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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
hapjydeuce (22) San Diego, California | February 9, 2009
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
This is a nice little place nestled away in the South Park area of San Diego. Went there with Katie to get Pliny the Younger after OBriens had tapped out. Ambiance inside is quite a dive, with a little ghetto cafe next door that serves up pretty damn good burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches through a window linked to the bar room. Pretty small inside, with a good sized bar and just a few tables. The entire back area is taken up by pool tables and shuffleboard. Awesome bottle selection with plenty of Belgians and hard-to-find American brews too. We had some vintage Old Stock. Also available was RR Temptation, Beatification and others. Gets quite crowded during later hours, so reserve your seat at the bar early!
Jimmythespoon (129) , Cyprus | August 11, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Rowdy, loud bar with mix of students/hipsters beer geeks. Real dive bar atmosphere which seems intimidating at first but then you realise how friendly everyone is. We visited on an extremely busy saturday so I can understand the bar tenders didnít have time to recommend and suggest, but the service was friendly and swift. Selection is amazing withs loads of interesting on draft and a whole bunch of bottles and very good prices. I really enjoyed this place and if you are interested in visiting great bars this is a must visit. It is what it is. no flashy modern design and etc. But this seems like a real hardened bar with character and amazing beer. Must visit if you are doing san diego beer circuit!
jrallen34 (437) Chicago, Illinois | July 2, 2014| Updated July 3, 2014
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
TheHOFF43 (108) Robbinsdale, Minnesota | February 17, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Went here to get Pliny the Elder, got PtE. Lots of other great beers on tap, food is served but I did not eat. About $6/pint if I remember correctly. Interesting place, very dark and dungeon like. Probably wouldnít go back but it was worth the stop.
beerfest5 (87) Dublin, Ireland | January 24, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
One of, if not the best beer bar Iíve been to. San Diego to itís core, its a hipster dive with punk and craft beer paraphernalia on the walls and ceiling. Bar to the left as you walk in, and if you do during the day, its going to take a minute for your eyes to adjust to the lack of light. I get the feeling that this is a place I could sit and drink all day, comfy "come-as-you-are" attitude. Amazing draft list although today is Coronado tap take-over, which no one wants to say but is middle of the road at best. Pliny on tap thank God. Superb place, makes me wish I still lived in SD!
Sammy (551) Toronto, Ontario | January 16, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
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.
StefanSD (45) Lakeside, California | January 13, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Decent little dive bar. I loved all the hundreds of tap handles suspended from the ceiling. Good selection of local brews. My one complaint was the music was to fucken loud. I had a very hard time hearing and conversing. I found ample nearby street parking, making this a good choice over Toronado where you are lucky to park within a half mile.
Leighton (591) London, England | January 6, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent bar. The tap list is long and loaded with rarities. The bottle list, too, is extensive. Prices arenít bad. Itís pretty dark inside. The barmen all seem to be cultivating the rugged biker aesthetic, what with all the facial hair and tattoos; also, I didnít find the staff to be particularly attentive or friendly. For the beer, though, this place is a must-visit on the San Diego bar circuit.
craftbeer86 (10) California | November 21, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great little establishment, Very nice tap list and a nice bottle list. Cool pub atmosphere and fun place to hang out
DiarmaidBHK (732) Pennsylvania | November 15, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Probably the definition of the craft beer dive bar, Hamiltonís has neighborhood bar written all over it. Itís located in a mostly residential area which means street parking. The interior is well worn and unglamorous with hundreds of tap handles suspended from the ceiling like tombstones. The taps were nearly all locals as weíre the clientele. It seemed fairly busy for a Tuesday night though I overheard several people comment that this was the least busy theyíd ever seen the place. The service was prompt and the people were incredibly friendly. I didnít want to leave. If we had places like this when I was in college I would have never graduated.
mcberko (284) Vancouver, British Columbia | November 13, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
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