ajm (202) Los Angeles, California | February 10, 2009| Updated March 16, 2009
Wicked tight. Itís a little too scene for me, people-wise, but you know what? THEY STAY OPEN TILL TWO AM ON THE WEEKENDS. Get a clue, San Diego. They had Pliny the Younger on tap and Redemption in the bottle, so I was totes impressed. Have been back twice and both times there was only one beer on the list that looked interesting. Bartenders the night I was in were just top notch - very calm, very helpful. A drive down thirtieth street, but North Park are posers anyway.
This is a nice little place nestled away in the South Park area of San Diego. Went there with Katie to get Pliny the Younger after OBriens had tapped out. Ambiance inside is quite a dive, with a little ghetto cafe next door that serves up pretty damn good burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches through a window linked to the bar room. Pretty small inside, with a good sized bar and just a few tables. The entire back area is taken up by pool tables and shuffleboard. Awesome bottle selection with plenty of Belgians and hard-to-find American brews too. We had some vintage Old Stock. Also available was RR Temptation, Beatification and others. Gets quite crowded during later hours, so reserve your seat at the bar early!
Great little neighbourhood dive. The owner is a stark raving beer nut! Place is generally crowded, lots of locals, knowledgeable staff. Blair makes sure to always have local micros on tap, the menu @ the restaurant is always interesting, using lots of fresh local ingredients. The bottle selection is always outstanding. One of my favorite places for a pint.
This is definitely has a neighborhood feel, and can be easy to miss. Inside is dark, with a local crowd and semi-dive bar appeal. The tap handle collection on the ceiling is a nice touch. The chalkboard behind the bar clearly shows the current tap list and prices, and stays current. There is also a bottle cooler behind the bar that is conducive to browsing from behind the bar. This is my type of place, great beer, locals, and nothing too fancy. If you are driving, be careful. Cops watch for patrons leaving and getting into their cars, and will find any excuse to pull you over.
Pretty good beer selection in here, not the best Iíve seen, but they had some good brews on that I donít think Iíve seen since. Service was perfectly reasonable, although I did get there on openng and there werenít that many others in there. Seemed like a bit of a ílocalsí place and itís a bit out of the way in an area with not a lot else but houses. Worth a visit, though.
JohnC (163) Mission Viejo, California | August 18, 2008
Went here for the Beer & Boobies 2008 being put on by Vac, zug4abby, sick_boy282 & sick_girl282.
Very nice tap list. friendly folks, a little dark and dingy & dive-bar-ish.
Since I live 70+ miles away, I wonít be going here often, but if I lived near it, I might given the tap list.
I visited this place at the end of our pub crawl at RBSG. I remember them having a great tap list and a great bottle list. I also remember them being a bit better than the impressive list over at OíBrienís. The owner was there and he was really cool. He bought us a drink. I guess I didnít realize how crowded this place gets. We got there early enough to grab a seat at the bar, so I was kind of oblivious to everything else. There were some pool tables and this place definitely had some soul and a bit of a dive bar feel. I really liked this place a lot.
This one, for me at least, is hard to evaluate. Iíve only beer here probably 6 or so times...and so, I donít know the owners and the locals, and the bartenders, and all that stupid fucking crap...so...I guess im unbiased.
For one, its usually fucking crowded as hell, which is cool...to a point, but the space between the bar and the island wall behind it and the tables, etc. along the island wall..does NOT leave enough room to ever walk through.
Beers selection...usually pretty decent, though i dont believe my mind was ever blown away by the selection...it certainly rivals anywhere in San Diego Though I could argue Obriens and Toronado have a better selection most of the time.
Couple pool tables and that long shuffle board game thing...yeah, thatís all good.
I think the real thing that bothers me is that itís in South Park and I fuckin HATE south park and I Hate south park locals and their dirty poor ass hippy ways...too many locals all over that shit with their indie rock bullshit...
Other than that, nice place.
Scott showed us the best time on Friday night, as me and aspidites went in for a few. Very nice tap list and a nice big fridge of lots of bottled stuff. Cool pub atmoshere and food that definitely fills you up! Thanks again Scott, Iíll be in every time I come to SD.