O’Brien’s

4646 Convoy St
San Diego, California United States 92111
bar  4.7/5.0 132 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
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
Benchmark Brown Ale4.5%8/17/2015
Societe The Bachelorette - Saaz5.4%8/17/2015
Brävery Smoking Gun (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)9%8/5/2015
Breckenridge Regal Double Pilsner7%8/5/2015


74
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
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.
72
  • 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.
64
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown  (311) 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...
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
Eyedrinkale  (130) Astoria, New York | March 21, 2004| Updated September 22, 2005
This place is excellent for San Diego style IPA’s and Double IPA’s. The food is getting better everyday and is almost where it should be (big props to Lindsay). I recently attended a 7-Year Anchor Verical Tasting there, so there are special nights almost everyday. Get on their mailing list to stay on top of it. The whole staff work their asses off and it shows. No pool tables but a few dart boards to test your drunk ass. The people are locals and friendly as hell. A GREAT place so DO NOT MISS IT.
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 1/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
Godfather  (2) San Diego, California | March 10, 2004
The beer selection is out of this world . It is located in a rather plain strip mall. THe food is not very good, I truth the food is rather bad but the beer selection is great.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
DrunkAsASkunk  (40) Lynnwood, Washington | February 27, 2004| Updated February 29, 2004
O Briens has always been a pleasure to go to. The seating is probably the largest problem...if you arent there by 7pm on an event night, forget it! Tom Nickel though runs a great shop and knows how to treat his customers. There have been many a fine event held here.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 20/20
Sickboy282  (10) San Diego, California | February 7, 2004| Updated May 16, 2006
this place is the place to get specialty beer in san diego.... they get the brew on tap and in bottle that now that you can buy import bottles to-go..... Man...I am in trouble. The best bar for rare beer in san diego. They always have something new on tap so you can’t get board. If you want a loud place to dance and shake your rump, go elsewhere. Otherwise, if you want a calm relaxing place to sit and have a meal and beers, this is the place for you.
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
argo0  (253) Washington DC | January 13, 2004
I met up with ScottVacula here while I did my whirlwind tour of San Diego. The food was no great shakes, but what was on tap was amazing. And as part of their MNF special, almost every beer was available as an $8 pitcher. Double Bastard pitcher for $8! Maybe it's better for my marriage and my health that there's nearly 3000 miles between me and this place.
70
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
21iceman40  (19) Grafton, Wisconsin | January 12, 2004| Updated February 7, 2004
Yes, well they do seem to have quite the selection here. And i must say that they had forties of st ides here for 3 dolla until i drank the entire stock out, and they served them to me with a paper bag too. Now they just need to go and stock up again. The beer is pretty damn cold, especially on the stouts. An excellent reading selection at the bar. Never really had the food there. Its very old, very old, the people that is and they only have decent music on when travis is working. So, great beer, with a like a moose/elks club atmosphere. A word to the wise, don't fuck with the pepper shaker, apparently some folk don't take to kindly to that. I swear I saw harry potter on crack there.
66
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
jeffc666  (93) Fairfax, Virginia | January 12, 2004
In theory they have a great draft selection, however the night I went they were out of 3 or 4 of the beers that I tried to order. Ambiance is that of a down-trodden family run bar. The service was helpful. All beer appears to be served in shakers that are only marginally clean, so if proper glassware is your thing you might be disappointed. The bottle selection was impressive but I did not try anything from it while I was there. Worth the visit just for the potential of the tap list and hey, bring your own glass.
58
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 11/20
unclebleen  (17) California | January 12, 2004| Updated July 31, 2004
Rerate #3: This place is so hit or miss it’s not even funny. My wife and I went on a Friday and felt like we entered the Elks Lodge and we weren’t on the guest list. The service was HORRIBLE and the waitress acted like I was a HUGE inconvience when I asked for some ice for my wife’s soda cup. It was like being in a low rent gentleman’s club with a bunch of middle-aged, married men flirting and touching the female staff, who were visibly uncomfortable with the touching, but going along with the abuse for the big tips. They were out of three beers that I wanted to try. Basically, don’t enter this place unless Tom Nickel is personally waiting on you (which he was on my second visit “Rerate #2”) Rerate #2: I was finally able to re-try O’Briens and was pleasantly surprised. The beer temps were correct, glassware was correct and clean and the tap list was exceptional. It really pays to get on the O’Briens mailing list...there are some awesome events that take place on weekends and weeknights. Original Rating: After hearing all the positive talk about O’Briens I was excited to check it out. Maybe I hit it one an off night but I really thought it was just OK. Although we were practically the only patrons, the service was a bit slow. I will try to attend one of the brewer’s events they occasionally have to retry.

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