O’Brien’s

4646 Convoy St
San Diego, California United States 92111
bar  4.7/5.0 133 reviews
Mon - Wed 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM; Thu - Fri 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM; Sat 12:00 - 11:00 PM; Sun 12:00 - 6:00 PM

Mayor: Marheb (18) | Taps: 20+ | Bottles: 100+
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Beers At O’Brien’s

NameABVEntered
Nickel Kupfernickel Barleywine (Rum Barrel)11%9/9/2016
Abnormal New Money7%9/9/2016
Russian River Happy Hops5.46%9/9/2016
Lost Abbey Veritas 0166.5%8/31/2016
Mike Hess Solis Occasus - Grapefruit7.5%8/23/2016
Hollister Hippie Kicker IPA7.2%8/17/2016
Hollister 543 Haight St. IPA6.8%8/17/2016
Abnormal Boss Pour IPA7%8/17/2016
Knee Deep / Pizza Port Deep Dish6.5%8/17/2016
Beachwood Alpha Galactic5.5%8/17/2016
Knee Deep 6th Anniversary DIPA8.7%7/26/2016
Bells Le Pianiste5.8%5/12/2016
Bells Debs Red Ale7%5/4/2016
Butcher’s The Old Sow5.1%4/28/2016
Thr3e Punk Ales Sprung 4 Life IPA6.5%4/28/2016
Founders Backstage Series # 1: Blushing Monk9.2%4/7/2016
Second Chance Seize the Coffee6.5%4/7/2016
Second Chance Fool Me Twice8.8%4/7/2016
Second Chance Coco Rasa6.2%4/7/2016
Second Chance Legally Red IPA6.6%4/7/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza8%3/25/2016
Bitter Brothers Family Tart - White Peach4.5%3/24/2016
Bitter Brothers Sibling Rivalry7.1%3/24/2016
Nickel / Redstone Redstonewall - Bourbon barrel aged7.5%2/20/2016
Bear Republic Olde Scoutter’s Barley Wine10.4%12/16/2015
Pizza Port Wet Lamborghini7.7%11/21/2015
Stone Wet Hop IPA7%11/21/2015
Bear Republic Grandpa’s Homegrown 20147.5%11/21/2015
ChuckAlek Wet Hop Red0%11/21/2015
Nickel / Ballast Point Lemon Drop Pepper Saludos Saison10%11/3/2015
Monkey Paw I-5 Black IPA With Coconut & Himalayan Pink Salt7%10/14/2015
Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest5%10/14/2015
New Belgium Long Table6.2%10/14/2015
Drakes Oaklander Weisse3.8%10/14/2015
Nickel Green Truck8%9/29/2015
Nickel Star B Ranch Fresh Hop Pale6%9/29/2015
Bagby Dinkus9.2%9/22/2015
Societe The Heiress5.3%9/18/2015
Border X Nopalito Pale5%9/18/2015
Benchmark Beaten Path5%9/18/2015
O’Sullivan Brothers Sweet Nellie’s Howling Brown5.2%9/17/2015
Green Flash Fresco Sauvage5.5%9/17/2015
Green Flash Cellar 3 Series 2015: Oculus Sauvage10.1%9/17/2015
Green Flash Blanc Tarte Barrique6%9/17/2015


76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Travlr  (2508) Charlotte , North Carolina | January 17, 2011
Nice little place geared toward locals, where everyone knows everyone. Extra bonus is the view from the patio of a nearby small airfield, with all sorts of little puddle-jumpers taking off and flying overhead, plus a view of the fighters beating up the pattern at Miramar. Excellent bottle list, much better than the small tap list. Worth a stop.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | January 19, 2013| Updated January 20, 2013
Visited Jan 19, 2013.

