Taps: 20 / Bottles: 85
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 115 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by bennetj17:
4.53/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
If you are a fan of west coast hops, then this is your place. My first trip here was a blast. Nice and cozy in our soft green chairs, my wife and I sat down to have a few pints. The atmosphere was pretty laid back, with some English Premier League showing on the big screen and a few regulars hanging out on a Friday afternoon. The waitress came over to our table immediately and was quick with the orders. I'm guessing there were 25 or so brews on tap, lots of west coast goodies and San Diego area favorites. The only bad thing I can say is that 75% were IPA's or Double IPA's, which limited style selection, although I'm sure alot of BA's wouldn't view that as a bad thing.
I started with a Wipeout IPA and also tried the Russian River IPA, AleSmith Nut Brown, and Pure Hoppiness while I was there. I also lucked out and got to try some Pizza Port brews they were sampling for an upcoming tasting. One was an Anniversary Ale from 2002 I believe, plus an 03' Le Woody, and some SPF 45. They were damn good. We only tried a few things from the food menu, just appetizers, but they were solid and went well with the brews. Did I mention they have one of the most extensive import bottle selections I'd ever seen? Lots to choose from here, and you can take one bottle home if you desire. The pricing on the bottles was a bit high, but sticking to the taps our bill was suprisingly cheap. Needless to say, I highly recommend this place...
08-25-2006 06:40:25 | More by bennetj17
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4.1/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.