Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery

Monkey Paw Pub & BreweryMonkey Paw Pub & Brewery
Monkey Paw Pub & BreweryMonkey Paw Pub & Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

805 16th St
San Diego, California, 92101
United States

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Notes: Closed 8/27/18
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bradybeer from California

3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Located in downtown SD. Kind of a dive atmosphere, but filled with beer geeks.

Walking in the bar is to the right and sitting at the bar and elsewhere.

We wanted to visit here after having a brew of theirs at another bar. We tried the Peanut Butter Potter, a brown ale, and an IPA. Not really impressed with these beers. We did like the selection of guest bottles and taps. Had a Petrus aged Pale Ale that was on tap ad crazy good.

We like the atmosphere and the service and could see us hanging out here, but I hope that the beers we would have next from there would impress us more.

Jun 19, 2013
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BeanBump from California

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

One of my go-to's in SD. In recent months, theyve revamped their menu to carry about 80% of their own beers but in the past it was closer to 50%. Not a bad thing at all, as they make quite the variety in-house. In addition to about 30 beers on tap, they also have a full bar and a kitchen that serves up a variety of bar-friendly, mostly fried fare.

They make a ton of beers and theyre all top notch. If I had to pick some favorites, Id go with Ashes from the Grave, Coffe w/ Cream or Monkey Gose Bananas. Can get crowded on Padres game nights and it can also get pretty loud.

May 30, 2018
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chrisjws from California

4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Vibe is very dive bar. Dark, wood paneling and the like. Large open windows looking out into the street. Several TVs playing the typical sports and... do my eyes spot college hockey? Okay, they get an extra point in my book for that.

Don't let the dive bar appearance fool you, they have a top notch beer selection of in-house and mostly local brews on tap. In bottles/cans they have dozens more. Wide range of in-house beer styles is much appreciated, add to that stuff from Pizza Port, Burgeon, Beachwood, New English and a lot more.

Food is cheesesteaks that are tasty but a lot smaller than I was hoping for.

In a city with a plethora of beer options, this is quietly a very strong option that could easily be overlooked.

Mar 26, 2018
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kjkinsey from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Dec 03, 2017
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mkyer from Connecticut

4.07/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Jul 25, 2017
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

May 09, 2017
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Gagnonsux from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Mar 12, 2017
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Feb 05, 2017
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Avatar113 from California

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Jan 14, 2017
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Tinska from California

3.56/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4.5

Dec 30, 2016
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sd123 from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Nov 28, 2016
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WestCoastLibations from China

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I come to San Diego once a year and each time, try to visit a new brewery. Although Stone and Ballast Point are, of course, delicious, I aim to find something on the smaller side, and here, Monkey Paw delivered. An incredible selection of their own taps (15!) plus an equally great offering from other local breweries both on draft and in bottles. If you want good, small-batch beer, this is clearly the place to get it.

The day I went they were releasing a Triple IPA, "Muriqui", which I sampled, along with all of their other (in-house) offerings, ranging from dark to light, and from 5% to 10%+. Each beer was different than the other; complex with obvious thought put into the brewing process. As far back as 2013 I could get bottles of Ballast Point on sale in Korea(?!), while at Monkey Paw, I couldn't even get a bottle to go out the door. Although I would have loved to sip on one of their beers after having left San Diego, there is something to be said for their small-operation production, as Monkey Paw really does "stay true to the craft"...

Sep 30, 2016
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deniserat from California

5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Jun 15, 2016
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Junichi from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

May 27, 2016
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bumchilly25 from Canada

4.07/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Mar 27, 2016
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TheKlevin from Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome beers on tap, cheap greasy food. An awesome hidden gem in SD! Definitely smaller than what you might expect, but they more than make up for that with an awesome draft selection and awesome bottles beers too!

Jan 31, 2016
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mrcraft from California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Monkey Paw is located on the outer fringe of the Gaslamp District. This place had a nice edge to it. They had a bar area with tables and seating on the other side. There were tables along an open window to the street. It was packed when I went, so it took a few minutes for a bartender to grab my order. She was nice and apologetic though for my wait. They had some monitors with sports and a movie on. They serve food, I believe you order in the back around the kitchen window. I didn't order any food but it looked pretty good.

The tap list was better than I was expecting. As you would imagine, they have their house beers, but the guest list was pretty good. I had an Alpine SD Surprise since I never had it before. It was alright. I was surprised they had Founders KBS on tap.

Once I hit the other San Diego area breweries, I'll be back. Nice visit. Cool place.

Jan 22, 2016
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jjboesen from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

After a long day of East Village beer drinking, it was time to end the day with more beer drinking. What better place to end it than at this unpretentious little "dive," a term used with much endearment. It is rather small, rather dark and tightly packed, but it is well worth the trip. In addition to providing thirsty patrons with local SD crafts, they also brew their own beer. I quaffed pints of Diabolic, New English Bine and a delicious brew from Alpine called "Bad Boy." Yes, it was. Great bar food - I went for a pork roll. A wonderful place to have a few (but then, this IS America's "Greatest Beer City." ) This monkey cannot wait to return!

Jan 03, 2016
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thepenguin from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Had a layover in SD and chose to visit Monkey Paw after a haul in the area. Nice selection of proprietary beers and collaborations as well as some other good local options, pretty good food, and not overly crowded or pretentious in any way. Great prices on their beer flights!

Dec 28, 2015
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wethorseblanket from California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Dec 20, 2015
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NateDyk47 from Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Stopped here while visiting San Diego. Great atmosphere at this place, good food, and a huge selection of their own beers along with guest beers. Beer and service were both great too.

Dec 13, 2015
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MilwaukeeBeerMaker from Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Another stop on my tour of San Diego. This place had a nice vibe with good taps and some pretty nice bottles. Heard the food was good but did not get a chance to try it out.

Oct 27, 2015
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Spreetaper from New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Sep 30, 2015
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Sara24 from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I wish I had a monkey's paw

Sep 07, 2015
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RLM15 from California

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

One of my favorite places in San Diego to drink a beer. Super dark, divey vibes which are right up my alley. They will usually have about 5-10 of their own beers on tap along with another 20 or so beers from all over. Every time I come to Monkey Paw I see at least 5 beers on the tap list I am super stoked to try. Of the Monkey Paw beers I would recommend the i-5 with coconut and pink salt and the big smoke. great bar tenders as well. If you are visiting san diego this is a must hit, local spot.

Aug 24, 2015
Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery in San Diego, CA
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