Hollingshead's Delicatessen


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Hollingshead's DelicatessenHollingshead's Delicatessen

Type: Bar, Eatery, Store

368 S Main St
Orange, California, 92868-3834
United States

(714) 978-9467 | map

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Photo of dagubna
5/5  rDev +14.2%

GREAT brews on tap, great bottles, and great German-style food as well. When you order a food item, they assign your number as a beer, so they'll call you as "St. Pauli Girl" or "Anchor Anniversary" when your food is ready. They have great deviled eggs and their ham salad sandwich on wheat is to die for. Come for the beer, stay for the food.

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Photo of aoampm
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Been here many times and the beers on tap never disappoint. I've had everything from a goose island tap takover (which had 3 of the bourbon county beers), to special and limited Lagunitas releases such as the waldo beer. Also they reguraly have pliny and blind pig on tap which is always a nice surprise. I used to go there for the sandwiches also but the sandwiches are fairy expensive, about 7-10 dollars for a single and 14-20 bucks for a double (which is ridiculous) and that accompanied with a 6-12 dollar beer really adds up quick.

Overall its a great spot if you want awesome beer and pretty good sandwiches, just be ready to pay about 20 dollars for one single sandwich and one beer. Service is sub par but for me the beer they have make up for it. Would recommend.

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Photo of BingCrosby7
4.86/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This is a wonderful place. What you can't get on tap, you can certainly find in a bottle. The food is fantastic, though I feel it is overpriced. These guys also carry some pretty special beers, so some of the taps are understandably pricey.

Kenny Hollingshead is a wonderful man and he runs a wonderful delicatessen. I try to go here at least once a week to stop by and have a drink and a cheese/meat platter.

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Photo of orangesol
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here yesterday, my first time visiting this place after hearing about it for years. Atmosphere was good. People eating at most of the tables, including some of the ones right in front of the beers I was trying to look at. Service was great. I was asked if I needed help twice and the woman who checked me out could not have been nicer. Quality was great. Food looked top notch, even though I didn't partake this time, and the beers all were high quality offerings. Selection was great. They have a ton of beer packed into a small place. I was able to find two Almanac's I had been searching for so that was a welcome surprise. No food this time but it looked awesome from what I saw. Prices were more than reasonable on most of the bottles I was interested in. Overall a really nice bottle shop that I would definitely return to in the future.

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Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

I went to Hollingshead's during this year's Younger release in February. When an employee handing out tickets came by, he said, "it'll probably be 2 to 3 hours until we get in." As I never tried Younger before I decided to stay. The people around us who we got to know were really cool. Now to the bad, it wasn't a 2 to 3 hour wait. We finally got into the deli after waiting 6 hours and 13 minutes. Once you wait two hours in line, and the line slows down to a crawl, you already invested so much time, that you don't want to leave.

Fast forward 6 hours and 13 minutes... we got in. It was a nice, family style deli with a nice stock of craft beers in coolers and others stored on shelves. They had maybe 10 or so taps in addition to PtY - RR sours and other beers. I thought the PtY was on the pricey side which included a take home mug. I forget how much the sours were exactly, but they were pricey too compared to other bars I've been to.

I did end up trying PtY which was nice.

If I lived closer, I'd probably return and try their sandwiches. They looked pretty good. I know it wasn't entirely their fault for giving us inaccurate wait time estimates, but that kinda soured the experience as a whole. I'll re-review once I try their food and check out their regular tap line-up and prices.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I was able to make it here finally since I had a weekday off. Walking in you will find that the place is a bottle shop, bar, and deli all crammed together in no real particular fashion. Tables and chairs are set up in the middle of the place with shelves of beer on either side, so good luck really searching for stuff if people are sitting at the tables. There are a couple of refrigerators with beer in them and a couple more rows of beer that are not blocked by tables but the aisle is so narrow you can hardly pass by people. The bar area has some stools and whatnot for seating and eating as well. The bottles for sale seemed to be haphazardly placed on shelves and in coolers. Lots of bottles collecting dust and out of date. With that being said, the selection is good if you don't mind taking chances on how old some of the harder to find stuff is. There was a decent selection of beer on tap but the prices were ridiculous. For example, they were charging something like $16.95 for a 16 oz. pour of a beer you can get a bomber of for around $10. The food smelled good but again the prices were very high. The only reasonable prices seemed to be on their bottled beer. Service was average and the guy working was fairly brusque when I ordered a beer. Overall, I would hesitate to come back here again for anything but some bottled beers. Too disjointed, too expensive, and what is with the M-F only hours?

