Taps: 22 / Bottles: 500
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 94 | Display Reviews Only:
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.
06-28-2011 13:52:06 | More by coreyfmcdonald
3.1/5 rDev -29.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I've been a Hollingshead's regular for a couple years, I recently decided never to go back. If your a visitor from out of town maybe the occaisional visit will have you smitten. But don't be decieved those friedly faces are just there to take your money. This place treats their regulars like garbage, along with their employees. They are conservative, self righteous Lutheran folk. If you're at all a heathen I would avoid the head. While the beer is good this is not a place I would give my money to.
10-13-2009 17:17:33 | More by Ducksfan
3.35/5 rDev -23.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Very neat little place, but WAY, way too expensive. Other than the price, it has some charm. Interesting deli, bar, and beer store, all in one! They also have a good candy selection. I have never seen anything like it, to be honest. I couldn't stop smiling the first time I went in there. But I STILL haven't seen the Pliney on tap! Bottles/cases of it are always sold out, too!
It is realllly small inside! Be prepared to stand and drink possibly - especially on Friday (they close about an hour later than normal, and all of the regulars are there. Some have been going for over 20+ years, weekly.) I have never seen the tables outside like in the picture. I know you can't drink out there, even if they were outside. Probably were there for just food. It IS in the corner of a strip mall.
Very charming multi-generational family, the two older gentlemen are always ready to tell you a flattery (if you are a lady) a story, or a joke. :)
I also wish they were open at night and on weekends, because it would be a great place to take your significant other or a co-worker, once in a while for a more intimate beer in a unique setting. Too bad I leave work at 6, when they close. :(
06-05-2010 07:21:51 | More by AnnieMetal
3.44/5 rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$$
I was able to make it here finally since I had a weekday off. Walking in you will find that the place is a bottle shop, bar, and deli all crammed together in no real particular fashion. Tables and chairs are set up in the middle of the place with shelves of beer on either side, so good luck really searching for stuff if people are sitting at the tables. There are a couple of refrigerators with beer in them and a couple more rows of beer that are not blocked by tables but the aisle is so narrow you can hardly pass by people. The bar area has some stools and whatnot for seating and eating as well. The bottles for sale seemed to be haphazardly placed on shelves and in coolers. Lots of bottles collecting dust and out of date. With that being said, the selection is good if you don't mind taking chances on how old some of the harder to find stuff is. There was a decent selection of beer on tap but the prices were ridiculous. For example, they were charging something like $16.95 for a 16 oz. pour of a beer you can get a bomber of for around $10. The food smelled good but again the prices were very high. The only reasonable prices seemed to be on their bottled beer. Service was average and the guy working was fairly brusque when I ordered a beer. Overall, I would hesitate to come back here again for anything but some bottled beers. Too disjointed, too expensive, and what is with the M-F only hours?
07-08-2012 22:53:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.55/5 rDev -18.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$$
I wish there were more places in OC to get a good draft, but they are few & far between. Great rotating draft selections but spotty service. I run hot & cold on the place - sometimes they're right on the money, everything running smoothly, other times you're waiting 5-10 minutes for a fill, the staff wandering around the store oblivious to the line at the counter. The sandwich concoctions are well conceived, but very light on the meat & cheese and only served until 6pm. The deviled eggs are a great deal. They're closed on weekends and typically have last call by 8 pm (9 pm at the latest) on weekdays. The owners are nice folks and big Packer fans and the shop is filled with jerseys and other team paraphernalia but alas, they only show the Monday night games (even the Thursday NFL channel shows are unavailable). Prices are pretty high for food, draft & bottles. As I once heard in Paris, "Well, he couldn't have charged you more" pretty sums up the deal for these guys.
01-28-2010 08:47:50 | More by stoad
3.59/5 rDev -18%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I must admit I was disappointed by this place. The taps were not very impressive. I had the Russian River IPA which was damn good and I was anxious to try the only other beer that was worth trying the Stoudt pale ale. But there was only a nice witty older man behind the bar trying to pour beer, sell beer and tend two registers. We waited and waited as did the other patrons and he didn't return to fill pints for a good 20 minutes.
The selection was good but not exceptional with the exception of the german/european selection. The belgian was good-not great. Lots of Stone and Alesmith, including the Decadence which I would have bought but I did not want to wait 20 minutes to pay.
I can see why people like the place but just don't go there thirsty or in a hurry.
10-04-2005 05:28:14 | More by lou91
3.65/5 rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$$
On occasion I have found myself in need of a good beer without wanting to drive out to beachwood to get it. On those times I find myself sitting in Million Dollar Sandwich... I mean Hollingsheads.
As you walk into the smallish deli I am bombarded by Packers gear. Has a good feel about it. Tons of beer, But only god knows how long those bottles have been on the shelves...yeah I'm looking at you German brews. Two Large double sided sets of shelves adorned with a plethora of different styles as well as countries of origin. In addition to this the wall of Germans and a 20 foot four shelf cooler.
The staff and the Hollingshead family know their stuff for the most part and can up sell with the best of em. I would say know what you want when you go in.
Tap selection is 90 percent impressive. I had my first pliny the younger and elder on tap here. As well as Blind Pig, Many vintages of Old Guardian and plenty of other good brews. Probably the best part of the place is the bar.
The food is good. I just cant justify paying 9 bucks for a tiny turkey sandwich when there is a Carls Jr within spitting distance.
Over all the place is cool but it is pricey. But if you have some spare cash then it doesnt hurt to swing by every once in a while.
11-11-2009 07:50:01 | More by Mauerhan
3.8/5 rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Hollingshead's is a very interesting little place for sure. From the front it looks like any other strip-mall deli you've ever seen.
Once inside you notice the layout's remarkably different. The center of the establishment is comprised of tables and chairs with west, north, and east sides being the deli, beer bar, and beer fridge, respectively. They've done a nice job of keeping their beer bar stocked with top notch stuff like Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, and RR Pliny the Elder (and Younger) to name a few. You can also grab a beer from their fridge and either drink it there or take it home.
They used to fill growlers, but some asshole decided to report them to the ABC and that went away overnight.
The deli itself is overrated and the sandwiches are relatively average.
One thing that seems rather juxtaposed at Hollingshead's is the projection of prudishness and orthodoxy from much of the staff. It seems odd to me that a place that makes its business selling alcohol would claim to be "family oriented." When I sit down with a beer at the end of the week amongst adults and want to talk to my friends about what an f'ing asshole Bill O'Reilly is, I don't want to feel sequestered.
So while I would recommend Hollingshead's for the occasional brew, it doesn't offer the kind of free setting I'm looking for. Naja's Place in Redondo Beach is more my speed.
11-14-2006 14:42:06 | More by SacoDeToro
3.8/5 rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Hollingshead is a deli/beer bar that caters to beer people. There are many quality beers on draft and in bottles to choose from. I would stay with draft only, as a bottle will cost $$. Their bottles are color coded, representing how much a particular bottle will cost to drink on the premises. Place needs a proper staff, with hours set in the real world. They're currently closed on Saturdays, do to family commitments. Basically Ma and Pa run the place on Saturdays and current health issues prohibit them from working. Makes sense, just close the place on Saturday and forget about your Saturday fan base. Place is so poorly run, I don't think I'll ever go back.
05-04-2007 20:26:22 | More by nige4958
Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA
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