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O'Brien's

Not Rated.
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 Halcyondays:
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4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Went here after the Alesmith release, on April 1, 2008 since it was only about 8 or so miles from the brewery down the 15 and the CA-52. Located in a cramped little strip mall, which I passed by once and had to make a U-turn. Once inside it's about an average size bar, about 10 stools, and a few tables. About 15 taps, no BMC there - ones I remember are Guinness, Murphy's, SNPA and Harvest Ale, Pliny the Elder, and Green Flash IPA, with the emphasis on hoppy San Diego and CA beers. Had an Alpine Pure Hoppiness, my first beer ever from Alpine, and a Ballast Point Fathom IPL, for $4.50 and $4 respectively, very good prices compared to Orange and LA Counties, though I'm not sure if they were on Happy Hour or not. Extensive bottled selection - some of the pricer Belgian's go upwards of $20-30, Angel's Share was $30, but not a bad price if you wanted to try it, the markups aren't outrageous here. A nice guy even purchased and opened up a 2003 Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek and let about 5 of us at the bar try it. Overall, I had a pretty fun time, had a long converstation with fellow BA seaoflament over a couple pints. A very nice bar in San Diego, next time I'm down here I'll go back for sure.

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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.