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Hollingshead's Delicatessen

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BA SCORE
97
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105 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
97
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
134
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
8.68%
 
 
Taps:
22
Bottles/Cans:
500
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
Hollingshead's DelicatessenHollingshead's Delicatessen
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Store

368 S Main St
Orange, California, 92868-3834
United States

(714) 978-9467 | map
www.hollingsheadsdeli.com

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Photo of sweethome
4.6/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited at about 1:30 on Thursday afternoon - the lunch crowd was still out in full force. Unique little place - quite different than your average so-cal lunch spot! Yes - the Green Bay Packer stuff gives a unique feel...and the owners have their own vibe - very Wisconsin, even if they have been in LA most of their life (dad) or all (son). I was uncertain if I should visit based on a few reviews regarding service...boy, am I glad I went. They are great folks - they try their best to provide great service. The place was very busy, but both took time to help me pick the right sandwich and beer - and when I was buying beer to go, the dad dragged me back to the cooler wall to point out a few other choice beers I couldn't get in Chicago.

Draft list was great - Octoberfest from Bear Republic (excellent!) was fresh and big stien pour for $6. Blind Pig IPA and Pliney the Elder also on - plus other CA brews and a couple Belgians. Well done. The retail selection was great too given the size. I stayed with CA beers and was not disappointed - Ballast Point, Port, Alesmith, etc. Some nice Deschutes offerings too.

Sandwiches use good ingredients - agree that meat is bit on the light side - but price reflects that. I really enjoyed my turkey with avacado.

I love the atmosphere and the vibe of the place. This is a must visit if in the area - if you are not pretentious.

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Photo of Hershdawg
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A deli hidden in a corner. Its not really where you would expect a great craft beer selection let alone taps but this place has em.

The atmosphere is that of a good deli. Except this deli has a bar. A bar that carries Russian River on tap and a large cooler filled with nothing but craft beer. The place also has a bit of a homage to the Packers.

The quality is good. The food is tasty, the beer is served in 17 oz. steins. A friendly staff and speedy service. What more do you want? However remember this is a deli, if you want something you need to get up an get it. No waiters.

The selection of beers is great. They have only craft beers and imports. Carrying everything from sierra nevada to jeobeims of Duval or Chimay.

Great place and it has a reputation for getting Pliney the Younger. I definate check if you are in Orange County.

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Photo of Vanlingleipa
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Hollingshead, what the hell are you? Liquor store? Deli? Beer bar? If Kenny the owner had the ability to answer that question on this review, his answer would be 'Yes.'

Take one average on-every-corner liquor store - install a deli counter on the left side, build a long bar in the back, reach-in bottle cooler on the right, bump the middle aisles for patrons to sit down with their sandwiches and you have a birds-eye view of Hollingshead.

The sandwiches are reasonably priced at around $4.99 unless you go for double meat. 15-20 taps - not uncommon to see $8-9 prices, partly because these guys get the less common, high ABV stuff. I don't come here that often for lunch because you can't get out of here (2 beers and a sandwich) for less than 20 bucks. Not to mention that 'kid with nose pressed to candy store window' feeling I get when viewing all that tasty beer that compels me to buy multiple bottles.

So, it's got a tasty deli - how many places can you buy a liverwurst and onion sammich? Large selection of beer that includes a reach-in cooler, where for a bottle fee, you can grab and drink right there. Also, Hollingshead does so much beer business, the breweries tend to send them more product than the other beer stores/bars.

The three generational thing is also interesting - Gpa, Dad (Kenny) and son all work there. Their personalities can be...interesting. I don't know about you, but my family can be a little off-center, too.

Highly recommend.

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Photo of AlexM
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place is CLASSIC and a must see if you are in the area. Hollingshead’s has been around forever … 3 generations … and there is a reason why – because it’s AWESOME.

Great selection of beer … arguably one of the best selections in Orange County. The get Pliny The Elder on a very regular basis … also notables like Alpine, Stone collaboration beers, Bootleggers, Kern, etc … if you are looking for some rare gems, this place is a must!

Besides their bottle collection, their draft offerings are epic! They get Pliny The YOUNGER (granted you’ll have to wait 3 to 4 hours, but they have it) and offer special pours … Stone IPA, DFH, etc. Two sizes are available 17 ounce or 12 ounce pours.

