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Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery

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Monkey Paw Pub & BreweryMonkey Paw Pub & Brewery
BEER AVG
3.81/5
Based on:
42 Beers
274 Hads
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 24
Visits: 61
Avg: 4.25
pDev: n/a
Taps: 40
Bottles: 50
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

805 16th St
San Diego, California, 92101
United States
phone: (619) 358-9901 | map
monkeypawbrewing.com

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Place added by: laxboy3496 on 08-28-2011

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Reviews: 24 | Visits: 61
Reviews by rikatine:
Photo of rikatine
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Our goal while visiting SD was to try as many local beers as possible. Of the many places we went to while visiting SD, Monkey Paw was one of our favorites. We couldn't get enough of the Cornelius DIPA and their Howler IPA was great as well. You know a place is good when you just stop in for one and end up staying a few hours.

Interestingly we went here towards the end of our trip partially because we had not gotten an opportunity to try their IPA elsewhere during the week. The bartender said that was because they couldn't really keep up with supply so they keep it in house.

We ended up ordering a cheese steak and fries from the menu, and it was delicious.

If your looking for a local SD beer experience, this should fit the bill. We would go back on a future trip.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TheKlevin
5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome beers on tap, cheap greasy food. An awesome hidden gem in SD! Definitely smaller than what you might expect, but they more than make up for that with an awesome draft selection and awesome bottles beers too!

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Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Monkey Paw is located on the outer fringe of the Gaslamp District. This place had a nice edge to it. They had a bar area with tables and seating on the other side. There were tables along an open window to the street. It was packed when I went, so it took a few minutes for a bartender to grab my order. She was nice and apologetic though for my wait. They had some monitors with sports and a movie on. They serve food, I believe you order in the back around the kitchen window. I didn't order any food but it looked pretty good.

The tap list was better than I was expecting. As you would imagine, they have their house beers, but the guest list was pretty good. I had an Alpine SD Surprise since I never had it before. It was alright. I was surprised they had Founders KBS on tap.

Once I hit the other San Diego area breweries, I'll be back. Nice visit. Cool place.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

After a long day of East Village beer drinking, it was time to end the day with more beer drinking. What better place to end it than at this unpretentious little "dive," a term used with much endearment. It is rather small, rather dark and tightly packed, but it is well worth the trip. In addition to providing thirsty patrons with local SD crafts, they also brew their own beer. I quaffed pints of Diabolic, New English Bine and a delicious brew from Alpine called "Bad Boy." Yes, it was. Great bar food - I went for a pork roll. A wonderful place to have a few (but then, this IS America's "Greatest Beer City." ) This monkey cannot wait to return!

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Photo of thepenguin
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Had a layover in SD and chose to visit Monkey Paw after a haul in the area. Nice selection of proprietary beers and collaborations as well as some other good local options, pretty good food, and not overly crowded or pretentious in any way. Great prices on their beer flights!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of NateDyk47
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Stopped here while visiting San Diego. Great atmosphere at this place, good food, and a huge selection of their own beers along with guest beers. Beer and service were both great too.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Another stop on my tour of San Diego. This place had a nice vibe with good taps and some pretty nice bottles. Heard the food was good but did not get a chance to try it out.

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Photo of Spreetaper
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Sara24
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I wish I had a monkey's paw

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Photo of RLM15
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

One of my favorite places in San Diego to drink a beer. Super dark, divey vibes which are right up my alley. They will usually have about 5-10 of their own beers on tap along with another 20 or so beers from all over. Every time I come to Monkey Paw I see at least 5 beers on the tap list I am super stoked to try. Of the Monkey Paw beers I would recommend the i-5 with coconut and pink salt and the big smoke. great bar tenders as well. If you are visiting san diego this is a must hit, local spot.

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Photo of Alpha309
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of nesarebad
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Pawoto
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped here during a 14-brewery San Diego visit after getting a tip from a local. The Taplist was incredible - Vietnamese Speedway, two versions of Angel's Share, Cuvee de Tomme, Red Poppy, lots of other great stuff. The Monkey Paw beers I tried were solid - Cornelius (the DIPA) the most memorable.

The Bartender had a shirt that said "Eat Pussy. Chug Whiskey. Hail Satan!" So I was a little worried, but he was super polite and attentive. So I probably shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but that was a pretty aggressive shirt!

Great spot - really glad we stopped!

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Photo of smb
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of dcbobcat
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Ucsbrandon
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of kingpin1010
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BoozyCollins21
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of double2chin
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of meehandennis
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of kmanjohnson
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery in San Diego, CA
93 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.