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Hamiltons Tavern

Not Rated.
Hamiltons TavernHamiltons Tavern
BA SCORE
98
world-class

105 Ratings
Ratings: 105
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.13%
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
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(Place added by: stoner420 on 10-09-2006)
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Photo of kleffman
4.03/5  rDev -9%

Went to Hamiltons for one reason and one reason only: Cask of Alesmith Decadence 2006. I'd drive 200 miles for a cask of that beer, but luckily it was only about 10 miles this time. Interesting area for a nice beer bar, but we found it easily and immediately grabbed a couple seats at the bar, right by the beer engine. I found this to be quite a nice place, and on this certain Saturday they happened to have free food/beer pairing going on which went quite well with a cask of such a fine imperial red ale. Their tap and bottle selection is very nice, well above average. Couple pool tables, shuffleboard etc. round this out as a great spot if you live nearby. Prices seemed decent, and I would definitely go back, especially if there was another crazy beer special goin on. Go grab yourself a special belgian out of the bottle and enjoy your Saturday afternoon here.

kleffman, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of MoBitter
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%

I heard about this place through this site and decided to try it out. Had dinner nearby (Hamilton's doesn't serve food) and convinced my wife and friends to stop by this place for a beer. It was a Friday night, and there were many guys/gals hanging around outside smoking, which we didn't like. Upon entering, it was wall-to-wall people (mostly 21-30) and VERY LOUD rock music. Seating was very limited. I had to wait a few minutes at the bar to be served, which suited me fine since I had to decide from ~20 draft beers. I selected a local IIPA and tried to enjoy it while ducking pool players and trying to converse over the VERY LOUD music with my party. My wife kinda gave me the bum's rush, this wasn't her kind of place, but I still enjoyed the IIPA. I'd like to return there sometime when the place isn't overrun with young punks. Next time I'll check out the bottle list, which I hear is extensive.

Cheers!

MoBitter, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of DirtyBird
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%

Love this place! Great selection of locals and west coast beers, nice bottle list, too!


Both bartenders were attentive and knew the beer pretty well. it was slamming on a Saturday night, so we didn't expect to get into any long conversations, but they kept our glasses full and answered all of our questions.

Nice beer list. We had:

Monk's Flemish Sour (on tap!)
Russian River Dead Green Leaf English Ale
Moonlight Death & Taxes Black Lager
Green Flash Trippel
Dupont Saison (btl)
AleSmith Wee Heavy

We saw over a dozen local beers on tap and damn near no swill, only PBR.

This place is kind of out of the way. We got the impression of a neighborhod pub with locals that like good beer. It's very encouraging to see that.

DirtyBird, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of mnavarre
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%

Nice place. I'm glad there's finally a beer bar in the area

They have 24 taps, all but four of which are micros and an extensive bottle selection. Prices are reasonable, with most drafts being $4.25 and the bottle prices ranging from $2.75 for industrial swill to $11 for a 750ml of some of the Belgian beers with the average price about $4 dollars. Most of the selection is from the west coast, with a good representation of local beers.

I didn't really look at the wine list, but the Wife seemed fine with the (limited) selection they had.

I didn't check out the jukebox, but what was playing was fine. Lots of Who and 70's glam.

There's two pool tables, shuffleboard, fusball and bubble hockey. I wish they had a pinball machine, but you can't have everything. I'm just jazzed they have bubble hockey and Genesse Cream Ale.

I'll definatelty be going back. Often

mnavarre, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of stoner420
3.33/5  rDev -24.8%

Hamilton's is a neighborhood bar in the South Park area. The beer selection is pretty great with 24 taps, good variety and a large selection of bottles.

Also pool tables, shuffleboard, and foosball. The sound system usually blares hard rock/metal very loud so it gets hard to hold a conversation. The interior is fairly spacious, but it's not a real big space. There are flat panel TVs. They pull the shades down over the windows at all hours, so it is always dim inside. I've heard this is at the request of the clientele.

They also serve food. It is OK, but nothing special, I wouldn't go there just for the food.

As dogs have now become the trendy thing in the neighborhood, you'll see more and more people bringing their dogs with them, even holding them up on their laps at the bar. So watch out for dog hairs and be ready to hear a few yapping dogs.

stoner420, Oct 09, 2006
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Hamiltons Tavern in San Diego, CA
98 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.