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BA SCORE
96
world-class

87 Reviews
Hamiltons TavernHamiltons Tavern
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(619) 238-5460 | map
hamiltonstavern.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
134
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
6.39%
 
 
Taps:
30
Bottles/Cans:
200
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 134
Reviews by glid02:
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by here after having dinner at Toronado.

Atmosphere is very nice. A surly looking bouncer checked my ID at the door however while stepping outside for a cigarette it turned out he was a lot less surly than he looked. The inside is dimly lit but the selection behind the bar is really all that needs a lot of light. The ceiling above the bar on the left side is covered with hundreds of tap handles. On the right side of the place there are a few tables and a shuffleboard table.

Quality is par for the course - proper temperature, head, and glassware.

Service is good. I never had to wait terribly long to order a drink and it also never took terribly long to get it to me. A friend and I also spoke to one of the bartenders on his way off his shift and he knew his beer.

Selection is very good. I remember there being a few standards along with a few beers that were a bit more on the rare side. All told I'd say it was somewhere between 18-24 taps.

Value is good, about average for what I saw during my stay.

Overall this was one of the more interesting places I visited while in SD and I'm sorry to say I didn't get to see it when less people were present. Be careful if you venture over here on a weekend night and don't like crowds, but if that's not a problem be sure to stop in.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Agentveba
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Intlpostman
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of biergeliebter
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

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Photo of Brown120
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Brian29
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of IWannaEatFood
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of brycevolk
4.82/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of blockdude
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of jooler
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of double2chin
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ChrisISO_SJ
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of atrocity
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Taybeh
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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....

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Hamiltons Tavern in San Diego, CA
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