The food selection and quality is excellent! It’s basically a high-end deli … so sandwiches galore, paired with your favorite draft. Prices are on the high side for the sandwiches … so I don’t make eating here a habit, more like a once a month treat … but I’m always stopping by to see their latest craft beer selection.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.73/5  rDev -37.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

I stopped by this place twice while visiting for work, once for lunch and once for drinks.

This place is in a strip mall not too far from the center of Orange. The decor, as most people have said, is an average deli a few aisles of beer and a line of taps at the kind of bar you'd imagine would be in the average deli. I get what they're going after, I just don't particularly like it. However, I'd assume they wouldn't care as they seemed very unapologetic.

I got two different experiences with service. When I went for lunch, all I had was a sandwich. The people working were quite friendly and promptly got my sandwich for me. When I went for drinks, the bartender was rather rude, and was more interested in getting people to close their tabs than anything else. They seemed like they were in a hurry to close, but continued serving drinks for probably another 20 minutes. It seemed like he knew most of the people in there, and was kind of nonchalant about the whole thing. While regulars might not mind this, I did not find it very appealing. I would have given it a 1 if it weren't for the friendly workers at lunch. Multiple reviews say that this is just the way they are, or that it's the atmopshere, family run, etc. What is this, Ed Debevic's? That is not the kind of experience I want when drinking craft beer.

The selection was good. The tap selection had some very interesting beer, with Sculpin, PtE, FW XIV, Abacus, and Parabola on one night, though this was apparently for a special FW event. The bottle selection was not impressive, though, especially for a place that allows bottles to go.

The sandwich I got was not very good, but not terrible.

This place was extremely expensive. I got a 8oz pour of FW XIV for $11. I understand that this beer was fairly limited, but that price is completely unreasonable. If I had known what it was, I would have walked out. Other beers were similarly priced. I've had quite a few rare and fairly expensive beers on tap, but have never paid that much per ounce for a beer on tap - not even close.

I do not recommend this place whatsoever. It's expensive, the workers (at night anyways) were rude, the decor is not very nice, and the beer selection really is not that impressive for the most part. Some people might just say I didn't get it - either way, you won't find me here again.

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Photo of colonelforbin
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Great place to get a sandwich, have a draught beer or two and buy a couple bottles to go. This versatility makes this place a winner in my book.

Deli style sandwiches, order at the counter, and combine it with your beer order when you pay. Pretty nice selection of taps. Every time I've been here, there have been 3-4 pretty unique beers that I've wanted to try. Prices are a bit on the high side, but not too bad. They serve most beers in 20 oz. mugs. Tap selection is impressive, I think they generally have ~15-20 beers on tap at all times, all worth trying.

Decor is totally and completely dominated by Green Bay Packers memorabilia. Pretty interesting if you are a football fan. Goes without saying that all three generations of employees are huge fans.

There is also a very large selection of beers in bottles that pretty much surround you wherever you are in the store. Great selection, I was impressed. The employees are pretty knowledgeable about their beer as well.

This place could function just fine as either a bottle shop, bar or deli, but it somehow manages to combine all three. Impressive. Their hours have a little to be desired as they're closed on weekends, but I can't really fault them for that. They are what they are and they do what they do. Check this place out if you are in the area.

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Photo of harsley
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is great. It's just a big room surrounded by beer. The back side has a bar with maybe 12 or more taps and stools to sit, and on the left when you walk in is the deli. Lots and lots of good beer to choose from. The bottles are all sold with 2 prices, one for drinking it there (more expensive) and one for taking it home. They had Russian River in bottles but not on tap on my visit. The sandwiches were simple and good. Nothing too fancy but on good bread (which can make a sandwich in my opinion) and decent amount of meat. Any sandwich has a single (normal) and then a double price, which is just double everything except the bread. It is a bit on the expensive side. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. We let them know it was our first time there and they were eager to offer suggestions and explain everything we had questions about. Very friendly family run place. They also take orders by beer names so it funny to hear them called out while you're eating. There's a few tables outside too which is nice, but you can't drink beer out there.

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Photo of snpub540
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have passed this place all the time on my way to the Haven but never stopped in. So I decided to just have my lunch here today and give it a shot.

Bartender knows his stuff and had some nice beers on tap when I stopped by. Bootleggers, Stone, Allagash, Russian River, Lagunitas, Avery, and Victory were all on tap. Bottle selection was huge with plenty of Belgians, German, and Domestic craft brews lining the shelves. I had a Plum Riot and Lucky Bastard. Both nice lunchtime choices and beers I've not had before.

