Taps: 20 / Bottles: 85
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by Shaw:
4.4/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
While visiting San Diego in early August, Xlperro invited me out to his favorite pub for some great local beer.
This pub is easy to get to from downtown. It's in the corner of a strip mall with lots of outside seating to enjoy the incredible San Diego weather or smoke. There's no smoking inside, like everywhere else in California, a huge plus. There are nice swivel leather armchairs inside, much nicer than the usual bar decor.
O'Briens calls itself "The Hoppiest Place on Earth." They're probably right. They have about 20 taps and it seemed like 18 were IPAs. Thursday night (the night I was there) is local beer night, with several beers on special at $3 a pint. All the beer was good and very well priced. They have a great display of Belgian glasses, which allows them to serve their Belgian beer in the proper, brand-specific vessel. Cool.
The service was good. Marilyn took good care of us even when the place got pretty crowded. Xlperro says this pub is very popular with the white-collar crowd, so weekends are less crowded than weekdays.
I had the half turkey sandwich and salad special, which was good. They have a better menu than most pubs. It's not all standard heavy pub fare, in other words.
This is a place you need to go to while in San Diego. I'll be going back for some beers the next time I'm in town.
08-20-2004 02:52:18 | More by Shaw
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O'Brien's in San Diego, CA
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