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Photo of Rayman
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

This place has a lot of history and a lot of packers football. the atmosphere is very friendly and comfortable. I came here twice to drink from tap and another just to buy beer.

Tap selection is amazing they have all types and many varieties. They always seems to have something new on tap every few weeks. They always let you sample the beers before buying which i enjoy.

People that work there are nice and provide great service

Beer selection is huge, but it does feel rather cramped because it is a restaurant as well. Once again for seasonal and special beers you need to ask, they have them in the back and they are always helpful if you are looking for something specific.

The food i tried were pickled eggs and spicy sandwich, which were your typical foods nothing special, i have had better.

The only negative aspect about this place is that to me is, that they overcharge the beers. I'll come here once in a while if i really want to try something on tap. Other than that the prices of the beers they sell in bottles seemed overly priced. But hey, if money isn't an issue for you, this place is great.

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Photo of jraras
4.86/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Maybe it's because I live in puritanical Massachusetts, but I've never been to a place like this--so cool! You walk in and there's a bunch of people sitting at small tables in the middle of this small store that is half deli and half bottle shop, with a bar and taps at the back. The atmosphere is very local and the folks there seem to know each other for the most part. That said, Michael Kenneth (owner, 3rd gen) is super nice and happy to help behind the bar. He gladly served me a Bling Pig to sip while I was shopping despite the fact that they usually do last call at 7pm (it was about 7:20pm). And this was before I told him that I was there from Boston and had come because of great reviews on BA.

While enjoying the Pig I acquired two bottles of RR Consecration for $10.99 per. I don't have access to it here in MA so can't really comment on pricing, but I really didn't care at that point.

They stop serving food at 6pm so I didn't get to try it. I admit, I did hit In and Out after... couldn't resist.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have been going to HHs for almost 20 years and I appreciate it more every time I go.

The atmosphere is all Packers, and beer, and a down home feel of a deli.

The quality and selection of beers are great, though there are some dusty bottles. Their deli meats are top notch and everything they prepare is well done.

The service is great, I really like the attitude they have going on here. A real mid-western feel to it. The Hollingshead family is involved in all the aspects of the deli/bottleshop.

The selection is stellar, having just picked up 8 beers I have only read about, and actually found some freshly delivered PtE. There are dozens of sandwiches and snacks to choose from if you are hungry. They also have home made deviled eggs, brownies and lemonade. There are many taps also, which is the surprising point, as it has more of the deli/bottleshop feel.

For the sandwiches, my favorites are the Chris(deviled egg, avocado, and bacon on squaw bread), and the BBQ Beef Club(roast beef slathered in bbq sauce, smoky cheddar and bacon, all on a french roll)

Prices are pretty average, unless you get the double versions of their sandwiches. It's more on some things, less on others. Plus they have many Belgians to choose from, including the Rochefort and Westmalle.


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Photo of Murrhey
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This was quite a find. I'm glad I stumbled upon the draft list while online.

The atmosphere of the place is small-town deli. Packers stuff is all over and Ken, the elderly owner, will fight you if you say anything about it. Don't let it put you off, this place is awesome and the crowd as well as the bartenders really know beer.

The quality of beer is top notch. Whenever you have Delirium, Sierra Nevada and Stone as just a small slice of the selection you know it is going to be good.

Service is a bit lacking, but that's because they will leave you alone more often than not so you can enjoy your beer.

Selection is off the charts. 5/5.

Food is very good. Maybe a little pricey for what you get, but delicious.

Value ranges from $$ to $$$$ depending on what you get. Not disappointed in value, but just be wary.

