Hamiltons Tavern

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Hamiltons TavernHamiltons Tavern
BA SCORE
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world-class

122 Ratings
Ratings: 122
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.45
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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Photo of claspada
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

At first glance it looks like a dive bar but then you see the draft list and you are set as ease.

Medium size bar, some tables behind. TVs with sports games on in the background.

They had a bunch of one-off stone barrel aged beers and special adjuncts added beers as well. Also plenty, mostly everything actually was from California which is pretty cool if you ask me. Enjoyed watching the hockey game and sipping some CA stuff I would never be able to try.

Service was more than helpful, prices were reasonable enough. I would definitely recommend if in the area.

Photo of sholland119
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Probably our favorite place in San Diego. A neighborhood place owned by the same crew behind Small Bar, Monkey's Paw and others, Hamiltons is a dark local taproom that serves great craft beer.

One long bar on the left hand side as you enter, with tables behind and a walk up window to order food in the far corner. We got three seats at the bar and were quickly welcomed by the bartender. Very friendly guy, as was the night bartender/co-owner Dennis. We had some nice drafts (strong local presence with lots of Green Flash on our visit) from the strong tap list. The bottle list was similarly excellent.

Food was fine. We had sandwiches from their extensive grilled cheese menu. Nothing outstanding but on par for our food experience in SD.

We loved the gritty feel of the place and the welcoming environment. We would have spent more time and more visits there if not for the distance from our hotel downtown. This is a can't miss spot.

Photo of FlyingBull
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Hamilton's is one of my most favorite places to go and enjoy a good beer, some good food, and friends and family. It's a dark, old school kind of place with a wide variety of people. All ages - all backgrounds. And...and! No kids!

They generally have a good rotation of craft beers on tap, a great bottle list, and 1-2 beers on cask starting Fridays. Their staff has always been helpful and knowledgeable. This is a must visit place when in San Diego.

Photo of KidsDoc
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Great hangout. Has become hugely more popular over the past 5-6 years since I first went there. The tap selection is outrageous! They keep pricing very reasonable. Food used to not even be offered but now has a great little short order joint connected that keeps a good menu.

Eclectic group of people make this place awesome. You see all walks of San Diego life at Hamilton's. Very cool environment.

Biggest down fall is the limited flow to the bar. When it's busy, it sucks getting to the bar to order a beer. There is only a narrow stretch of walkway. Limited seating area and standing room is limited if people are playing pool. But...it's still worth it!

Photo of slander
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Back down from up north, pondering what to do with our day before the flight tonight. Presently mulling around San Diego suspiciously, we have options, sure. I mean, we already looked in on daytime Toronado, so what else? Well, we bagged Hamilton’s the other day having seen the event madhouse that was on the drive by, but with time on our hands now, maybe a visit weekday midafternoonness is in order...

It’s a dark room and the blinds are drawn; a safe haven for vampires, no doubt. Your eyes adjust, and your nose knows of dank beerings. We drop to the bar; a long “L” to the left, wood top, slat wood base, foot box, and seating for 2 dozen on stools of leather. A row of 24 taps on the barback, plus a kegerator to the right with 2 more handles and a pair of handpumps up front for 2 ciders (Their regular use handpumps are further down the bar and are currently off), so 28 taps in all. A mounted flatscreen sits above the tap tower on center. To the left, a large horizontal board along side with tap selections printed in alt colored chalk; beer, style, ABV & price in 2 rows, and cider flights listed below, along with wines & sake, and to the right, a specials board listing cider flights (seems there’s something cidery going on, eventswise). Clutter countered and baby sampler glasses tucked below. On the front side below the bar are the ‘faces with the double set of eyes’ bottle openers shown on the front & back covers of the Pink Floyd ‘Relics’ Album (have never seen the female one before). Instant street cred.

A pair of phat tubes run from behind the bar overhead and to the rear; the lines a glycol system, need I say more? Further down the bar, a pair of 3 door coolers split by shelvings in between. On of one of them, empties of all sizes, mugs, glassware & growlers lining above, coasters plastering the top trim, and a flatscreen atop, and the other cooler holds shirts shelved above. Blackish walls, and the rafters above lined with tap handles past. Strung sprucings, white holiday lighting, blended ductisms, and another flat in the front corner.

