Hamiltons Tavern

Hamiltons TavernHamiltons Tavern
Hamiltons TavernHamiltons Tavern
Bar, Eatery

1521 30th St
San Diego, California, 92102-1503
United States

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Rated: 4.07 by slasich from Pennsylvania

May 17, 2020
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Reviewed by cratez from Canada (ON)

3.71/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75
Visited with my wife on a recent trip to San Diego and Los Angeles.

Tried the following:
Nickel Beer Star B Wet Hop Pale (draft)
Nickel Beer & South Park Brewing Stay Inland (sample)
Societe Brewing The Pupil (draft)

Beers ranged from below average to good. Service was fast and friendly as we never had to wait long for drinks, and I had an interesting convo with the bartender. Great neighbourhood vibe in here; super busy on our visit. Loved the tap handles on the ceiling. Our overall experience was solid, but the draft lineup left a lot to be desired (especially for one of the top-ranked beer bars in the city). Still, we'll give this place another shot if we find ourselves back in San Diego.
Mar 29, 2020
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Reviewed by BeanBump from California

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75
The brother bar of the former Monkey Paw (RIP). Cool old school pub type atmosphere; dimly lit, not fancy. You can count on them for a good selection of beers on any given night. It can get crowded and take on sort of a locker room type of humidity in the summer but hey, welcome to San Diego.
Apr 25, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by chrisjws from California

Feb 03, 2019
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Reviewed by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5
Lively pub with large bar on left that seats about 25, a few booths and small tables around room divider. Pool tables and shuffleboard. They had a great Black Friday special: all dark beer $5 a pour.... Sweet. The wings were excellent also.
Nov 24, 2018
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Reviewed by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Super cool bar and glad I got to try it and while out and SD and not fall trap to all the gaslamp bars. Well worth the uber ride and check it out.. Only wish they did some flights or half pours so I could have had more to taste.
Nov 08, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by mig100 from Texas

Jan 15, 2018
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Reviewed by mdfb79 from New York

4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25
Awesome bar; amazing selection, reasonably prices, and good food. Bartender was super cool; to be honest aside from if you want Pliny or Cable Car I much perferred this to even Tornado. One of my favorite bars while traveling.
Oct 09, 2017
Rated: 4.62 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Feb 23, 2017
Rated: 4.38 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Jan 31, 2017
Rated: 4.55 by Agentveba from North Carolina

Sep 02, 2016
Rated: 5 by deniserat from California

Jun 16, 2016
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Reviewed by ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.04/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
Dark space and total dive bar feel, but the selection on tap and in bottles is pretty phenomenal. Lots of goodies on tap including some beers brewed just for the bar.

Reading through the bottle selection made me salivate and wish I had company to share a bottle. Very impressive.

Prices for pours weren't bad and the server was happy to let me taste a few before choosing a pour.
Apr 12, 2016
Rated: 4.44 by Intlpostman from California

Mar 23, 2016
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Reviewed by biergeliebter from California

4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Fortunate enough that Hammies is my neighborhood bar, a top-10 beer mecca, and within walking distance. Friendliest bunch of hop heads anywhere. A destination beer bar with nary a competitor in sight. Nice that Cosimo Sorrentino, brewer extraordinaire, is Brewing immediately nextdoor at South Park Brewing Co. Lucky me!
Mar 03, 2016
Rated: 4.46 by Brown120 from Pennsylvania

Feb 23, 2016
Rated: 4.22 by Brian29 from Ohio

Dec 22, 2015
Rated: 4.9 by IWannaEatFood from California

Nov 16, 2015
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Reviewed by mrcraft from California

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
South Park was an interesting neighborhood. Some older quaint homes, restaurants, shops, and a tavern. This place had a grungy feel which probably added to a unique vibe of this place. They had tables, games, I think a few booths, and a long bar. They had lots of tap handles hanging from the ceiling.

The tap list was nice. Alpine, Pliny and the usual suspects. The server was friendly and quick to serve even though they were busy. I appreciated that.

It was crowded today, so I just ordered a goblet of flanders red and left.

I may try again when I'm in the neighborhood.
Nov 13, 2015
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Reviewed by MilwaukeeBeerMaker from Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
Yet another stop on my San Diego visit. Very friendly place with a pretty nice set of taps and a pretty robust bottle list. Ended up doing more bottles than taps since I found stuff that is hard to get in WI.
Oct 27, 2015
Rated: 4.82 by brycevolk from Ohio

Aug 03, 2015
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Reviewed by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Hipster, dive bar atmosphere with a large selection of quality craft beers. Little food window in the back cranks out AWESOME tater tots, good grilled cheeses and delicious burgers. Also, if you love dogs, this is the place to go.
Jul 27, 2015
Rated: 4.44 by JohnCassillo from California

May 29, 2015
Rated: 4.28 by jaydoc from Kansas

May 16, 2015
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Reviewed by blockdude from California

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Avoid this place like the plague on friday/saturday unless you like standing with your beer awkwardly with no place to sit or move around.. Seriously no room to move at all during one of these peak nights and my other complaint is their diversity of beers. One any given night, 80% of their beers are IPA or IIPA's, with very few saisons, sours, or stouts. Other than that, lighting could be better but the service is very good and the pours are legit. In terms of wings, they are definitely hit and miss and sometimes have the consistency of microwaved wings. Do yourself a favor and get one of the burgers if you want a well prepared meal. From my experience, weekdays are a much more enjoyable time to hit up Hamiltons.
Mar 10, 2015
Rated: 4.66 by Thepleasantimbiber from California

Mar 10, 2015
Rated: 4.63 by jooler from California

Jan 10, 2015
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Reviewed by Wowcoolman from California

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4
Relaxed neighborhood hangout in South Park. Pool tables, tap handles hanging from ceiling, and you can order burgers and wings from the back. Extensive bottle selection and choice taps. Don't expect to have a conversation here, the music is pretty loud. Fortunately the music is pretty good. This is the sort of place you can bring your dog if he/she likes noise and crowds.
Jan 05, 2015
Rated: 5 by double2chin from California

Dec 15, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by ChrisISO_SJ from California

Dec 11, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Drink_LocalSD from California

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by atrocity from Virginia

Dec 01, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by Soloveitchik from New York

Nov 29, 2014
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Reviewed by Taybeh from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
Fairly small, dingy/divy, and when I was there on a Saturday night, it was a surprisingly mixed crowd by age, gender, ethnicity, level of hipster quality, etc. Good to very good tap lists...but they had Pliny, so....
Nov 29, 2014
Rated: 5 by Kalenm

Nov 26, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by HopHead84 from California

Nov 26, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by JackNip from Delaware

Oct 24, 2014
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Rated by Halloran33 from California

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
Everything is great, except seating. My favorite place to indulge.
Oct 08, 2014
Rated: 5 by fito1212 from California

Oct 04, 2014
Rated: 5 by AlexM from California

Sep 10, 2014
Hamiltons Tavern in San Diego, CA
Place rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 144 ratings