Bottlecraft - Little Italy

BA SCORE
95
world-class

77 Ratings
Bottlecraft - Little ItalyBottlecraft - Little Italy
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Store

2161 India St
San Diego, California, 92101-1723
United States

(619) 487-9493 | map
bottlecraftbeer.com

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Added by pmarlowe on 07-10-2011

PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
25
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
4.41%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 25
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of LittleDon
3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

The Good: Featured flights of four bottled beers plus two taps. You can drink on site what you buy. Close to downtown.
The Bad: Small, Selection, while decent, is not terribly large. Corkage fee after 6 ($1.25).

Honestly, other than the featured flights and slightly easier parking, I'm not sure why anyone would go to Bottlecraft. It's not that it's a bad place, but with so many quality establishments in San Diego, you have to be better and/or different than the alternatives. While the atmosphere was comfortable, the staff and clientele gave me the impression that I wasn't hip enough to be there. Service was decent, I would have liked to talk more with my server about what the store had and what was recommended, but I couldn't tell whether I was deemed to different from the regulars to talk to, or they just didn't know. The selection was quality, but limited. Again, considerably better bottle shops in the area. Would I return? Given that Bottlecraft is relatively new, and that maybe I caught them on an off night, I might wait six months and give it a second shot.

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Photo of Brewzer1010
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in here a couple weeks back after leaving a Padre game early. The decor here is pretty minimal but it works. Better than average selection, although many beers were not kept cold (and seemingly not intended for on site consumption). Still, the two coolers had a nice selection. The guys working there were cool, willing to talk beer or just leave you be if you prefer. It was pretty quiet when I was in there, however very enjoyable. Prices are very reasonable. A seat at the window with a Class V to enjoy, not a bad way to spend an evening.

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Photo of crossovert
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

A nice place near the airport in SD. IT is on a bit of a sleepy street in a very nice area with a pretty decent stretch of hip and trendy stops. The store is small but it has good quality. Plenty of local brews are featured, not all of them but a good chunk. Nearly every beer is available cold or warm. There is a glassware rack and you can also drink a beer that you buy on-premise. I didn't see if there was a "uncapping" fee or not. A few people were sitting there drinking one night. But overall it is a pretty good shop.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've been to this shop several times and I sort of wish we had something like it in Denver. I know its not feasible given the difference in our liquor laws but a boutique bottle shop is pretty cool. Nice that you can pop a bottle here and drink it for a corkage fee.. Selection is pretty damn good and I even bought a Cantillon taster glass here once. Pretty much a must visit when I'm in San Diego.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.01/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Popped in while at Toronado and was actually disappointed in their selection. While they do have a wide selection of beer for a store selling beer, they had nothing special and nothing I hadn't seen anywhere else. In fact, they were the only shop that I visisted all weekend that I didn't buy anything in or have a desire to return on a next trip.

I loved the vibe, very "hip" and great placement. Guy at the counter was very nice and answered a few questions for me. Only thing I didn't like were the other people in there looking for the highest ABV beers to get "faded" on that night. Oh well, not their fault. If they REALLY step up thier selection, I'd be happier. Overall, a place to stop in when in the area but I wouldn't go too far out of the way for it.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.01/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Popped in during my vacation after a recommendation by Loews hotel concierge and BA research. This place felt special. It's nearly all beer and the exceptions were some ciders and there may have been meads. There's a lot of calculated mood lighting and I like that while there are beers on the shelves on the wall,there are also lots of shelves set within the middle arranged at angles to encourage exploration. They an amazing selection. I did not have time to crack anything open from the cooler and enjoy it. There was one guy behind the counter and he answered questions when I asked. I did take into account he had a few people at the bar on the other side of him so he can't exactly walk over to assist.

Returned in September of 2015 on a Wednesday night so things were slow. Love the vibe at this place with most of the people there for a drink and some coming in for bottles to take back. I was pleased to find Prairie Apple Brandy Noir and Russian River Damnation on the shelves. I'd still rank this bottle shop 3rd for selection and rarities behind Krisp Beverages, Bottle Craft North Park, but ahead of Bine & Vine.

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4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of claspada
4.18/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Medium size retail establishment, very clean, well organized with plenty of local offering and everything you could expect to find from the area.

Didn't see anything rare, per say, but it would be more than useful if I was from the area and wanted to purchase something to take home but on a trip it wasn't quite useful or warranted me hemorrhaging more $ than necessary.

Prices seemed reasonable. Service was nice, asked me for assistance. Would gladly shop here if I lived nearby.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited this location since my hotel was near Little Italy and wanted to try another bottle shop in San Diego.

It was good. They have most beers on shelves on the wall, and had 3 coolers. The selection isn't as good as BDBS or my regular bottleshop in Los Angeles, but they carry quality stuff. Also, since Bell's is only distributed in San Diego for now, finding Bell's beers here was a plus for me. I didn't inquire, but you can pay a corkage fee and drink beers on site which is nice if you're meeting friends, and then have dinner afterwards at one of many nice restaurants nearby.

Overall, a solid bottleshop. I'll visit again next week since I'm down in San Diego again.

Update - 2/4/2015: They moved across the street to a brick building (almost directly across the street from Ballast Point). The bar is larger but the beer selection may have gotten smaller.

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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Bottlecraft - Little Italy in San Diego, CA
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