A slat ½ wall divider off the bar with 4 bar counter spurs offshooting, and a pair upfront, 1 to each side of the door. Slight rampings down into the other room (Ben nearly wiped) beyond the divider. 4 more counter spur shortys on the inside wall and 3 booths up front. 2 pool tables in the center and a looong table bowling game. A large Guinness mirror on the far wall lined above with bottles not so random, and the walls and ceiling plastered with neons, placards, & flaggings otherwise.

We have decided to engage in table bowling; the pieces given to us in a box, handled. I talked some smack and then got smoked, badly. The table slants to the not where I can hit, apparently, and has nothing to do with my skills or drinking.

They’ve got a killer corner juke of put together mixes. Most are by group, but some are themed. I’m angry I didn’t scope out the tune scene first and then ply the juke with music to exceed the length of time we’d be here. Any juke with the Stone’s ‘Time waits for no one’ is instantly credible.

28 taps in all, 10 of them Bear Republic offerings on the heels of that maddening event they did the other day (Hop Rod Rye, Red Rocket Ale, Double Rocket, Ryevalry Belgian IPA, Big Bear Black Stout, Sour Black Mamba Wit, Cher Ami Belgian Pale Ale, Carburetor Doppelbock, Pete’s Tribute Brown, Rebellion Delta). The remainder is a mix of mostly west coast craft (Rubicon Monkey Knife Fight, Green Flash Palate Wrecker & Imperial IPA, Port Hop 15, Stone Old Guardian, Drake’s Dry Stout, Ballast Point Sculpin, Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Big Sky Heavy Horse), scattered imports (Unibroue Trois Pistoles, St Bernardus Tripel, Celis White, Guinness, Professor Fritz Briem Piwo Grodziskie – Grätzer Ale, Stiegl Paracelsus Zwickl, Staropramen Lager), and a pair of ciders (Wandering Aengus Anthem & Wanderlust). I drank the Ballast Point Sculpin & Deschuttes Black Butte Porter. Beer was clean and fresh.

Damn, it’s dark. I am writing by damn near neon light, they’re hiding something. Oh, this is the sister act to Monkey’s Paw; I see what you mean there. Some of the best bars are not so shiny, pretty, clean, neat, and new, and this is one of them. I mean that in the very very best of ways. I could do some good time here. And we stumbled back out into the light…

Photo of crossovert
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This is a great stop in SD. It is near the big park. Inside it is dark, the music was super loud when I walked in on a crowded Saturday afternoon. They turned it down though, maybe someone else complained.

About 30 taps and they are all pretty high quality brews. The Avery white rascal is all over town and they had it as well, and they were probably wasting a line with guiness and anchor steam but w/e. Some of the cool stuff were 2 Schlenkerla beers, PtE, ballast point oatmeal stout on nitro, Samichlaus . Nothing over the top exciting but enough to keep it real interesting. Soe unique rarer beers in the cooler.

The service was good. 2 broski bartenders but they were chill, and good guys. The one lame thing they did though was chill every glass. For being such a respected bar that seems really out of place, but then again it is rampant in SD.

Photo of mactrail
3.49/5  rDev -21.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I can't really add much to the many accurate descriptions of others, but every time I've been to Hamilton's I feel like a grumpy old fart. I hate this place.

Yes, the beer selection is among the best in San Diego. Just be warned, you have to be up for the mayhem. Besides the crowd and fragrant dogs tugging at leashes everywhere, the noise level is astounding. The sound system is like a bad muffler bolted to your skull. The seating and game tables seem to be designed for maximum confusion and elbow action.

Seems like the kind of place that should open at 6 a.m., but the bar stools would probably be full anyway. Between doing outdoor things and having to work sometimes, I haven't tried coming here in the early afternoon. So I've never been here when it wasn't filled with crowds yelling over the noise. Even on a rainy Monday night it was jammed, plus the gang of smokers lurching on the sidewalk. Enjoy!

