Downtown Johnny Brown's
Taps: 16 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 42 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by srandycarter:
4.74/5 rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Went in to try Pliny the Younger. I drove 45 minutes to have a 10 oz pour. At $5 a glass, it was worth it - both on quality and quantity. Not only was it an exceptional beer, but I have found a cool new place to go.
Not crowded at all, early Friday night. Incredible tap. They had Alpine Duet, Ballast Point Victory, among others. Too many to even try at one shot!
Bottles, they were even selling the Consecration for $30 - at a bar, that is a pretty good price. I paid $27 at a liquor store...
Will be back. Again and again!
02-14-2009 05:36:55 | More by srandycarter
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4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
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
Downtown Johnny Brown's in San Diego, CA
93 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.