Busy place with no parking to be found. Despite the lines I got my beers pretty quickly. Sat outside and enjoyed some 10/19 and 19/10 along with some Compunction. Cool place and good prices. Not really near anything I want to visit but I think I will be returning.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
brokensail  (1347) Dublin, California | January 20, 2013
You wouldn’t expect to find this place in its particular shopping center. Surrounded by Korean shops and restaurants, it’s located in a small shopping center. Parking is tight and limited, so you’re better off just parking around the corner on the street. Small interior with a patio space out front. Service was quick and the place was packed. Nice selection on this visit as it was Russian River weekend and also their anniversary. Nice prices, too. Definitely worth a stop. Didn’t eat anything, but the food looked and smelled great.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2  (945) Escondido, California | December 13, 2015
O’Brien’s occupies a corner strip mall unit in the heart of San Diego’s brewery zone none affectionately as ’Beeramar’ and ’Beeramesa’. I visited on a crowded Friday during SD Beer Week and was able to share a table while two other patrons waited for their guests to arrive. The beer selection, taps and bottles, was diverse and rotating. I found the service handled the crowd very well and kept the queue moving. The prices are well in line with San Diego.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick  (837) Columbus, Ohio | March 4, 2009
(Visited 07/2008): O’Brien’s is a small pub on the end cap of a strip mall off Balboa Ave, pretty much between the 805 and CA-163. The parking lot is fairly large.

The space is small with the bar along the left and seating on the right. There is also a small patio.

The beer selection is impressive, especially considering how small the bar is. The tap list includes beers from Stone, RR, Craftsman, Alaskan, Alpine, New Belgium, etc. A couple of the beers seemed to be limited in nature too. The bottle list had at least 100 beers available.

Service was good on a weekday early dinner. The bartenders were efficient and knew their beers.

No complaints about the pub grub either. My burger was tasty and enjoyable.

Overall it took me a few trips to SD to get around to visiting something other than a brewpub but I am glad I had a chance to make it here. I would absolutely visit here again just to see what new beers they have.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
mcberko  (821) Vancouver, British Columbia | November 13, 2013
Stopped here for a San Diego Beer Week event where they tapped 20 barrel aged beers, mostly impie stouts. It was ridiculously crowded and almost impossible to find a table, but there was standing room. Sadly, they were serving all sample pours out of plastic cups - shame on them - which probably obscured my ability to enjoy the beers to the full extent. Service was pretty good despite the crowds and the prices were very reasonably given the rarity of many of the beers served.Not sure I’d say this is a must stop, but if in the area and need some good quality beers, this is a good place to go.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
GT  (672) Oceanside, California | November 8, 2012
Hard to rate O’Brien’s normally as I was there for Million Zillion Speedway night- and well, if that doesn’t get a 15/15 for selection I don’t know what would. Ambiance is cozy, relaxed sports bar. Decent amount of patio seating. TVs abounding. Long wooden bar to sit at or grab some small, snug tables. Tap list is updated regularly on a dry-erase board. Staff were quick and efficient. Location is a bit out there in a suburban strip mall. Plus side is lots of free parking and a ton, like 20, Asian restaurants around like Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, hot pot specialties, Ramen specialties. Really good stuff. Food at O’Brien’s is upgraded bar food: Parmesan garlic fries, loaded nachos. Everything was good, but more snacking type stuff. Staff handled the chaos of the event very well. Everyone there got to try all 16 Speedways, which seems impossible to me. Even allowed full 10oz pours of the varieties after the line died down to nothing. Really impressed with the logistics here. Like for the rest of San Diego, the beer community is closely knit so strike up a conversation with someone if you are by yourself. You’ll learn a lot and have more fun. Value, I mean $8 for a 10oz pour of Coconut Vanilla Speedway? Good lord.
64
  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Sammy  (661) Toronto, Ontario | January 17, 2014
Big tatood person’s bar with lots of people swearing and the like. So we sat outside, although some intoxicated people thought we could talk to them there. Some different and decent micro taps.
78
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Scopey  (653) Croydon, England | March 20, 2012
We stopped past here after visiting Alesmith and Hess. The location is a bit unusual - it’s surrounded by Asian eateries. The exterior/Interior is "Irish themed" dive bar. The tap list was solid, but not outstanding when I visited. It was however full of interesting Californian microbrews I hadn’t heard of before. The bottle list was pretty extensive and I managed to get a Framboise de Amorosa . They even had BA Speedway Stout on the list.....but unsurprisingly it was out of stock -damn! Food was so-so. All round it’s a good place for beer, but not outstanding given some of the other places in the SD area.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99  (562) Cincinnati, Ohio | May 16, 2011
Easy to find location in strip mall off Convoy. Parking lot in front of building. Corner of building with entrance and patio in the front and bar on left. Tables on the side. Friendly staff. Good selection of beers on tap with 17 Russian River beers from tasting the night before. Good lunch menu. I had a sandwich, Very good. Well worth the visit and I will go again when back in town.

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