Bottlecraft - Little Italy

BA SCORE
95
world-class

77 Ratings
Bottlecraft - Little ItalyBottlecraft - Little Italy
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

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%
 
 
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of dwagner003
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Consistently, the best tap list in San Diego. The large bottle selection aside, I've seen taps here I haven't seen anywhere else in San Diego. One of my favorite places to drink in the city.

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Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev -13%

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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Photo of SimcoeKid
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Excellent spot to hit before or after Ballast Point. Great selection of bottles and cans, some cold and some warm. Also has a solid selection of taps and different pour sizes allowing for full pours or samples.

The vibe is inviting and friendly. Good place to shop and drink simultaneously.

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

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 Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of socon67
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

If you hit up Ballast Point in Little Italy then head across the street when you are done. Small bottle shop with a tap area. Plenty of goodies to try. Societe The Pupil was my first choice. Staff is really nice as well.

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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 mig100
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Taybeh
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Friendly helpful staff. Plenty of good stuff, and you can get a mix-six. Prices are a little high, and the selection could be better, but all in all, good place, and less than a block away from the Ballast Point Tasting room.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of scxcrunner
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

might have been my favorite stop on our san diego trip. loved the atmosphere and really liked that you could pick a bottle to go and a bottle to drink at the shop... something you can't do in MA. also had a nice tap list of 10 beers or so.

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Photo of Lucnifter
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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 Drink_LocalSD
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of LakerLeith
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of benzalman
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of _morandi_
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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Bottlecraft - Little Italy in San Diego, CA
4.31 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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