Original Spike’s | San Luis Obispo, California
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Original Spike’s
Good based on 11 ratings
Type: Bar

570 Higuera St
San Luis Obispo, California United States 93401 [ print map ]
805 544 7157

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Hours: Closes at 2:00 a.m.

Mayor: brokensail (1) | Taps: 30 | Bottles: 40

Original Spike’s

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Beer Available At Original Spike’s (arranged by most recent)
The Libertine Pub / ManRock Amber Sour Mash , Central Coast / Firestone Walker Mo’ Nelly , Central Coast / Figueroa Mountain Lizard Hill , Central Coast / Tap It / Barelhouse / SLO Brew Stuck in the Mud , Cambria / Bang the Drum Coucher de Soleil , Cambria / Tap It Sour Citra IPA , Bang The Drum Surprise Me , The Libertine Pub Berlinertine with Citra Hops
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11 reviews for Original Spike’s
 Ambiance  65%
 Service  74%
 Selection  71%
 Food  62%
 Value  69%
 Overall  75%
 Rating  77%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail  (1171) San Leandro, California | February 8, 2015
Kind of a divey place on the outskirts of town. Not very much life when I visited, but it was kind of a random time on a Sunday night of a holiday weekend. So I guess I get it.

Pretty decent tap list full of mostly local, central coast offerings from places like Libertine, Firestone, Central Coast, Tap It, etc. they also have all the big boys like Stone, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, and maybe a few other things from San Diego.

Pricing and service were good. Though it seemed like one guy was running the whole show when I was there. I’d probably consider hanging out here if I was in the area more than just passing through, which is typically the case.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
viyh  (4) San Luis Obispo, California | September 26, 2013
Great, down-to-earth bar for the locals, but good for those passing through as well. Lots of good brew on tap and a decent bottle selection. Their food is tasty and large portions. I love this place!
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
DocJitsu  (120) Pensacola , Florida | August 19, 2013
Sits right along one of the more popular streets in downtown SLO. Parking can be a bit of an issue, depending on when you’re there. The outside of the bar is rather unassuming. The inside is somewhat small and doesn’t boast a lot of distinguishing décor or ambiance. The service was attentive and knowledgeable. A decent number of wall taps featuring some of the most current, especially West Coast beers. They offer an "around the world" program that contains 40 beers. A pretty enjoyable place overall.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Thrillhouse35  (37) California | August 13, 2013
This place probably has the best beer selection in the city. The standard taplist is pretty average but they will occasionally get a good keg or two on special, usually from Sierra Nevada or Firestone. Usually pretty crowded on weekend evenings. The service can be slow at times but the servers and bartenders enjoy talking about beer are always pretty social.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1511) Do Not Resuscitate, California | March 18, 2013
Visited March 17, 2013. After parking the car and walking to a number of other places around town we were just driving back to the freeway and saw this and decided to stop in.

Not a bad bar over all and it was far enough from the drunk fest that I was actually able to get to the bar. Beers are decent, mostly American beers (Stone, Sierra, and a Tap It beer mixed in) with a few randoms. Saw some English bottles sitting around and got a look at their cellar list [:39]. $30 for a Firestone 16 going up to $500 for a Firestone 10.

Service was busy but decent enough esepcially dealing with drunkards all day. Didnt eat. If I really want a pint while in SLO I might choose this place for the simple fact that it’s not as crowded.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 10/20
GT2  (662) Oceanside, California | February 17, 2012
Pretty disappointing taplist- nothing that you can’t find at practically any beer bar save for some odd local offering "Tap-It IPA" which was quite nice. They had Hop Stoopid and Ruination on tap as well, but those are pretty ubiquitous. We came in about an hour after it opened and were the only patrons there. Still took awhile for us to get service. Sort of divey place with a decent focus on craft beer but the bottle list looked essentially like lots of stale IPAs and random, easy to get stuff from the beer store down the street Sandy’s. Wasn’t impressed.
SamGamgee  (182) down the whirlpool, California | February 13, 2012
Friendly little place at the end of downtown SLO. Most of the taps are static and a mix of a few local, national, and decent inmports. A few rotating taps regularly bring in interesting stuff and sometimes very surprising beers. A little more focused on imports than most beer bars, and on the german/english side without much exceptional stuff but just the standbys for the most part. Food is basic pub stuff. Now that Eureka Burger is open, then isn’t the top draft selection in town, but still a nice, cozy place to have a few pints with friends that is definitely more laid back.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD  (57) San Diego, California | December 6, 2011
Cozy little beer bar with basic food. Tap selection was decent and they have bottles as well. There is also a nice liquor store with a good bottle selection within walking distance on the same street. Nothing really special but perhaps one of the better options in the area if you are not at the Firestone Walker Brewery.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
EdKing  (160) London, England | March 5, 2011
The best bar in SLO and has a great line up of beers on tap. I was here following the ’West Coast Beer Guide’ and bizarrely bumped into another Brit doing the same. Unfortunately the line up was so good and the staff were so enthusiastic for me to try stuff that I got pretty hammered. Well worth it though. Highlights were the Firestone Walker Double IPA, Anchor range, and too many others that I’ve forgotten.
Goldorak  (114) Montreal, Quebec | October 2, 2006
Fun college bar atmosphere, but did have a few older people mixed in. The only real complaint I had was the single toilets, especially after a few pints my bladder shrinks the size of a walnut so I always had an eye on the potty door. A friendly young waitress with pigtails came along quickly with Beer menus printed on colored paper. The list had some interesting stuff, but not too many that made my jaw drop. Compared to places like Toronado or O’Briens’ I guess this place is more second tier, but they did cover a lot of ground, they seemed to have something for everyone. They had a few crappy imported lagers but not to the detriment of local brews. Our waitress gave us sound advice, and I think she brought me a free sample just to be sure. She came to check up on us every once and a while and chitchatted. Beers tasted fine, so turnover and cleanliness of the tap lines doesn’t seem to be an issue here. Overall a good place to stop in the area, I’d hang out there often if I were a local.

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