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Photo of sweethome
4.6/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited at about 1:30 on Thursday afternoon - the lunch crowd was still out in full force. Unique little place - quite different than your average so-cal lunch spot! Yes - the Green Bay Packer stuff gives a unique feel...and the owners have their own vibe - very Wisconsin, even if they have been in LA most of their life (dad) or all (son). I was uncertain if I should visit based on a few reviews regarding service...boy, am I glad I went. They are great folks - they try their best to provide great service. The place was very busy, but both took time to help me pick the right sandwich and beer - and when I was buying beer to go, the dad dragged me back to the cooler wall to point out a few other choice beers I couldn't get in Chicago.

Draft list was great - Octoberfest from Bear Republic (excellent!) was fresh and big stien pour for $6. Blind Pig IPA and Pliney the Elder also on - plus other CA brews and a couple Belgians. Well done. The retail selection was great too given the size. I stayed with CA beers and was not disappointed - Ballast Point, Port, Alesmith, etc. Some nice Deschutes offerings too.

Sandwiches use good ingredients - agree that meat is bit on the light side - but price reflects that. I really enjoyed my turkey with avacado.

I love the atmosphere and the vibe of the place. This is a must visit if in the area - if you are not pretentious.

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Photo of Hershdawg
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A deli hidden in a corner. Its not really where you would expect a great craft beer selection let alone taps but this place has em.

The atmosphere is that of a good deli. Except this deli has a bar. A bar that carries Russian River on tap and a large cooler filled with nothing but craft beer. The place also has a bit of a homage to the Packers.

The quality is good. The food is tasty, the beer is served in 17 oz. steins. A friendly staff and speedy service. What more do you want? However remember this is a deli, if you want something you need to get up an get it. No waiters.

The selection of beers is great. They have only craft beers and imports. Carrying everything from sierra nevada to jeobeims of Duval or Chimay.

Great place and it has a reputation for getting Pliney the Younger. I definate check if you are in Orange County.

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Photo of Vanlingleipa
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Hollingshead, what the hell are you? Liquor store? Deli? Beer bar? If Kenny the owner had the ability to answer that question on this review, his answer would be 'Yes.'

Take one average on-every-corner liquor store - install a deli counter on the left side, build a long bar in the back, reach-in bottle cooler on the right, bump the middle aisles for patrons to sit down with their sandwiches and you have a birds-eye view of Hollingshead.

The sandwiches are reasonably priced at around $4.99 unless you go for double meat. 15-20 taps - not uncommon to see $8-9 prices, partly because these guys get the less common, high ABV stuff. I don't come here that often for lunch because you can't get out of here (2 beers and a sandwich) for less than 20 bucks. Not to mention that 'kid with nose pressed to candy store window' feeling I get when viewing all that tasty beer that compels me to buy multiple bottles.

So, it's got a tasty deli - how many places can you buy a liverwurst and onion sammich? Large selection of beer that includes a reach-in cooler, where for a bottle fee, you can grab and drink right there. Also, Hollingshead does so much beer business, the breweries tend to send them more product than the other beer stores/bars.

The three generational thing is also interesting - Gpa, Dad (Kenny) and son all work there. Their personalities can be...interesting. I don't know about you, but my family can be a little off-center, too.

Highly recommend.

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Photo of AlexM
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place is CLASSIC and a must see if you are in the area. Hollingshead’s has been around forever … 3 generations … and there is a reason why – because it’s AWESOME.

Great selection of beer … arguably one of the best selections in Orange County. The get Pliny The Elder on a very regular basis … also notables like Alpine, Stone collaboration beers, Bootleggers, Kern, etc … if you are looking for some rare gems, this place is a must!

Besides their bottle collection, their draft offerings are epic! They get Pliny The YOUNGER (granted you’ll have to wait 3 to 4 hours, but they have it) and offer special pours … Stone IPA, DFH, etc. Two sizes are available 17 ounce or 12 ounce pours.

