Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery

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Monkey Paw Pub & BreweryMonkey Paw Pub & Brewery
BEER AVG
3.84/5
Based on:
68 Beers
345 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 41
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.21
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

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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3.39/5  rDev -19.5%
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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3.56/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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.

Cheers!

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3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

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.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

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.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Because there’s a line out the door at Hamilton’s, that’s why; something about a couple of Bear Republic casks. Whatever, we reshuffled quickly to here, on the corner of something and something in closer to San Diego than I’ve been yet. Okay, so the neighborhood is in, ahem, ‘transition’, and probably not doing so quickly enough. I suppose we could shake that dried up shriveled paw, and fix that with one of our 3 wishes, but at what cost, what cost...

An ‘L’ish shaped shiny wood topped bar, with a brick base and seating for 20 on stools to the left. Matching bar counter adjacent seating another 20 perhaps, and then 2 matching pic-a-nic tables for 8 apiece and 4 hightop wall tabling extensions and bar counter running an ‘L’ off the side and along the kitchen wall to the rear.

Tap row alternating upper lower upper lower upper lower on barback center, some specialty booze above, and magnum bottles of Chimay & Samichlaus atop to both sides of a flatscreen there. 4X8 horizontal board forward of the bar, listing the Monkey Paw house beers brewed on the other side of that wall, + on decks and cask offerings current listed, as well as the rest of the tap; beer, style, ABV & price. Bottle cooler to the left, I believe there to be some 4 dozen + selections. Looks to be a pretty well thought out collection of import & craft, with a good many styles covered. I can see Orval in there; I wonder how much it would cost to spend some time with her.

I thought the walls were a blueish but they seem steel gray now. Matching blue gray ceiling and plank wood away from the bar. Drop spinnys with a center lamp and track baby spot trios. Windows with, well, it’s not stained glass, but papered maybe with beery pieces of stained glass in appearance narrow vertical accordion over out front. Brewery logo pieces and housemade, um, paintings (I think they be), riddled about. Events blackboard to the rear, and a straight to the point down and dirty food menu.

30 beers on tap, of which 6 are house beers (Mandrill IPA, Rich Man’s Double IPA, Low & Slow Rauchbier, Sweet Georgia Brown, The Downs Family Irish Stout, Oatmeal Pale Ale), and 2 dozen more, ¼ of which are imports meh (Guinness, Jever, Chimay White, Delirium Tremens, St Feuillien Tripel, Paulaner Hefe), and the remainder a mix of mostly west coast craft beer selections (Anchor Steam & Zymaster California Lager, Bear Republic Racer 5, Sierra Nevada Stout, Craftsman Juniper Ale, Coronado Mermaid’s Red Ale & Idiot IPA, Karl Strauss Tripel & Queen of Tarts American Wild Ale, Firestone Walker Reserve Porter, Ballast Point Sculpin, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Lagunitas IPA, Avery White Rascal, Flying Dog Raging Bitch, Ommegang BPA), save a single mead (IQhilika African Birds Eye Chili Mead) and cider (Blackthorn Cider). Lest I forget the pair of handpumps (only 1 live just now), pouring Karl Strauss Wreck Alley Imperial Stout.

We’re having at the Monkey Paw beers ‘cause it is, you know, a brewpub. I must say, the 2 IPA’s don’t suck, the Rich Man’s double IPA being not too over the top, but I’m really diggin’ the Mandrill IPA. And then I moved onto the Karl Strauss Queen of Tarts American Wild Ale, which was Rodenbach-ish, in a meh way.

It has gotten to the point at which a bit of food is going to help the cause. As such, I opted for a round of ‘beer candy naked wings’, while Ben went with the ‘spicy monkey sliders’ (I wonder how many of those will come to an order, as I would like to scarf no less than 3 of those from him). The food arrived all wrong, or I don’t know what. The ‘drunken monkey bones’ did not suck, and tasted better ‘cause I didn’t order them. And then the ‘beer candy naked wings’ I did order but had been seemingly denied showed up, while Ben remained sans sliders still (for his sins). Clearly, the whole ‘order through a window and point to the table you’re sitting at’ system is flawed major, ‘cause they just end up delivering whatever wherever. His ‘spicy monkey sliders’ finally arrived, but condensed to a single burger. It will be hard to move on that (Fuckers!) Correction; the slider is supposed to be a single full on burger (?), which Ben offered the ‘thumbs up’ on having quickly consumed.

A bit gritty but it’s a comfortable enough house overall. Good food if you can get it, I suppose. Solid bottle list, and taps, too, although the latter is seemingly a little odd to me; I can’t remember having seen a brewpub before with a guest tap to house beer 4 to 1 ratio. Just seems they’d be overshadowing their own wares, you know? Beer here!

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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I drove here on a Friday afternoon two weeks ago. Monkey Paw has to be one of the easiest places to get in and out of parking-wise. It's a straight shot down the 94 West and right on the corner as you enter downtown. Parked on the street for a couple quarters, had a couple outstanding beers, and then got on the I-5 (the on ramp is literally a stone's throw away). That the beer and food here is top-notch makes this place a worthy destination, but factor in how amazingly accessible it is and you have one of the best P&Bs in San Diego. Accessibility is a make or break deal for me. If I know parking sucks, it's in a heavily trafficked area, and is overall just a hassle to get to I probably wouldn't frequent the location. Monkey Paw is somewhere I'd go "all the time". I really would.

They've got cheese steaks, wings, a pulled pork sandwich, ribs, and ridonculous portions of waffle fries. Fantastic waffle fries, dude. I had the pulled pork sandwich which was outstanding. Would I drive here to eat if they didn't have a sweet beer list? Probably not, but I'd drive here to drink and that the food is great makes it that much more awesome.

The bartender (a girl during my visit) was knowledgeable about the beers and more than happy to provide tastes if I was so inclined. Courteous and friendly. The place has huge windows which really lightens up the bar. I had the "Richman's DIPA" and the Monkey Paw/Stone collab, "Monkey Stones". Both were stand-outs for sure.

Overall: Fantastic lunch excursion. The accessibility, food, and beer make this place a definite "must visit". Another knock out bar by Scot Blair.

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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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!

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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is a brewpub that doubles as a craft beer bar. They had 9 house taps, all of which I tried, and plenty of guest taps as well.

The beers being produced here are pretty good. The double IPA was a bit weak but for the most part the others were solid. They sell flights of 4. The guest taps included highlighs such as Weihenstephaner Pils ad several local ipas. There were some rare bottles in the fridge.

They also served food. I ordered the Naughty Monkey and payed for it the day after.

Service was good, only 1 girl at the bar for the whole place but she managed. (The place isn't huge and it was about 1/3 full).

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Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery in San Diego, CA
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