United States > California > San Diego
auerbrau (305) Peace Dale, Rhode Island | July 9, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
This place is decent.
What I like: custom samplers, half-interesting draft list, good sweet potato fries.
What I don’t like: the crowd, the indifferent servers, the half-interesting draft list.
On the worldwide spectrum, this feels like a beer bar that isn’t trying that hard. For this particular neighborhood, it’s above average, but I’d probably direct oneself to the The Local for a better selection of interesting local beer.
sir__v (116) Lille, France | February 15, 2015
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited the 8th February 2015 - A cool place in downtown. Good selection on tap for reasonable price. The atmosphere is nice and not so noisy. The food is ok also with reasonable price. A nice place but not at the best.
Marheb (233) San Diego, California | January 3, 2015
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Je me souviendrai à jamais de cet endroit comme le premier ’’watering hole’’ en tant que résident de SD. Rien de spectaculaire sauf quelques luminosité locales et/ou des surprises occasionnelles. Un des bons arrêts du centre-ville qui ne regorgent pas de taproom excitants.
BOSSbrewer (111) Arkansas | November 23, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Stopped here for lunch on a Wednesday. Place was mostly empty. Had a decent burger and a flight or two. Beer selection was good, but not great. Food was the same. Worth a visit if you are in the area and need lunch.
AdiBeer (159) London, England | October 30, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Decent selection on tap, nice pub, small outside area.
BlackHaddock (406) , England | June 3, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
18th March 2014, walked here from The Monkey Paw Brewpub. Modern and minimalistic interior with the bar all along the left wall as you enter. Wood used a lot in the design. We sat just inside with the window wide open so we could feel the evening air cooling. Two flights for me, the wife drinking wine. Beers were diverse and interesting with some heavy hitters (alcohol wise) within the selection on offer. Mostly local stuff, but of course all new to me, being a Brit on tour. Service seemed fine, we were left alone and didn’t have any food. All in all a pleasant place to watch the world walk by while sipping a beer or three, it was eight actually! At $10.00 a flight I though a bit expensive, but when you factor in the strength of some (4 at 10% ABV) I suppose it was OK.
Leighton (685) London, England | December 20, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Good beer bar in a convenient location. Clean, up-to-date. Medium-sized. Nice range of local breweries and general CA stuff. A guy can buy a flight here, which is great. Average prices, fair service. A good option for this part of town.
GT2 (637) San Diego County , California | September 3, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Fun, crowded gastropub in the middle of the gaslamp district in downtown SD. Nice decor, friendly staff. Great place to get out of the rowdy mayhem outside. Larger, solid craft beer tap list with a focus on local southern CA stuff: Mission, Stone, Alesmith, Ballast Point. Tap list I don’t think is updated online. Food looked great but we didn’t eat here. Craft cocktails were solid. They do sampler flights which is nice. Good place to drop by if going out in the gaslamp district but Neighborhood is a better beer bar.
nearbeer (209) Knoxville, Tennessee | May 23, 2013| Updated August 4, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Standard but nice re-use of an old downtown building for a bar. Friendly and knowledgeable bartenders provided just the right amount of attention on two separate nights. Selection was not the best in the area, but still had very good local representation. They also let the customer select the beers for flights and mark them well; while some other nearby places with more choices have pre-selected flights only! Food (only had appetizers) was surprisingly good for being in the heart of a tourist area.
Pivoyager (86) Gaithersburg, Maryland | February 19, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Located amid the uber-touristed Gaslamp District, the Hopping Pig is a recent entry to the San Diego beer scene – not that it really needed another place – and was Stop 5 on my SDBW 2012 visit.
It is a single room with a high ceiling and dimmed lighting; on the left, there is a long bar on that takes up nearly the entire space. Opposite is the requisite row of high-top tables. The tap selection is made up of about 30 local drafts, which included Ballast Point Sculpin, Greenflash Friendship, Mission Dark Seas and several other smaller brewers. (Decent flights are available.)
Service was excellently provided by an affable and generously tattooed server, who was knowledgeable about the beers and the famous craft scene. While I would not make it a point to spend too much time in the area – although many of the 19th Century buildings were pretty cool, I did make it a point to stop by twice (Stop 5A?).
Another decent place to grab some great San Diego beer.
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