The food selection and quality is excellent! It’s basically a high-end deli … so sandwiches galore, paired with your favorite draft. Prices are on the high side for the sandwiches … so I don’t make eating here a habit, more like a once a month treat … but I’m always stopping by to see their latest craft beer selection.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.73/5  rDev -37.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

I stopped by this place twice while visiting for work, once for lunch and once for drinks.

This place is in a strip mall not too far from the center of Orange. The decor, as most people have said, is an average deli a few aisles of beer and a line of taps at the kind of bar you'd imagine would be in the average deli. I get what they're going after, I just don't particularly like it. However, I'd assume they wouldn't care as they seemed very unapologetic.

I got two different experiences with service. When I went for lunch, all I had was a sandwich. The people working were quite friendly and promptly got my sandwich for me. When I went for drinks, the bartender was rather rude, and was more interested in getting people to close their tabs than anything else. They seemed like they were in a hurry to close, but continued serving drinks for probably another 20 minutes. It seemed like he knew most of the people in there, and was kind of nonchalant about the whole thing. While regulars might not mind this, I did not find it very appealing. I would have given it a 1 if it weren't for the friendly workers at lunch. Multiple reviews say that this is just the way they are, or that it's the atmopshere, family run, etc. What is this, Ed Debevic's? That is not the kind of experience I want when drinking craft beer.

The selection was good. The tap selection had some very interesting beer, with Sculpin, PtE, FW XIV, Abacus, and Parabola on one night, though this was apparently for a special FW event. The bottle selection was not impressive, though, especially for a place that allows bottles to go.

The sandwich I got was not very good, but not terrible.

This place was extremely expensive. I got a 8oz pour of FW XIV for $11. I understand that this beer was fairly limited, but that price is completely unreasonable. If I had known what it was, I would have walked out. Other beers were similarly priced. I've had quite a few rare and fairly expensive beers on tap, but have never paid that much per ounce for a beer on tap - not even close.

I do not recommend this place whatsoever. It's expensive, the workers (at night anyways) were rude, the decor is not very nice, and the beer selection really is not that impressive for the most part. Some people might just say I didn't get it - either way, you won't find me here again.

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Photo of colonelforbin
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Great place to get a sandwich, have a draught beer or two and buy a couple bottles to go. This versatility makes this place a winner in my book.

Deli style sandwiches, order at the counter, and combine it with your beer order when you pay. Pretty nice selection of taps. Every time I've been here, there have been 3-4 pretty unique beers that I've wanted to try. Prices are a bit on the high side, but not too bad. They serve most beers in 20 oz. mugs. Tap selection is impressive, I think they generally have ~15-20 beers on tap at all times, all worth trying.

Decor is totally and completely dominated by Green Bay Packers memorabilia. Pretty interesting if you are a football fan. Goes without saying that all three generations of employees are huge fans.

There is also a very large selection of beers in bottles that pretty much surround you wherever you are in the store. Great selection, I was impressed. The employees are pretty knowledgeable about their beer as well.

This place could function just fine as either a bottle shop, bar or deli, but it somehow manages to combine all three. Impressive. Their hours have a little to be desired as they're closed on weekends, but I can't really fault them for that. They are what they are and they do what they do. Check this place out if you are in the area.

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Photo of harsley
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is great. It's just a big room surrounded by beer. The back side has a bar with maybe 12 or more taps and stools to sit, and on the left when you walk in is the deli. Lots and lots of good beer to choose from. The bottles are all sold with 2 prices, one for drinking it there (more expensive) and one for taking it home. They had Russian River in bottles but not on tap on my visit. The sandwiches were simple and good. Nothing too fancy but on good bread (which can make a sandwich in my opinion) and decent amount of meat. Any sandwich has a single (normal) and then a double price, which is just double everything except the bread. It is a bit on the expensive side. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. We let them know it was our first time there and they were eager to offer suggestions and explain everything we had questions about. Very friendly family run place. They also take orders by beer names so it funny to hear them called out while you're eating. There's a few tables outside too which is nice, but you can't drink beer out there.

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Photo of snpub540
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have passed this place all the time on my way to the Haven but never stopped in. So I decided to just have my lunch here today and give it a shot.

