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Hamiltons Tavern

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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

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(Place added by: stoner420 on 10-09-2006)
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Photo of Telix
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

So, the perfect bar needs: great taps, great food, enough room to get a seat, a good jukebox, pool/darts/shufflepuck/etc, and a good staff. Decent parking and decor don't hurt either. Wouldn't you know it, Hamilton's has all of that.

As a visitor to San Diego, I read reviews for Hamilton's here on Yelp and decided my partner and I should check it out. I'm so glad we did. On Thursday we got there around dinner time, and I chatted with the awesome bartender about beer and he gave me some things to try. They had an excellent draft selection of around 20 different brews with things both I and my partner liked quite a bit.

The decor was cool - wooden half tables attached to the walls with stools, a nice long bar, lots of beer signs and schwag on the walls. The coolest part were the hundreds of tap pulls screwed into the ceiling rafters and white christmas style string lights. Across from the main bar area was a gaming area of two pool tables and a shufflepuck table, along with some booths. The jukebox featured mainly good classic rock and some good contemporary stuff as well.

The extensive menu amusingly described the food, which was EXCELLENT. My GF got a killer bacon grilled cheese on Thursday and a pretty good one Friday, and I got a good Monte Cristo and amazing homemade sausages. Definitely top-tier bar food.

I have to be honest and say that this is a "hipster" bar, which is fine for me and anyone else who doesn't want to deal with brah dudes and bitches. Thursday was more laid back and quieter, but Friday was definitely more crowded and louder - the juke was cranked and it was harder to talk to each other. However, for any beer lover it's a must-see. I seriously asked my GF if we could move to San Diego....

Telix, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of botham
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%

Hamilton's is very worn in and towny with a wonderful beer lineup and great barkeeps. the place contains two spaces; you enter into one where the bar and seating are, and to the right there is a side space with pool, and a couple other games along with some more seating. the bar area ceiling is full of tap handles hanging from the rafters. the beer list is not printed; there is a chalk written lineup above the bar because the taps change so often.

quality and service are both great. correct glassware, great pours and friendly bar staff that are easy to talk to. the bar staff knows beer to some extent, but the friendly aura more than makes up for it.

selection is great. twenty to thirty taps with a great variety and fresh lines. this BA had two Cuvees, an IPA, a Black Lager, and a Russian Imperial Stout.

overall, this is a great beer bar in San Diego with a good variety of taps and a good atmosphere. fresh lines and friendly barkeeps; cheers!

botham, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%

I was there on a Friday night and was *very* impressed. Its got a friendly, neighborhood feel with a bit of dive thrown in. Couple in the fact that it's in a residential area and you're in for an interesting experience. The million tap handles hanging from the ceiling and displayed all over add to the eye candy.

The quality is fantastic. When I was there, they had 4 Alpine beers on tap and 2 on cask, as well as a variety of excellent beers on. They also had a pretty extensive bottle selection, including some FW12. While leaning towards west coast hoppy beers, the selection did have something for almost everyone. Prices were excellent too, at around $5 a pint of most beers on tap.

Service was great, I was never kept waiting. Despite it being rather crowded, the bartenders made sure customers didn't wait too long for their beer.

I had one of their hop sausages and was quite impressed. While a little bit on the salty side, it was pretty enjoyable.

Very highly recommended if you're in the San Diego area.

DefenCorps, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Trappissed
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%

An awesome place in a low-key part of town. It was very crowded inside though, but it was Saturday night. Could have more seating available. Nonetheless, the selection was amazing for both on-tap and bottle selection. I wanted to get an Alesmith ESB, but the keg was tapped just before I got there.

I settled on a Green Flash Hop Red and then had a Shipyard Barley Wine. Both were great and I will come back here. Actually liked it a little more than Toronado, which is close by. They are very similar places, but the prices at Hamilton's were a little better and the bottle selection was more impressive. Not necessarily in rareness, but in overall selection. Bartenders were very attentive and cool. Will have to try the food next time.

