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Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

4646 Convoy St
San Diego, California, 92111-2315
United States

(858) 715-1745 | map

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Photo of KingSlender
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I have found my new favorite place in the Sandy Eggo area, and it's O'Briens!! I was luckily enough to visit this place during a visit down south to a few other microbreweries. O'Briens is the mecca for hop lovers. Alpine Pure Hoppiness, Hoptown IPA, DFH 120, Oggi's Hop Juice, and Santa Barbara's So F*#$ing hoppy just to name a few. They had one of Russian River's beers on a device called a "Randle" which looked like a bong of some sort. What a crazy (but oooh so wonderfull) device. The atmoshpere was very laid back and fun. Everybody that I talked to was very friendly and offered advice on the beers. I loved the cushy green recliners. If we'd stayed another hour I would have fallen asleep! Our waitress was excellent and even kindly replaced a spilt beer without charge. The food was OK. We settled for burgers which were not bad. I can't wait to get back here on my next excursion down to this area.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a great bar. 20 taps, full of mostly very hop-heavy beers. But if you're visiting to California, these are probably exactly the beers you're looking for! Lots of Stone, Alesmith, Ballast Point, and Alpine brews. And the bottle selection is very good too -- make sure you check their current list. I only wish you could buy them to go!

The owner knows his stuff when it comes to beer, and is often around. The waitstaff are friendly, and the food is good -- ask for the Stone Beer Cheese on the off-chance that they've got it. Otherwise the garlic fries are great, as is the blue cheese burger (just bring a few packets of breath mints). A small place, and often crowded, but definitely worth struggling for a seat.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

O'Brien's is a really great beer bar, and I am glad I had the opportunity to visit with a fellow BA during a recent trip to the San Diego area.

The interior is somewhat different. The bar is on the left as you enter, and the floor space has tables but instead of typical bar chairs, theare are rolling, swiveling, green office type chairs. An interesting touch. There are stools at the bar. The floor is red brick tile. The ceiling has accoustical tiles and ceiling fans. The walls and ceiling beams are decorated with a multitude of beer coasters. There are at least 4 TVs, one of which is a big screen TV, great for watching football.

As for the beer selection, it is excellent. I counted 20 taps, and all were craft beers, many from California. About 50 bottled beers are available, and many (most?) are Belgians. This is the kind of beer bar where you have a hard time deciding what to have next because the choices are so good.

I only sampled a bit of the food, but the highlight for me was the beer cheese made with Stone beer and various additives such as Habanero pepper (try the Napalm version). Very tasty. The garlic fries are also excellent, but they are covered in raw garlic which will "stick with you" for quite some time.

This is a great place with a comfortable, homey feel, and you can tell the owner/proprietor is a beer lover. A must-see if you are in the area.

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Photo of saskguy
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Like many of the other reviewers of this place, I was impressed with the large selection of great beers. I tried the 90 Minute IPA, Alpines Pure Hoppiness, Speakeyse Big Daddy, and HOptown IPA. Wish I had more time to sample the selections.

Do not let the strip mall location put you off, this is a great place to try beer in San Diego. As my time was limited, I was unable to sample the food or look at the Juke Box. Along with the Liars Club, San Diego has two of the best beer bars around.

The staff were great.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is one awesome place to visit for beer! The owner(s) are dedicated to providing beers that will ensure a joyous beer experience.

O'Briens is located on the end of a mini mall in an area dominated by asian restaurants, shops, beauty parlors and automobile dealerships. Interesting location for a pub.

A bigger than small but not quite medium sized room is it. Coasters and bar towels are the primary decor on the walls and interior shingle overhang. A small bar to the left. Tables and chairs to the right. The chairs are office style and are quite comfortable. A big window in the front corner allows for soft natural lighting. There is a big screen in the corner and some small t.v.s for sports viewing. There are also a couple of dart boards. O'Briens has an outdoor patio which is a great spot to have a pint.

