Hamilton’s Tavern

1521 30th St
San Diego, California United States 92102
bar  4.9/5.0 128 reviews
Mon - Fri 3:00 PM - 2:00 AM; Sat - Sun 1:00 PM - 2:00 AM

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Mayor: Marheb (2) | Taps: 28 | Bottles: 130
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
chibuck  (543) Chicago, Illinois | July 2, 2014| Updated July 3, 2014
You don’t 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 Beligum’s 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. I’d like to see a few more about 25% but I can’t 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 I’d frequent and call home. A must visit.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Marheb  (376) San Diego, California | January 14, 2015
Une taverne avec tout ce que ça comporte, les tables de billards sont encore en place. La liste de fût est massive et celle des bouteilles tout aussi étourdissante. Difficile d"aller ailleurs quand on consulte la taplist en ligne avant de partir. Pour la bouffe de pub plus qu’adéquate, on commande dans une petite fenêtre à l’opposé du bar. Une légende bien huilée.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
trokini  (56) San Diego, California | May 12, 2009
Best beer bar in San Diego, just barely edging O’Brien’s. Tons of great taps, plus a massive cooler with beers that I truly have never seen anywhere else in the county. Very cool bartenders that really know their stuff. Food, awesome. Fast nachos rule as does the monte cristo. The vibe is very laid back, dark, and local-friendly.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
WeeObese  (4) San Diego, California | July 3, 2008
I have been going to Hamilton’s since the second week they opened. Met the owner that first night and was made to feel extremely welcome. I go every week with a group of friends and always get to try two or three new beers (usually on draught). I always have great service and the staff has become very knowledgable, and at a minimum will give you a honest opinion and a tatser if on draught. The atmosphere is fun and there is lots to do for the non-beer geeks as well. The only knocks I have is the music is often too loud, and it gets crowded now, but that is just me being selfish. The selection is great, always a ton of local crafts, a few belgians, or other rares on tap. I rarely have to order the same beer. The bottle list is great as well, and always getting better. The price is pretty fair for what you get, and happy hour on locals is always nice. Second Saturday cellebrations to highlight a craft brewery with complemtary food/cheese pairings is a great monthly event. Have eaten probably 10 times at the cafe and the food is pretty good. I hope they change up the menu a little more often. The mussels were awesome, burger and chicken sandwich very good, and the beer cheese soup as well. I really love this place, a great beer bar and I am moving within three blocks of the bar. Lucky me.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
tkingsbury2  (15) San Diego, California | March 25, 2012
Great place in South Park! We go frequently after work for happy hour to play shuffleboard and pool and have great beer and food. They have thousands of taps on the ceilings and the dimly lit pub is a perfect place to relax. Great rotation selection of beer on tap and bottles too. One warning is that it will get busy later on in the evening, especially on weekends.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
mkade8883  (28) Chicago, Illinois | July 19, 2010
Best bar by far on my trip to San Diego. What an awesome place. Great lively crowd on Friday and Saturday night, and even on Saturday afternoon when we stopped by real quick. Pool tables and shuffleboard are fun, and the crowd is really interesting. Great beers on tap, including Yulesmith on cask when I was there. Highly highly recommended.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie  (705) Denver, Colorado | July 10, 2012
Hamilton’s 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 I’ve ever seen. The old school CD jukebox has some bitchin’ 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.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
coharahawk  (77) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | February 11, 2012
We visited twice during our stay in SD. The bar itself is fairly standard neighborhood bar and doesn’t really physically stand out. It was busy on both of our visits (very busy for the Younger release, not surprisingly). The selection was awesome including nice offerings from Alesmith, RR, Green Flash, etc. We spent several hours here both times. The atmosphere was fun and crowd seemed friendly. We even played shuffleboard. The staff was great. I will be back.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
JK81  (39) California | July 20, 2010
Crowded place, nice selection of beers, nice service
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
claudeballs  (1) | May 11, 2007
Cool neighborhood bar vibe, but with an amazing beer selection. Some real rarities in their list for a beer bar, especially stuff like Hitachino Nest and Belgian stouts. Owner is a very enthusiasic beer fan and really knows his stuff. No food, though you can get some from next door. Definitely a great addition to the San Diego beer scene.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
CaraCurtis  (10) Nevada | December 19, 2011
Loved this place! We were visiting from AZ. We went on 2nd Sat in December. They had many releases from Ale Smith. The selection and price for these beers were incredible!! Not only did we get to meet Blair/his wife and others that are ver involved, but they also made food for that day and it was free and delicious. The Ale Smith beer for this event was also ridiculously priced in a GOOD way.... more than enough of it’s value and more. They were nice enough to spend time to chat with us and also welcome us to an event the next week, but we could not make it. Anyhow, I highly recommend this place to anyone and I will 100% be going again as soon as I get to CA.

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