San Diego: Hamiltonís Tavern
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Hamiltonís Tavern
World Class based on 115 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 (9) | Taps: 28 | Bottles: 130

Hamiltonís Tavern

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Beer Available At Hamiltonís Tavern (arranged by most recent)
Green Flash Hop Odyssey Symposium IPA 98, Green Flash Jibe 73, Half Moon Bay Calf-iene , Green Flash Soul Style IPA 95, Green Flash Sour Blond , Green Flash Super Freak 97, Green Flash Hamiltonís 8th Anniversary: Crazy Eight , Kern River Just Outstanding IPA 99, Faction Negative Ghost Rider , Coronado Milk Stout 53, Coronado Mermaids Red Ale 73, Coronado Idiot IPA 98, Russian River Pliny the Elder 100, Pizza Port El Camino IPA 94, AleSmith Speedway Stout - Thai Birds Eye Chilis , AleSmith Speedway Stout - Brewerís Blend 100
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115 reviews for Hamiltonís Tavern
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  82%
 Selection  88%
 Food  80%
 Value  80%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy  (561) 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.
JoeMcPhee  (511) Toronto, ON, Ontario | April 14, 2007| Updated July 28, 2010
This place was awesome. I always know that Iím going to enjoy a place based on whether or not my wife hates it. This place is dark and dank and seedy... with virtually no reason to go into unless you are looking for killer beer. I had a quick session here of three west coast hop bombs from Green Flash brewing followed by a Speedway Stout. All that and the bill was less than 20 bones. I could have probably spent another four-five hours here easily. All the beer I had was very fresh and in great form. Lots of bottles as well, although I didnít get a chance to attack any of them. Maybe next time.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
jrallen34  (444) 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.
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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Schlenkerla  (350) , Austria | January 1, 2013
Very characterful dark beer bar. Guess Hamilton has best beer selection in San Diego with a strong focus on local brews.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko  (325) Vancouver, British Columbia | November 13, 2013
One of the best bars in San Diego with an elite selection of craft beers, most of which are Californian. Service was very friendly and prices were good. Ambience is quite intimate, with a dark, almost English-like pub feel with a couple of pool tables. Not too far from Toronado, so worth hitting up both places if you have time / your liver can handle it. Must stop in San Diego.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje  (306) Enghien, Belgium | May 20, 2009
Great beer tavern, with hundreds of tap handles hanging from the ceiling. Place seemed a little too dim inside. Lots of local beers to chose from and even the local beer happy hour, making many of them really cheap. Food order is on the side, and the bbq wings were delicious as was the sandwich. Place was busy and did not really get to chat with the staff. Really worth a visit, nice laid back atmosphere and makes you forget you are in the middle of San Diego.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17  (300) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
rickhall28  (294) 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 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.

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