Trappissed, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of quinlin
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%

This is a great local pub in the heart of South Park, just outside of downtown.
The selection of beers here is awesome! 28 taps and over 200 bottles to choose from. They update the tap and bottle list daily via their website which is really convenient.
Hamiltons Cafe(purveyors of fine bar food) is right next door. You can order from the cafe through the shared wall and put the food on your tab. Perfect! This is probably the best bar food youre gonna find, i'd say go for a burger or one of their homemade hop-sausages.
They also always have great events happening almost ever week. One of my favs is their second saturdays where they host a brewery(have as many taps on from them as they can) and have free amazing food to go with the brew. Get there early.
There are two pool tables(which arent free), a shuffle board(is free), and a jukebox with classic blues and rock playing all night.
It doesnt get much better than hamiltons, get there!

quinlin, May 19, 2009
Photo of radshoesbro
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%

i've been in here a few times, but just put up a review.

hamilton's is a very nice dive like bar in south park. it's dimly lit, has tap handles on the ceiling and there's a great jukebox with old delta blues and rock 'n roll coming out of nonstop. there's three tv's that will play anything from sports to anime. there's a massive chalkboard that they update regularly. of course on that chalkboard is what we all came here for, beer. they have an impressive list of stuff that's some time's pretty difficult to get on tap (they have pliny the elder pretty much any time it's available). they've got a lot of locals (ballast point, stone, russian river, etc) and some stuff from out of town. if you're looking for something a little more rare there's a good chance they've got it in a bottle. their bottles are definitately overpriced, saw some really good stuff that i wasn't about to pay $50 for!

i've had their buffalo wings twice, and they're freakin' awesome! definitely a huge reason to swing by here. very flavorful and a TON of chicken on them. on top of that you can order the "deer hunter" wings, which are buffalo wings with one really hot wing thrown in there. it's russian roulette with wings! awesome! i haven't had their burgers, but i hear they're equally as good. this is a very big deal cause a lot of places in san diego have GARBAGE food! especially places like stone world bistro and the linkery, if you're looking for good food and good beer go to hamilton's instead.

they're right down the street and the selection, staff and food make it my favorite bar in san diego.

EDIT:

i'm pretty sure my wife and i come in here at least once a week, and usually bring our dog. the selection never leaves me wishing they had more. they have an amazing ability to please everyone without skimping out on some of the more rudimentary craft brews. plus, it's pretty damn affordable. yeah, sometimes they'll have a $10 8oz pour, but it's almost always worth the money!

if there is one reason you should go to this bar it is because that, without a shadow of a doubt, they have the best burgers i have ever had in san diego. there is literally only one place on EARTH that i've enjoyed more burger wise and that's crazy burger in narragansett, RI. in fact, all of the food they do is out of this world! their BBQ for Second Saturday is near perfection, and it's free, so that's even better! there is nowhere else in san diego that even comes close to the bar food they've got.

make sure you get here sort of on the early side, as they fill up really quickly regardless of what night it is.

radshoesbro, May 13, 2009
Photo of bigbelcher
3.59/5  rDev -19%

A small neighborhood dive bar but with a really decent beer selection for IPA's and microbrews. A fun place to hang out with friends and to get rowdy in. Didn't order any food. Darts and other bar type games are around. Very local feel to the place, way off the tourist path. A little dark inside but not as bad as O'Briens. Bartender was friendly and knowledgable. Not a place to take a date or a girlfriend unless she is really into good beer. Worth a visit and located not too far from Toranado.

bigbelcher, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of flexabull
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%

Great vibe! A little pub in what looks like a nice neighborhood. You walk in, it's very dark, with a nice bar, a lineup of awesome taps, fridges full of excellent beer, plus a few tvs showing sports. And then to the side, are some booths, a couple of pool tables, and an awesome full sized (and free) shuffleboard.

There were also a couple of dogs hanging out inside too. I am a dog person, so thumbs up from me on this aspect too.

Quality was great, lot of San Diego brews, some Belgians, and Pliney the Elder. Nice to see a good friend miles from home...

Service was prompt. And that's usually all I ever ask for.

This ended up being my favorite place that I visited in San Diego. Beats Stone by a nose, just felt right, really comfy little spot with a great beer list, and fun things to do while drinking said great beers.

