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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
trokini (56) San Diego, California | May 12, 2009
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Best beer bar in San Diego, just barely edging OíBrienís. 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.
WeeObese (4) San Diego, California | July 3, 2008
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
I have been going to Hamiltonís 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.
tkingsbury2 (15) San Diego, California | March 25, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
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.
mkade8883 (28) Chicago, Illinois | July 19, 2010
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
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.
NachlamSie (588) Denver, Colorado | July 10, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
coharahawk (75) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | February 11, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
We visited twice during our stay in SD. The bar itself is fairly standard neighborhood bar and doesnít 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.
JK81 (39) California | July 20, 2010
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
Crowded place, nice selection of beers, nice service
claudeballs (1) | May 11, 2007
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
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.
CaraCurtis (10) Nevada | December 19, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
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 itís 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.
Ibrew2or3 (350) Tempe, Arizona | July 10, 2008
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
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.
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