Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 50
Beer Ratings: 276
Beer Avg: 3.82
Taps: 40 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
4.72/5 rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I too visited this place this past Saturday. I was there around 2pm however. I was told from some locals that I should not venture past about 6th street at night, and I was actually a little uneasy venturing here during the day. I think this was my fourth stop on my San Diego walking tour.
It was pretty easy to find once in the neighborhood. A small place with a small bar and some hightops scattered about. There were about 10 other people in here so it was a pretty good crowd for early afternoon.
The selection was nice as well. I think they had about 30 drafts. Selectoins included Alesmith, Russian River, Duchesse De Bourgogne, Ballast Point, Avery. They also had a solid selection of scotches. Some single malt beauties like Laproaig 18 year, Macallan 18, Lagavullin 16.
I actually liked this place better than Downtown Johnny Browns and was probably my favorite place for good beer. The neighborhood leaves much to be desired but go here during the day and you will not be disappointed.
09-13-2011 19:59:25 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.66/5 rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
09-12-2011 20:01:40 | More by ThreeWiseMen
4.48/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Our goal while visiting SD was to try as many local beers as possible. Of the many places we went to while visiting SD, Monkey Paw was one of our favorites. We couldn't get enough of the Cornelius DIPA and their Howler IPA was great as well. You know a place is good when you just stop in for one and end up staying a few hours.
Interestingly we went here towards the end of our trip partially because we had not gotten an opportunity to try their IPA elsewhere during the week. The bartender said that was because they couldn't really keep up with supply so they keep it in house.
We ended up ordering a cheese steak and fries from the menu, and it was delicious.
If your looking for a local SD beer experience, this should fit the bill. We would go back on a future trip.
11-03-2012 01:20:09 | More by rikatine
4.39/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Here is the sister bar/brewery/brewpub of Small Bar and Hamiltons. Nestled on the edge of East Village this place used to be the old Jewel Box. Transforming from its classic dive bar days to a modern brewpub you are left amazed. If you had ever been the The Jewel Box then you will be very happy how this new place turned out. They took over the old t-shirt shop next to it and installed a small brewing operation. The Head Brewer is also the Bar Manager so he will most likely be there every day and he has always been more than happy to answer any questions I have. The tap list rivals that of Hamiltons and Small Bar with their liquors being mostly the same that you'd find at Small Bar. The Kitchen specializes in Cheeze Steaks and Sliders, with the option of Waffle frys. I mean when was th elast time you got waffle fries. They have pulled pork that is so delicious you'll find yourself ordering more. Actually what you'll likely want to do is just get an order of their waffle fries with their special BBQ pulled pork on top. Only thing some people might not liek is the parking situation which is nonexistent, other than that I would recomend this Brewpub to anyone I meet.
08-28-2013 01:37:19 | More by Hotrod88
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I stopped by yesterday (12/12/11) to try their first run of beers. I'd heard good things about the brewer's homebrew offerings so I was cautiously optimistic. As it turns out, the beer was damn good. Everything I tried was very good, but the Brown was probably their best beer per the style, and the Pineapple X-Press was a delicious hoppy Pale Ale. I had a couple pints of that.
The neighborhood contains no small number of homeless encampments, but once you make it to Monkey Paw you're greeted by a warm environment. Dark stained wood tables and a long bar are observable. The bottle and tap selections were both good, but I was only interested in trying the house beers.
The service was prompt and friendly. I was lucky to visit on 50 cent wing night, and the wings are very good. I recommend, as always, to get whatever sauce you desire on the side so that the wings stay crispy rather than soak in sauce and become soggy.
My main gripe about this place, as with Hamilton's, is that they only offer pints and no other sizes. This nonsense flies at Hamilton's, but if you're brewing your own beers you need to offer for purchase 4-5oz sample pours in the case that the patron wants to try all the beers. I don't really want to order full pints of all your house beers when I want to try them all. I don't live in the neighborhood, and I'm not looking to get a DUI on my drive home. I also don't just want a one ounce splash for free. I want to purchase a reasonably sized sample of the beer. _Please_ offer a sampler tray or an option of half pint pours.
My other gripe is the music playing on the jukebox. Nonstop nineties garbage played by the employees, like the shit they play on 91X. Is it too much to ask that you play some progressive death metal or maybe some funeral doom?
This concludes my discursive review of Monkey Paw.
12-13-2011 17:06:50 | More by HopHead84
4.3/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
11-28-2011 20:20:32 | More by sholland119
Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery in San Diego, CA
92 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.