Taps: 29 / Bottles: 37
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
3.97/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Visited 17 Nov 2013, 2:00-3:00pm.
After a couple hours strolling around the surrounding blocks, I stopped in at the welcoming Neighborhood. I'd read about the place here on BA and had meandered my way around the Gaslamp Quarter (enjoying architectural gems, new and old), before a pause for beer.
Located right at the corner of 8th & G, it's a fairly non-descript storefront. Inside is a pleasant indoor/outdoor space with concrete floors, wood and black tiles. On one wall, there's a nice mosaic in monochrome of San Diego's downtown skyline. Above, there's taxidermied wildlife and some simply stunning "artwork" of both Jimi Hendrix and Jesus Christ enjoying their hamburgers... wow! Otherwise, its a zig-zagging wooden bar wrapped around thick I-beam columns. To the right, it's polished stainless taps, unmarked; to the center, it's 25-30 brewery handles and a friendly bartenderess (Bree on this afternoon). A tiny walk-in cooler behind the bar holds dozens of bottles.
Beer selection is REALLY good, an array of local/regional taps well over 30 deep. From the lengthy chalkboard list above the bar I picked a Craftsman "Heavenly Hefeweizen" (super refreshing!) and then several generously-poured tastings of Stone Sublimely Self Conscious, Great Bowman's Beard AND Witty moron Dark Wheat. Ultimately I picked none of the above: Green Flash Treasure Chest was what I picked; I liked the sample but wished for something else about halfway through the pour. Lots of variety overall on the menu, many styles. Prices are generally $6 and up for pours, so certainly not the cheapest bar in town.
Biggest disappointment? Not getting food. I read (later) about the terrific burger/sandwiches, starters, etc and, frankly, wasn't hungry when visiting. Apparently, they have something against traditional ketchup, so they've crafted a dozen or so special sauces to make up for their lack of Heinz or Hunt's.
Dining in will be rectified whenever I get to return - and I will return!
11-30-2013 00:19:10 | More by msubulldog25
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$$
Neighborhood is one of those places that I usually go to with food in mind. Their food is pretty fantastic, even though they have an odd aversion to ketchup. I've gotten multiple burgers and sandwiches here and I have absolutely never been disappointed with their food. The sweet potato fries are an absolute must if you're just trying to have a quick snack. Definitely made for sharing, so go in on them with someone else.
Their tap list is certainly impressive, but it never really has that wow factor for me. I believe there are 27 taps with a fair number of locals and a good selection of things throughout the Western United States. The quality of their beer is always high. I'm not fond of the glassware they use.
They have a tendency to get very crowded, so I recommend going during a weekday for lunch or just be very willing to wait. If you sit out on the patio you'll be able to do a fair amount of people watching, and the service will be just as good as inside.
11-05-2013 17:31:41 | More by radshoesbro
4/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
My GF and I always have to stop by here at least once when we're in SD. Great beers and scotch. They have a wine tap for all you wine connoisseur's.
Beer: I always have a beer that I'm happy with everytime I visit. I believe I had my first Enjoy By or Vertical Epic from Stone here at Neighborhood. I'm pretty sure I've had PtE here as well.
Food: The food here has always been fantastic. There are times where I did get soggy fries, but aside from that, food has always arrived hot with tons of flavor.
Service: I've been fortunate enough to have always received the best service from the staff here at Neighborhood. Very attentive and genuine staff.
Definitely a place worth checking out if you're visiting Gas Lamp District in San Diego. Or you can go to Karl Strauss across the street..if you're into that stuff I guess.
10-18-2013 16:35:15 | More by 9uns
4/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Great place near the ball park, solid tap list of mostly California beers on my visit. I thought the food wast great too, had a burger. Service was quick and polite. Interior was nice enough, indoor out door seating. Overall worth a visit or two if you are in the area.
09-18-2013 00:56:06 | More by joshklein069
3.66/5 rDev -12.2%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This was the eleventh and final stop of my San Diego Beer Week 2012 trip. It was my least favorite one as well. Was it because my departure flight left in less than 12 hours? Was it due to exhaustion? Or was I simply beered out?
