Monkey Paw Pub and Brewery | San Diego, California
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Monkey Paw Pub and Brewery
Excellent based on 29 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

805 16th St
San Diego, California United States 92101 [ print map ]
619 358 9901 | twitter

Hours: Mon-Wed 12 pm - 12 am Thu-Sun 12 pm - 2 am

Mayor: Theydon_Bois (26) | Taps: 30 |

Monkey Paw Pub and Brewery

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Karl Strauss / Monkey Paw Dead Albertís Society , Monkey Paw / Wendlandt Lets Go Clandestino , Toolbox The Virgin Cherry , ChuckAlek Archives #10: 1850 (Keeping Stout) , Monkey Paw McGavins Plaid Monkey , Monkey Paw Sweet Georgia Brown 84, Monkey Paw 16th & F Amber , Monkey Paw Lab Monkey - Simcoe , Monkey Paw Rich Manís IIPA 88, Monkey Paw Mighty Joe Young American Stout , Monkey Paw Raspberry Cocoamotive , Monkey Paw / Faction SatisFaction , Monkey Paw / AleSmith Ashes from the Grave 89, Monkey Paw Javier Javier , Monkey Paw The Big Smoke , Monkey Paw / Drakes Stumble South , Monkey Paw Muriqui 80, Monkey Paw Brass Monkey , Monkey Paw Lab Monkey Dark Edition , Monkey Paw Meaty Beety Big N Bouncy
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29 reviews for Monkey Paw Pub and Brewery
 Ambiance  76%
 Service  80%
 Selection  83%
 Food  81%
 Value  80%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  91%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
larryLSB  (48) La Selva Beach, California | August 16, 2012
This place is a kick, sitting on the edge of downtown and skid row! Park on the north side and you will be fine. Great selection of Monkey Pawís own brew, plus a sizable amount of guest taps. Bartender knew her stuff, the food guys were friendly, and everyone seemed happy. The food we had was good pub grub, waffle fries, veggies cheese and chicken. It is for sure a stop if you are down in SD as the beer is very good.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois  (805) Tourist Town (West), England | December 8, 2014
Visited on Monday 21/04/14 around 5pm. Monkey paw is about a 15 minute walk from the Gas Lamp/dwontown area. Single room dive bar feel, pretty dark, with around 30 taps, perhaps a little over half their own, the rest guest offerings. Service was prompt and friendly and I got chatting to a few locals, decent vibe. Tasters available in 4ís. Well priced. House beers were decent enough, if some way from being world beaters. Good for ticks, perhaps not for overall quality, but enough to tempt me back for a second visit in November just gone.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer  (101) Arkansas | November 21, 2014
Went here the other night. Great place. It was a Wednesday and the place was crowded by 5:00 but the staff was helpful and quick. Food was good, and the guy that you order from was super nice. Got most of their beers in flights, cheap also. And they had a number of other things that I was able to get in small pours also. Overall, a really pleasant visit. Iíd go back.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Blairgus  (95) California | November 19, 2014
19 Nov 2014. The location is a bar that has about 30 taps, about 11 were their own beers. long bar with different size and height picnic table style tables. lots of beer paraphernalia on the walls and around the bar. itís a bit dark and almost has a slightly dirty feel. bar staff was friendly. 4 tasters of their own beer for $6
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk  (352) GŲteborg, Sweden | October 26, 2014
Decent place in downtown San Diego. Good beer selection. Their own beers are average to good. Food was quite ok. Might visit again, but mostly for the ticks.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3  (353) Tempe, Arizona | August 29, 2014
I hoofed it over here from the City Center trolley stop. It isnít too bad of a walk. The space was pretty full for an average Tuesday at 5:30. This day you needed to figure out a place to hunker down and then slip into the bar area to try and make an order. So like many places, that leaves you up to being aced out several times in a row as friends and regulars are served before you. There was a nice mix of house offerings as well as other good local stuff. I love how up to date they keep their website tap list, for the most part. Making my beer geekery a little easier. The ales were served in chilled glassware and too cold and mostly in tumblers. Oh well. Iím not sure if flights or sample trays are available, maybe they are, I failed to ask. The food was pretty good where you go to a window/hole to place your order. Due to the location and the problem to just get a beer Iíll likely go elsewhere in the future.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Jimmythespoon  (157) , | August 6, 2014
Pretty cool dive style bar, only with friendly service and really nice people. Their beers are ok but they have a ton of other beers too. Food is basic and helps soak up the booze. Very fun, unpretentious place and makes a nice change to the bars near gas lamp!
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock  (393) , England | June 3, 2014
Taxi to here from our hotel and we start the night drinking (18th March 2014). One roomed dive joint with the bar to your left on entering, a food hatch towards the rear on the right. Basic table and chairs/benches for furniture, bit noisy for me and the wife to be honest, but we sat down to acclimatize before I wandered over and ordered a flight of their own beers: they donít do flights of anyone elses brews by the way, which I didnít know when trying to order. The beers were fine, as was the service. Food was ísloppyí but good and filling, the lady in her ícabiní coming out to deliver it before returning to her safe area! Different to what I expected, but overall not a bad place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
skmikeg  (4) Cherry Hill, New Jersey | May 10, 2014| Updated May 12, 2014
A very hip dive bar located on the edge of downtown that has a pretty good selection of their house beers and other local breweries. Definitely a good place to stop before or after Padresís game.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun  (56) Santa Monica, California | April 17, 2014
Overall pretty great dive bar with a ton of taps, cheap flights, and an overall good experience.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier  (287) Clevelandish, Ohio | April 10, 2014
Despite that fact that I arrived thirty minutes before the place opened the staff were friendly enough to let me take a seat and peruse the extensive draft list. Once they officially opened I was able to enjoy a diverse range of beers from many locals breweries. In addition to about eight house taps there were also an equal number of guest drafts. I did not get a close look at the bottle list but based on the contents of the fridge behind the bar this place has brought its íAí game.

Walking here from downtown is a bit of trek so it is recommended to either drive or catch a cab. The neighborhood lacks the character of Little Italy or the Gaslamp District but more than makes up for it with the friendliness of the attentive staff. Food is typical bar fare and reasonably priced.

If youíve got time or canít go much beyond downtown I would recommend coming by here. A nice diamond in the rough about halfway between Liberty Station and North Park it is a brewery which everyone will probably be hearing from in the future.

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