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Taps: 42 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
4.66/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
I love this bar. I have been going to this bar for over three years now and it keeps on getting better. Whats not to love about over 40 craft brews on tap and a damn fine liquor selection. All of their wells are top of the line none of that plastic bottle crap. Anchor Steam, Anchor Liberty & Anchor Small Beer are residents at this bar always on tap. They regularily have upwards of 10-15 variations of IPA's on tap. With a fresh Cask tapped every Thursday at 5pm whats not to like. Lest I forget to mention the food, lets just say that they don't dissapoint. I eat here atleast 2-3 times a week and that not including their Saturday & Sunday Brunch Specials. Once a month they have an event called Beer for Breakfast where they will host an awesome Craft Brewery and have anywhere from 4-9 beers from said brewery on tap and always have a fresh Cask from the same brewery. They pair a special food item to go along with the beers and it will typically be made with one of them as an ingredient. Overall this is in my top three bars.
08-28-2013 01:05:50 | More by Hotrod88
4.51/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
I love Small Bar! That's exactly what it is; a small bar located on Park Blvd in the University Hts neighborhood. The staff has always been very friendly and helpful; knowledgeable on the beers...and mixed drinks too. The food is good pub food. The tap craft beer selection is also very good. We love to go there early and enjoy sitting outside. We also enjoy going late. It can be crowded but always friendly and fun. Good people watching too. LOL
04-06-2013 05:53:48 | More by FlyingBull
4.03/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is literally a small bar in the University Heights area of San Diego. The exterior is aesthetically pleasing with it's black color and accents of red. It distinguishes itself from adjacent bars with it's sinister appearance. Looking up from the street seating, one will note a series of red, three dimensional elephant head designs that create a horizontal border. Once inside the bar, it gets cozy. The dim lighting combined with the black with red accents creates a soothing atmosphere. One that dovetails with the collective spirit of the staff and patrons and physical closeness of everyone present. The staff are friendly and accommodating. Even the doorman was pleasant. I had requested that one of the beers I was trying be served in an 11 oz. tulip because I wanted to try several without ruining tomorrow (an epic San Diego brewery tour) with a hangover. He honored my request even though it is sold only in pints. He also discounted the already cheap price of $4.50. All the beers are, at worst, reasonably priced. There was a pretty impressive variety of taps ranging from brews like Allagash to local offerings from Monkey Paw. Food was of average quality, reasonably priced, and served quickly. We enjoyed our time spent here.
11-02-2012 14:38:43 | More by DocJitsu
4.22/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place was recommended by a bunch of local BAs so I decided to stop by during a recent trip to San Diego. This place is located in a really nice neighborhood on what seemed like a pretty busy street with other shops and restaurants.
As the name implies, this place is kind of small but they have a few tables outside with additional seating. Small L shaped bar with high tops and regular tables lining the perimeter. A slightly younger crowd that is slightly hipster but there is a really cool vibe here and they play very good music. We stopped in for a quick drink after dinner and ended up staying for a few hours.
We didn't order any food here but the service at the bar was pretty good. Both bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable and even the dude checking IDs out front was surprisingly pleasant.
The selection was good but not amazing. I was expecting to get a bunch of new ticks but I ignored most of those beers for uber fresh, local IPAs. Options included Sculpin, Speedway, AleSmith IPA, Iron Fist, Mission, Anderson Valley Mokeef Saison, SN Ruthless Rye, Telegraph and many more. Nothing too rare but a wide variety and lots of the classics. A really fun place to enjoy good beers with friends.
01-19-2012 02:10:33 | More by corby112
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is owned by the Hamilton's Tavern crew. We went to three of their places during our visit, of which three were totally awesome.
Small Bar is aptly named, a little dark even at mid day despite the opening to outdoor seating. There is a long L-shaped bar, a smallish area with high tops and tables and some outdoor seating. We opted for stools at the bar. Service was quick and personable.
The tap list was deep in excellent West Coast beers. The challenge was choosing the couple we would have before moving on. I could easily have spent the whole day, and part of the next.
Food was among the best we had in San Diego. Fried pickles (sliced, then battered and fried; usually they don't slice them around here), small tacos, chicken sliders, all delicious.
A great local bar, and a place I'd love to visit again.
11-18-2011 20:57:49 | More by sholland119
Small Bar in San Diego, CA
94 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.