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Hamiltons Tavern

Not Rated.
Hamiltons TavernHamiltons Tavern

85 Reviews
Reviews: 85
Visits: 127
Avg: 4.39
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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Place added by: stoner420 on 10-09-2006

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Reviews: 85 | Visits: 127
Reviews by nickd717:
Photo of nickd717
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Solid beer bar located close to downtown San Diego. Went here during SD Beer Week '09.

Hell of a solid place. Great atmosphere - lots of space with some nice bar games in the back. Shuffleboard and maybe some others that I would have remembered had I been less drunk at the time. Solid crowd too, lots of younger people. Seems they draw a good deal of business from UCSD. Being somewhat of a spring chicken myself at 26, I enjoyed this aspect. Not too many dude/bro types or "chads" (such as the guy in my avatar).

Tap selections are very good. I had a Green Flash Hamilton's 3rd Anniversary Gruit, a Ballast Point Brandy Barrel Aged Navigator Doppelbock, and an Alpine Duet. But I'm not finished yet. The bottle selections are also excellent. Had an awesome mildly infected bottle of AleSmith 2008 Decadence out of the cooler almost a year after its release.

The food is pretty much standard pub fare but is well-executed. Prices are not bad for the area. Service is great. I'll be back.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of IWannaEatFood
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

South Park was an interesting neighborhood. Some older quaint homes, restaurants, shops, and a tavern. This place had a grungy feel which probably added to a unique vibe of this place. They had tables, games, I think a few booths, and a long bar. They had lots of tap handles hanging from the ceiling.

The tap list was nice. Alpine, Pliny and the usual suspects. The server was friendly and quick to serve even though they were busy. I appreciated that.

It was crowded today, so I just ordered a goblet of flanders red and left.

I may try again when I'm in the neighborhood.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Yet another stop on my San Diego visit. Very friendly place with a pretty nice set of taps and a pretty robust bottle list. Ended up doing more bottles than taps since I found stuff that is hard to get in WI.

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Photo of brycevolk
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of blockdude
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of jooler
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of double2chin
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of ChrisISO_SJ
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of atrocity
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Taybeh
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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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Photo of Kalenm
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of JackNip
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Halloran33
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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

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Photo of fito1212
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of AlexM
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Camjmorton
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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Hamiltons Tavern in San Diego, CA
97 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.