set and she said no, but could pour me some samples. I said great and was just about to try whatever they had on the Lost Abbey tap and one other, except that she walked immediately away before I could say what I wanted. I waited another 30 minutes before she came back to ask if I wanted another beer (my glass had been empty for 20 minutes). I said how I had originally wanted the samples to figure out what my next beer would have been, but now I had to leave to meet somebody.

Overall, they have some good beers mixed in with more bad beers on tap. Craft bottles, but the most common. Maybe they were short staffed that night, but when you only have 7 craft handles, you should be able to at least know specifically the name of what is pouring from each. The atmosphere pretty much sucked and if one person is normally all that they staff for that large room, I would hate to see how long I would have to wait for the bartender to return behind the bar if the place was packed.

opwog, Jan 13, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of sharkboy
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

sharkboy, Aug 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

cherche, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of MickeyHops
4/5  rDev +7.2%

MickeyHops, May 26, 2014
Photo of BMMillsy
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%

Stopped in here on a Monday afternoon while in town. Nice little spot set a bit far away from the main Gaslamp area. 16 taps with interesting barrel aged stuff from Ballast Point and Coronado, some Societe and Stone on tap, and a decent bottle selection. All local of course. They'll do flights of their on tap brews so that was nice and I got to try some extra beers that way. Bartender was very friendly and had plenty to say about the beers they had. Nice place and seems to be doing this beer thing right. Did not get a chance to try food though. Definitely stop in here if you are downtown.

BMMillsy, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of jjboesen
4/5  rDev +7.2%

After a few pints at the Beer Company (See Reveiw), I wandered through an incoming fog a few blocks to the Local Eatery, situated amid a generic downtown block, Upon entry, I found a dark. loud and lively sports bar atmosphere; a moderate sized room with a long bar on the right; opposite several rows of high tops. There were TVs ablazing everywhere.

The dozen or so taps, while limited, are devoted to local crafts: during my visit - number three of my SDBW 2012 trip, the Local was in the thralls of a Coronado Tap Takeover that included Frog's Breath and Sock Knocker, the latter being a double IPA. (Coronado will be a future visit during the week.)

Given my recent repast at Beer Company, I did not order food. Incidentally, the ceiling is adorned with bicycles and surfboards, for some resaon. All in all, a comfortable little place when in the downtown area.

jjboesen, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%

Yelp! guided me to this place for some reason. It definitely isn't a premiere bar for the area, but it was still a treat!

Atmosphere: resembles a small sports bar, though rather large for an average bar. i appreciated how tame it was on the busy night that we were there.

Service: very average, somewhat helpful

Selection/Quality: a decent, though not spectacular, selection of locals among other nonlocal craft beers. the selection was fairly large and definitely offered something for everyone.

Its worth a stop to visit here if in the area, just don't get your hopes up too high.

AdamBear, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Good selection of local and seasonal beers in a relaxed setting. Long bar with surf stuff. Bands occasionally play at night. Fun place to go downtown that is not a club. The burgers are great, as is the club wrap. Prices are reasonable, especially considering it is a downtown bar. Free parking is non-existent. Taps are pretty good. They are going with more locals, seasonals, and CA beers. Had Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Alpine, Rogue, and Stone on tap. Waitresses are good looking to hot and know their beer.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of cggarcia
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%

Went in rather late on a Monday night, so the place was pretty deserted. The music was a little loud for my taste. The two servers were very friendly and knowledgable about the beer they had on and about beer in general. They have quite a good selection of local brews: Alpine, Alesmith, Coronado, Pizza Port, Karl Straus, Stone and some others. The beers were fresh and I enjoyed the San Diego Style IPA's as we don't have anything like them in NM. The Alpine Duet was awesome; the Coronado IPA, Alesmith IPA & the Calexico Amber were spot on!

Didn't try the food, so can't comment. I would return for the beer range, but might avoid the DJ nights.

cggarcia, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of mithrascruor
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%

Came in here by chance on a Friday evening while walking by. Seemed decent inside. Surf-themed place with some TVs and all.

Generally friendly service, but it was quite difficult to figure out what exactly they had on tap. A chalkboard just listed the names of local breweries. Ended up just getting a Pizza Port IPA the whole night, but they did have taps from other local breweries too.

Food was alright: the wet burrito was nice (and big!), but the shrimp burrito my friend had wasn't so great...

By the time we'd finished eating, the atmosphere had changed a lot inside, becoming more of a club with a DJ and disco ball going. We left before that got into full swing, but it was quite crowded and it was decidedly more of a "party crowd" than a "beer crowd".

Food prices were ok for a downtown restaurant, but $6 for a pint of IPA (during what was apparently happy hour?) seemed a bit much! Decent enough place, but not really my cup of tea...

mithrascruor, Sep 12, 2008
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The Local Eatery & Drinking Hole in San Diego, CA
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