Hamiltonís Tavern | San Diego, California
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Hamiltonís Tavern
World Class based on 111 ratings
Type: Bar

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


Hours: Mon-Fri 3pm-2am / Sat-Sun - 1pm-2am

Mayor: beerfest5 (2) | Taps: 28 | Bottles: 130

Hamiltonís Tavern

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Beer Available At Hamiltonís Tavern (arranged by most recent)
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 (Birds Eye Thai Chili) , AleSmith Speedway Stout (Brewerís Blend) 99, Marin Eldridge Grade White Knuckle Double IPA 100, Monkey Paw / AleSmith Ashes from the Grave 88, Ballast Point Victory at Cereal , Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Cocoa, Ginger and Orange , Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Coconut and Chili Peppers , Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Peanut Butter , Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Oaked , Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Rum Barrel , Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Maple , Ballast Point Victory at Candy Cane Cove 93
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111 reviews for Hamiltonís Tavern
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  82%
 Selection  88%
 Food  80%
 Value  80%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  98%
Rating Distribution

JoeMcPhee  (508) 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  (437) 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  (350) 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  (338) , 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 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 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje  (292) 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 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko  (286) 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 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
MikeF  (204) Cleveland, Ohio | May 8, 2010
English pub style bar with countless tap handles hanging from the ceiling. Numerous great taps with friendly, knowledgeable workers. A solid beer bar in a great beer city.
jredmond  (199) Manhattan, New York | July 13, 2012| Updated September 26, 2012
The last stop on our San Diego beer journey 2012. Extremely dark bar with a very dive bar vibe. Hundreds of taps line the ceiling and thereís ski ball in the back. Lots of local / California stuff on draft and a very impressive bottle list (think cantillon mamouche, lost abbey, RR, jolly pumpkin collabs, etc)

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