United States > California > San Diego
DrunkAsASkunk (40) Lynnwood, Washington | February 27, 2004| Updated February 29, 2004
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
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.
Sickboy282 (9) San Diego, California | February 7, 2004| Updated May 16, 2006
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
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.
argo0 (216) Washington DC | January 13, 2004
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
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.
21iceman40 (19) vienna, West Virginia | January 12, 2004| Updated February 7, 2004
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
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.
jeffc666 (93) Fairfax, Virginia | January 12, 2004
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
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.
unclebleen (17) California | January 12, 2004| Updated July 31, 2004
58 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
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.
DaSilky1 (66) San Diego, California | January 3, 2004| Updated January 12, 2004
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Definitely the Hoppiest place in san diego with the biggest selection of good beer...As an Obrien "local" i must defend them, since some people have had bad experiences...Sometime's the place is completely dead, sometimes there isn't a single place to sit..you just need to know when to go..they have a newsletter..sign up, for they have events all the time. The selection of beer here goes so quickly that the selection changes pretty much daily...so if they run out of a beer, ask what they put on in its place..because the replacement beer could even be better..No where in san diego can you find such rarities as Avery Czar, Anderson Valley Brother David's Dubbel, Delerium tremens & nocturnum, Alpine Exponential Hoppiness, Bear Republic Racer X, oak-cask aged Arrogant bastard, etc, etc, etc.. on tap...Everytime i go here, it is certain they will have something different...and that says a lot! In addition, as for the comment on proper glasswhere...They in fact have most glasses for all their belgian beers, and even sell the glasses...I do however agree, that the beer is served a tad bit too cold...Lastly, i'd like to add, that this is probably the bar with the most beer knowledgeable clientele...you go to pizza port, or wherehaveyou..most of the patrons dont have a clue..thats not the case at Obriens...everyone is a good beer drinker...and When Tom, the Owner is around...you have very knowledgeable staff too.
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