Small Bar

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Small BarSmall Bar

Type: Bar, Eatery

4628 Park Blvd
San Diego, California, 92116-2629
United States

(619) 795-7998 | map

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Added by hophead4173 on 12-08-2009

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Hole-in-the-wall sort of place on the main drag in University Heights. Narrow barroom with bar opposite entry that seat 12 with tables, both inside and on the sidewalk out front. About 20 beers on tap, sweet selection. Cool place to hang out. Didn't try the food. Maybe next time.

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Photo of hops_and_waves
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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

This is a cool "small" place in University Heights. It's not tiny though. I really enjoyed the atmosphere as soon as I arrived. The doorman was polite and checked ID. You walk down a hallway before entering the bar. Inside you have tables and a L shaped bar with some tables outside. As others have mentioned, it was crowded, but not too loud.

I had some sour. I saw folks ordering and eating food. I had to get some work done back at the hotel, so I passed on food. Maybe next time I'm in the area, I'll visit again and eat there.

The tap list was nice. The servers were attentive and friendly. I'm not local to San Diego, but this neighborhood had something intriguing about it.

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Photo of Teen-o
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ArmOnFire
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Atmosphere - Welcoming to folks who like bars. Some rockabilly / punk/ old school rock playing in the background.

Beer - Great selection, found this place because they had RR Pliny on tap, found via Taphunter app/ site.

Food - Cheeseburger and fries were top notch. Hot the spot

Wish I could have spent more time in here, but I only had time to grab a burger, Pliny the Elder and catch my flight back east.

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Photo of EdrickCS
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Brent619
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of RLM15
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of savoryexposure
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of Halloran33
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

My former home away from home. It is extremely crowded and violently loud during peak hours. I recommend going when it isn't crazy in there. Great food and amazing beers and cocktails. Sunday Brunch is a nice weekend treat worth leaving the house for... even though you'll have to put on pants to do so.

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Photo of _morandi_
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of robear
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of MrDave
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of emboo
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ThePaleRider
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of CraftBeerBrotha
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Hotrod88
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I love this bar. I have been going to this bar for over three years now and it keeps on getting better. Whats not to love about over 40 craft brews on tap and a damn fine liquor selection. All of their wells are top of the line none of that plastic bottle crap. Anchor Steam, Anchor Liberty & Anchor Small Beer are residents at this bar always on tap. They regularily have upwards of 10-15 variations of IPA's on tap. With a fresh Cask tapped every Thursday at 5pm whats not to like. Lest I forget to mention the food, lets just say that they don't dissapoint. I eat here atleast 2-3 times a week and that not including their Saturday & Sunday Brunch Specials. Once a month they have an event called Beer for Breakfast where they will host an awesome Craft Brewery and have anywhere from 4-9 beers from said brewery on tap and always have a fresh Cask from the same brewery. They pair a special food item to go along with the beers and it will typically be made with one of them as an ingredient. Overall this is in my top three bars.

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Photo of FlyingBull
4.51/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I love Small Bar! That's exactly what it is; a small bar located on Park Blvd in the University Hts neighborhood. The staff has always been very friendly and helpful; knowledgeable on the beers...and mixed drinks too. The food is good pub food. The tap craft beer selection is also very good. We love to go there early and enjoy sitting outside. We also enjoy going late. It can be crowded but always friendly and fun. Good people watching too. LOL

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.03/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This is literally a small bar in the University Heights area of San Diego. The exterior is aesthetically pleasing with it's black color and accents of red. It distinguishes itself from adjacent bars with it's sinister appearance. Looking up from the street seating, one will note a series of red, three dimensional elephant head designs that create a horizontal border. Once inside the bar, it gets cozy. The dim lighting combined with the black with red accents creates a soothing atmosphere. One that dovetails with the collective spirit of the staff and patrons and physical closeness of everyone present. The staff are friendly and accommodating. Even the doorman was pleasant. I had requested that one of the beers I was trying be served in an 11 oz. tulip because I wanted to try several without ruining tomorrow (an epic San Diego brewery tour) with a hangover. He honored my request even though it is sold only in pints. He also discounted the already cheap price of $4.50. All the beers are, at worst, reasonably priced. There was a pretty impressive variety of taps ranging from brews like Allagash to local offerings from Monkey Paw. Food was of average quality, reasonably priced, and served quickly. We enjoyed our time spent here.

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Photo of corby112
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This place was recommended by a bunch of local BAs so I decided to stop by during a recent trip to San Diego. This place is located in a really nice neighborhood on what seemed like a pretty busy street with other shops and restaurants.

As the name implies, this place is kind of small but they have a few tables outside with additional seating. Small L shaped bar with high tops and regular tables lining the perimeter. A slightly younger crowd that is slightly hipster but there is a really cool vibe here and they play very good music. We stopped in for a quick drink after dinner and ended up staying for a few hours.

We didn't order any food here but the service at the bar was pretty good. Both bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable and even the dude checking IDs out front was surprisingly pleasant.

The selection was good but not amazing. I was expecting to get a bunch of new ticks but I ignored most of those beers for uber fresh, local IPAs. Options included Sculpin, Speedway, AleSmith IPA, Iron Fist, Mission, Anderson Valley Mokeef Saison, SN Ruthless Rye, Telegraph and many more. Nothing too rare but a wide variety and lots of the classics. A really fun place to enjoy good beers with friends.

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