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Original Nick's Pizzeria And Pub

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2 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

1214 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, California, 94402
United States

(650) 574-1530 | map

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Added by oggg on 02-09-2009

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3.8/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Just moved to the area about eight months and I have visited a handful of times. A real good atmosphere. One of the only places on the peninsula were a non-Bay Area sports fan can watch a sporting event and not get verbally abused for doing so. I am always interested in what they have on tap being that there are about twelve or so taps always pouring. My only knock on this pub is that they tend to offer two of the same styles of beer on tap at the same time. For example, one day I went in they had two Marzens, two IPA's, two Extra-Pale Ales, with Coors Light and Rolling Rock all on tap? There are usually no Stouts or Porters on tap or in the bottle (just went there yesterday and they had Deschutes Black Butte Porter on tap, ask for room temp. glass). The bottle selection is meager at best: MGD, Bud Light, Beck's, Heinny, and who cares! One pleasant pour here is Speakeasy Pilsner and Bear Republic Racer 5. The food here is good. I recommend the Artichoke Dip and the Pesto Combo Calzone. Overall a good place to hang and meet some new people, enjoy a brew and eat good food.

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3.8/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

You'd think they were trying to keep their craft beer a secret by the lack of advertising. I moved back to the Bay Area 2 years ago and I've driven past this unassuming place frequently, never knowing it had craft beer.

Inside, the bar is comfy and clean, with a about a dozen small tables. There is an upstairs area for group events. The bartenders are friendly though they get swamped easily. Food is standard pub fare -- really standard -- burgers for $9-11, philly cheese steak sandwich, chili, pizzas, etc. We started with the garlic fries which were awesomely done. The burgers/sandwiches were good but the sides were lackluster. There was a bangers and mash special that looked good and unhealthy.

When we were there, they were having some sort of a refrigeration problem, although all our beers arrived plenty cold, in cold pint glasses.

Racer 5, Stone IPA, Speakeasy Big Daddy. Spaten Dunkel. Steelhead extra PA. Coors. Anchor Steam. No Bud. No Guiness except in bottles. No darks on tap unless you count the Dunkel. I was amazed they had 3 IPAs, considering everyone that came in during the Wednesday "happy hour all day" ($4 pints instead of $4.50) asked for the lightest beer on tap.

Overall: friendly comfortable clean bar where you can get a nice IPA, in San Mateo. Not that adventurous of a beer list but it's a start for the beer dead zone that is the peninsula.

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Original Nick's Pizzeria And Pub in San Mateo, CA
Place rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 2 ratings
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