Photo of FosterJM
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Was in the area for work T-Th and had some free time for dinner so asked BdubleEdubleRUN and Nanobrew to hang out.

Atm- It's in a somewhat old school feeling neighborhood in North Park. A little bar tucked along a residential street. Parking is a bitch without a lot but I found a spot quickly. I will say its a hipster haven and I enjoyed making fun of the cut off pants and beanies when its 80 degrees out. Guess at 30 I am just old and out of touch. A nice dark bar with a few booths to sit in and a probably 20 ft bar. Big chalkboard with all the beers on tap and on cask.

Quality- When looking around the tap list I was a bit excited to see some really great things on tap that I thought were bottle only. Deliverance. Ta Henket, Tounge Buckler amongst others. Walking down the coolers its a dream cellar to see all of them in one locations.

Service- I will say its good service. Wasnt overly talkative or exciting. The guy with the stace was much more friendly. The girl in the kitchen was pretty good. Good info on selections.

Selection- Huge tap list, a couple engines and probably 10 doors packed full of cellarable beers. I was happy to walk back to my table for 2010 Olde Bluehair. Whole reason I went! Had RR, Cantillon, Drie, Lost Abbey, Nebraska, amongst many others.

Food- I ordered a grilled cheese and subbed the bacon for vegan bacon. IT WAS AWESOME(only for ash wednesday) with garlic fries. I want to go back for more food anytime.

Value- With food and 3 beers with tip 24 bucks. Not F N bad in my book.

Photo of corby112
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by this place a few times during a recent trip to San Diego. This is supposedly one of the oldest beer bars in the area and it has an old school European pub vibe. Pretty spacious but basically one large room with a long bar, booths for dining, two pool tables, a shuffleboard game and the ceiling covered with old tap handles. I loved the vibe of this place. Lots of locals and beer nerds but the crowd is a bit young and the place is packed on weekend nights.

There is plenty of seating at the bar and the selection is excellent. A large chalkboard displays the draft offerings and there is an extensive bottle list covering lots of styles, breweries(including Alpine!)and countries. East coast offerings are somewhat limited but it looks like they carry the most interesting options that are distributed to the area. 28 taps covering a wide range of styles and breweries but there is a nice focus on locals. On one of our visits we had a pretty nice IPA tasting including Pliny, Sculpin, AleSmith IPA, Napa Smith Hopagedon, Green Flash WCIPA and Mission Shipwrecked DIPA. Being able to drink all of these delicious hop bomb on draft at the same time was awesome. They had more on and Alpine Pure Hoppiness bottles but we skipped them because we were visiting the brewery the next day. I was very impressed with the selection and according to their site they often have cask and brewery events. Very impressive.

Another great feature of this place was the quality of the food. Considering the size of the place they have a pretty large menu with standard pub food and some more interesting options. You have to order at a separate window and you can't get soft drinks anywhere after the kitchen is closed but the food is excellent. We never had to wait long for a meal and everything was delicious.

I went to fifteen different beer related places on my trip to San Diego and Orange County and this was by far my favorite. It's just a great neighborhood bar with delicious food, an amazing beer selection, cool people and great service. If I was a local I would live in this place!

Photo of pinkgrenade
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

So many different ways to explain this place!

Atmosphere - I hear a lot of people liken this to an english pub. The ceiling is lined with old (and in a lot of cases resued by the bar time and time again) tap handles and lights. There are great booths/tables/ and adequate bar space. Gone is the funny football game, but now there are 2 pool tables and they have shuffleboard. Packed on weekend nights and football nights, but go on a monday night (after football!) or a thursday and you will be very happy.

Quality - They have very clean tap lines, great systems on all of them, and take very good care of ensuring you get beer the way it was meant to be served by the brewers.

Service - I am a regular now and always get amazing service, and now have a lot of friendships outside of the bar with the employees. Beyond that, everyone does know their stuff and will be happy to let you taste anything and give you good reccomendations.

Selection - Phenomenal selection of constantly rotating taps from very diverse places. I have had everything from cantillon to hard to find local beers. Many brewery centric events take place here, like every 2nd saturday its usually a brewery tap takeover with lots of free food. A lot of keep the glass nights with cheap refills (had a pliny one last week!) Bottle selection is also great, extremely varied, and they usually have specials on 10 or so bottles.

