Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery

Monkey Paw Pub & BreweryMonkey Paw Pub & Brewery
BA SCORE
67.2%
Liked Their Beers
3.85 w/ 299 ratings
Monkey Paw Pub & BreweryMonkey Paw Pub & Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(619) 358-9901 | map
monkeypawbrewing.com

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Added by laxboy3496 on 08-28-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
47
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
299
Liked:
201
Average:
3.85/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
90.3%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
72
Liked:
65
Avg:
4.24/5
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of TheKlevin
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!

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Photo of sholbert
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Gavage
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%

This is a definite dive bar with a cool vibe. 30 beers on draft, with about 10 or so Monkey Paw beers. Big wooden bar, dark walls, several TVs, and a bunch of tables are surrounded with nic nacs and creative blackboard art.

I only had a few Monkey Paw beers, and each one was very good and represented the styles well. Service was friendly with a bit of attitude which fit the place. If you are here, have the cheesesteaks - they actually have Amoroso bread from Philly to add to the authenticity, along with the cheeze wiz. The cheesesteak was the best I ever had outside of Philly - and they could rival some of Philly's best.

Bottom line - a must stop for any serious beer and cheesesteak lover.

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Photo of Pawoto
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped here during a 14-brewery San Diego visit after getting a tip from a local. The Taplist was incredible - Vietnamese Speedway, two versions of Angel's Share, Cuvee de Tomme, Red Poppy, lots of other great stuff. The Monkey Paw beers I tried were solid - Cornelius (the DIPA) the most memorable.

The Bartender had a shirt that said "Eat Pussy. Chug Whiskey. Hail Satan!" So I was a little worried, but he was super polite and attentive. So I probably shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but that was a pretty aggressive shirt!

Great spot - really glad we stopped!

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Photo of Sara24
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

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of sillyhed8
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Looks more like a rock n roll bar than a brewery, but staff was very helpful and knowledgeable on the beers available. Great collaborations and tasty food as well.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I too visited this place this past Saturday. I was there around 2pm however. I was told from some locals that I should not venture past about 6th street at night, and I was actually a little uneasy venturing here during the day. I think this was my fourth stop on my San Diego walking tour.

It was pretty easy to find once in the neighborhood. A small place with a small bar and some hightops scattered about. There were about 10 other people in here so it was a pretty good crowd for early afternoon.

The selection was nice as well. I think they had about 30 drafts. Selectoins included Alesmith, Russian River, Duchesse De Bourgogne, Ballast Point, Avery. They also had a solid selection of scotches. Some single malt beauties like Laproaig 18 year, Macallan 18, Lagavullin 16.

I actually liked this place better than Downtown Johnny Browns and was probably my favorite place for good beer. The neighborhood leaves much to be desired but go here during the day and you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of WestCoastLibations
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"...

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Photo of RLM15
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.

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Photo of BoozyCollins21
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I believe Monkey Paw just opened up a few weeks ago. I stopped in for the first time with some friends this past Saturday night, arriving aroung 10:15 and staying til last call.

Monkey Paw sits in a run-down area near the outskirts of downtown. There aren't any other bars or restaurants nearby; old apartment complexes and empty parking lots seem to occupy most of the adjacent blocks (so parking's a cinch). This sector can get spooky at night, but it also serves as a important buffer between Monkey Paw and the Gas Lamp.

Monkey Paw is under the same ownership as Hamilton's Tavern and Small Bar, and it bears a strong resemblance to both of those establishments. The tap selection is the same: roughly 30 taps covering a wide variety of styles (including sour ales). The bottle selection is solid and reasonably priced, though roughly half the size of Hamilton's line-up. The vibe, decor, and layout are just like Small Bar: open and airy; long wooden tables and benches; window seats that open to the sidewalk. The crowd was pretty small on this Saturday night, but it seemed like a mellow, down-to-earth group, and I'm sure the following will grow in time.

This bar stays open til 2:00am and is a fantastic stop if you're near downtown San Diego, especially if you want to avoid the mess that is the Gas Lamp.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of rikatine
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Our goal while visiting SD was to try as many local beers as possible. Of the many places we went to while visiting SD, Monkey Paw was one of our favorites. We couldn't get enough of the Cornelius DIPA and their Howler IPA was great as well. You know a place is good when you just stop in for one and end up staying a few hours.

Interestingly we went here towards the end of our trip partially because we had not gotten an opportunity to try their IPA elsewhere during the week. The bartender said that was because they couldn't really keep up with supply so they keep it in house.

We ended up ordering a cheese steak and fries from the menu, and it was delicious.

If your looking for a local SD beer experience, this should fit the bill. We would go back on a future trip.

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Photo of Alpha309
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of sd123
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of NateDyk47
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.

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Photo of Hotrod88
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Here is the sister bar/brewery/brewpub of Small Bar and Hamiltons. Nestled on the edge of East Village this place used to be the old Jewel Box. Transforming from its classic dive bar days to a modern brewpub you are left amazed. If you had ever been the The Jewel Box then you will be very happy how this new place turned out. They took over the old t-shirt shop next to it and installed a small brewing operation. The Head Brewer is also the Bar Manager so he will most likely be there every day and he has always been more than happy to answer any questions I have. The tap list rivals that of Hamiltons and Small Bar with their liquors being mostly the same that you'd find at Small Bar. The Kitchen specializes in Cheeze Steaks and Sliders, with the option of Waffle frys. I mean when was th elast time you got waffle fries. They have pulled pork that is so delicious you'll find yourself ordering more. Actually what you'll likely want to do is just get an order of their waffle fries with their special BBQ pulled pork on top. Only thing some people might not liek is the parking situation which is nonexistent, other than that I would recomend this Brewpub to anyone I meet.

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

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Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery in San Diego, CA
Brewery rating: 67.2% out of 100 with 299 ratings
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