Taps: 20 / Bottles: 85
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 115 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Loki:
4.38/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Finally getting around to my long overdue review.
Great beer place in the middle of a strip mall. (I knew I was in SoCal when I saw the restaurant four doors down called ToFu World)
Atmosphere: Part local dive bar, part beer geek bar. Mostly local bar vibe from what I gathered. With that comes with putting up with the local drunk, but hey I'm sure I've been that guy before.
Quality: I think all the drafts were local beers when I was there. Oh and SD has a ton of good local beers. Later that week they were going to tap two Sculpin dry hopped casks.
Service: Pretty good, no complaints, quick, and attentive.
Selection: lots of quality draft choices, I do think I even bothered to look for a bottle list.
Food: Food was ok, nothing great, but certainly not bad. I would have no problems eating there again.
11-12-2009 22:39:18 | More by Loki
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
O'Brien's is a staple of the San Diego beer community. If you haven't experienced a night here you really haven't experienced what it means to drink craft beer in San Diego. It's got a divey semi-sports bar kind of vibe, with an awesome beer selection. There are big comfortable chairs sitting at tables, a bar and a ton of plastic tables on the patio. They've got a few TV's inside and one on the outside. If you want to watch Monday Night Football, this is a great place to do it. The beer selection is always good, and they have the ability to get the harder to attain special releases. Unfortunately their service is never top notch. I can't count the number of times I've been there for a big to semi-big event and they've only got two people working the bar. That seems pretty ridiculous if you've got a line of 20+ people spilling out towards the parking lot. So, if you're there for a special event just order two pints and you'll be good. On a normal night it's nowhere near as bad.
11-05-2013 17:17:24 | More by radshoesbro
O'Brien's in San Diego, CA
96 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.