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O'Brien's

Not Rated.
O'Brien'sO'Brien's
BA SCORE
97
world-class

146 Ratings
Ratings: 146
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
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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(Place added by: xlperro)
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Reviews by JayTheFinn:
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4.65/5  rDev +5.9%

This pub ROCKS! It's very laid back. Thick cushioned chairs, a beer garden, darts and four tvs in the corners. It was a very happy, friendly crowd on the Friday night we went. O'Brien's seems to get a lot of regulars. They even keep the mugs of their regulars hanging behind the bar awaiting the next visit. The bartender was quick with samples if you weren't sure what you wanted. She knew the selection well and could match up beers they had to meet your tastes. The 20 taps were impressive: Alpine, Alaska, Alesmith, Pizza Port, Boddingtons, Sierra Nevada, (I'm going by memory and memory is failing me...). Plus the Pizza Port Lou P Lin IPA was on one of those hand pumps, something I haven't seen expect in England. As stated in the last review, the Belgiums were priced a little high, $6.50 a pint I believe. The best value was naturally the locals at $3 or $3.50 I think it was. Everything we tried was fresh and tasty. The food was quite good too, and with a decent-sized menu of things to choose from. It is kind of a small place located in a strip mall in the middle of nowhere, but there's plenty of parking. It's a pub that's well worth searching out.

JayTheFinn, May 08, 2006
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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 146 ratings.