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Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery

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Monkey Paw Pub & BreweryMonkey Paw Pub & Brewery

33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Active Beers: 54
Beer Ratings: 320
Beer Avg: 3.84
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @monkeypawpub

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(Place added by: laxboy3496 on 08-28-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Afroman, Oct 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

MonkeyKnfeFight, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

SDRedDevil, Oct 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

largadeer, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Gavage
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

This is a definite dive bar with a cool vibe. 30 beers on draft, with about 10 or so Monkey Paw beers. Big wooden bar, dark walls, several TVs, and a bunch of tables are surrounded with nic nacs and creative blackboard art.

I only had a few Monkey Paw beers, and each one was very good and represented the styles well. Service was friendly with a bit of attitude which fit the place. If you are here, have the cheesesteaks - they actually have Amoroso bread from Philly to add to the authenticity, along with the cheeze wiz. The cheesesteak was the best I ever had outside of Philly - and they could rival some of Philly's best.

Bottom line - a must stop for any serious beer and cheesesteak lover.

Gavage, Sep 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ThePaleRider, Aug 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

cdog707yo, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of sillyhed8
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Looks more like a rock n roll bar than a brewery, but staff was very helpful and knowledgeable on the beers available. Great collaborations and tasty food as well.

sillyhed8, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

HarleyCorps, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

notchucknorris, Jun 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Deaner1308, May 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

dwagner003, Apr 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

jwalden, Mar 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

suprturing, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

aquazr1, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

kristougher, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

mmulebarn, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

jenray, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of MoorBeerPlz
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%

We walked here from the Mission Brewery (about 8 blocks) to get some food on our stomach after a two-hour tasting at Mission. It's not in the best part of SD but there are worse places to be in a big city. The place was welcoming and there was plenty of seating, both at the bar and the eating area.

Getting fast service here meant going up to the bar to order which was fine with me. The staff was friendly, helpful and the food arrived quickly. We had pulled pork sammiches and their piggyback fries, which are criss-cut and topped with shredded BBQ pork, cheese and something else I can't remember. All the food was very good, appealing to look at and good quantity. We a chose a few of their Monkey Paw brews to go with lunch and we were not disappointed. The Howler IPA was great as was the Chinook (APA) my wife had.

Overall a very good experience and we will definitely go back.


MoorBeerPlz, Oct 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

bcerv-ca, Oct 09, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -10.5%

I wanted to like this place so bad because my GF and I love their Kong Barleywine and like the vibe we get overall from the brewery.

Sadly, this wasn't the case and we both left a little disappointed. Her and I may have had are expectations set high but I still think this could have potential. We walked from our hotel from Downtown and that was a treat! We were given the opportunity to dodge tweakers running by, weave around the homeless and navigate through closed streets. YAY, we won!

Inside was kind of like the outside; hot and nothing to get excited about. Selection of brew consisted of lots of pales and IPAs, a few guests taps that skewed to the "beginner" drinkers but nothing to even want to keep me to stay. I had their XPA and the Mint saison and actually really enjoyed the XPA! Good stuff. While the AMOUNT of beers available were good, the variety kind of sucked. Prices were great and that's about the best part, but they better be for all the work it took to get there!

Also, A for service! While the two bartenders were busy and it took a bit to grab their attention, they made time for light chatting and always had big smiles.

EyePeeAyBryan, Sep 10, 2013
4.24/5  rDev +1%

I went here a few weeks ago and was really impressed with everything from the decor to the beer selection to the food! This is a place I would go on a game day to get loud and rowdy with my buds. The beer is great and after a few dont hesitate to enjoy some bar food. I had some kinda greasy mess of goodness on fries and washed it down with a Bonobos! I dig the names of the beers this place comes up with!

JDJTEXAS, Sep 10, 2013
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4.39/5  rDev +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.

Hotrod88, Aug 28, 2013
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3.61/5  rDev -14%

Located in downtown SD. Kind of a dive atmosphere, but filled with beer geeks.

Walking in the bar is to the right and sitting at the bar and elsewhere.

We wanted to visit here after having a brew of theirs at another bar. We tried the Peanut Butter Potter, a brown ale, and an IPA. Not really impressed with these beers. We did like the selection of guest bottles and taps. Had a Petrus aged Pale Ale that was on tap ad crazy good.

We like the atmosphere and the service and could see us hanging out here, but I hope that the beers we would have next from there would impress us more.

bradybeer, Jun 19, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

rikatine, Nov 03, 2012
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Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery in San Diego, CA
91 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.