Downtown Johnny Brown's
Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 41 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by berley31:
New Brunswick (Canada)
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went in for a couple of beer on a Monday evening...
A: Not what I had expected. It definitely had a neighborhood/sports bar feel to it. They had a deck open, but there was really only about 3-4 other people in the entire place for the 2 hours or so we were there.
Q+Selection: Very decent beer selection. I had a Deschutes Black Butte XXIII and a Ballast Point Yellowtail, both seemed good quality. Judging from their website, they appear to rotate beers quite frequently.
Service: Very good.. prompt and friendly.
F: We had some of their 35c wings and mozza sticks... the mozza sticks were some of the best I've ever had.
O: Comfortable spot, very good selection, and good apps... definitely a spot to return to.
09-30-2011 19:18:49 | More by berley31
More User Reviews:
4.15/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I liked the vibe of this place. Old school 80s ish bar and cafeteria grill. Definitely formatted to serve the local workers. When I went there was a kid sitting next to me at the bar drinking root beer for lunch, it was classic. Turned out he was the bartender's kid. That is nice to see. I basically got personal service since I was the only one at the bar and there were 2 bartenders. There were a lot of people just dining though. I peered into the kitchen, the grease filters hadn't been cleaned in decades but it looked pretty clean to me. My sandwich came out quickly and it was good. Standard pub fare nothing less nothing more. There was a good variety of hot sauce to throw on it. The beer selection was maybe 15 taps, a good variety once again, a few limited things.
07-26-2012 15:21:17 | More by crossovert
3.86/5 rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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
4.08/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Was at a work function and wanted to get my hands on Bad Boy and Odins so quick trip 1/2 mile away for 3 beers and back to the event.
Atm- A smallish place with a open feel with a couple pool tables, sports bar feel and a nice shuffleboard table. Small tables, old chair and in the middle of a city block. I would like to say the woman at the bar with her mom was gorgeous and I hope she enjoyed the opera.
Quality- Great rotating tap list from watching it before I headed down to SD. Great local options with some imports as well.
Service- Nice bartender who was quick to chat and help with grabbing beers when I needed a fill.
Selection- Great Alpine, RR, Deschutes, and some more harder to find options.
Value- Was a good deal when I was there. for 3 pints about 15. Ill be coming back for sure.
02-24-2012 21:03:39 | More by FosterJM
3.76/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
After one failed attempt at finding this place (though it was only two blocks from our hotel), we managed to fight our way past the dozen Occupy San Diego protesters (and the half dozen newspeople and camera operators and police officers) and into the restaurant.
I did not really dig the vibe. Too bright, run down but not in a cool gritty way, almost completely lacking in charm. As was the service. Tap list was very nice (The Abyss and The Stoic on tap!), and the pours of moderate ABV beers was very generous (22 oz. for the price of 16 oz.).
11-23-2011 19:24:07 | More by sholland119
Downtown Johnny Brown's in San Diego, CA
93 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.