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Callahan's Pub & Brewery

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Callahan's Pub & BreweryCallahan's Pub & Brewery
BA SCORE
83
good

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 10.73%
Active Beers: 11
Beer Ratings: 36
Beer Avg: 3.61
Taps: 25
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Eatery, Store ]

8111 Mira Mesa Blvd
San Diego, California, 92126
United States
phone: (858) 578-7892

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Reviews by MadCat:
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3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

Atmosphere: A mix between an Irish pub and a sports bar, with a little California flair

Quality: Food was fairly good, house beers decent. Excellent selection of other craft beers

Service: Friendly, timely, overall excellent

Selection: Good amount of food on the menu, enough taps to please anybody

Food: Fairly good, no disappointment

Value: Prices were reasonable for what you got

Overall: Good. Not a place I would go out of my way for, but I was in the area and was happy I stopped in.

MadCat, May 05, 2014
More User Reviews:
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

tally, Sep 13, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev +4.8%

This is an pub located in a large strip mall area. Plenty of parking outside the building. Once inside you notice a small bar that can seat only 8 patrons, but there is a large dining area on both sides of the bar. Plenty of dark woods, and TVs every few feet here. There are some video and foosball games here too.

Beer wise there were 5 Callahan's house brews available with some others from Karl Strauss, Lagunitas, New Belgium, Deschutes, San Diego Brewing, and the typical Guiness, Harp, and Smithwicks. I only had one house beer (brown ale) and it was good.

Service was prompt and friendly. Prices were reasonable for the area. Not a bad stop if you are visiting the area.

Gavage, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

ThePaleRider, Aug 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

MickeyHops, May 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

dwagner003, Oct 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

djaeon, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%

Callahan's is not the place that you'd expect a bunch of "craft" house beers from. Turns out their beers are now brewed by San Diego Brewing Company (make of that what you will).

The place is pretty "bar-like". Not all that well lit, sports and beer paraphernalia on the walls, and TVs all tuned to various sporting events. They have the aforementioned house beers along with a decent list of "guest" beers (on this particular occasion they even had The Abyss).

The beers ranged from pretty good to pretty meh. But, that's to be expected, to be honest. I was just happy that there were a few that I enjoyed.

We didn't opt for any food as we were not hungry. And although the food sounded and looked good, it was on the expensive side.

The service was quick enough and the waitress paid attention to us, but was not overbearing. Which is always appreciated when you're geeking out and rating about 8 beers that most people just slam down.

This isn't one that I would go out of my way to check out, but if you're in the area or if you live close by, certainly a decent spot to get a beverage.

womencantsail, Apr 24, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +28%

So I'm in Cali on a business trip. I really want to go to Stone but me and my family are a bit tired and don't want to drive more than a few minutes from our hotel. We stumble upon Callahan's Pub and "Brewery." Brewery. Yeah right, I thought, what a joke. Clearly these guys don't brew on premise.

Ya know what, who cares. Check out the beer list.

San Diego Hopnotic, Shamrock Gold, Nameless Nut Brown, Summer, Red.

Sierra Nevada Anniversary, Lagunitas IPA, Mad River Jamaican Red, Stone Levitation, Full Sail IPA, Newcastle Nut Brown, Firehouse Pale, Shiner Hefe, Guiness, Smithwicks, etc.

OK, now I'm happy. The Hopnotic was freakin great, The Sierra Nevada was super fresh, and every other beer I had was fantastic. Clearly these guys take care of their tap lines. Oh, and my pint glasses were clean and the nice thick head on each beer stuck to the glass like it should.

The food is also very good and the service is incredible. I mean absolutely incredible. I have never had this kind of quick, friendly service anywhere. No joke.

If you're ever in San Diego, give these guys a shot. You won't be dissappointed.

ggroller, Jul 20, 2008
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3.45/5  rDev -2.5%

Callahan's is north of San Diego in the Mira Mesa area, a couple miles from both the 805 and the 15. They have a private lot, plus they are in front of a strip mall that has additional parking, which is what I had to use because they were so busy.

The interior was packed with people, most likely due to a Padres game. Aside from the humanity, the place looks like a cookie cutter Irish/sports bar. They do have a "library" room which is pretty interesting. The bar is in the rear directly opposite the entrance. The rest of the space is for table seating. They have chalkboards up showing all the beers available.

As for the beers, Callahan's only had 2 of their own beers available out of the 25 taps. Aside from macros, other highlights were from Bear Valley, Coronado and Green Flash. The bottle selection looked pretty standard. Callahan's beers were fairly average overall.

Service was about as good as could be expected considering the crowd. The bartender was familiar with both Callahan's and guest draughts enough to describe what they were.

The food was pretty good as well. I had a teriyaki chicken dinner and it was competent.