To be fair, Neighborhood does have an excellent selection: Firestone Walker, Avery Out of Bound Stout and Pizza Port Truck Stout. But sometimes a bar needs other attributes, ones that this place seemed to lack. There was something wrong here. My first indication was the venue: blatantly soulless, uncomfortably dark, impossibly crowded, and arbitrarily crammed with tables that surrounded the Lilliputian bar area.
And above this Hadean scene was a deer head mounted on the wall, a bizarre afterthought with dead glass eyes staring down listlessly at me while the over worked server brought out a pricey beer along with a glass of water containing a cucumber. WTF!
That said, the beer selection and the service were excellent. Perhaps the best way to end this review is with a line from “The Big Lebowski:” “Sometimes you eat the b’ar and sometimes the b’ar eats you.” The Dude abides.
03-25-2013 23:22:20 | More by jjboesen
3.93/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
I recently visited Neighborhood in San Diego on a beer weekend trip. It's a smaller space with some patio seating, bar seating, and a cluster of tables. Lots of hip Obey type decorations and artwork around the place. They had approximately 20 beers on tap with a pretty solid bottle list as well. The beers in my group were served in different glassware for the same beer ordered, so I am not sure they were really paying attention to that. Service was pretty good but somewhat slow since we were out on the patio. The selection of beers was very good with some rarer beers available. I would come back if I was in the area.
03-12-2013 16:32:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Definitely tries to be a hipper place. One bartender, a guy off duty, was the best one, the rest kind of wallowed around, but they were nice. It was maybe the best taplist I have seen in SD so far (haven't been to hamiltons or toranado yet) and def probably the best in the Gasslampish area. Lots of rarities, highly rated beers, solid locals. A good array. They also had a rarer bottle cellar that could be peered into. I was there on a busy Tuesday afternoon and the place was packed. The food menu for lunch was short and sweet but I got the tuna sandwich and it was good. Funny thing is a lot of stuff I have been ordering in SD has been what the staff has been eating too.
07-26-2012 15:17:58 | More by crossovert
3.8/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a pretty interesting place and I went twice while in San Diego recently. Lots of cool stuff on tap and in bottles, I was able to have some Pliny here as well as a nice sour by Telegraph. I enjoyed it a bit more in afternoon rather than in the evening; it's a bit small, cramped, and dark, but it felt light, airy, and more relaxed on a quiet day at 3:30pm.
There's something vaguely pretentious about this place I can't quite put a finger on but it didn't bother me as much as it did my companion, who didn't feel at home with the hipster-y vibe. Everyone was either friendly or at least disinterested and keeping to themselves. Service was decent enough but also a bit more interested in talking amongst themselves than say, letting me settle my tab.
I wasn't able to try the food either time I visited but I've heard it's good. I hope I don't sound like I'm knocking Neighborhood too much; it really is a nice place and another great beer destination worth checking out in SD.
01-05-2012 05:13:06 | More by tobelerone
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
One of our favorite stops during our vacation in San Diego. They had a great lineup for SDBW, so we were there several times.
A cool urban feel to the place, though a bit dark and a bit cramped, due to the popularity of the events going on. We managed to find seats at the bar or in the dining room after a moderate wait.
Tap list was very cool, with a nice bottle list as well. Taps were heavily centered on Alesmith, or sours, or whatever brewery they were featuring that night. But still some nice locals, a broad selection of styles, something to please everyone.
Service was pleasant, if a bit flighty at times. Food was good on the whole, though the cutesy presentation at times took priority over the quality of the dish. A bit expensive too.
11-23-2011 19:16:41 | More by sholland119
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The atmosphere here is very chic and modern, which for fine dining or maybe a club is cool, but for a beer bar not sure it fits.
Beer selection is good. They always seem to have some Pliny on tap and many other interesting craft and belgian selections. The bottle selection isn't huge, but always has some good beers.
Service is pretty good here, there's just usually a wait and servers always seem a little too busy.
I love the bar food here. Especially the Neighborhood Burger. It always comes perfectly cooked and tastes delicious.
The value here is reasonable for being downtown. The food isn't expensive, nor is the beer on tap (some of the bottles can be quite pricey though).
11-19-2011 22:23:06 | More by madpentzer
Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
92 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.