Everyone was very generous and kind. Food was top notch and definately hit the spot. I am definately going to have to stop here more on my way to werk. I am sure I will have manyh more great experiences at Hollingshead's in the near future.

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Photo of deadeye
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is my local place and i love it. Are the bottles expensive? Yes. Are the drafts expensive? Yes. Is the staff crass? Yes. Are the sandwiches basic home made sandwiches? Yes. Lots of people complain about this place for all the reasons above... but not me. I'm completely aware of what i'm getting for my dollar. the sandwiches although "basic" in some peoples eyes, are made with love, are filling and just plain good. No frills necessary. If i want a frou frou sandwich - I'll go to a place that has them. Bottle selection is good especially if you're looking for RR stuff. The guys are a little stuck in their ways so if you're looking for "rarer" or limited release stuff they are not as in the know as some of their OC competitors. Don't be put off by family's crass attitude it's just their way.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Quite an impressive place: deli, sports bar (although only one large flat screen, I was glad to see a Ducks - Rockies game rather than NCAA BB), beer bar (14 well selected taps) and beer store all in one. Clientele is mostly (grey) bearded men, but if you're just out to drink some good beer with a few buds, not sure you can beat this place (maybe just a knotch below the Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach).

On tap: Aecht Schlenkerla Fitche (dopplebock), Bear Republic Red Rocket & Ryevalry, Bellegems Bruin, Harp, O'hara's, Firestone Double Jack (17 oz pour for $1495 - an amazing beer but, ouch!), Deschutes Inversion IPA, Pliny the Elder, Little Sumpin Wild, Sierra Nevada Glissade, 2010 Old Guardian, Ballast Point barrel aged stout, Aprihop, Spaten Optimator and Innstadt.

Last call is at 7:10 on this Wednesday night - but then again, this is a deli.

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Photo of JoeHo92385
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been going to H's consistently for about 4 years now - it's where I started my beerducation, and without it I don't think I'd be as into craft beer as I am (although I'd definitely have more money saved).

The atmosphere is pretty unusual, but in a good way. Rather small, and I normally hate crowded places, but both the customers and the family who own it are good people. Kenny in particular remembers little details about his customers' lives, and is always eager to talk to you (well, unless they're swamped).

The overall quality of the beers and food, and the selection, are very impressive for such a tiny place. My service score would probably be a bit lower because they can be rather slow sometimes, but the family-run feel makes up for most of that.

It's a little bit pricey, but not cost prohibitive... after all, I've been a student the entire time I've been going there and can afford it (beer is a school related expense, right?).

Basically, this always has been and always will be my go-to place for a good beer, a good sandwich, and good company.

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Photo of Amdy
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

You know what, I love Hollingshead... Although I can disagree with some of the prices(i know im not the only one on this one) this place is like a second home. You come here, they know you by name, they pour your beer in your Personalized mug, eat a sandwich(I live by the bernie) have a few conversations, ect ect ect. Just a awesome place to hang out at. Ill usually show up after the lunch crowd but before the 5pm rush. This place can get pretty packed, but can you blame em? If you have not been here for a beer or at least a sandwich you better find the time to go!

Go Pack Go!

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Photo of baybassboy
4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Hollingshead's Delicatessen will always hold a special place in my heart. Having gone to school at Chapman University, H's became mine and my friends regular Thursday evening rendezvous point before a long night of shenanigans and debauchery. It was here that I learned to truly "Respect Beer".

Being tucked into the back corner of a small shopping center, it is difficult to say that Hollingshead's has much curb appeal, but it is a hidden gem in every sense of the term. If the "Over 500 Beers" sign on Main St. doesn't bring you in, word of mouth surely will.

Initial impressions upon entering are of a confused deli/bar/candyshop/craft-beerstore thrown in a washing machine with every bit of Green Bay Packers memorabilia you can imagine. I for one appreciate and welcome this uniqueness.

Step to the deli, and one of the helpful and friendly staff members will get you all set up with a tasty sammich (served before 6pm), pickle, and a couple deviled eggs. Everything I have ever ordered from the deli has been excellent. Some of the best pickles I have ever had... but I digress.

Slide on over to the bar and it's time for a BEER! Ken, Kenny, or Michael will be sure get you exactly what you are looking for even if you do not know what that may be. Very knowledgeable, very helpful, and very witty with their remarks. Do not take this wit offensively, and you will be as welcome as any of the regulars who seemingly are always there. 21 beers on tap at any given time, and they will happily offer you a few tastes to decide what the beer(s) of the day may be.