Overall I would try checking this place out again but only on the condition that it was an off time and with the hopes that they had more of their own beers available.

Dogbrick, May 27, 2008
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3.7/5  rDev +4.5%

Went to Callahan's to attend my first QUAFF meeting last month. A detached building in a suburban strip mall, this pub is in close proximity to Alesmith in the Mira Mesa area. I was sitting in the sectioned-off part of the bar for the meeting, but I could tell it had a family restaurant/sports bar feel to it; there was a ton of kids running around and "Happy Birthday" singing a la TGI Fridays. There's nothing wrong with that, but it definitely detracts from the typical beer scene I am looking for.

The service was prompt and courteous. The selection was quite good with plenty from San Diego brewing, and some noteworthy guest beers (Firestone, etc) that were probably brought for the World Beer Cup weekend. The food was of standard sports-bar quality (I had some curried fries), nothing too amazing. Overall, a decent place to get some beers, I am glad that local dads have a good beer bar to take their families. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to go there to drink given the location and atmosphere, but will be back for the monthly QUAFF meetings.

Stoneman78, May 12, 2008
Photo of m1ked
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%

I go to this place after softball games, just for drinks. I have had some of their appetizers, but just standard apps. Their beer selection is larger than most, with a focus on local beers. They rotate their beers pretty regularly, I like that. The last 2 times I went there they had listed the double bastard, but were out, boo. We usually have the same waitress, who is nice. There is usually the same homeless guy, with his well traveled, well loaded bike parked out front. He must be well liked, or at least accepted, because every time I am there, he is there. The bartender is not very friendly, she is actually a little cold, without any signs of warming up. I will come back here, only post softball games though it is up in Mira Mesa, so not close to where I live, just close to softball games. I will probably try the wings, I read some good stuff, we'll see. If you are in this area, and like beer, los of flat screen TV's, and Golden Tee, check it out.

m1ked, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of coati858
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

I go there with my wife and two kids (both under 4 years old). Perfectly good local hole (and mildly kid-friendly, to boot), and the only one I know of in the Mira Mesa area.

Their jalapeño beer cheese soup, fish&chips and irish stew are all worth eating. My wife has never complained about her burgers. I don't think we've ever gotten anything there we didn't like.

House beers are alright, sometimes they get good guest beers. I'm a sucker for the choco-latte porter they occasionally have. Portions are pretty decent and we've only had room left for dessert a couple times.

You could do far worse.

coati858, Jan 23, 2008
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3.28/5  rDev -7.3%

Callahan's works alright as a local bar, but at least for me the atmosphere isn't too great. Too well lit, too many TVs (most all tuned to sports), very little space at the unimpressive bar, etc. With all of the tables and such, arranged the way it is, it feels more like a family restaurant (which isn't bad in an of itself, but it's a bit strange if you're going to have some nice beers).

House beers (made off-location) are alright. The red is the most popular, and probably the best. The barley-wine is also quite good, but the others are a bit unimaginitive. Lots of other choices on tap, though for me they're a bit pricey and most aren't very interesting.

Monday nights they have $2 house pints... I don't know, but it just seems like a bad day for that, and not the greatest price.

Food is pretty good; I've mostly just had appetizers there. Service is pretty good as well, but sometimes a bit slow and doesn't feel like there's much understanding/interest in the different beers.

Overall, it seems like a bit of a catch-all restaurant/brew-pub that might be great for some people, but not for me. I'd prefer a quieter place that isn't so bright and full of TVs. Also, I wish that it felt like it was a bit more geared towards people who really liked to try good beers.

mithrascruor, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of germaniac
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%

A decent taplist and a dartboard are the main attractions of Callahan's. Toss in food that's just a notch above average and televisions viewable from almost any spot in the building, and it's a great place to spend an evening in the Mira Mesa area, which is kind of hurting for decent bars. I was happy to see Sam Adams Black Lager(served in a matching tulip glass, no less) and Alesmith IPA. For the most part, the rest of the taplist is interchangeable with any number of bars in SD., there's just more of it.

germaniac, Jan 03, 2006
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3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

This place is located in Mira Mesa. It is a little far from my house in Chula Vista. They had 5 house brews and about 15 guest brews. I was not that impressed with the beer selection. They had a very poor dark beer selection. Guiness was the only stout they had. I perfer a good dark beer selection. The food was not very good. It was very boring and plain. It was the exact same menu as San Diego Brewing Company. The pub was spacious and clean. There were many TV's with sports on. There were a few video games in one corner. Some of the beers were a little expensive. I payed $4.50 for an 11 oz glass of the house barley wine. I doubt I will come back any time soon. It is too far away for a mediocore brewery.

OStrungT, Feb 02, 2005
Callahan's Pub & Brewery in San Diego, CA
83 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.