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GT2 (517) Carlsbad, California | November 8, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Hard to rate OíBrienís normally as I was there for Million Zillion Speedway night- and well, if that doesnít get a 15/15 for selection I donít 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 OíBrienís 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. Youíll learn a lot and have more fun. Value, I mean $8 for a 10oz pour of Coconut Vanilla Speedway? Good lord.
OldGrowth (151) North Carolina | April 23, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited 4/ 23. J shape bar, dozen seats. 10 inside tables. 20.plus outside, covered outside. Food good. I had fish torta, wife had jalapeno chicken salad. Both were specials . Draft list good, heavy west coast slant. Impressive bottle list. Itís in a strip.mall so ambience is mixed. Certainly worth visit when in San Diego.
bmerz (119) Brooklyn, New York | March 22, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
It was a while back that I went but remember it very fondly and would most definitely make stop there through on my next trip. Itís an odd location and ambience....normally the strip mall dive bar thing wouldnít work, at least not outside of CA. But this totally does, in part because it is imbued with spirit of the crazy quantity of amazing beer that has been poured here. The beer list is their own and sits in the excellent classic and only-in-SD-local variety that doesnít seem to care too much about trends. High marks in overall for this. The bartenders were great. I donít remember much about the food but it certainly wasnít bad.
Scopey (352) Croydon, England | March 20, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
We stopped past here after visiting Alesmith and Hess. The location is a bit unusual - itís 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 hadnít 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 itís a good place for beer, but not outstanding given some of the other places in the SD area.
Tycho52 (4) California | February 11, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
Great place for beer and camaraderie. A sensational bottle list, and friendly people all around. The place is a corner in a strip mall surrounded by noodle houses and a car dealership, but really, what are you there for?
BOLTZ7555 (78) Phoenix, Arizona | January 1, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great place! Very low-key vibe...nothing to look at. Not at all pretentious. Literally in a strip mall but the tap and bottle list is consistently world class. Didnít try the food but probably should have. Letís just say hitting Hamiltonís, then OíBrienís isnít the best of ideas on an empty stomach...but they put up with me. Had bottles of Older Viscosity and Isabelle Proximus (visited back when it was originally released). Looking at their website makes me salivate and I so wish place like this was down the street! Oh, to live in San Diego!
foamyhead (17) California | December 3, 2011
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
My kind of place. Dive bar all the way with a superb tap list and a cool vibe. Very chill. Reminds me of bars I grew up in back east but with a distinct SD feel.
fiver29 (52) Cleveland, Ohio | September 2, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
I visited here for lunch with my brother this past Monday. Located in a strip mall this place was a lot smaller than I expected. A hole in the wall with ok service. Beer selection is some of the best in the area. Food was just ok. I ordered chicken strips. Overall a good stop. Just not what I expected. If you looking for a hole in the wall beer joint with a good selection this is for you.
trashcan1223 (9) elcajoin, California | July 6, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
i went to this bar very easy acsess from the freeway very great things to try and great food.
Sparky (26) Phoenix, Arizona | June 21, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Stopped by here the same night the National Homebrew Conference people were in town and being bused in and out of the place all night. The service was extremely friendly even with the scores of people showing up. Great selection Ė had Silva on tap! Had a BLT sandwich that was killer and made with homemade bacon. Iíd be a regular if I lived nearby. Great place.
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