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Downtown Johnny Brown's

Not Rated.
Downtown Johnny Brown'sDowntown Johnny Brown's

Taps: 16 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

49 Ratings
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1220 3rd Ave
San Diego, California, 92101-4102
United States
phone: (619) 232-8414

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @dtjohnnybrowns

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: xlperro on 04-07-2006)
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

I stopped by DJB's while in SD on business based on the BA reviews. A truly authentic beer bar hidden away in a downtown location where you'd least expect it.

JDB's has a great lineup of tasty beers. I went with a Pliny the Elder. I planned to have another and maybe dinner but a few things stopped me. They have a very limited bar area; maybe eight seats. That's certainly a limitation for individuals. Also, my PtE came in a chilled glass. That's not the end of the world but with the lineup they have, do they really think that's the best presentation?

The vibe at DJB's was fantastic. It seemed to be a mix of locals, tourists and many in between. And they have some great outdoor seating. DJB's is well worth a visit if you're in the city; especially if you're not expecting a bar seat.

07-11-2012 01:59:18 | More by GJ40
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Bwagner1122

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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MickeyHops

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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werdnacross

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-13-2014 15:36:13 | More by werdnacross
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skipxtracer

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Great little bar in the atrium of the civic center. Really cool selection of local beers. They are doubling their taps very soon as well. I had a burger at the bar with really tasty fries and the bartender was incredibly friendly and gave me things to taste that I am really happy I tried. There is a pool table, shuffleboard, and a patio out front.

04-18-2014 16:05:53 | More by skipxtracer
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dwagner003

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

03-02-2014 19:21:25 | More by dwagner003
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -28.4%

12-29-2013 06:09:26 | More by jenray
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Sparky44

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-15-2013 03:04:10 | More by Sparky44
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

10-21-2013 14:20:19 | More by brandoman63
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Being somewhat hidden in the bland Civic Center, Downtown Johnny Brown's is not that hard to find when in downtown San Diego - once you are able to wend your way through the herds of street drifters psychos and myriad homeless, which seem to own the city. But I digress ...

Upon entry, Johnny's is a small, but humble venue with an excrutiatingly small bar, where the well-oiled locals trade banters with the tattoed servers. The rest of the room is devoted to an array of tables and hightops, the latter being along the windows that look out onto the roomy patio.

The beer selection consists of local brews - as it should be in this beer-centric city. These are scribbled on the chalkboard opposite the "Order Food Here" sign. The service was indifferent but efficient enough. (The table service is initiated after 4pm.) I hit the place during the $1.00 Fish Taco special - these were damn good and obviously reasonable in price.

This was No 4 of my recent SDBW 2012 sojourn - there were plenty of decent specials held here, including one that included Pliny - who gonna quibble bout that.

A worthy stop in the downtown area.

12-10-2012 01:15:13 | More by jjboesen
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Downtown Johnny Brown's in San Diego, CA
93 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.