K'nB Wine Cellars
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +0.4%
After a trip in Palm Springs (the liquor store in nearby La Mesa, not the desert city), I thought I had seen it all. Not so. With an never ending itenarary as I crawled closer back to Orange County, the talk of KnB grabbed my interest.
High ceilings and long, tall aisles make you feel small inside this alcohol heaven. It's clean, reasonably lit without burning your eyes, and rustic. There's a bar in one corner of the store with over 20 different beers on-tap, but I wasn't here to drink. I was here to purchase bottles. Roughly half of the beer in bottles are refrigerated, all tagged with pricetags, and neatly displayed. Friendly employees worked the beer as I looked around.
Brands include but not limited to Dogfish Head, Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, Lightning, Theakston, The Bruery, and surprisingly Jester King. There must be at least 500 lables to choose from.
Quiet location, lots of beer to choose from, draft beer available to drink there, and good looking food served. What's not to like?
01-30-2012 04:45:08 | More by DoubleJ
4.6/5 rDev +2.7%
This place is a must stop if you have access to a car in SD. Located a bit up the highway near San Diego State, we stopped in at the beginning of a road trip day during our vacation.
Nice looking place, well laid out, easy to find your way around. The selection was outstanding. We maxed out our beer buying budget with great craft selections. Highlights were the Upright 7 and a whole slot full of Damnation Batch 23 (we bought 6).
Service was very pleasant. Stone was making a delivery while we were there and some of the case boxes were blocking the shelves we were looking to check out. The guy was very quick to move the boxes so we could see everything (and buy more).
Check it out!
04-02-2012 13:46:08 | More by sholland119
4.66/5 rDev +4%
On a Sunday - Monday period in Mid October, I did a tour of San Diego breweries, brewpubs and beer stores. All the bottle shops I visited received A+ ratings with a significant number of reviews. My goal was primarily Russian River brews (Pliny, Blind Pig, Supplication) and then WC IPA's that I can't get in Ohio (Alpine, Kern River).
The places I visited in order of ranking...
1. 3 Way tie - KnB Wine Cellars, Beverages 4 Less, Best Damn Beer Shop
2. Holiday Wine Cellar
3. Olive Tree Marketplace
4. Pizza Port Bottle Shop
KnB would have probably come in at #1 for me if I would have gone later in the day when they were serving beer. I hit it early in the day on Monday as they were opening. Huge, outstanding collection of beers. Had all the beers I was looking for including Kern River (which I didn't see anywhere else) and DFH Bitches Brew.
10-16-2010 22:50:47 | More by Yetiman420
4.5/5 rDev +0.4%
Stopped by during a recent trip to San Diego. This place has a unique blend of liquor/wine store, bottle shop, artisan eatery and draft beer bar. It's mostly a liquor store that specializes in wine but they have one long aisle dedicated to craft bottles. One side is room temp bottles while the other is lined with coolers.
The bottle selection is pretty good with some selections from Avery, Loverbeer, Hangar 24, Russian River, Fantome, Drie Fonteinen, Deschutes, etc. Some really good choices but what puts their selection a notch higher is the twenty or so beers available on draft. Lots of cool SD locals as well as some other cool CA offerings, some east coast stuff, Belgians, etc. Lots of variety and the board is separated into styles. Pliny, Sculpin, Hangar 24, Lost Abbey, Green Flash, Rodenbach, etc.
You can sit at the counter and enjoy your beer but they also provide a small seating area where you can enjoy a beer with your meal. I didn't eat her but they offer gourmet/artisan sandwiches and other foods. Everything sounded great and looked even better.
Another great characteristic of this place is the service. I was offered help while browsing bottles and the one guys even looked in the back for certain beers that I didn't see on the shelf. The guy who poured my beer at the counter and the guy preparing the food were both friendly and knowledgeable, offering lots if advice when they found out that I was from out of town. we talked about all of the local breweries and they gave me some great recommendations. Also, one of them was a home brewer and very knowledgeable about beer. He and I had a lengthy discussion about all things beer.
Overall, this place was a lot of fun. A great combination if bottle shop, eatery and bar. I would have stayed a lot longer but had people waiting for me and didn't want a DUI. If I was a local I would spend a lot of time here. Highly recommended!
01-19-2012 01:39:08 | More by corby112
4.8/5 rDev +7.1%
We stopped here only because we were in the area...but boy am i glad we did so!
Atmosphere: basically its a high end wine/liquor/craft beer store with a small bar and outside patio. it is very upscale looking.
Quality/Selection: might have been the best beer store I have ever been to. I groaned a lot as i viewed so many beautiful beers that my wallet could not afford. the tap list was quite impressive. there were a lot of offerings from Firestone, Lost Abbey, Bruery, etc....i was very impressed.
Service: extremely helpful and enthusiastic.
All in all, i just loved this place. if i had the money, this would be my hang out spot. don't get me wrong...the place itself doesn't mark up the beers, but rather they just sell some extremely rare and sought after beers...Fantome...3F....etc..
08-20-2011 22:04:14 | More by AdamBear
4.5/5 rDev +0.4%
I visited here recently on a trip to San Diego. It is a great bottle shop with a good wine selection, as well as a bar that serves food. It's a nice place to visit, especially if you have someone with you that prefers wine to beer, you can get both at the bar. We had some great guacamole, a pint and a glass of wine.
The selection wasn't the largest of the bottle shops I visited in San Diego, but they did have three bottles of Supplication which I quickly purchased. Of the four bottle shops in San Diego, I visited, this was the only place that had Supplication. Service was friendly, but not overly so.
06-19-2013 02:24:00 | More by JamLand
K'nB Wine Cellars in San Diego, CA
97 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.