Newport Pizza & Ale House

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3.75 w/ 17 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

5050 Newport Ave
San Diego, California, 92107-3010
United States

(619) 224-4540 | map

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Added by dbalsock on 08-04-2006

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of Spacegrass
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Well, just when I thought I had finally tried most of the wonderful beers available in San Diego I walked into this place and swear I heard my liver start crying.

What a great selection of local beers. The place isn't much if you're not into beer and watching bartenders pull tricks on late-night drunks. But if you ARE into beer (and why would you be on this site otherwise?) then you'll definitely enjoy the selection here. They have a lot of local and rare brews available. The guys I met really knew their stuff about beer and were fun to talk to. The place closed but they kept serving my wife and I for at least an hour or two. I think we were a breath of fresh air from the typical drunken morons who ventured into this place late at night. The bartender/guy who stocks the kegs told me he is a part of the San Diego Brewer's Guild. He also hooked up an entire Slayer album on their stereo for me. If you like video games they even have a Nintendo available for anyone to play.

We had some of the pizza, it was pizza, pretty good, not bad. This was the best tap selection I came across while staying in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Cool beach vibe. This place reminds me of Portland. It may or may not be the hippies. The Pizza is good and you can order it by the slice, which is fantastic. The tap list is always rotating and it's always good. They usually have something interesting on that I don't see anywhere else around town. The bottle selection is good and they usually have new releases.

This is the sort of place where one might meet up with a group of like-minded individuals and talk of anarchy, the evils of capitalism, and that new Che Guevara t-shirt you want to buy. Cool spot. Check it out.

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Photo of RodBurg
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went to Ocean Beach to visit a friend and hit this place up right after Hodad's. The pizza is awesome and about as close to NY style as you're going to find in Cali. The taps are in the back and the ceiling has hundreds of old handles hanging from it. At first I thought that was everything they were serving. That would've been insane. Anyway, there's a great selection of craft brews, most of them being local SD county choices. A decent size refer is also there with quite a few bottle selections. Typical laid back Ocean Beach crowd here. Not very crowded at first, but as the night wore on, people started pouring in. There's some good beer to had in OB and this is probably the best spot to get it in. Had a good time there.

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Photo of 2ci
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

I make it a point to come to this bar about twice a week usually with my girl.
The only reason we frequent this place is because it has the better selection for beers in ocean beach.
The ambience is really lacking.Too many loud young ruffians who come in and get free samples of beers and in general act like idiots.
A few tv,s with just the basic cable and one huge one which has the beer menu on it.
they have a happy hour 3-6 everyday in which you can get a dollar off all beers,the problem is they tend to jack up all the prices normally so you dont get much of a deal compared to other bars in san diego.
Pints are around 5$ and higher alcohol ones can be around 7$.
The pizza is not very good at 3$ a slice i expect more quality then they give.
At night when the bars are in full swing and at closing time there are usually a few fights, so be careful if you have been drinking.
All in all it isnt the worst place especially if you live in the area and i suppose comparing the prices with the new england area it isnt the worst deal.

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Photo of mrkrispy
3.75/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been going to the Pizza Place since it changed over from NY Giant Pizza to its current incarnation. The pizza is thin crust and fairly tasty if you like Bronx/New York style. They also have some salads and sandwiches. It is located a block from the beach and they have a nice little patio to sit on when it is nice out (11 months out of the year in San Diego). The place isn't swanky but more representative of the OB style, and this may include the occasional drunk homeless person and a few piles of dreads.

The tap and bottle list are very impressive. They tend to have a great mix of local beers as well as other good craft beers you don't find at the other good beer bars in San Diego (o'briens, Hamiltons). They get some good Belgium bottles and usually have at least one on draft.

The employees are really friendly and try to help you out as much as they can even though they are pretty busy. Most of them are pretty good at recommending beers for people that might like craft beers but don't know what to order.

Depending on who is working the music can be waaaay too loud, distorted speakers and everything. It is only really bad if you are on the patio where the speakers face.

9/2008 edit: The pizza ordering/pickup procedure seems to have been tweaked (computerized) and the last few times I have been there they seem to have it down. The ridiculously loud music seems to still happen a lot though.

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Photo of stoner420
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Good selection of beer, Pizza Port, Stone, Ballast Point, Green Flash were represented among others, 16 taps total. The bottle selection seemed decent too. The pizza is good. They give the different pies names of celebrities like the MC Hammer (pepperoni), the William Shatner, and the Chuck Norris. I'd given up finding any good beer in Ocean Beach, so I'm happy this place is there.

Some reviewers mentioned that the music is loud. It wasn't while I was there, but they were in the process of installing a 5 speaker surround sound system plus subwoofer. So I think once the new system is up and running it could be real loud, but I don't know.

The service was good while I was there too, but the bartender was covering for another bartender who hadn't show up yet. So it makes you wonder. The smoking patio was put to good use by the clientele and the bartender. But it never interfered with my service.

The clientele were all friendly and typical for OB, young, dreadlocks, tatoos, beards, etc. Bars in OB can attract some really sketchy people, but everyone there seemed cool. There are closed circuit video cameras everywhere to keep an eye on things.

Overall, I had a great time there and will go back.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

After moving to OB and finding most bars don't have a wide variety of interesting beer, I was delighted to walk past a little pizza place with signs for arrogant bastard, maudite and other brewing wonders from around the world. They have 16 taps, most are made up of CA beers, all of them micros. Above the taps is a sign, "No crap on Tap", which is completely true. There's a chalk board for writing beer requests, and it seems to be listened to, as the other day Chimay appeared on tap, and disappeared shortly after. New beers seem to come and go every day or two, and thats pretty fantastic; always keeps me on my toes. They also have a few beers in the bottle, a lambic, a cider, hop devil and I think they just added a load of samuel smiths to their fridge. The inside looks like a pizza bar should, stools and tables, a few seats at the bar, and local art/beer posters on the walls. There's also a little patio in front if you want better lighting and to sit outside. They always have music playing, and it's pretty loud. For those of you from Boston, I would say about 10% of the time its as loud as Bukowski's. Usually it's pretty manageable. The food is all pizza or pizza related. Buying by the slice can be risky if the piece isn't fresh. However, that's the only complaint about the food. It's pretty standard pizza (except for the spaghettios pizza I saw yesterday), nothing special. The price is about right too. They have specials and a happy hour which is a great deal, and that can really save a beer lover some money. One note: They serve beer in chilled glasses, so make sure you specify when ordering.

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Newport Pizza & Ale House in San Diego, CA
Place rating: 70.6% out of 100 with 17 ratings
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