I found the food to be good. It depends on what is ordered. The cheese on bread was so so. My sandwich was very good. The fries are good and my girlfriend enjoyed her meal as well. Aside from the main menu they have a special menu written on a chalk board. These items change from time to time. They also carry Mike's Beer Cheese which is always a hit. The menu is pretty large and should accomodate everybody's tastes.

The service was excellent the day we visited. The bartenders were friendly, prompt and fun to talk to.

They have two menus for beer. The bottled selection which is where to find many of the imports they carry and the tap selection which is where to find the majority of the craft beers. Both selections are exceptional. There are about twenty taps. They carry plenty of locals. Pizza Port, Stone, Alpine, Alesmith and Ballast Point. From northern California they had Anderson Valley and Hoptown. They did not have Russian River but I was told they carry it on a regular basis. They also had Bear Republic and a few others. The taps rotate from time to time. The bottled selection had plenty of Belgians, domestic and other imports. I glanced over this list because I wanted the hoppy beers out of the taps. This place loves hops.

The cask sadly was empty when we were there. They do have special cask nights so check the web site or call them up and inquire. They will have special beer nights where they will represent a certain brewery.

Extra highly recommended. If you do not live in San Diego and are visiting definately stop by for a pint and good cheer.

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Photo of Gusler
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

What a cool place, some 20 taps with some exceptional beers, I had the Alpine Pure Hoppiness, what a "Hoot. Small and cozy with a great food line up, to be a 100 percent honest I did not have any food, but from what I saw and the wonderful aroma, that was a big mistake!

The bottle menu was exceptional with a great deal of local brews, some nice Belgians and domestics. Situated in a strip mall there's plenty of parking and it’s easily available from the interstate, and trust me "I'' Be Back"! For some food, and some of the many taps, I could only drool at, so if your in San Diego, this is a must stop!

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Strongly recommended to me by xlperro and EyeChartBrew, this was a great stop for beer. Located in a small strip shopping center in the midst of many Eastern ethnic food spots this great little bar/pub sports a great setting and great beer choices. In addition to some really strong draft choices from SoCal's best IPA brewers, the bottled choices were equally impressive with Double Bastard being a recent arrival and the same promised on tap within the week.

Sports TV is big here and the nice outside wraparound deck looked appealing for nice evenings and sunny afternoons. Lots of beeriana and beer coasters line the ceiling and walls. The bartender was super efficient, knowledeable, and was obviously well-liked by all the regulars whom he knew by name and preference. One of my best stops in San Diego.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere – This was terrific. It’s off at the end of a strip mall with a few chairs for outside seating out front. Inside it is cozy but very friendly. There’s a good line-of-sight for the TVs no matter where you sit.

Quality – They did this place up quite nicely. There’s nothing fancy to it, but it doesn’t exude “cheapness” like some other beer bars.

Service – I can’t say enough about the service. The place was pretty full and there was only one girl working there, but she managed to keep everyone happy.

Selection – They had an awesome selection of tapped and bottled beers. I hit up a few local brews to take in the flavor of the town (I was down on business), but they had a very good selection of choice IPAs and particularly Belgian Ales. How many bars can you go to and have a bottle of Rochefort 10?

Food – I had their famous spicy beer cheese burger, which was very sloppy and just as good.

Comments – This is a really nice place to go. There was an off-duty waitress there hanging with her friends. When the help come in on their days off you know it’s a neat place. Also, every time you buy a beer you get to roll fuzzy dice with the waitress. If you win you get a dollar off your drink. Cool!

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Photo of jcalabre
3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Drove down to O'Briens (60+ miles) for the vertical tasting of Stone Old Guardian (99 thru 03) a few months back. It's a very small place at the end of a strip mall. I got there early & was able to get a place @ the bar. I don't envy anyone trying to get a beer there when it's crowded. They also have a nice outside area, if you smoke. The food is average, pub grub.
They have a great selection of taps. The atmosphere is nice and the staff was very friendly. I'd highly recommend this place.

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