Food - Their cafe is so yummy, they have a ton of vegan/vegetarian options that are cooked on a separate grill, but also a ton of meat options. They have a few different hop sausages, tons of seriously delicious burgers. And they have about 6 different grilled cheese options that are SO good!

All in all, this place is so comfortable to walk in to, and you know every time you walk in you are going to try some new beers and hopefully make a few friends!

Photo of 100floods
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I went here initially as a backup plan. Green Flash was having a holiday party and most of the brewery taprooms in San Diego closed on the early side (holiday hours). Luckily Hamilton's was on my list of places to check out, and they were open.

The crowd was mostly college kids or mid-20-somethings. Pretty lively, but tame. The space was crammed, but still cozy. The bartenders seemed pretty busy and didn't give off the vibe that they were in a rush to help you (to be fair, it was busy and they were pleasantly chatty with everyone at the bar or washing glasses, so no qualms), BUT when they did get to you they were extremely friendly.

Their tap list had a good SD representation. I had a Ballast Point Barleywine aged in Bourbon/Whiskey/Syrah barrels that was spot on, and very affordable. The bottle list was pretty good, too. Nothing too out of sight, but definitely what you'd expect at a place that takes beer very seriously.

If I lived in SD this would likely be one of my go-to bars during the week.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I moved to San Diego about four months ago, and Hamilton's quickly became my favorite watering hole. I've been in here close to ten times now (including last night) and feel I can now write a complete review.

While there are many excellent beer bars in San Diego, Hamilton's stands above the rest for its deep and ever-changing selection and discounted bar tabs. The bottle list must have close to 300 entries, many of which are sour, bourbon barrel-aged, and the like. You'll still find lighter ales and lagers, but you won't see any crap. The tap list seems to evolve nightly, which forces patrons to try beers they may not order otherwise - I really like this. The tap offerings are always diverse, and you should expect to find at least one sour, two barrel-aged stouts, and multiple IIPAs, imperial reds, and barley wines on any given night.

As for those discounted bar tabs, I've received a light check on almost every visit (last night may be the lone exception). All of the bartenders are friendly, conversational, and beer-savvy, and if you chat with them for a bit, you'll usually get a beer on the house. The bartenders are also very attentive, so those that complain about slow bartenders were either there on an off night of they were doing something wrong. Ordering food, on the other hand, takes some patience, but it's always well worth the wait.

Last night I ordered the Jamilton, and it was sublime. All of the burgers, grilled cheeses, and sausages I've had were top notch, but if you're feeling adventurous (especially if it may be your only time here) order the Jamilton. Menu here: http://hamiltonstavern.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/menu.pdf

This is a must stop if you live in the United States. Make the pilgrimage to Hamilton's ASAP!

Photo of brewandbbq
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Hamilton's is located in an area that seems like it is purely residential and on the approach you would think you are in the wrong place.

30 or so taps, all high quality and local heavy. A fairly small place and can get pretty crowded at times. If there was a bottle list I would have like to have seen it. Lots of tap handles hanging from the ceiling, really a lot actually, and a longish bar. Tables off to the side. Plenty of hop-bombs on tap and otherwise a good mix of locals and imports. One of the barkeeps ruptured a can of beer and I got sprayed, so he comped me a draft of choice. Now that's great customer service.

I can see why it's consistantly rated as the best in SD.

Photo of berley31
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Dropped by last Wednesday afternoon...

A: Very dark. Nice bar, lots of tables, and a couple of pool tables. Lots of taps on the ceiling. Quite busy for a Wed. afternoon. Overall, a very neighborhood-bar-feeling type of place; cozy.

Q + Selection: A very decent selection of taps; lots of great beers I wanted to try. Had a couple drafts (SN Schwarzbier, Drake's Denogginizer), both of which were great quality. Very impressive bottle selection as well; there were a ton there I wanted to try.

Service: Sat at a table as the bar was full, so we went to the bar to order. The bartender was very helpful with a suggestion of which IPA to try.