This would be my regular haunt if I lived in San Diego.

flexabull, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of MiScusi
4.65/5  rDev +5%

Top notch atmosphere here. Seems to always be crowded, but for some reason, the more crowded the better at this place. Tons of great local beer flowing, TV's with games on, pool tables, a pretty extensive beer fridge and cask options make this place a must stop when in the San Diego area. You can also bring you dog in. Usually there are 2-3 dogs in the place at any given time. Hundreds of tap handles hang from the ceiling with strands of light. Old fashioned chalkboard beer menu. Top quality in terms of the beers served.

Most popular food option seems to be the hop sausages. On the 2nd saturday of each month they also offer free food, and the spread when I was there was awesome.

MiScusi, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of opwog
4/5  rDev -9.7%

I have heard about Hamilton's for quite a while and missed them on my last trip to San Diego, as time only allowed for a lunch stop and I guess that they are not open for lunch. This time we did get there and had reviewed the website and decided this was going to be our dinner stop.

First of all, if you go to their website (www.hamiltonstavern.com), it is a very polished layout and we even thought that this might be an upscale place. Boy, were we wrong. Also, it isn't a place that is very accomidating for a dinner. There is hardly any seating and the general atmosphere even by 7:00 is already sloppy drunk. They also seem to allow everybody to bring their dogs in here, so there were several dogs walking around and two even got into a fight. So picture all of this happening while the crowd was swaying and beers were spilling.

Now given that we went expecting a more polished place to eat dinner, you might think that I didn't like the experience going by my last paragraph, but that is not so. We imediately judged the place for what it was and decided to have two beers each and move on to another place for dinner.

It was crowded, yet the two bartenders seemed very good at catching my order each time that I approached the bar, even if the crowd was two deep. The dogs made me think that I was at a more rural bar of Alaska or some such place and not within the city limits of San Diego. The selection was incredible, if maybe a little high priced on some offerings. The crowd is friendly and the atmosphere is super casual. It is out of the way of just about everything and is buried into some neighborhood, but is well worth seeking out.

opwog, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%

Perhaps it's just as well Hamilton's is not my neighborhood beer bar. Otherwise, there's little doubt I'd be over there just about every night, which would not be good for my health or my wallet.

The location of Hamilton's is pretty interesting. It's located in a cozy neighborhood over on the NE side of San Diego, and is one of the most unpretentious beer bars I've ever seen. It looks like it will be just some typical neighborhood bar, where old timers can walk in for a can of macro swill and a shot on the side. On the contrary, Hamilton's is anything but...

As one walks in from the street, Hamilton's is a dark, cool looking, informal looking restaurant with high ceilings and almost a warehouse feel to it. There's nothing fancy about the furnishings and decor here, though the vibe is certainly comfortable enough. As you walk in the door, there is a long bar running straight back in front of you, on the left side of the large room. To the right is the dining area, with a number of booths and table and chairs. As I got there promptly at opening bell, I grabbed a seat at the bar (the better to watch some sports on TV and ponder over the draft list board). While the place never got crowded on the early Saturday afternoon I was there, by the time I left (close to 2:00) the place was already starting to get pretty full. Given the quality of the beer selection, that's no surprise. On this particular day, there were close to 30 beers on tap and the selection was first rate. It seemed like just about every place in town had Pliny on tap, and of course Hamilton's did as well. Otherwise, they had a great selection of beers from Ballast Point, Alesmith, the Bruery and Green Flash (a lot of Green Flash), just to name a few. They also had on 4 or 5 different Belgian beers this day, I guess for those who might be a bit bored with the local stuff (not me!). As was typical of pretty much every place I visited in San Diego, service was quick, friendly and extremely knowledgable. The level of beer geekdom at Hamilton's is off the charts, with the staff obviously knowledgable and clearly big fans of good brew (several of the staff were a bit under the weather the afternoon I was there from the previous evening's festivities).

I should mention that Hamilton's also has a pretty good selection of bottled beers, which they keep in two large cold boxes near the end of the bar in the back. However, given the quality of the draft selection, I barely gave the bottle selection more then a passing glance.

