Hamiltonís Tavern

Mayor: Marheb (2) | Taps: 28 | Bottles: 130
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
alafito  (21) tijuana, Mexico | April 4, 2007
Hard to find and no one in the nearby gas stations knew about the place. Confy, big plasma tvs, free pool and foosball. Not a place id take the wife but a nice hangout to chat with a wide variety of regulars. No food there but you can bring in a cheestake sandwich from next door which is excellent. Greatest tap selection in San Diego after Oíbriens and tons of bottled ales. Great classic and lively rock music. Great service but lacking FOOD! On the top 5 list!!!
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
EHouse  (20) Boston, Massachusetts | April 30, 2011| Updated July 9, 2011
Stopped in after hearing rave reviews. Fantastic selection of beers but, wait, no matter what I order it comes in the same CHILLED pint glass: Belgian tripel, pint glass, German hefeweizen, pint glass, DPA, pint glass. It is atrocious to think that a bar with such a great selection of beers could destroy them by serving them improperly. Hamiltonís is the definition of why some beers get bad reviews: they were served poorly. You donít serve a high ABV straight from the fridge, not to mention chilled glasses fuck up the head. I digress, get a proper glass selection and dump the ice bath, then you will be on your way to greatness.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
GaltScat  (18) Minneapolis, Minnesota | February 16, 2008
I have visited once and will be back soon. First, it is a bar, a bar with an excellent selection of beers. They play great music, the patrons and staff are fun, and you can be yourself (aka, you can drink too much). Ordering a pizza for delivery there was fun, but was also a hassle.Thanks to Bartzilla and Naven for introducing me to Hamiltons. If they had food, I would have rated a little higher.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
NateSeats  (17) Barlborough (nr Sheffield), England | September 8, 2013
Hamiltons really is a great bar. Itís dark, divey and totally unpretentious with a great tap list. The only issue is that they have become a victim of their own success. I visited twice whilst in SD and couldnít find anywhere to put my beer. One visit was only at about 18:00. This place is a must visit in San Diego but get there very early or be prepared to stand.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81  (16) San Diego, California | April 10, 2010
Hamiltons is a cool bar with an excellent selection of beers. Their 2nd Saturdays provide access to a wide selection of beers from a featured brewery. The food is pretty good, really good sausages. The staff does a good job getting through the crowds to serve you.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
tkingsbury2  (15) San Diego, California | March 25, 2012
Great place in South Park! We go frequently after work for happy hour to play shuffleboard and pool and have great beer and food. They have thousands of taps on the ceilings and the dimly lit pub is a perfect place to relax. Great rotation selection of beer on tap and bottles too. One warning is that it will get busy later on in the evening, especially on weekends.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
joshklein069  (15) Vermont | September 17, 2013
Maybe a bit too divey for my taste. Pretty good tap list, the bartenders make this place great. Way too many people when I was there so a bit sweaty and stinky. Ill go back on an off night.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
Bartzilla  (15) La Mesa, California | December 9, 2006| Updated May 14, 2008
A welcome addition to the neighborhood. Nice selection of taps and bottles and an owner eager to satisfy the customer. Kicked down a bottle of Delirium Noel to us so we could taste it against the kegged version that he was in the midst of getting tapped. Lots of bar games and plenty of televised sports round out the deal. Been there a few times and look forward to going back several more times.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Dstructo  (12) Hollywood, Florida | July 22, 2010
Dark hole in the wall kinda place. Great beer on tap, and a pretty extensive bottle list. The bartender was friendly enough, but didnít seem to know a lot about his product. Iíd go back for the beer, but Iíd prefer to go to Hamiltonís sister bar: Small Bar...
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
chris2431  (11) Oregon | December 31, 2011
Great little neighborhood establishment. Good beer selection. BEWARE the raspberry jam and pepper hamburger! I enjoy spicy food and this thing almost killed me. After an hour of trying to pull myself together I pulled back the bun to reveal a ridiculous amount of fully seeded serranos! Lessen here: Always check under the bun before inserting in mouth.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
bsierra  (11) Vista, California | April 5, 2008
This is THE PLACE for serious beer fanatics. Scott Blair know his business inside and out. The selection of brews is second to none. On the second sat. events it gets a little too crowded, but itís all for a good reason. The shuffleboard table has alot of character and takes a few slides to get the interesting lay of the table. Always has tons of local brewers kicking back having beers and the newly added cafe next door has some of the best food youíll ever have the chance of tasting. Alot of the food from next door uses local brews to enhance the flavor of the dishes, a great call! All and all if youíre visiting San Diego get with someone who can bring you here and you will NOT be dissappointed. Try it youíll like it~

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