O'Brien's

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

148 Ratings
Ratings: 148
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
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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Reviews by csmiley:
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4/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a pub located at the end of a small shopping center. Stopped by on a Friday afternoon and parking was minimal. It could take a while to get a space around the pub. Once you walk in, all directions point to the bar. All food and beer orders are handled in that vicinity. Table service is pretty scarce for the most part. Food was good based on the cheeseburger I had. Selection is very nice for a place this size. Taps included: Russian River, Ballast Point, Avery, Bear Republic, among others. Bottled selections were around 100 - 150 and also impressed. I noticed selections from: Cantillon, Achel, Fantome, Russian River, Lost Abbey, Dansk, and Hair of the Dog. Atmosphere is pretty laid back but it was still really busy given the fact that I stopped by early in the afternoon. Overall I could see this place being a great place to have a beer. Food would be something I might shy away from given the atmosphere of the place. If a busy pub is what you're looking for then this is the place for 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.