The bartender mentioned that they also own the cafe next door, and there is a service window located in the back of the pub, where one can order food. I got the fast nachos, which in retrospect was probably not the best thing to order. It was bit on the salty side, and I didn't realize that it came with french fries in place of chips. Nevertheless, the menu otherwise looked pretty interesting, and I'll definitely give the food another shot the next time I visit.

What can I say? Despite it's unpretentious trappings, this place is clearly world class. It's also pretty obvious the place has a loyal group of regulars who come by all the time, of which I have no doubt I'd be one more if I lived in the area. This place is highly recommended.

John_M, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%

Hamilton's is one of those places I can't 'not go' to if I'm in the neighborhood. And that's OK as I'm not in the hood too often. If I were this place might take my entire paycheck. But still, a round at Balboa or some disc golf at Morley Field and I'm there. I'll even adjust my midweek tee/start times to make sure they're open. Is that wrong? I don't think so, but then I don't golf very much.

Offers a nice dark and woody pub style feel nestled into a primarily residential neighborhood. Just a block away from a much more travelled road, it's 30th Street address can be a bit confusing as the street has a couple bypass sections within a mile or two.

Service is good, bartenders are knowledgable and they offer a very good selection. Website is kept up to date as well as for tap and bottle options. Nothing like travelling for a brew that isn't there, so that's not too likely to happen here.

Lots of foodie options next door; burgers, sandwiches, some salads and some comfort foods with a touch of pizazz. A little better intermingling of the food/bar areas would be beneficial though I assume there are some legal loopholes there. The bar could at least stock some utensils/napkins/condiments as I assume that is within their right. Hint, hint.

All in all a very good experience and likely the best beer bar in town as for my view. Not a harried sports bar, nor a pretentious wine bar. Just a bar, and one with some really good beer and a good mix of locals. Throw in a pool table and a shuffleboard table and draw me a pint.

HalfFull, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%

THE best place in San Diego, for me. In South Park, very locals-friendly. Dive atmosphere, but cozy and dickhead-free. Bartenders are awesome. Quick with advice, full of knowledge as they drink what they sling. Great selection of micros and Belgians. I've had beers here that I have never seen elsewhere. Big bottle selection, only place I found the Brooklyner-Schenider. Cafe attached serves good food. TJ Dogs, Monte Cristo, Burger are all great. And its CHEAP. I've gone with my wife, had about 6-7 beers plus dinner for under $35.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of d0ggnate
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%

Update 12.1408:

Living so close to Hamilton's has spoiled me. However, I am still excited to see the quality, and quantity, of great beer that makes through the doors here. The tap list always hosts crowd favorites, but also keeps beer geek's interest with new and unique offerings from many different breweries. I was excited to see the addition of the second bottle cooler, because I know Blair has many great bottles stashed away for later release. Hamilton's continues to be one of the best beer destinations in this saturated city.

I've been back, and back, and back about 20+ times. I might give them 7 out of 5 stars if I could. I've been there on every night of the week, at every time you could imagine. 3 plasmas and a beer in my hand keep my eyes glazed over and a smile on my face. The expansive selection of beer never fails to impress me. A new bottle awaits me upon each return. Second Saturday's have been permanently etched into my calendar. I couldn't ask for anymore out of any bar in SD County. If you get the chance, you have to give them a shot.

d0ggnate, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of sprucetip
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

sprucetip, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of mithrascruor
3.98/5  rDev -10.2%

Visited on a Friday night a few months back.

Hamilton's feels like a cross between a premiere beer bar and a hipster dive bar. Located in South Park, it gets _extremely_ crowded at times with the hipster locals, people playing pool, etc. Not exactly the type of atmosphere I'm looking for at a place like this. But the decor is nice and makes up for it a bit: dark wood, tap handles on the ceiling, etc.

It was too crowded to get a good feel for the service, but it seemed like everyone was nice. Lots of great beers on tap (like Gulden Draak, yay!) and in the bottle too. The food is a bit weird... walk next door, place your order, go back, and wait to get it through a window in the wall. Not very efficient... Food isn't that spectacular either, and it is mostly just sandwiches and such.

If you live in the area, definitely the place to be. Otherwise, I still definitley recommend this place -- just make sure to hit it on an off night!

mithrascruor, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of midaszero
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%

One of the many places that claimed to have La Folie was I was in town but ran out before I got there :(

Anyways.