There is a great selection (over 500!) of refrigerated and shelved bottled beer to take home or even open and share right there in the store (for a nominal fee of course), though I would like to see a few more from the mid-west and east coast. When you go to check out, give the cashier an ear to talk to, and you will get life wisdom to live by. A truly amazing place that will always hold a special place in my heart.

Some side notes... H's definitely has their favorite breweries that are seemingly always on tap. Off the top of my head, Lagunitas, Russian River, Bear Republic, Stone, and often have some very special surprises. Closed on Weekends. A great place during baseball season. Can get crowded during lunch hours. A little pricey, but well worth it. Glassware, coasters, and various bar/brewery memorabilia available for sale. "Last Call When We Call"

If you are in the area, you NEED to stop by and enjoy a beer. Near the 5, 57, 22, 91, and 405 freeways for those from out of town. Very near Angel Stadium, Honda Center, and Disneyland if you happen to be a bit early for one of those venues on a weekday.

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Photo of josh80
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

An Orange County Beer institution.

This places a busy if not chaotic delicatessen that is literally bursting at the seems with beer. Fridges line one wall, taps line another, packaged room temp beer is along another wall and stacked everywhere and the deli sandwiches are good enough that beer lover or not, you'll wait for your order to be called over the loudspeaker and wait around to find a crowded seat.

My review makes it sound soso, but it is far from that. I love this place and only Hi Times Cellars rivals the selection.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.16/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Festooned with piles upon piles of Green Bay Packer paraphenlia - from Barbie to vintage jerseys to custom fishing rods - one would think this would be the place to be on Superbowl Sunday; but, no, unlike every other bar on the planet, they close early every evening and are not open on weekends at all. "Last Call when We Call" is a fitting motto for the bar, a slender slab of wood against the back wall, backed with maybe 20 taps of a mix of fresh kegs of California IPAs (e.g. Blind Pig, Sculpin, Hoptimum, Pliny the Elder) and a good mix of Belgian and Belgian-style ales with a few darker beers thrown in for good measure.

On the left wall is the deli, often manned by the octogenerian couple that runs the place, the food looked good (though "The Exterminator" will leave you with the worst breath on earth I imagine), but I didn't have any during my visit.

Bottled beer fills up every other nook and cranny, and you'll find yourself squeezing by people drinking at the various tables/chairs in the room trying to grab a prized bottle sitting just behind them. The selection is impressive, with a notably full range of German beers in particular. There are two prices on each bottle, one for take-away, and one for popping open on premises. Tons of local (California) craft beer as well as a sizable selection of Belgian ales offers something for everyone. For the very rare or limited releases, you might have to ask (or perhaps be a regular), but you'll find most of what you are looking for here (though occasionally at an immodest mark-up).

Craft soda and gourmet snacks take up another shelf, just in case you hadn't spent enough money yet...

This is a family run business, and the servers are cantankerous, amusing, kind, and gruff - to me a nice mid-west breath of fresh air compared to the forced smiles common to many other So-Cal establishments.

If you can get there when they are actually open (and you have to be in Orange County for some reason), I highly recommend it.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Awesome place! Walking in around 6pm on a Wednesday night I discovered an area sectioned off for food orders lined with some snack type grocery items. Oposite that area of the store is a section of coolers and stacks lined with a selection of solid beer brewed by great brewers from the US, Canada and Europe. There are other shelves and coolers throughout the joint devoted to specialty styles most notably those of Belgian decent. On the wall opposite the entrance in a bar area. Not the type of bar you find at a tavern but the type you see at a local cafe. They must have had 10 or 12 beers on tap. All of which I wish I could have tried. Unfortunately all I had the time to sample on tap was Russian River's Pliny The Elder. In the middle of it all was a group of 5 or 6 tables, and every one of them was taken. The service in this place cannot be matched. The owner, Kenny and his son, Michael were running the place. They had a few other guys helping customers and performing general dutied throughout the store. Every one of them was generous and engaging. I've never been anyplace like Hollingshead's. To top it off the place is devoted to the Green Bay Packers. And of course my being from Wisconsin, I felt right at home. The brews are a bit pricey comapared to the cost of drinks in my neck of the woods. That being said, the proces are likely more competative with other establishments in Southern California. As far as the grub, I didn't sample it but everyone else there seemed to be enjoying a sandwich. I was there for about an hour and a half in all. Kenny and Michael were so welcoming that I found it difficult to actually leave. I even bought a collared short displaying their colors (green and gold of course) before I left.

