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Hamiltons Tavern

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Hamiltons TavernHamiltons Tavern
BA SCORE
98
world-class

120 Ratings
Ratings: 120
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: n/a
Taps: 30
Bottles: 200
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1521 30th St
San Diego, California, 92102-1503
United States
phone: (619) 238-5460

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Ratings: 120 | Reviews: 83
Reviews by HalfFull:
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4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Hamilton's is one of those places I can't 'not go' to if I'm in the neighborhood. And that's OK as I'm not in the hood too often. If I were this place might take my entire paycheck. But still, a round at Balboa or some disc golf at Morley Field and I'm there. I'll even adjust my midweek tee/start times to make sure they're open. Is that wrong? I don't think so, but then I don't golf very much.

Offers a nice dark and woody pub style feel nestled into a primarily residential neighborhood. Just a block away from a much more travelled road, it's 30th Street address can be a bit confusing as the street has a couple bypass sections within a mile or two.

Service is good, bartenders are knowledgable and they offer a very good selection. Website is kept up to date as well as for tap and bottle options. Nothing like travelling for a brew that isn't there, so that's not too likely to happen here.

Lots of foodie options next door; burgers, sandwiches, some salads and some comfort foods with a touch of pizazz. A little better intermingling of the food/bar areas would be beneficial though I assume there are some legal loopholes there. The bar could at least stock some utensils/napkins/condiments as I assume that is within their right. Hint, hint.

All in all a very good experience and likely the best beer bar in town as for my view. Not a harried sports bar, nor a pretentious wine bar. Just a bar, and one with some really good beer and a good mix of locals. Throw in a pool table and a shuffleboard table and draw me a pint.

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Photo of blockdude
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Avoid this place like the plague on friday/saturday unless you like standing with your beer awkwardly with no place to sit or move around.. Seriously no room to move at all during one of these peak nights and my other complaint is their diversity of beers. One any given night, 80% of their beers are IPA or IIPA's, with very few saisons, sours, or stouts. Other than that, lighting could be better but the service is very good and the pours are legit. In terms of wings, they are definitely hit and miss and sometimes have the consistency of microwaved wings. Do yourself a favor and get one of the burgers if you want a well prepared meal. From my experience, weekdays are a much more enjoyable time to hit up Hamiltons.

Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of jooler
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Relaxed neighborhood hangout in South Park. Pool tables, tap handles hanging from ceiling, and you can order burgers and wings from the back. Extensive bottle selection and choice taps. Don't expect to have a conversation here, the music is pretty loud. Fortunately the music is pretty good. This is the sort of place you can bring your dog if he/she likes noise and crowds.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Taybeh
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Fairly small, dingy/divy, and when I was there on a Saturday night, it was a surprisingly mixed crowd by age, gender, ethnicity, level of hipster quality, etc. Good to very good tap lists...but they had Pliny, so....

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Halloran33
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Everything is great, except seating. My favorite place to indulge.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Without a doubt my favorite bar in San Diego. Just great vibes all around. Respectful and attentive bartenders. The food choices/prices are reasonable being this is ass deep in hipsterville. The drink prices could be better and often times the beer selection is over the top IPAs or beers that are just plain St. Archer quality. Love the shuffleboard and pool tables. Bar is kind of small but cozy. Can get packed and for that matter real difficult to find a place to sit. Music quality is top notch and often times late at night the bartenders will throw cool movies on the tube. Kind of a pain to get to but worth it. Thumbs up also for doing a good job listing the tap lists online.

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4.66/5  rDev +4.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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Hamiltons Tavern in San Diego, CA
98 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.