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Live Wire

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13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Taps: 6
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar ]

2103 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, California, 92104-1101
United States
phone: (619) 291-7450

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ThePaleRider, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

BreweryRun, Jul 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

antoines15, May 30, 2014
Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%

This place is dark, a little grimey. They play creepy/weird movies that will simultaneously transfix and disgust you. It's small, and the line at the pool table is often long. The people inside are mostly local San Diego punk dudes. The definition of a dive. I preface with all of this so people will have a good idea what to expect, and then I say this: this is my favorite bar in the world. The tap list is better than at 95% of the beer bars you'll find, diverse and all extremely high quality. The jukebox is the best in San Diego, a mixture of old punk, garage, and soul. No food? No problem, fellow north park gem Luigis pizza is next door. If you're going on a beer tour of San Diego, hit the classy breweries and ale houses throughout the evening, and then stumble into this place at the end of the night. You will not be disappointed.

Thepleasantimbiber, Dec 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

sisterthelonious, Nov 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

BillRoth, Oct 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

djaeon, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of drpimento
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Stopped in for a few brews based upon the good reviews here. They had a pool table in use. There was a friendly customer telling us about some of the beers. Unfortuneately for me and my friend, the tap handles were on the back wall and hard to read. As far as we could tell, there were about 20 handles of a good cross section of high quality beers. There was no beer list. Friendly bartender. We enjoy a couple and the bartender said while they had no food, there was a pizzeria a couple doors away we could bring in food from there. Neighborhoods a bit rough, while we were waiting for our taxi to return to squad cars arrived in a pincer movement and with lights flashing to do something in back.

drpimento, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of radshoesbro
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

if you are in any way an eclectic person this is the place for you. super divey, no food that i saw, about 13 tap handles, pool tables, good music and good company. this IS NOT a beer advocate bar, this is a go to a bar that just happens to have awesome beers, and have a good time! the majority of which are san diego locals, which is fine by me! the few that they had from out of town were spaten and paulaner...i guess they're sort of way out of town.

bottom line, this looks like the type of place that you'd see people walking out of bloodied and beaten, but this isn't that place at all. this is a late night grab a quick pint, who cares about rating a beer type bar. i love it!

radshoesbro, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of paytoplay
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%

Big nice booths that are comphy. Great pricing, and 5-8pm happy hr. Great source for rare kegs. Bottle selection is minimal but great stuff pops up and doesn't last long. There is always a brew being relese / release party there with specials and got a free glass from one a while back. Plus they have cocktails, something every other beer bar in San Diego doesn't have. So you can bring non beer people there and they can have a stiff cheap drink. Also great music and a somewhat level pool table.

paytoplay, Mar 19, 2009
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Live Wire in San Diego, CA
92 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.