Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Small Bar

Not Rated.
No picture.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

22 Reviews
Reviews: 22
Visits: 36
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: n/a
Taps: 42
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4628 Park Blvd
San Diego, California, 92116-2629
United States
phone: (619) 795-7998

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
Place added by: hophead4173 on 12-08-2009

No notes at this time.
Place: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 22 | Visits: 36
Photo of djaeon
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I swung by this place after work yesterday. It definitely stands out on the road. Black and red building with their logo red elephant heads lining the roof (some painted with KISS make-up). You have to walk through a gate on the side of the building to get in (or hop over the patio rail in front of the building if you're feeling rebellious).

The service was great. But then, I got there just after 4pm, and there were only a few other people there.

They have an awesome selection of beers on tap. Something like 40+. I had the Rogue John John Dead Guy Ale. The glass looked a little smaller than a whole pint, but it was poured all the way to the rim. Excellent beer by the way.

The food menu all looked great. I tried the beer mac n' cheese. It had Guiness mixed in with the cheese & some sort of glazed bacon. Super tasty. The only think that could make it better was if they used better macaroni, but still excellent for bar food.

It also looked like they had an excellent scotch selection. The back of the bar looked like it was about 50% scotch.

I would gladly recommend this place if you're in the area, and look forward to going back. (1,149 characters)

Photo of d0ggnate
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I jaunted over to Small Bar shortly a few months ago. The buzz about the place, both here on BA and offline, had been brewing for a few weeks. I drove down and easily found the red and black painted building. I guess they kept the color theme from the last business at this location, but it works.

First thing I noticed was that the name is fitting, this is a small bar. However small, there is plenty of room for quite a few people to pack into this place. Nice seating options, bar, booth and tables. We grabbed a spot and I jockeyed at the bar for a few drinks.

I found quite a long list of beers to chose from. I don't remember anything about bottles, and honestly I didn't even look, because there were 42 draft beers to chose from. A very Hamilton's-esque selection. Some usual favorites were present. A nice grouping of Anchor beers, also.

There were so many options and so little time. I only had the chance to have a few beers, but can't wait to get back and try some of their cocktails and food, as well. The menu looks great. I also saw they have a brunch menu and that food looks great, too.

Overall, this place was well put together food menu and far reaching options for drinks, including scotch, beer and cocktails. I can't wait to make it back and back again. (1,283 characters)

Small Bar in San Diego, CA
95 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.