V: Very reasonably priced.

O: A really great homey spot that I would love to check in on again. Two beers there was not enough.

Photo of mrkun
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This place has got 28 taps and a fairly decent bottle list. They didn't have anything great on tap when I was there, but they have had some pretty good ones in the past. We went in on a Wednesday night and the place was completely packed. They've got several pool tables that make for a fun diversion. There are tons of tap handles hanging from the ceiling showing you all the beers they've served over the years. Didn't try the food. Great energy at this place and it's pet friendly; I almost stepped on someone's dogs and didn't realize.

Photo of ExplosivoSR
4.95/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Hamilton's is without a doubt my favorite bar. 28 taps and the possibility of 2 casks means you're bound to find something you want. They also have a great selection of bottled beers. Prices are about what you would expect with the selection that they have, with the rarer beers they get being a bit expensive but worth it. They put on great events (Second Saturdays, Beer buses, etc...) and the staff is amazing. Coolest bartenders around. Food is great. Very good grilled cheese sandwiches and burgers, and beer cheese soup! YOU MUST GO HERE!

Photo of AndyGz
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Absolutely love Hamilton's. A long time ago the location was called Sparky's and offered nothing but BMC beer, so we only went there for the foosball and Pool tables. I had to drive up to O'Briens or the Liars Club for good beer back in those days. Now, it is the best beer bar I know of, and is only blocks away from my home. Hamilton's 28 taps are always filled with a mouth-watering selection of brews and I love their special events with great cask ales flowing from their 2 beer engines. They also serve awesome burgers and other good eats. It gets crowded sometimes, which really sucks, but during off-peak times the bartenders are very cool and knowledgeable.

Photo of Dankbeers619
4.45/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I first came to Hamilton's for a friends birthday party.. We all decided to buy some of the Eclipse series and share them...What a bad idea...not due to the quality of the beer but the mayhem that ensued....$100.00 dollars later I am stubling out of the bar and finding myself at the strip club up the street..a dinner, not the dance club..lol

Hamilton's offers some of the best beers on tap around San Diego, besides O'brizzie's....They have 2 beer engines and can handle any style of beer you may be looking for. They also offer an extensive selection of bottles, vintage and non alike.
One of the beers I do remember from that fateful night was the 05 Gueuze...what an incredible chance to try a rare beer like that.
The food is average and the lines are long, but if you have the time, would recommended this place to anyone visiting or just in need of a health brew...

Photo of SpdKilz
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Had a two day, one night trip to SD from LA. Many a people (including reviews on BA) told me to hit up Hamilton's Tavern. I am very glad I did.

I walked in with a friend and was greeted by a great looking chalk board of all the beers on tap. They had a great selection of rare, tap only Alpine beers. They had some other great beers including JP, PtE, etc. I saw on their website before coming they had Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon. This was one of the FiftyFifty stouts I was not able to obtain (have three others) and was tempted to try it. Well, I gave in. After having a few other amazing beers I had the bartender open this sucker up. The friend I was with did not drink much beer. She preferred the hard cider on tap. Anyway, I went up to a guy I was BS'ing with at the bar (about the beer while it was being opened) and asked the girl bartender for another glass because I wanted to share some with him since I didn't want hoard the whole bottle to myself. Later on when I was closing out my tab (and the beer cost a bit but honestly not as much as you'd think since I paid $35 for some of the other FiftyFifty's in LA) the girl bartender said she saw what I had done and said it was good beer advocating. She gave me the employee discount (which I immitigably made up the price difference in a tip). The whole experience was amazing. The bartenders were great, saw what I did and "rewarded" me. They most certainly did not have to do that but they did. A GREAT experience there and I will go back time and time again. Cheers!

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

Love this place. Personally I think they have the most diverse selection in San Diego on a consistent basis. The food is good bar food, I like the Hamiltons burger usually but have had many things along the way. Their Sat shindigs are awesome and shoud not be missed. If you live here or are visiting here and you like a nice selection and friendly atmosphere make a point to stop by. The service is always timely and friendly and I rarely get bad info or referrals and don't hesitate to let them serve me there favorite beer, never disappointed with what I get . It is a great neighborhood pub, have had many a great conversation there.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Hamilton's was one of a few spots I wanted to check out while in San Diego for the day, and it did not disappoint.

