O'Brien's

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O'Brien'sO'Brien's
BA SCORE
97
world-class

148 Ratings
Ratings: 148
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 85
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4646 Convoy St
San Diego, California, 92111-2315
United States
phone: (858) 715-1745

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @obrienspubsd

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Reviews by FenwaySquid:
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4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visiting San Diego on business for a few weeks so figured I'd give this place a try.

Atmosphere: Regular pub/beer bar. They've got a long bar, and tables with comfy chairs. The lights are dim, and there's a dartboard in the corner. Also tons of brewania around, including a gigantic Sierra Nevada mirror.

Service: I sat at the bar, and the bartender was attentive, and knew about beer. Visited a few days later (a Friday evening) and noticed the seating area inside wasn't served by a wait staff. I ordered food from the bartender and she brought it to the table, so really no complaints there.

Selection: Excellent. They've got tons of stuff. Locals, regional micros, Belgians from across the Atlantic. I think I saw about 20 taps, a good all around mix (didn't see any macros, so that was cool); and the bottle list contained about 100 different beers.

Food: Decent. I had a beer burger, (tasted great) and on the next visit tried the nachos (okay, nothing special though). The menu was mostly pub fare, burgers, sandwiches, and appetizers.

Prices were reasonable for both food and beer.

Overall: If you're in the San Diego area this is a place you have to go at least once. It's a little outside downtown, but lucky for me my hotel is only a mile away.

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When I look back at my 20's, I'm going to remember a number of things; college graduation, trips to Brazil, life on my own, a taste for beer. Not far off that list will be "Why did it take me more than seven years to visit O'Briens?" Although I've lived an hour north, I found time to make a few beer-related trips to San Diego each year, but each time bouncing pass O'Brien's.

But finally, that moment happened. Brazukas from overseas in town, and they're ready to drink the town dry of hops. In a strip mall filled with Asian eateries, O'Brien's look out of place. There was no parking inside the strip mall, so that meant parking on the street. I was worried that all the cars were driven by thirsty beer drinkers, but on a Thursday night, there was still ample space to crawl around and find our own seats at the bar. Somewhat darkly lit inside, lovely Belgian beer glassware visible behind the counter, beer signage pasted on the walls, a marker board posting special events, and even pimping its own special beer trip to Europe, you can tell there's a love for beer at O'Brien's.

Choosing a beer was another challenge, as two dozen fun beers were pouring from tap, two casks, and a bottle list filled with lovely Belgians. We were lucky to hit on the night of fresh hop ales, as it looked that one of my mates reached a hop orgasm before the night was through. Beers from Ballast Point, Bell's, Artifex, Nickel, Rochefort, Tripel Karmeliet, all available and (of the beer I tasted ) in excellent shape. Perhaps the one small flaw I can think of involves those boring shaker pint glasses

On par with the beer was the service, which was not only knowledgeable, but quick and enthusiastic to serve. I also snuck in time for some food. Food is simple but tasty (garlic fries, nachos, sausage & cheese plate), further putting O'Brien's into legendary status.

Can't decide which brewery to visit? Just visit O'Brien's instead. It's certainly better than feeling undecided to which brewery to visit next!

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O'Brien's in San Diego, CA
97 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.