Hamiltons Tavern

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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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Place added by: stoner420 on 10-09-2006

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Reviews: 83 | Visits: 124
Reviews by sprucetip:
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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I was in San Diego recently and was lucky to be directed to this neighborhood bar that just happens to only have extremely good beer at good prices (and lots of it). It is definitely a neighborhood bar, with low key decor and a pool table. Nothing fancy. I was there twice, once was on Halloween, and it can get a bit loud, but I found the patrons and other staff there very friendly. Before my first visit I had been at the Toronado just down the street a mile or two. Without realizing it initially, I was sitting next to a brewer from Green Flash and the manager (forgetting his name) of Hamilton's. They were happy to indulge me in beer geeky conversation. When I first got to Hamilton's the manager recognized me and had a couple of brews with me (on him, even). We started with Green Flash's Hamilton's Palate Wrecker, a huge IPA. Next we moved on to Pliny the Elder, with the manager stating that there aren't too many brews where you back off a bit to Pliny. The Palate Wrecker was appropriately named, but very good if you are a hop head. On my next visit another staff (again I forget his name), who had also been at Toronado when I was there, recognized me and knocked a buck fifty off the already reasonable prices for my selections. On both visits the other patrons were very friendly and easy to talk to. The staff were more than welcoming, and the comped and discounted beers, for the out of state beer geek, were above and beyond the call of duty, though appreciated. I strongly recommend budgeting some time for this place. It was absolutely be my bar if I lived there. One night when I stayed later than the busses ran, and was too cheap for a taxi, I walked back downtown in a bout half an hour or so. (1,720 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.