O’Brien’s | San Diego, California
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Excellent based on 130 ratings
Type: Bar

4646 Convoy St
San Diego, California United States 92111 [ print map ]
858 715 1745


Hours: 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 (17) | Taps: 20+ | Bottles: 100+


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Beer Available At O’Brien’s (arranged by most recent)
Pizza Port Wet Lamborghini , Stone Wet Hop IPA , Bear Republic Grandpa’s Homegrown 2014 , ChuckAlek Wet Hop Red , Nickel/Ballast Point Lemon Drop Pepper Saludos Saison , Monkey Paw I-5 Black IPA With Coconut & Himalayan Pink Salt , Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest 71, New Belgium Long Table 68, Drakes Oaklander Weisse 86, Nickel Green Truck , Nickel Star B Ranch Fresh Hop Pale , Bagby Dinkus , Societe The Heiress , Border X Nopalito Pale , Benchmark Beaten Path , O’Sullivan Brothers Sweet Nellie’s Howling Brown , Green Flash Fresco Sauvage , Green Flash Oculus Sauvage 96, Green Flash Blanc Tarte Barrique , Benchmark Brown Ale 73
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130 reviews for O’Brien’s
 Ambiance  69%
 Service  75%
 Selection  88%
 Food  70%
 Value  76%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  94%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Shag  (70) Chattanooga, Tennessee | June 12, 2005
This was my first stop in SD. This hands down had the best bottle selection and one of the best tap selections I experienced. The highlight was the BA Speedway that was lurking there. The food was pretty good and the service was a well. Atmosphere wise it was not my scene. More of the middle age drunk rowdy guys who think they are still in frat yelling all the time. Not a family joint for sure. I liked it there but there is better.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
DYCSoccer17  (326) Woodland, California | April 9, 2005
Best beer bar I’ve ever been to. Lots of great beers rotating frequently. Good food, GREAT service. The owner Tom is a great guy and knows his beer. He’s a big soccer fan, and this is a very good bar to go to if a soccer match is on. I was in San Diego 7 nights and I was here 5 of those and the tap list never got old. Food is good.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
JCW  (129) Cincinnati, Ohio | April 5, 2005| Updated August 23, 2008
This is a great beer stop! They have the best tap selection of any place I’ve been to. When I was there they had New Belgium’s La Folie & Saison on tap, Russian River’s Pliny the Elder and Younger, Pizza Port Porter, Alpine IPA, and on and on. Then there was the bottle collection that I never even got a look at but I sure was quite good. Had nacho’’s there, and they were okay, but frankly no matter how good the foods was I wouldn’t go for the food. This place left me scratching my head, thinking so many beers and so little time.
Crosling  (70) Fort Collins, Colorado | March 13, 2005
Nice draught list and nice bottle list as well. Not an amazing bar, but a great place to enjoy some very hoppy brews with tons of fun people to talk to.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz  (65) Glen Allen, Virginia | February 10, 2005
Unimpressive outside appearance, could definitely tell on the inside that this was a locals hangout. I was a bit out of place having arrived straight from a work conference to meet the San Diego RateBeer crew. No matter, the tap list is great, the bottle list has some gems, and the people are very cool. The place is a neighborhood bar in the truest sense of the concept, and something that is a bit lacking back East, where micros are a yuppies only scene. A can’t miss for sampling the California micro scene.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn  (25) San Diego (Mira Mesa), California | December 28, 2004| Updated June 22, 2010
Ambiance-unimpressive. Service-very good as expected. Selection-outstanding...Bottle list -fantastic...tap list-awesome...lots of local micros and other hard to find California brews. I can usually find a good brew that I haven’t had before here. Definitely the hoppiest place on earth!
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Sven  (2) Lancaster, California | August 29, 2004
Nice American style pub. Darts, big leather chairs and an amazing tap / bottle list. Ever changing seasonals and special events almost nightly. Tom is da man.
MartinT  (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 19, 2004
Do not fear the pseudo-sports bar exterior and the ’’Ladies Welcome’’ damp and dark hole-in-the-wall interior. These guys concentrate on having the hoppiest beer selection of the region and they are doing extremely well at it. The tap list was 90% hop monsters with a scotch ale and a Flemish Sour lost amidst the bitter pints. The bottle list is also very impressive and one could peruse through it and decide one of each very easily if our brains were not so puny. What I preferred about this place was the focus on hard to get regionals, something which I do not see very often (sadly) in our beer world. I would spend the whole evening with the guys here and never lack ideas because of their excellent selection. I would not bring the wife again though, this is really not a welcoming atmosphere, unless you are ready for a loud, sweaty and testeronefull evening.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC  (163) Mission Viejo, California | May 20, 2004
I have only had the opportunity to visit O’Brien’s once: and it was worth the trip. It’s a bit far from where I live, but 70+ miles later, I found myself in a friendly pub with an excellent selection of beers. A must see, if you’re in SD.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown  (295) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | May 19, 2004
I had to get here from my hotel in a taxi and it seemed to be in the middle of nowhere, near some car showrooms! Unfortunately once we arrived it became apparent that it would be a truncated visit due to early closing... :( I enjoyed the very comfortable leather chairs, and big telly. The two pints I had were amongst my favourite ones during the holiday, especially the Russain River. The snacks were tasty and the people seemed friendly enough, but it was understandably quiet. I just wish I could visit again...

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