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 , 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 81, Half Moon Bay Calf-eine , Green Flash Soul Style IPA 96, Green Flash Sour Blond 67, 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 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie  (646) Denver, Colorado | July 10, 2012
Hamiltonís has a dive bar kind of feel and is located in the middle of a small block of businesses in the a neighborhood. The interior is very dim and adorned with more decorative tap handles than Iíve ever seen. The old school CD jukebox has some bitchiní tunes on it. The bartender was super friendly and knowledgable. I got perhaps the best service I had of my trip to CA. The beer list is serious. No messing around here. Loads of CA taps including Pliny the Elder and many other desireable rarities. The bottle list is extensive with a specific intent to get things that beer geeks salivate over.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy  (607) 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  (529) 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 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko  (499) 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 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
jrallen34  (482) 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 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Schlenkerla  (396) , 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.
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 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje  (348) 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 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!
Capa  (329) Kitsap, Washington | June 15, 2015
Iíll preface this by saying I am not trying to be a hater but damn, this place was not worth my adventure to get there. Very dark (to save money on energy?), definitely a dive bar (I love dive bars, btw) but had that annoying "we are also so fucking high end you should feel honored to be here" attitude. Ugh. The bartender couldnít have cared less about my presence- barely listening to my order. My pint of beer was promptly delivered, though. But, what? Ice cubes? The fuck? I get you are trying to cool the glass- but with your shitty beer bro attitude, get the ice outta the glass, dip wad. I originally gave them a pass because the place was packed but the bartender was more than enough after being there a while. I was going to try a burger but I didnít feel like supporting that dude any more. After a deep breath I decided to give them a second chance next time I am in town. RB is usually pretty good when recommending a place this highly so it must have been a one off occurrence. It does have a lot of potential; I just didnít get to see it on my visit. Will re-rate.

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