Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery

Monkey Paw Pub & BreweryMonkey Paw Pub & Brewery
BA SCORE
3.85/5
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
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.24/5
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
72
pDev:
9.2%
 
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Photo of kmanjohnson
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of brewandbbq
3.39/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Smallish place downtown, with easy on-street parking. Black walls, burnished wooden bar-back and ceilings, and quite loud. About 30 taps, with a strangley large amount from Montana. Other than that a decent mix of hoppy beers, dark beers and a few Belgians mixed in. Lot's of Chimay bottles prominently displayed with a "Duvel prohibited" insignia on the chaulkboard. Curious.

This place was not our favorite of our 2011 SoCal trip. Two bartenders more interested in each other than customers, and apparently you have to ask for the happy hour pricing during happy hour, otherwise you pay full price. If there was a bottle list it was not offered.
One and done for Monkey Paw.

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

Photo of MoorBeerPlz
3.56/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

We walked here from the Mission Brewery (about 8 blocks) to get some food on our stomach after a two-hour tasting at Mission. It's not in the best part of SD but there are worse places to be in a big city. The place was welcoming and there was plenty of seating, both at the bar and the eating area.

Getting fast service here meant going up to the bar to order which was fine with me. The staff was friendly, helpful and the food arrived quickly. We had pulled pork sammiches and their piggyback fries, which are criss-cut and topped with shredded BBQ pork, cheese and something else I can't remember. All the food was very good, appealing to look at and good quantity. We a chose a few of their Monkey Paw brews to go with lunch and we were not disappointed. The Howler IPA was great as was the Chinook (APA) my wife had.

Overall a very good experience and we will definitely go back.

Cheers!

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Photo of bradybeer
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.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

I wanted to like this place so bad because my GF and I love their Kong Barleywine and like the vibe we get overall from the brewery.

Sadly, this wasn't the case and we both left a little disappointed. Her and I may have had are expectations set high but I still think this could have potential. We walked from our hotel from Downtown and that was a treat! We were given the opportunity to dodge tweakers running by, weave around the homeless and navigate through closed streets. YAY, we won!

Inside was kind of like the outside; hot and nothing to get excited about. Selection of brew consisted of lots of pales and IPAs, a few guests taps that skewed to the "beginner" drinkers but nothing to even want to keep me to stay. I had their XPA and the Mint saison and actually really enjoyed the XPA! Good stuff. While the AMOUNT of beers available were good, the variety kind of sucked. Prices were great and that's about the best part, but they better be for all the work it took to get there!

Also, A for service! While the two bartenders were busy and it took a bit to grab their attention, they made time for light chatting and always had big smiles.

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Photo of jjboesen
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!

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Deaner1308
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dcbobcat
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of notchucknorris
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.03/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.04/5  rDev -4.7%

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

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Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery in San Diego, CA
Brewery rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 299 ratings
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