Hamiltonís Tavern

Mayor: Marheb (3) | Taps: 28 | Bottles: 130
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
illinismitty  (279) Nashville, Tennessee | September 16, 2008
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.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
slimchill  (88) Austin, Texas | September 12, 2008
Laid back atmosphere and very friendly staff. Wonderful bottle and draught selection. Relatively quiet, conversations could be had at a reasonable volume.
66
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Beese  (64) Watford, England | September 6, 2008
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.
78
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
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.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17  (326) Woodland, California | August 7, 2008
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.
74
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1  (66) San Diego, California | August 7, 2008
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.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
AgentSteve  (83) SF Bay Area, California | August 5, 2008
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.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3  (353) Tempe, Arizona | July 10, 2008
OK, First non bottle shop Iíve been to that carries Mikkeller Black Hole 375mL ($13 per). Looks like the seating is a bit limited with three wooden booths (wooden seats), six bar high tables and fifteen to twenty wobbly stools at the bar. Near 30 draft selection and 2 beer engines all being solid craft beer offerings biased toward San Diego selections. Big bottle list with loads of surprises. Very friendly and helpful people too. Awesome experience.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
WeeObese  (4) San Diego, California | July 3, 2008
I have been going to Hamiltonís since the second week they opened. Met the owner that first night and was made to feel extremely welcome. I go every week with a group of friends and always get to try two or three new beers (usually on draught). I always have great service and the staff has become very knowledgable, and at a minimum will give you a honest opinion and a tatser if on draught. The atmosphere is fun and there is lots to do for the non-beer geeks as well. The only knocks I have is the music is often too loud, and it gets crowded now, but that is just me being selfish. The selection is great, always a ton of local crafts, a few belgians, or other rares on tap. I rarely have to order the same beer. The bottle list is great as well, and always getting better. The price is pretty fair for what you get, and happy hour on locals is always nice. Second Saturday cellebrations to highlight a craft brewery with complemtary food/cheese pairings is a great monthly event. Have eaten probably 10 times at the cafe and the food is pretty good. I hope they change up the menu a little more often. The mussels were awesome, burger and chicken sandwich very good, and the beer cheese soup as well. I really love this place, a great beer bar and I am moving within three blocks of the bar. Lucky me.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
paytoplay  (10) , California | July 1, 2008
Havenít enjoyed the new food set up yet though friends have noted itís solid selection youíd expect from a beer bar. Having a solid and ever changing availability on bottled beers and draught make it a place you have to constatntly check out to see what they have. The website is A plus and a great way to time a special keg or cask as they note when things are on tap and on deck. I find the website to be very accurate, another plus. The patrons have always been nice. This is the type of place that is changing the beer landscape in San Diego. Once you get past the front door itís very inviting and can reward those looking to try out new beers. Iíve always been offered a free taste to see if I like whatís new. I see it as free education.

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