Original Gravity Public House

Bar, Eatery

66 S 1st St
San Jose, California, 95113-2406
United States

(408) 915-2337 | map
originalgravitypub.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.25
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
37
pDev:
11.06%
View: Place Reviews
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Reviews by QuakeAttack:
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4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

I have been to OG Public House three times in the last six months. Great addition to the South Bay Beer Scene and downtown San Jose. Yes, San Jose is actually starting to have a downtown!

Atmosphere: It's small and has several TVs to watch sports. Good mix of ages between college, younger business, and old farts like myself. In the end, it's nice, but nothing special.

Quality: Both the beer selection (rotates quite often) and limited food is excellent. Some great breweries such as Stone, Firestone,and BallastPoint are available along with local breweries. Food is limited to sausages, fry's and a few other selections, but is very good. Loved the bread!

Service: Friendly, knowledgeable, and personable. You really can't ask for more.

Selection: 25 Taps with different styles which rotate often and appear both on their web site and a screen in the bar. I always find 2-3 beers that I try and often more. It would be nice to up the taps by 10-15 overtime...

Food: Limited, but quality is excellent.

Value: The cost of the beer is at least equal to those at Hofbrau House and better than Steins in Mountain View and anything in SF.

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QuakeAttack from California, Aug 10, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

In the midst of San Jose is a unique beer/food joint combo. The front bar area is for those that want to drink and eat, while the back contains a better selection with some bottles available. Good bottles ready to buy and a wide ok to decent selection of beers.

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BerryKumquat from California, Dec 25, 2019
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3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

BarrelAgedG from California, Mar 23, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This bar is informal (like most) with many beers only available on the west coast. There are at least 20 beers on tap. Huge TV over the taps. I'm lucky enough to watch the Sharks versus the Bruins.

Solid selection of mostly local beers. Lots of locals which makes this place fun and attractive.

No food was offered.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, Feb 10, 2017
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4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

awesome place. lots of space, nice and clean, few different areas to choose from (outdoor, back bar, front bar). great selection of beers on tap - good variety and quality. beers have always tasted fresh and crisp out of the tap so i assume they do a good job of cleaning the lines. food is solid but menu is limited (pretty much just a bunch of different sausages) so if you are picky you might want to grab food elsewhere :)

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cherche from Washington, Apr 29, 2016
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3.91/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Bar itself is a bit small, only 5 seats or so. Weird setup with order-at-the-counter beer and food with tables around like a Subway sandwich joint.

Electronic real-time tap listing, nice variety of beers. Barkeeps efficient and friendly.

Pricing was OK, better than some of the other beer places in downtown SJ, and they had a Happy Hour and some other pricing specials too.

Worth a visit if you're downtown, not a destination per se.

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SunDevilBeer from Massachusetts, Feb 22, 2016
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5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Claytonis from California, Dec 15, 2015
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4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

I can't rate the food because its only German style meat, and I am not able to eat it....

Original Gravity is in downtown San Jose across from another popular establishment (Good Karma).

Vibe - The place has both indoor and outdoor seating. The front has most of the beers on tap and there is a middle section (dark) that has bottles you can purphase along with a couple of more taps. The back is where you can sit outside and its a very nice place to hangout on a warm San Jose day/night.

Quality - The beer selection is one of the best in San Jose. They generally have at least 2-3 barrel aged beers on tap, and they have beers across the spectrum. The quality is the biggest reason to visit.

Service - The people are very nice and they are constantly making rounds to clear out old glasses, to its always very clean.

Selection - There are usually 25+ beers on tap, and they also have bottles for purchase.

Overall, this is a great place to get quality beer that you can consume in a nice, clean location. Highly recommended.

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dbannister from California, Jul 25, 2015
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Rothobinide from California, Jul 06, 2015
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Leftofthedial from California, May 22, 2015
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3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Great vibe, bartenders loved to talk beer. Two bars in this place with different beers on tap. each bar had 20 taps and the one in the back had a nice cooler behind with about 100 bottles to choose from.

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CJNAPS from California, May 18, 2015
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

mayorQuimby from Tennessee, May 13, 2015
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4.08/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Canada_Dan from Colorado, May 08, 2015
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3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Cool place to get a beer. Great ambiance, decor, etc. The tap list is always turning over and all kinds of cool stuff comes through. The food is great as well. My only complaint is the staff can be rude at times and if you're not one of the people in there everyday they give you minimal attention. I get catering to regulars, but you shouldn't do that at the expense of other customers.

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chrisjws from California, Apr 12, 2015
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3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

brywhite from California, Mar 04, 2015
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4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

sjrodriguez from California, Jan 22, 2015
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4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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4.68/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

LakerLeith from California, Nov 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

HopsAholic79 from California, Oct 29, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev -3.8%

define333 from California, Oct 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

We visited Original Gravity today as our last stop before leaving San Jose.
Beer: Awesome beer selection as well as bottled beer-I selected a Parabolo to take for later.
Food: The Duck Fat Fries did not disappoint.
Staff: Again, awesome !

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glf60 from Virginia, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Millsh from Arkansas, Aug 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

hacksoncode from California, Jul 04, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I really want to like this place but it gets harder and harder to with the service at times and the prices.
Tap list is awesome
food is great, although some of it a bit pricey
staff is generally nice, although when they get busy they can be a bit standoffish
I will continue to visit on occasion hoping to find that one thing.

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JesseLara from California, Jul 03, 2014
Original Gravity Public House in San Jose, CA
Place rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 37 ratings