Taps: 20 / Bottles: 85
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.65/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is one awesome place to visit for beer! The owner(s) are dedicated to providing beers that will ensure a joyous beer experience.
O'Briens is located on the end of a mini mall in an area dominated by asian restaurants, shops, beauty parlors and automobile dealerships. Interesting location for a pub.
A bigger than small but not quite medium sized room is it. Coasters and bar towels are the primary decor on the walls and interior shingle overhang. A small bar to the left. Tables and chairs to the right. The chairs are office style and are quite comfortable. A big window in the front corner allows for soft natural lighting. There is a big screen in the corner and some small t.v.s for sports viewing. There are also a couple of dart boards. O'Briens has an outdoor patio which is a great spot to have a pint.
I found the food to be good. It depends on what is ordered. The cheese on bread was so so. My sandwich was very good. The fries are good and my girlfriend enjoyed her meal as well. Aside from the main menu they have a special menu written on a chalk board. These items change from time to time. They also carry Mike's Beer Cheese which is always a hit. The menu is pretty large and should accomodate everybody's tastes.
The service was excellent the day we visited. The bartenders were friendly, prompt and fun to talk to.
They have two menus for beer. The bottled selection which is where to find many of the imports they carry and the tap selection which is where to find the majority of the craft beers. Both selections are exceptional. There are about twenty taps. They carry plenty of locals. Pizza Port, Stone, Alpine, Alesmith and Ballast Point. From northern California they had Anderson Valley and Hoptown. They did not have Russian River but I was told they carry it on a regular basis. They also had Bear Republic and a few others. The taps rotate from time to time. The bottled selection had plenty of Belgians, domestic and other imports. I glanced over this list because I wanted the hoppy beers out of the taps. This place loves hops.
The cask sadly was empty when we were there. They do have special cask nights so check the web site or call them up and inquire. They will have special beer nights where they will represent a certain brewery.
Extra highly recommended. If you do not live in San Diego and are visiting definately stop by for a pint and good cheer.
12-16-2003 01:04:34 | More by Rumrunner
4.55/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
What a cool place, some 20 taps with some exceptional beers, I had the Alpine Pure Hoppiness, what a "Hoot. Small and cozy with a great food line up, to be a 100 percent honest I did not have any food, but from what I saw and the wonderful aroma, that was a big mistake!
The bottle menu was exceptional with a great deal of local brews, some nice Belgians and domestics. Situated in a strip mall there's plenty of parking and its easily available from the interstate, and trust me "I'' Be Back"! For some food, and some of the many taps, I could only drool at, so if your in San Diego, this is a must stop!
12-08-2003 03:33:05 | More by Gusler
4.44/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Strongly recommended to me by xlperro and EyeChartBrew, this was a great stop for beer. Located in a small strip shopping center in the midst of many Eastern ethnic food spots this great little bar/pub sports a great setting and great beer choices. In addition to some really strong draft choices from SoCal's best IPA brewers, the bottled choices were equally impressive with Double Bastard being a recent arrival and the same promised on tap within the week.
Sports TV is big here and the nice outside wraparound deck looked appealing for nice evenings and sunny afternoons. Lots of beeriana and beer coasters line the ceiling and walls. The bartender was super efficient, knowledeable, and was obviously well-liked by all the regulars whom he knew by name and preference. One of my best stops in San Diego.
11-09-2003 04:04:46 | More by AtLagerHeads
4.35/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Atmosphere This was terrific. Its off at the end of a strip mall with a few chairs for outside seating out front. Inside it is cozy but very friendly. Theres a good line-of-sight for the TVs no matter where you sit.
Quality They did this place up quite nicely. Theres nothing fancy to it, but it doesnt exude cheapness like some other beer bars.
Service I cant say enough about the service. The place was pretty full and there was only one girl working there, but she managed to keep everyone happy.
Selection They had an awesome selection of tapped and bottled beers. I hit up a few local brews to take in the flavor of the town (I was down on business), but they had a very good selection of choice IPAs and particularly Belgian Ales. How many bars can you go to and have a bottle of Rochefort 10?
Food I had their famous spicy beer cheese burger, which was very sloppy and just as good.
Comments This is a really nice place to go. There was an off-duty waitress there hanging with her friends. When the help come in on their days off you know its a neat place. Also, every time you buy a beer you get to roll fuzzy dice with the waitress. If you win you get a dollar off your drink. Cool!
10-06-2003 20:53:39 | More by RoyalT
3.78/5 rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3
Drove down to O'Briens (60+ miles) for the vertical tasting of Stone Old Guardian (99 thru 03) a few months back. It's a very small place at the end of a strip mall. I got there early & was able to get a place @ the bar. I don't envy anyone trying to get a beer there when it's crowded. They also have a nice outside area, if you smoke. The food is average, pub grub.
They have a great selection of taps. The atmosphere is nice and the staff was very friendly. I'd highly recommend this place.
05-30-2003 16:34:31 | More by jcalabre
O'Brien's in San Diego, CA
96 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.