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Photo of bierkoning
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I could literally write an essay, maybe two, about how much I love this place. It's like Disneyland for beer drinkers. It's everything you want, none of what you don't.

Great people, helpful and wise beer pros all around. Could be a little cheaper, but good things aren't cheap and cheap things aren't good.

Owned and operated by Kenny Jr. a fantastic chap who will talk your ear off. Both Kenny Sr. and Mrs. Hollingshead work the bar with their iconic sarcasm and witty humor. It gets a little busy around 6pm, but you can expect that from a place so wonderful.

Highly recommended. Make sure you go there if you can make it. 100% worth it. One of my favorite places of all time, and i'm not just talking about beer bars!

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

One of the more unique beer places I've ever been. It's part deli, part beer bar, and part beer store.

The left side of the store is a deli where they make many different types of sandwiches. I did not try the food. The back of the store is a bar with about 20 taps, all craft and all excellent selections. The right side of the store is an outstanding beer store with just about anything that you could possible be looking for. Definitely one of the better selections in Orange County.

This is a family run place with many generations of the family working side by side. They are all really nice and friendly. There is a TV showing sports and tons of Packers memorabilia.

The prices were very reasonable with a 17 oz pour of most domestic crafts being $6. More expensive stuff, such as St Bernardus Christmas, was $10 for a 12oz and $14 for a 17oz. It seems that their tap selection rotates often. When I was in there, it was a couple days after Christmas and a lot of their selection was holiday themed.

I would definitely recommend this place, it's outstanding. Keep in mind they are only open weekdays.

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Photo of newk340
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Wow this place was hopping when I walked in. People everywhere ordering sandwiches and beer. And the selection was enormous and a little overwhelming. Bottles and cases lying everywhere, hard to move around to find what I was searching for. Certainly a place to be explored and spend more time there. The Packer paraphernalia made me chuckle (not a Packer fan even though I'm from that state...). The food looked good and the son who rang me up, gave me some quick samples from the tap since I was wearing a Wisconsin shirt. Thanks for the generosity!

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Photo of eopacich
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

One of the most unique establishments you'll find anywhere. Great beers on tap. Good selection of bottles. Interesting multi generational family running the place. Lots of regulars coming in. Good deli sandwiches. Kid friendly. Decent glassware for sale, mug club w/ about 200-300 members, faux wood countertop bar, one nice 50" TV, packers crap everywhere, selling beer, chips, and chocolate. About 20 killer taps with a great selection of west coast and belfians. Had everything from Pliny to Rodenbach Grand Cru. Definitely worth a visit.

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Photo of DinkMeeker
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is a notable place in Orange, CA. It is run by folks (several generations) from WI and they have that great midwest friendliness. They are also very knowledgeable and passionate about their extensive beer selection. There is an impressive selection of Belgian brews as well as a large wall length cooler full of a great selection of CA and other brews.

As a deli, I also thought the fare was solid, with a good selection of classic deli fare with a little flair.

The atmosphere is very laid back and made for a memorable lunch experience. If you are in the area, be sure to check it out.

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Photo of bump8628
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I'll start by saying this is my all-time favorite beer drinking establishment in the United States.

It's a strange combination of deli/kick-ass beer bar/kick-ass beer store/creepy Green Bay Packer temple. The clientele is a strange mix of doctors and nurses from the nearby hospital, beer geeks, Southern Cal lay-abouts, and other hard-to-peg folks. The owners/employees are as unusual and as friendly as the customers. The people-watching at this fine establishment is more entertaining than whatever ESPN show is flickering across the single high-definition television.

The deli menu features a large selection excellent and amusing deli selections, plus some good ole' drunken munching items (I'm lookin' at you kettle chips and Jelly Belly's).

Belly up to the 1978-styled laminated, faux wood bar for some great beer in 1/2 liter increments. They specialize in awesome German and American microbrews. I generally go for the American stuff, particularly the hoppy stuff that scrubs the enamel off my teeth and the uber-sour Russian River stuff that gives me throw-up burps and the walkin-farts (mmm yummm!). Most of the stuff is high ABV so it's good to arrange for somebody to pick up your stumbling, drunken ass.

One of the fine members of the family that owns this joint is usually pouring the beers and is likely to give you a free shot of beer if you hang out long enough, so I recommend you do. They may not have 100 taps, but they fill out the twenty-or-so with great beers and they are good about rotating new things in and out.