Built in the middle of neighborhood this place is great. It reminds me a lot of the Draughthouse in Austin minus everyone chill outside vibe but with a good kitchen and pool.

The staff was friendly and attentive.

Pretty awesome tap list and they had bottles of older viscosity and temptation in the cooler (sadly you can't buy them to take home).

They serve up a pretty good burger and the fries aren't half bad either.

If I lived in San Diego I think this would be my bar.

midaszero, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of jim102864
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%

Parking cannot suck enough, we all know that, but even if I had to park a few blocks down the street, Hamilton's was worth the trip.

A neighborhood pub in a middle class area of San Diego suburbia, it's no frills, and working class, with a nice mix of blue and white collar patrons all there for the comradery and good beer. Old brewana adorns the walls. The simple bar area is adjacent to a small dining room with several tables. Pool tables if you're into it though this Wednesday night in early October was all about Red Sox - Angels and the first game of the ALDS whic was on the tvs over the bar.

The selection at Hamiltons did not dissapoint. Sizeable San Diego area offerings including Green Flash, Karl Strauss, Ballast Point, Gordon Biersch, and Russian River. I had a Green Flash Double Imperial IPA to start...a lusty 9% served in a pint glass and only $5 (a snifter or tumbler for $7 in my neck of the woods). The bar was full and the service was dead on. Affable guys sitting next to me willing to talk beer, particularly Cali beer which made the visit even more enjoyable.

A no-frills working man's pub, but then again, aren't all of the BA fav's? A tad out of the way from the city proper, but worth the visit.

jim102864, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of adamparker05
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%

Can't believe I haven't been to this place sooner (I love 1 block from Wit's End so I don't stray too far).
Loc is great- totally tucked away. You go in and it's seedy and dark. Not as seedy as Liar's Club used to be at Mission Beach (Aaaahhh the glory days... sigh)
So althought I was certain the quiet, forlorn dodger fan with his hobo jacket and "I'm gonna rape your face" glare, was going to do just that, I marveled at their selection between bottle and tap; a whole string of rarities.
What's probably most impressive were the advertisements for their special events! A boner-inspiring line-up of cask beers, aged beers, special releases and then some.

I love Wit's End and all, but these guys have some awesome connections dialed in.

The food doesn't even need to be good!

adamparker05, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of OlieIPA
3.51/5  rDev -20.8%

This one of many stops while in San Diego last weekend. The waitress from one of the places we visited higly recommended this place, so a few of my buddies and I decided to go here to watch the USC/OhioSt. game on TV. Unofortantely, we didn't stay for very long...and its not because of the game...but because of the place. The atmosphere just wasn't my thing...extremely dark (like being trapped in a closet while playing hide-n-go-seek when you were a kid), but I did like seeing a younger crowd then I'm used to seeing in places like this. The quality and service was average to above-average...no problems here. The selection on the other hand was incredible...I was lucky enough to have Older Viscosity. Awesome!! Overall, I guess this place was okay and I probably won't visit it again.

OlieIPA, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of dave12285
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%

Hamilton's is a very unique place in the sense of both location and layout. The Tavern is tucked away in a neat little residential area where it seems more bars should open. The beer selections are displayed via a chalkboard above the left hand side of the bar. There are two pool tables accompanied by a large shuffleboard table. The jukebox is always loud and playing good music. Most of the locals are very welcoming which makes the location even more proper. The selection is always wonderful and paired with the atmosphere, this is a must visit when in the San Diego area.

dave12285, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.55/5  rDev -19.9%

wow where do I start... Went there for the first time on their 2nd Saturday celebration and it was packed. Pretty sure fire code was being broken. Any way it is in the weirdest place too. Its like in the middle of a neighbourhood on the outskirts of downtown San diego. Their selection is top notch. Had an abyss. Bottle of jolly pumpkin. And a couple other hard to find local brews. The place was so packed it took a while to try and get your beer and it was hard to find a place to even stand and drink. And it was only like 4pm. Happy hour I guess on top of the celebration. Any way I would go again but the place is kinda dumpy looking and I would not make this my regular hang out if I lived down there.

