Small Bar | San Diego, California
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Small Bar
Excellent based on 15 ratings
Type: Bar

4628 Park Blvd
San Diego, California United States 92116 [ print map ]
619 555 1212

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Hours: noon to 2am almost every day


Taps: 42 |


Small Bar

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15 reviews for Small Bar
 Ambiance  79%
 Service  74%
 Selection  75%
 Food  77%
 Value  64%
 Overall  77%
 Rating  86%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 4/15   FOOD 3/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 4/20
Leftbob  (3) Durham, North Carolina | April 12, 2014
Visiting SD and wanted a place near Mission Valley with decent beer and food. Did the research and ended up the Small Bar. Found a seat at the bar and was well taken care of. Decent set of taps with a west coast bias....duh!!!, Resaonable selection of IPAs and DIPAs. It is a small place ...duh #2.... and has a dive kind of feel but based on the locale and the patrons that was only an appearance. Reminded m a LOT of the Federal in Durham NC.....ícept for that tap list.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu  (81) Florida | March 31, 2013
This is literally a small bar in the University Heights area of San Diego. The exterior is aesthetically pleasing with itís black color and accents of red. It distinguishes itself from adjacent bars with itís sinister appearance. Looking up from the street seating, one will note a series of red, three dimensional elephant head designs that create a horizontal border. Once inside the bar, it gets cozy. The dim lighting combined with the black with red accents creates a soothing atmosphere. One that dovetails with the collective spirit of the staff and patrons and physical closeness of everyone present. The staff are friendly and accommodating. Even the doorman was pleasant. I had requested that one of the beers I was trying be served in an 11 oz. tulip because I wanted to try several without ruining tomorrow (an epic San Diego brewery tour) with a hangover. He honored my request even though it is sold only in pints. He also discounted the already cheap price of $4.50. All the beers are, at worst, reasonably priced. There was a pretty impressive variety of taps ranging from brews like Allagash to local offerings from Monkey Paw. Food was of average quality, reasonably priced, and served quickly. We enjoyed our time spent here.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
rastachick  (10) el cajon, California | December 2, 2012
Very quite place and if you like ipa they have it its worth trying and their good menu is finominal
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Derek881  (50) St. Petersburg, Florida | September 14, 2012
Visited this bar for a beer while in San Diego. The bar had a nice selection of beers on tap and bottle, which were written in chalk on the wall. Did not try the food. The staff was friendly and allowed for samples, while the prices were leaning toward the higher end.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee  (182) down the whirlpool, California | February 13, 2012
Good draught selection that seems to focus one more normal, quality stuff and less special release. I like the gothic feel and long tables, plus the order-at-the-counter food is good. A small place, but a good beer bar/pub.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard  (141) Berkeley , California | December 26, 2011
Another great spot in SD. Good selection of beers on tap but no bottles available. The service is always great when Iíve been there. Iíve never tried the food, but the menu looks good and features a couple of old favorites from the Liarís Club. Nice ambiance with an Asian restaurant turned neighborhood bar sort of feel that actually works.
8
  AMBIANCE 1/5   SERVICE 1/10   SELECTION 1/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 1/10   OVERALL 1/20
HopheadHans  (17) Bay Area, California | May 30, 2011
They should rename this place to Fucked up Bar, that would be more honest. Ordered some food that 45 minutes later still did not show even though I was told repeatedly that it would come right up. Beer selection was mediocre, clientel mixed, had its share of aging hippies tha tried a bit too hard. Walked out without eating, caused quite some consternation on the staff They are either clueless or they seriously expect you to put up with their incompetence. They did not try to please the customer, they rather copped an attitude Easily the worst experience I evee had in a beer bar
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
allfreej  (76) Louisville, Kentucky | January 10, 2011
This is really quite a place. Cool atmosphere, excellent quality, fantastic service. The 42 taps are all the highest quality from both American and European craft brewers. Prices are very reasonable. I only had the fried pickle appetizer, but if itís an indication of how good their main menu is, Iíd guess that the food was awesome. A definite "must stop."
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
jonno  (116) , Japan | December 28, 2010
I really liked this place. íVery Redí. Good crowd and some interesting people. Excellent tap list. Has a certain quality that I could really vibe with. Along with Hamiltons this was my pick of the places I would love to call my local.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Dstructo  (12) Hollywood, Florida | July 22, 2010
Great place! Stopped in for lunch & a pint. The draft list was great, but only a handful of bottle options. That was fine because they had plenty of great local , national & Belgian offerings on draft. The food was awesome & the bartender was friendly & knowledgeable. the open window seating was great til the party outside said window started smoking. Canít fault Small Bar because of them though. Great place, definitely be back...

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