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Bottlecraft - Little Italy

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

40 Ratings
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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Photo of crossovert
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%

A nice place near the airport in SD. IT is on a bit of a sleepy street in a very nice area with a pretty decent stretch of hip and trendy stops. The store is small but it has good quality. Plenty of local brews are featured, not all of them but a good chunk. Nearly every beer is available cold or warm. There is a glassware rack and you can also drink a beer that you buy on-premise. I didn't see if there was a "uncapping" fee or not. A few people were sitting there drinking one night. But overall it is a pretty good shop.

crossovert, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

greenspointexas, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of claspada
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

claspada, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of LittleDon
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

LittleDon, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of dwagner003
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

dwagner003, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

EyePeeAyBryan, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Camjmorton
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%

Camjmorton, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Kurmaraja, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of _morandi_
4/5  rDev -5.4%

_morandi_, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Lucnifter
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Lucnifter, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Cynic-ale, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of LakerLeith
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

drewone, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of notchucknorris
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

I'd heard a lot about this place, so I finally decided to check it out yesterday and I'm so glad I did.

The setup reminded me a lot of a cross between the BP Home Brew Mart and Holiday Wine Cellars. The selection wasn't mindboggling, but you could tell that every single beer on the shelf was selected with care, which is much more than I can say for a lot of other bottleshops in San Diego. I don't think there was one beer there that didn't catch my interest. I also saw a lot of stuff here I've never seen before in San Diego, including Jester King. I had no idea you could find them in SD. The service was great, and the guy there was extremely helpful with the questions I threw at him.

If you happen to be in the area, this is definitely worth checking out. Great service and a great opportunity to try some new beers with their selection and their on site tastings. Probably the best bottleshop I've found in San Diego to date.

notchucknorris, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Sicem99
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Sicem99, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

ArrogantB, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -5.4%

ADTaber, Jun 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

SDRedDevil, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Afroman
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Afroman, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

BKotch, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of the_encinitan
4/5  rDev -5.4%

the_encinitan, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of mrcraft
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

I visited this location since my hotel was near Little Italy and wanted to try another bottle shop in San Diego.

It was good. They have most beers on shelves on the wall, and had 3 coolers. The selection isn't as good as BDBS or my regular bottleshop in Los Angeles, but they carry quality stuff. Also, since Bell's is only distributed in San Diego for now, finding Bell's beers here was a plus for me. I didn't inquire, but you can pay a corkage fee and drink beers on site which is nice if you're meeting friends, and then have dinner afterwards at one of many nice restaurants nearby.

Overall, a solid bottleshop. I'll visit again next week since I'm down in San Diego again.

mrcraft, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of Bnoise11
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Bnoise11, Apr 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

robear, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of jedschlueter
4/5  rDev -5.4%

jedschlueter, Feb 26, 2014
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Bottlecraft - Little Italy in San Diego, CA
93 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.