This place has a little bit of a dive bar look and feel, with no natural light and slightly small, dingy appearance. A long bar runs all the way along the left wall starting where you walk in, with a jukebox in the back. A chalkboard on top of the bar has the taplist, and many sheets of paper in a binder represent the massive bottle list. Behind the bar are numerous coolers with bottles in them. A shuffleboard table is on the right, and some pool tables. The ceiling is lined with tap handles.

The crowd seems pretty mixed, and this place is dog friendly, because numerous dogs are hanging around and coming in and out. The bartenders have a hipster look and are polite and moderately friendly, but not in a hurry to start a conversation. When I ordered a sour off of the list that had recently sold out, the tender did suggest a few alternatives to me (which were good recommendations, but nothing new for a big sour fan).

Deciding to pass on the Firestone Anniversary beers, I ordered an Avery Sui Generis from the bottle list. This list is huge and well-stocked. Bottle specials are great prices, cheaper than I can get at bottle shops. The bottle list is on the website, so take a look if you're interested.

The tap list is awesome too. A ton of Big Sky offerings on-tap, including many barrel aged beers I've never even heard of, 2010 Ivan the terrible, 2008 Ivan the terrible for 4 bucks a tulip. 3 specials that are each 4 bucks, all sweet beer. Locals and some other interesting beers in addition to all of the Big Sky stuff.

Outstanding selection here, at a great price point. I was thrilled to see Ivan and vintage Ivan on-tap; they rocked. Overall, this is a great bar and I think it was my favorite place in San Diego.

Photo of acurtis
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Hamilton's Tavern. Visited on 1/1/11.
My flight was delayed so I went to find Hamilton's. I would have never found it with out my GPS. Had BA Sea Monster, Victory at Sea and Oaked Yeti on tap. Nice selection of mostly Cali beers on tap. Place was crowded but was still able to get a seat at the bar. Hundreds of tap handles hanging from the ceiling. Tenders were good, no nonsense bar here. Mostly locals. There was a shuffleboard and pool table and some good bar music. Tap list was constantly changing, even in the hour I was there it was updated twice. Good place to visit when in South Park. They also had Anchor XMas verticals from 1999 to 2010 available.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Living in North County I was glad to finally make it out to Hamiltons. We figured wed get there right about 1 to try to beat any crowds and it was already pretty busy once we got there just one table left. Before we left the place was packed.

The beer selection is great and reading online It always seems to be changing.

The food was very good and well priced. The potato burgers were way good. Ordering is kinda strange with a side window looking into the next door Hamiltons Cafe but at least it frees up the bar staff.

Will be back again but I dont like having to stand while I drink so Ill prob stick to this place during the day or during the week.

Photo of kk73
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

In San Diego on vacation and this place happenes to be 1 block from a friends house. Went here to catch the beginning of Game 5 of the World Series, a bit empty when we got there but people slowly coming in. Many nice taps, and many nice bottles. Took advantage of a special they had, and scored a Coronado Brewing pint glass. Had Pliny the Elder on tap for the first time(had it out of the bottle before), and it definitely did not disappoint. Some Blind Pig also and it was just as delicious. Coronado Idiot IPA which was good, just not a match for Pliny imho. Wish I could have tried the food, everything that came out looked killer. A friendly local sitting next to us gave me the low down on the place and why its called Hamilton's. Hope I can end up here again, for an extended stay possibly!

Photo of drpimento
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went last night for a few hours. Place was packed but we finally managed to get a spot at the bar with the aid of a nice older guy who turned out to have served on the Kitty Hawk in its earlier years. Other friendly people too. A couple of the better beers on draft and in bottles they were out of such as Alesmith and Dale's Pale. Service while friendly and helpful was a bit on the slow side. Our food was outstanding and really complemented the beer very well. Good vibe. I'd very much like to return.

Hamiltons Tavern in San Diego, CA
98 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.