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Bottlecraft - Little Italy

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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
93
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24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.27%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Store ]

2161 India St
San Diego, California, 92101-1723
United States
phone: (619) 487-9493

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bottlecraft

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(Place added by: pmarlowe on 07-10-2011)
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$

Popped in during my vacation after a recommendation by Loews hotel concierge and BA research. This place felt special. It's nearly all beer and the exceptions were some ciders and there may have been meads. There's a lot of calculated mood lighting and I like that while there are beers on the shelves on the wall,there are also lots of shelves set within the middle arranged at angles to encourage exploration. They an amazing selection. I did not have time to crack anything open from the cooler and enjoy it. There was one guy behind the counter and he answered questions when I asked. I did take into account he had a few people at the bar on the other side of him so he can't exactly walk over to assist.

03-07-2014 14:49:47 | More by Franziskaner
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

I've been to this shop several times and I sort of wish we had something like it in Denver. I know its not feasible given the difference in our liquor laws but a boutique bottle shop is pretty cool. Nice that you can pop a bottle here and drink it for a corkage fee.. Selection is pretty damn good and I even bought a Cantillon taster glass here once. Pretty much a must visit when I'm in San Diego.

01-25-2014 19:29:25 | More by ArrogantB
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Theitos

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

This place is great. Tons of selection. We did a local flight and had a great time talking to the bar tender and the people around us. This is a community place that would be great for date night or just having a fun evening with friends. They had a great selection of local beers, a great selection of domestic beers, and a lot of Belgium beers.

11-04-2013 00:54:49 | More by Theitos
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Popped in while at Toronado and was actually disappointed in their selection. While they do have a wide selection of beer for a store selling beer, they had nothing special and nothing I hadn't seen anywhere else. In fact, they were the only shop that I visisted all weekend that I didn't buy anything in or have a desire to return on a next trip.

I loved the vibe, very "hip" and great placement. Guy at the counter was very nice and answered a few questions for me. Only thing I didn't like were the other people in there looking for the highest ABV beers to get "faded" on that night. Oh well, not their fault. If they REALLY step up thier selection, I'd be happier. Overall, a place to stop in when in the area but I wouldn't go too far out of the way for it.

09-10-2013 22:07:58 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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JDJTEXAS

California

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

I only went here once but my impression is they have a sweet selection but as with anything you gotta pay to play. They were just a bit pricey but the location they maintain allows for this. I will say I was able to get Jester King Weasel here and at that time I really was wanting to try that. Selection overall was impressive and the inside was pretty cool as far as atmosphere.

09-09-2013 23:47:43 | More by JDJTEXAS
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HoppingAlong

California

4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

While I live nearly twenty minutes away, I find that a trip to Bottlecraft is often worth the drive. The place is located in Little Italy, near the San Diego airport (so if you are visiting SD I would strongly urge you to stop by here before you head to your hotel). The shop is super clean, with some wood tables/benches to sit and drink/eat (you have to bring your own food, if you are into that sort of thing). The bottle selection is great, with all styles represented. While their fridge space is ample, stroll to the back of the store to find the rest of the beers they carry. The staff is friendly and helpful, and they will answer any questions you might have and they will certainly make suggestions if you need them. The prices are reasonable and comparable to just about every other shop in San Diego. They often have a couple of different beers on tap and they allow you to consume purchased bottles on premises (not sure that if there is a corkage fee, as I always purchase my bottles to go). All in all-- one of the best bottle shops near downtown.

They also have another shop that recently opened in the North Park area (an area that features some of the best craft beer bars in San Diego).

08-09-2013 22:53:58 | More by HoppingAlong
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claspada

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$

Medium size retail establishment, very clean, well organized with plenty of local offering and everything you could expect to find from the area.

Didn't see anything rare, per say, but it would be more than useful if I was from the area and wanted to purchase something to take home but on a trip it wasn't quite useful or warranted me hemorrhaging more $ than necessary.

Prices seemed reasonable. Service was nice, asked me for assistance. Would gladly shop here if I lived nearby.

06-19-2013 00:35:27 | More by claspada
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Boga

Mexico

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$

The atmosphere of the place is great, this is a mix of a bar and store, since you can buy a beer and drink on (with an additional uncorking charge) or take it home. Don't be surprised if you see a lot of pets inside, as this is allowed.

Quality is great, nice and clean.

Service is a strong point, always friendly. They occasionally have a "Keep the glass night" in which you buy a specific beer and you get to keep the proper branded glass for it.

Selection... I'll put it this way, if you are fairly new to crafts beer, you'll be impressed; but if you know your stuff and know what you're looking for, it's fairly above average.

One of the things that I liked the most about this place is that you can take whatever food you want inside, and go at it without anyone bothering you. (I recommend Mona Lisa Italian Foods a block south)...

I normally visit once every month from Tijuana to restock... Salud!

06-06-2013 21:48:35 | More by Boga
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LittleDon

Texas

3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | $$

The Good: Featured flights of four bottled beers plus two taps. You can drink on site what you buy. Close to downtown.
The Bad: Small, Selection, while decent, is not terribly large. Corkage fee after 6 ($1.25).

Honestly, other than the featured flights and slightly easier parking, I'm not sure why anyone would go to Bottlecraft. It's not that it's a bad place, but with so many quality establishments in San Diego, you have to be better and/or different than the alternatives. While the atmosphere was comfortable, the staff and clientele gave me the impression that I wasn't hip enough to be there. Service was decent, I would have liked to talk more with my server about what the store had and what was recommended, but I couldn't tell whether I was deemed to different from the regulars to talk to, or they just didn't know. The selection was quality, but limited. Again, considerably better bottle shops in the area. Would I return? Given that Bottlecraft is relatively new, and that maybe I caught them on an off night, I might wait six months and give it a second shot.

06-01-2013 20:04:36 | More by LittleDon
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Hanson_Cole


4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$

Quite possibly the most diverse selection of beer available in San Diego. My own personal beer odyssey has been enriched ten-fold simply thanks to the horizon expanding Bottlecraft Beer Shop & Tasting Room. And I'm not sure how they keep the prices so low. But you get the feeling this joint is dedicated to providing great, affordable beer for all.

Luckily, I live one block away from Bottlecraft. But even if you don't live near Little Italy... who doesn't want to take a short trip here!? It is well worth it. And if Little Italy isn't your scene, the highly successful and popular little shop has just opened a new, larger store in the heart of North Park.

You owe yourself a visit to Bottlecraft if you think you like beer at all. Seriously, you will enjoy every sip.

02-14-2013 02:10:44 | More by Hanson_Cole
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Bottlecraft - Little Italy in San Diego, CA
93 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.