San Diego: Hamiltonís Tavern
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Hamiltonís Tavern
World Class based on 122 ratings
Type: Bar

1521 30th St
San Diego, California United States 92102 [ print map ]
619 238 5460 | beer menu

Hours: Mon - Fri 3:00 PM - 2:00 AM; Sat - Sun 1:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Mayor: Theydon_Bois (10) | Taps: 28 | Bottles: 130

Hamiltonís Tavern

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Beer Available At Hamiltonís Tavern (arranged by most recent)
Double Mountain Aging Experiment #13 , Alpine Beer Company Koffee Sutra 92, Alpine Beer Company Bad Boy IPA 100, Russian River Pliny the Younger 100, Midnight Sun Moscow 99, 3 Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek 100, Great Divide Grand Cru - Peach 82, Rip Current Impact Zone IPA 95, Allagash Farm to Face 99, Allagash Nancy 99, Monkey Paw / Drakes Stumble South , Green Flash Imperial IPA (Summit) , Green Flash Hop Odyssey Symposium IPA 98, Green Flash Jibe 81, Half Moon Bay Calf-eine , Green Flash Soul Style IPA 96, Green Flash Sour Blond 64, Green Flash Super Freak 97, Green Flash Hamiltonís 8th Anniversary: Crazy Eight , Kern River Just Outstanding IPA 99
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122 reviews for Hamiltonís Tavern
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  81%
 Selection  88%
 Food  80%
 Value  80%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  98%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
PRBeer  (332) Parsippany, New Jersey | September 15, 2014
Fun place...great character...must stop when in SD. They obviously have a great beer selection...but youíre here as much for the selection as the atmosphere and the vibe...which seems to change by the minute as it gets more crowded. If you just want to enjoy the beer...come early. Later it becomes a really loud, crowded, and fun beer bar. Not everyoneís place...but obviously a lot of people love it. If youíre alone...come early...with 4 or more...perfect when itís crowded. Love the tap handles on the ceiling with the small white lights like stars! A must visit in SD!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Jimmythespoon  (168) , | August 11, 2014
Rowdy, loud bar with mix of students/hipsters beer geeks. Real dive bar atmosphere which seems intimidating at first but then you realise how friendly everyone is. We visited on an extremely busy saturday so I can understand the bar tenders didnít have time to recommend and suggest, but the service was friendly and swift. Selection is amazing withs loads of interesting on draft and a whole bunch of bottles and very good prices. I really enjoyed this place and if you are interested in visiting great bars this is a must visit. It is what it is. no flashy modern design and etc. But this seems like a real hardened bar with character and amazing beer. Must visit if you are doing san diego beer circuit!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
jrallen34  (474) Chicago, Illinois | July 2, 2014| Updated July 3, 2014
You donít expect much when walking in, it looks old and beat up with cracked vinyl stools. After a couple minutes you feel right at home and glad you stayed. A chalk board with about 20 taps of mostly locals with a couple Beligumís adds to the charm. The focus is on local beers, but more renowned beers. There was roughly 4 beers that I would consider new, from a small brewery or not known. Iíd like to see a few more about 25% but I canít complain too much. They offer cheap full pours but will give you a couple tastes to find what you like. The bottle list is quite impressive with not only rarer beers like plenty of Cantillon, but vintage American beers like 2012 Parabola and Framboise de Amarosa among plenty others. They offer food, ignore the sticky gross menus and try some hush puppies. The service was top notch. Usually bartenders are a bit stand offish, but our server was not only nice but knew a ton about beer. This is a place Iíd frequent and call home. A must visit.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
TheHOFF43  (115) Robbinsdale, Minnesota | February 17, 2014
Went here to get Pliny the Elder, got PtE. Lots of other great beers on tap, food is served but I did not eat. About $6/pint if I remember correctly. Interesting place, very dark and dungeon like. Probably wouldnít go back but it was worth the stop.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
beerfest5  (92) Cloneen, Ireland | January 24, 2014
One of, if not the best beer bar Iíve been to. San Diego to itís core, its a hipster dive with punk and craft beer paraphernalia on the walls and ceiling. Bar to the left as you walk in, and if you do during the day, its going to take a minute for your eyes to adjust to the lack of light. I get the feeling that this is a place I could sit and drink all day, comfy "come-as-you-are" attitude. Amazing draft list although today is Coronado tap take-over, which no one wants to say but is middle of the road at best. Pliny on tap thank God. Superb place, makes me wish I still lived in SD!
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy  (585) Toronto, Ontario | January 16, 2014
Decent enough bar, with some good local taps. Not superior to the many other places, but a decent place to stop in and get a pint of several styles.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD  (45) Lakeside, California | January 13, 2014
Decent little dive bar. I loved all the hundreds of tap handles suspended from the ceiling. Good selection of local brews. My one complaint was the music was to fucken loud. I had a very hard time hearing and conversing. I found ample nearby street parking, making this a good choice over Toronado where you are lucky to park within a half mile.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (720) London, England | January 6, 2014
Excellent bar. The tap list is long and loaded with rarities. The bottle list, too, is extensive. Prices arenít bad. Itís pretty dark inside. The barmen all seem to be cultivating the rugged biker aesthetic, what with all the facial hair and tattoos; also, I didnít find the staff to be particularly attentive or friendly. For the beer, though, this place is a must-visit on the San Diego bar circuit.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeer86  (10) California | November 21, 2013
Great little establishment, Very nice tap list and a nice bottle list. Cool pub atmosphere and fun place to hang out
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
DiarmaidBHK  (747) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | November 15, 2013
Probably the definition of the craft beer dive bar, Hamiltonís has neighborhood bar written all over it. Itís located in a mostly residential area which means street parking. The interior is well worn and unglamorous with hundreds of tap handles suspended from the ceiling like tombstones. The taps were nearly all locals as weíre the clientele. It seemed fairly busy for a Tuesday night though I overheard several people comment that this was the least busy theyíd ever seen the place. The service was prompt and the people were incredibly friendly. I didnít want to leave. If we had places like this when I was in college I would have never graduated.

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