Taps: 30 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 78 | Display Reviews Only:
4.64/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | $$
Son moves to san Diego. I get Beer Safari fever and start checking out all the top spots. Sunny San Diego right? Well I pull into Hamilton's , and find maybe the darkest bar around. Well, maybe a tie with Live Wire. This is a bar folks. Walk in and you might expect pool, darts, MNF and Bud light pitchers. But...Only fun loving serious beer heads need enter. Once in get ready for possibly the beer bar of your life. The selection is vast and is just special...gems, one offs, or one cellared treasure after another. With all the locals well featured from the classics... Alpine casks, LA, Alesmith, GF, and plenty of the great SD newbies. All matched up with North Cali esp RR, NW, Colorado,east coast, mid west, Europe, etc etc.
The crew are as friendly, helpful and knowledgeable as they come. Swapping stories, endless generous tastes, and plenty of new friends made up and down the bar.
There are so many great places in SD, but you need to check Hamilton's out. It just doesn't get any better than this.
10-04-2013 02:28:34 | More by BillRoth
4.58/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
Hamiltons is outstanding their only flaw is that so many people know it is outstanding that it is often packed. Getting a spot to sit, the bartenders attention or a clean bathroom can be difficult.
The tap list is always impressive.
A must visit for San Diego.
07-20-2013 04:23:32 | More by SAdams0192
4.39/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
One of the first quality beer bars I've been to, and I keep coming back! It lies suburbs in what looks like a quiet suburb, with a few surrounding business.
The selection and menu are fantastic, but it does tend to get a little crowded, especially on the weekends, and not a lot of space.
As a bonus, the jukebox is worth a look, with a lot of selections from classics to staff picks.
07-19-2013 06:20:37 | More by sharkboy
3.88/5 rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75 | $$
While visiting San Diego I was excited to have a chance to stop in and check out Hamilton's Tavern. It looks like a dive from the outside and that's exactly what it is. A fun dive with great atmosphere and amazing beer. Maybe a few more hipsters than I care for, but the beer was worth it. The selection was awesome. I drank my fill of Societe's The Pupil and Pliny the Elder, while also having a chance to drink a couple bottle of Silva Stout. I was really pleased with the beer selection. The only downfall to Hamilton's is the service. If one bartender sucks, I can generally deal with it. But here, every bartender I had seemed extremely displeased with me for wanting a beer. One guy actually gave me rushed, sloppy pours on two occasions, to the point where I actually complained about the three ounces missing from my pint. Other than the awful service, Hamilton's is definitely a worthwhile stop.
06-26-2013 18:05:16 | More by vonnegut21
4.38/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$
At first glance it looks like a dive bar but then you see the draft list and you are set as ease.
Medium size bar, some tables behind. TVs with sports games on in the background.
They had a bunch of one-off stone barrel aged beers and special adjuncts added beers as well. Also plenty, mostly everything actually was from California which is pretty cool if you ask me. Enjoyed watching the hockey game and sipping some CA stuff I would never be able to try.
Service was more than helpful, prices were reasonable enough. I would definitely recommend if in the area.
06-19-2013 00:41:02 | More by claspada
4.49/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
05-08-2013 14:29:54 | More by sholland119
4.35/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Hamilton's is one of my most favorite places to go and enjoy a good beer, some good food, and friends and family. It's a dark, old school kind of place with a wide variety of people. All ages - all backgrounds. And...and! No kids!
They generally have a good rotation of craft beers on tap, a great bottle list, and 1-2 beers on cask starting Fridays. Their staff has always been helpful and knowledgeable. This is a must visit place when in San Diego.
04-06-2013 05:45:25 | More by FlyingBull
4.49/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
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!
03-12-2013 05:22:28 | More by KidsDoc
Hamiltons Tavern in San Diego, CA
97 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.