PeprSprYoFace, May 26, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.68/5  rDev -16.9%

Visited in the mid-afternoon on Sunday, May 18th.

Kind of a divey joint, somewhere between seedy bar and Irish pub. On the plus side, there was an utter lack of pretention from both the patrons and the staff.

Excellent tap list.

My friend and I grabbed the only two seats left and decided on our beers. Both of mine were awful; the first, a cask ale, tasted infected to me. The bartender did let me exchange the first one after admonishing me that I should have tried a taster first. The second had a flavor profile far, far off from what other reviewers on BA have noted.

Sorry, but I don't think I should have to try a taster of everything before I order it to see if it's in good enough condition to drink.

There were some older folks there, including a bearded pool hustler clutching a bottle of Bud who never, ever missed a shot. I'm so glad I didn't take him up on his offer of a game. I think a couple of the owner/brewmaster guys from Lightning Brewery were there also. There were lots of barely-drinking-age kids of both sexes who actually seemed to be enjoying camraderie and drinking beer. I'm more used to seeing similarly aged folks sitting all together at one table, texting people who weren't actually in front of them and ordering either bottled water or foofy mixed drinks.

So... despite Hamilton's having good atmosphere and a great tap list (as many other places in the San Diego area do), I am seriously concerned about the condition of the beer. However, the friend I was with had two or three pints, all of which he deemed to be in good condition.

Also, I was contacted by someone from the establishment and assured that the beer lines were properly maintained, so I have upped the score for "quality" from a 1.5 to a 3.

I still doubt I'll be going back there based on this experience.

charlzm, May 25, 2008
Photo of Floydster
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%

Beerfly review #100, too many cool places to visit in California, would never expect this place to be in this neighborhood while driving through in on the way there, had a friend drive me here yesterday so I can try the Frankenwine from Drake's, which did not disappoint and I will post my review for that shortly, atomsphere was awesome and laid pack with some pool tables and dart boards, mellow people who seemed like regulars at the place, four different people brought in their dogs, huge fridge with over one hundred bottles with Angel's Share 750 mls just jumping out at your eye from the bottom prices from the tap ranged from four to six dollars, bottles go from four all the way up to thirty for the rare stuff, place was very clean and felt like a quality estalbishment, food looked really good but I had eaten right before going there, I will have to order a hamburger during my next visit, you order in the back at their own little cafe, pretty neat idea, only one bartender but he was really helpful and quick, he even gave a few tastes before I ordered things, poor guy was being badgered by one of the visitors about how he looked like somebody from American Idol, the place had about twenty to twenty-five taps, some of the standouts were Coronado Hoppy Daze Belgian IPA, Karl Strauss Uncle Touchy Imperial IPA, Alesmith Speedway Stout, Speakeasy Hunters Porter, and Pizza Port Carlsbad Polapa Pale Ale on cask for only four dollars, got there during happy hour and all local stuff was one dollar off, think it was between 5 and 8 p.m. but not sure, wish I can be there on the 18th of this month when they have a Drake's barrel aged cask night to along with a couple different versions of their imperial stout to go along with much hyped rye wine, will try to come back here as much as possible when in San Diego, favorite place I went to during my short stay in the area, you need to check this place out if you have not been yet, thanks to KingG for recommending me to go yesterday, going out on a limb here but this place rivals Liars Club and O'Briens in my opinion and they definitely have a better bottle list

Floydster, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of dougnboston
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%

Terrific bar. Great beery crowd. I was there on a Sunday night so ... I guess it's normal ... lots of the taps had kicked. There was still lots to choose from. My last brew was a cask conditioned Port Palapa Pale Ale hand pumped, very good.

KS Saison was very good.
CBC IPA was hoppy and wonderful.

You order food next door, take a buzzer with you and when the food is ready there is a pass through window where your food will be waiting.

Pool tables, flat screen tv's and a good crowd. You'll enjoy it.

Edit: Went back two nights later ... that says something in itself. All taps were flowing, grabed more pub grub (consistantly good, but pub grub) and dipped into a solid offering including Belgians.

dougnboston, Mar 31, 2008
Hamiltons Tavern in San Diego, CA
98 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.