Bartender knows his stuff and had some nice beers on tap when I stopped by. Bootleggers, Stone, Allagash, Russian River, Lagunitas, Avery, and Victory were all on tap. Bottle selection was huge with plenty of Belgians, German, and Domestic craft brews lining the shelves. I had a Plum Riot and Lucky Bastard. Both nice lunchtime choices and beers I've not had before.

Everyone was very generous and kind. Food was top notch and definately hit the spot. I am definately going to have to stop here more on my way to werk. I am sure I will have manyh more great experiences at Hollingshead's in the near future.

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Photo of deadeye
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is my local place and i love it. Are the bottles expensive? Yes. Are the drafts expensive? Yes. Is the staff crass? Yes. Are the sandwiches basic home made sandwiches? Yes. Lots of people complain about this place for all the reasons above... but not me. I'm completely aware of what i'm getting for my dollar. the sandwiches although "basic" in some peoples eyes, are made with love, are filling and just plain good. No frills necessary. If i want a frou frou sandwich - I'll go to a place that has them. Bottle selection is good especially if you're looking for RR stuff. The guys are a little stuck in their ways so if you're looking for "rarer" or limited release stuff they are not as in the know as some of their OC competitors. Don't be put off by family's crass attitude it's just their way.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Quite an impressive place: deli, sports bar (although only one large flat screen, I was glad to see a Ducks - Rockies game rather than NCAA BB), beer bar (14 well selected taps) and beer store all in one. Clientele is mostly (grey) bearded men, but if you're just out to drink some good beer with a few buds, not sure you can beat this place (maybe just a knotch below the Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach).

On tap: Aecht Schlenkerla Fitche (dopplebock), Bear Republic Red Rocket & Ryevalry, Bellegems Bruin, Harp, O'hara's, Firestone Double Jack (17 oz pour for $1495 - an amazing beer but, ouch!), Deschutes Inversion IPA, Pliny the Elder, Little Sumpin Wild, Sierra Nevada Glissade, 2010 Old Guardian, Ballast Point barrel aged stout, Aprihop, Spaten Optimator and Innstadt.

Last call is at 7:10 on this Wednesday night - but then again, this is a deli.

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Photo of JoeHo92385
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been going to H's consistently for about 4 years now - it's where I started my beerducation, and without it I don't think I'd be as into craft beer as I am (although I'd definitely have more money saved).

The atmosphere is pretty unusual, but in a good way. Rather small, and I normally hate crowded places, but both the customers and the family who own it are good people. Kenny in particular remembers little details about his customers' lives, and is always eager to talk to you (well, unless they're swamped).

The overall quality of the beers and food, and the selection, are very impressive for such a tiny place. My service score would probably be a bit lower because they can be rather slow sometimes, but the family-run feel makes up for most of that.

It's a little bit pricey, but not cost prohibitive... after all, I've been a student the entire time I've been going there and can afford it (beer is a school related expense, right?).

Basically, this always has been and always will be my go-to place for a good beer, a good sandwich, and good company.

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Photo of Amdy
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

You know what, I love Hollingshead... Although I can disagree with some of the prices(i know im not the only one on this one) this place is like a second home. You come here, they know you by name, they pour your beer in your Personalized mug, eat a sandwich(I live by the bernie) have a few conversations, ect ect ect. Just a awesome place to hang out at. Ill usually show up after the lunch crowd but before the 5pm rush. This place can get pretty packed, but can you blame em? If you have not been here for a beer or at least a sandwich you better find the time to go!

Go Pack Go!

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Photo of baybassboy
4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Hollingshead's Delicatessen will always hold a special place in my heart. Having gone to school at Chapman University, H's became mine and my friends regular Thursday evening rendezvous point before a long night of shenanigans and debauchery. It was here that I learned to truly "Respect Beer".

Being tucked into the back corner of a small shopping center, it is difficult to say that Hollingshead's has much curb appeal, but it is a hidden gem in every sense of the term. If the "Over 500 Beers" sign on Main St. doesn't bring you in, word of mouth surely will.