Oh, and did I mention you can buy bottles here too. Hard-to-find stuff from the US, Belgium, Germany, and England are easy to find and if you fancy a drink on the spot take your bottle up to the bar and you can drink it right there. They literally have beer overflowing from the shelves and coolers. Looking for Alpine, Alesmith, Russian River, The Bruery and other California specialties? Hollingshead's is your place.

Check out the website for an up-to-date tap list.

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Photo of jkaiser150
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

had a giant mug of pliny on draft for eight bucks. Awesome family business. I'm a bears fan from chicago, and i still loved my first visit with all the packer gear, check out the bathroom too more packer beer,
didn't eat anything but the pliny
some beers on the shelves looked old from last winter, no lost abbey either,
still 100% pure adrenaline.
my cousin took me here after i came in to town, orginally going to total wine, i;ve been there before in s carolina and florida, didn't bother going though after this place,

also picked up firewalker ipa and skyscrapper powertool. both good.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Take a beer store and combine it with a deli. Divide the two with a small seating area then add a small but good number of tap beers behind a short bar along the back wall. Finish by filling every empty space with Green Bay Packers' memorabilia and you've got yourself Hollingshead.

This place is part sports/beer bar, part deli, and part awesome beer store. I was amazed when I walked in! My girlfriend's uncle drove us down the road from his place to let us be the drinkers. He, being from Wisconsin also, actually wanted to see this place prior to knowing I wanted to go here. He was by the store and saw all the GB stuff inside through the glass when it was closed.

Once inside I made an immediate b-line to the right where the beer was, looking to see what they had available for California stuff. Upon uncle Jimbo's request I picked out a few beers I thought that he'd like (being a Miller Lite guy). I went with the Franziskaner, Erdinger, and Ayinger weissbiers.

From there my eyes couldn't get enough. I already had my arms full from pulling from the open-faced cooler and shelves along the right-hand-side wall. I set my stuff down for a beer break. We looked through their tap selection and passed on the expensive Russian River stuff for the Stone collab, Saison du Buff. The funny and kind server poured Maaskrugs (without asking which size tap pour we wanted) filled with the spicy beer and after sitting for a bit I went looking again.

Let me tell you, there is absolutely nothing that can touch the feeling I had while I was drinking a good beer while shopping for good beer.

Finally I had an opportunity to talk to the owner regarding all the Packer stuff and, very long story short, found out he grew up in Gary, Indiana listening to all the Packer gales on the radio. He sure knew his stuff too! During the season they play the Monday night Packer games; no Sunday ones as they aren't open. I've mentioned it a few times already, but I was really surprised at the amount of memorabilia he had there. At first I thought, with the volume of it all, it was for sale. Then I realized it was all just decoration. He also said that during the season the entire ceiling is covered! Clippings taped up, hats hanging, you name it, it's there and most of it is given to him by customers!

The service and staff was totally awesome as were other patrons. I held a nice conversation with another guy drinking and shopping. I loved the place. It felt like a home away from home with an awesome selection of beer, cider, and even Sprecher soda and a few beers. It was also my second stop for purchases and once again, the final price was half of what I expected. I picked up things like Alpine's Nelson, Pure Hoppiness, Duet, HotD Blue Dot, a Stone collab, Port Old Viscosity, and a Ballast Point porter.

Unfortunately I was too wrapped up in the beer to actually care about the deli side of things but Jimbo got some liverwurst which he said was fantastic. Now that I know what it's like there, the next time I'm back I'll be absolutely sure to go back to this old nostalgic grandparent's basement-like shop.

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3.35/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Very neat little place, but WAY, way too expensive. Other than the price, it has some charm. Interesting deli, bar, and beer store, all in one! They also have a good candy selection. I have never seen anything like it, to be honest. I couldn't stop smiling the first time I went in there. But I STILL haven't seen the Pliney on tap! Bottles/cases of it are always sold out, too!

It is realllly small inside! Be prepared to stand and drink possibly - especially on Friday (they close about an hour later than normal, and all of the regulars are there. Some have been going for over 20+ years, weekly.) I have never seen the tables outside like in the picture. I know you can't drink out there, even if they were outside. Probably were there for just food. It IS in the corner of a strip mall.

Very charming multi-generational family, the two older gentlemen are always ready to tell you a flattery (if you are a lady) a story, or a joke. :)

I also wish they were open at night and on weekends, because it would be a great place to take your significant other or a co-worker, once in a while for a more intimate beer in a unique setting. Too bad I leave work at 6, when they close. :(

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Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA
97 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.