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Hamiltons Tavern

Not Rated.
Hamiltons TavernHamiltons Tavern
BA SCORE
97
world-class

83 Reviews
Reviews: 83
Visits: 124
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: n/a
Taps: 30
Bottles: 200
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 83 | Visits: 124
Reviews by charlzm:
Photo of charlzm
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited in the mid-afternoon on Sunday, May 18th.

Kind of a divey joint, somewhere between seedy bar and Irish pub. On the plus side, there was an utter lack of pretention from both the patrons and the staff.

Excellent tap list.

My friend and I grabbed the only two seats left and decided on our beers. Both of mine were awful; the first, a cask ale, tasted infected to me. The bartender did let me exchange the first one after admonishing me that I should have tried a taster first. The second had a flavor profile far, far off from what other reviewers on BA have noted.

Sorry, but I don't think I should have to try a taster of everything before I order it to see if it's in good enough condition to drink.

There were some older folks there, including a bearded pool hustler clutching a bottle of Bud who never, ever missed a shot. I'm so glad I didn't take him up on his offer of a game. I think a couple of the owner/brewmaster guys from Lightning Brewery were there also. There were lots of barely-drinking-age kids of both sexes who actually seemed to be enjoying camraderie and drinking beer. I'm more used to seeing similarly aged folks sitting all together at one table, texting people who weren't actually in front of them and ordering either bottled water or foofy mixed drinks.

So... despite Hamilton's having good atmosphere and a great tap list (as many other places in the San Diego area do), I am seriously concerned about the condition of the beer. However, the friend I was with had two or three pints, all of which he deemed to be in good condition.

Also, I was contacted by someone from the establishment and assured that the beer lines were properly maintained, so I have upped the score for "quality" from a 1.5 to a 3.

I still doubt I'll be going back there based on this experience. (1,816 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of brycevolk
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Hipster, dive bar atmosphere with a large selection of quality craft beers. Little food window in the back cranks out AWESOME tater tots, good grilled cheeses and delicious burgers. Also, if you love dogs, this is the place to go. (232 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of blockdude
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of double2chin
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ChrisISO_SJ
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of atrocity
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Taybeh
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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.... (218 characters)

Photo of Kalenm
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JackNip
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Halloran33
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Everything is great, except seating. My favorite place to indulge. (66 characters)

Photo of fito1212
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of AlexM
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Camjmorton
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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. (686 characters)

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of robear
5/5  rDev +13.4%

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Hamiltons Tavern in San Diego, CA
97 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.