Initial impressions upon entering are of a confused deli/bar/candyshop/craft-beerstore thrown in a washing machine with every bit of Green Bay Packers memorabilia you can imagine. I for one appreciate and welcome this uniqueness.

Step to the deli, and one of the helpful and friendly staff members will get you all set up with a tasty sammich (served before 6pm), pickle, and a couple deviled eggs. Everything I have ever ordered from the deli has been excellent. Some of the best pickles I have ever had... but I digress.

Slide on over to the bar and it's time for a BEER! Ken, Kenny, or Michael will be sure get you exactly what you are looking for even if you do not know what that may be. Very knowledgeable, very helpful, and very witty with their remarks. Do not take this wit offensively, and you will be as welcome as any of the regulars who seemingly are always there. 21 beers on tap at any given time, and they will happily offer you a few tastes to decide what the beer(s) of the day may be.

There is a great selection (over 500!) of refrigerated and shelved bottled beer to take home or even open and share right there in the store (for a nominal fee of course), though I would like to see a few more from the mid-west and east coast. When you go to check out, give the cashier an ear to talk to, and you will get life wisdom to live by. A truly amazing place that will always hold a special place in my heart.

Some side notes... H's definitely has their favorite breweries that are seemingly always on tap. Off the top of my head, Lagunitas, Russian River, Bear Republic, Stone, and often have some very special surprises. Closed on Weekends. A great place during baseball season. Can get crowded during lunch hours. A little pricey, but well worth it. Glassware, coasters, and various bar/brewery memorabilia available for sale. "Last Call When We Call"

If you are in the area, you NEED to stop by and enjoy a beer. Near the 5, 57, 22, 91, and 405 freeways for those from out of town. Very near Angel Stadium, Honda Center, and Disneyland if you happen to be a bit early for one of those venues on a weekday.

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Photo of josh80
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

An Orange County Beer institution.

This places a busy if not chaotic delicatessen that is literally bursting at the seems with beer. Fridges line one wall, taps line another, packaged room temp beer is along another wall and stacked everywhere and the deli sandwiches are good enough that beer lover or not, you'll wait for your order to be called over the loudspeaker and wait around to find a crowded seat.

My review makes it sound soso, but it is far from that. I love this place and only Hi Times Cellars rivals the selection.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.16/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Festooned with piles upon piles of Green Bay Packer paraphenlia - from Barbie to vintage jerseys to custom fishing rods - one would think this would be the place to be on Superbowl Sunday; but, no, unlike every other bar on the planet, they close early every evening and are not open on weekends at all. "Last Call when We Call" is a fitting motto for the bar, a slender slab of wood against the back wall, backed with maybe 20 taps of a mix of fresh kegs of California IPAs (e.g. Blind Pig, Sculpin, Hoptimum, Pliny the Elder) and a good mix of Belgian and Belgian-style ales with a few darker beers thrown in for good measure.

On the left wall is the deli, often manned by the octogenerian couple that runs the place, the food looked good (though "The Exterminator" will leave you with the worst breath on earth I imagine), but I didn't have any during my visit.

Bottled beer fills up every other nook and cranny, and you'll find yourself squeezing by people drinking at the various tables/chairs in the room trying to grab a prized bottle sitting just behind them. The selection is impressive, with a notably full range of German beers in particular. There are two prices on each bottle, one for take-away, and one for popping open on premises. Tons of local (California) craft beer as well as a sizable selection of Belgian ales offers something for everyone. For the very rare or limited releases, you might have to ask (or perhaps be a regular), but you'll find most of what you are looking for here (though occasionally at an immodest mark-up).

Craft soda and gourmet snacks take up another shelf, just in case you hadn't spent enough money yet...

This is a family run business, and the servers are cantankerous, amusing, kind, and gruff - to me a nice mid-west breath of fresh air compared to the forced smiles common to many other So-Cal establishments.

If you can get there when they are actually open (and you have to be in Orange County for some reason), I highly recommend it.

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Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA
4.38 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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