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O'Brien's

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O'Brien'sO'Brien's
BA SCORE
97
world-class

148 Ratings
Ratings: 148
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
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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Photo of Todd
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

O'Briens. What an unusual place. It's located in a strip mall, next to some hippy shop, looks like a German deli with its guts ripped out, and is completely no frills. But holy shit is this a must stop! It's gets really comfortable as soon as the sun goes down, the lights are dimmed, and your being a lazy ass in those awesome, comfy, office chairs.

Beers?
Plenty of amazing craft beers on-tap. Lots of locals, which was exciting for me, guest brews and lingering offerings from previous in-house fests. At least 20 on-tap and a fairly extensive bottle list. Every beer I had was in pristine shape.

Food?
Didn't really have any food, but all I can say is: GARLIC FRIES! Get them. I munched on an order, and paid the price for days after.

Word of warning: if Tom Nickel breaks out the infamous Chimay chalice ... run! Damn you Tom Nickel! Damn you!

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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.