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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
Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Another place owned by the Hamilton's Tavern folks, which is all the endorsement you should need to stop by. After making the pilgrimage to Alpine, we stopped in here on our way back downtown. Monkey Paw is located in a residential area a few blocks east of downtown. We easily found street parking for our mid-afternoon visit.

Inside the place bears a strong resemblance to Hamilton's, except that the windows were open to let in some nice daylight. A long curved bar holds about 20. There are also plenty of high top and low tables with benches. A bit gritty but in a good way.

We visited during SDBW. The tap list for this day consisted of a bunch of Sierra Nevada beers, very heavy on the Beer Camp series. This was a very cool change from a lot of other tap lists in town that week. The Beer Camp beers were a mixed bag, as they have typically been in my experience but still this was fun.

The bartender was quite outgoing and friendly, made us feel at home.

No house brews yet, though we did see a small brew house in a garage next door so maybe soon. I liked Monkey Paw a lot.

HV

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.39/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Smallish place downtown, with easy on-street parking. Black walls, burnished wooden bar-back and ceilings, and quite loud. About 30 taps, with a strangley large amount from Montana. Other than that a decent mix of hoppy beers, dark beers and a few Belgians mixed in. Lot's of Chimay bottles prominently displayed with a "Duvel prohibited" insignia on the chaulkboard. Curious.

This place was not our favorite of our 2011 SoCal trip. Two bartenders more interested in each other than customers, and apparently you have to ask for the happy hour pricing during happy hour, otherwise you pay full price. If there was a bottle list it was not offered.
One and done for Monkey Paw.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I too visited this place this past Saturday. I was there around 2pm however. I was told from some locals that I should not venture past about 6th street at night, and I was actually a little uneasy venturing here during the day. I think this was my fourth stop on my San Diego walking tour.

It was pretty easy to find once in the neighborhood. A small place with a small bar and some hightops scattered about. There were about 10 other people in here so it was a pretty good crowd for early afternoon.

The selection was nice as well. I think they had about 30 drafts. Selectoins included Alesmith, Russian River, Duchesse De Bourgogne, Ballast Point, Avery. They also had a solid selection of scotches. Some single malt beauties like Laproaig 18 year, Macallan 18, Lagavullin 16.

I actually liked this place better than Downtown Johnny Browns and was probably my favorite place for good beer. The neighborhood leaves much to be desired but go here during the day and you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I believe Monkey Paw just opened up a few weeks ago. I stopped in for the first time with some friends this past Saturday night, arriving aroung 10:15 and staying til last call.

Monkey Paw sits in a run-down area near the outskirts of downtown. There aren't any other bars or restaurants nearby; old apartment complexes and empty parking lots seem to occupy most of the adjacent blocks (so parking's a cinch). This sector can get spooky at night, but it also serves as a important buffer between Monkey Paw and the Gas Lamp.

Monkey Paw is under the same ownership as Hamilton's Tavern and Small Bar, and it bears a strong resemblance to both of those establishments. The tap selection is the same: roughly 30 taps covering a wide variety of styles (including sour ales). The bottle selection is solid and reasonably priced, though roughly half the size of Hamilton's line-up. The vibe, decor, and layout are just like Small Bar: open and airy; long wooden tables and benches; window seats that open to the sidewalk. The crowd was pretty small on this Saturday night, but it seemed like a mellow, down-to-earth group, and I'm sure the following will grow in time.

This bar stays open til 2:00am and is a fantastic stop if you're near downtown San Diego, especially if you want to avoid the mess that is the Gas Lamp.

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