San Diego: Hamiltonís Tavern
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Hamiltonís Tavern
World Class based on 124 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)
Logsdon Kleine Stouterd 83, 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 80, 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 Session IPA 79, Half Moon Bay Calf-eine , Green Flash Soul Style IPA 96, Green Flash Sour Blond 69, Green Flash Le Freak Barrique 96, Green Flash Hamiltonís 8th Anniversary: Crazy Eight
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124 reviews for Hamiltonís Tavern
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  81%
 Selection  88%
 Food  80%
 Value  80%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  98%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois  (874) Tourist Town (West), England | December 11, 2014
Visited on Wednesday 12/11/14 around 5pm, the place was pretty busy. We took a cab from Toronado which was about $12. Upscale dive bar feel, pretty dark, we just squeezed into a small table by the side of the bar. The roof was adorned with tap handles, there was a pool table and shuffle board also in the venue. Tap list was solid if not necessarily blowing me away. Being SD beer week Iím guessing theyíd had some kind of Green Flash takeover event as almost half the beers on tap were Green Flash. Unlike Toronoado and Coin Op we werenít treated to wall to wall shit loud music, think it was a juke box here. Service was fine. Again, full pints only as per Toronado and Coin Op, whatís wrong with the fucken option for a 10 or 12 oz pour? Decent place overall, I preffered this to Toronado.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer  (124) Arkansas | November 21, 2014
Went here last night. Iíll admit that my expectations were pretty high as one of the highest rated places in SD. But I was very, very disappointed. The only flights were CA meads, which Iím not really interested in. And they only serve pints - not even half pints. So if you want to sample several youíll either leave totally drunk or only drink half of them. Very disappointing. And much of what was on their list was good, but available at lots of other places in town. The vibe was cool, but donít really plan on food. It seemed like an afterthought. So if you want to go get drunk with a bunch of hipsters and the college crowd, this is your place. If you are a beer geek, go for the tick, but not much else. Oh, and they list lots of good things on their bottle list, but all three that I wanted were "out." I specifically wanted Beer Geek Breakfast which they list online and in their "notebook." But alas, it was not to be had. I was told that the inventory goes in and out really quickly. Well, that is what computers are for. Easy to maintain inventory with one of them new-fangled things. Oh well. A very disappointing visit. Had a pint of PTE and left.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
PRBeer  (411) 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  (171) , | 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  (500) 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  (143) 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  (611) 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  (798) 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.

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