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Beer Available At Toronado San Diego (arranged by most recent)
AleSmith The Forge , Pizza Port Eukaryst Sinister Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel 98, Karl Strauss Just A Little Brett , Pizza Port Moron-a-thon XPA , Ballast Point Victory at Cereal , Ballast Point Longfin Lager - Cucumber , Alpine Beer Company Skinny Daddy , Sierra Nevada Knightro Irish Style Stout 85, Societe The Pugilist 88, Alpine Beer Company Keene Idea 100, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin 99, Fall 2 AM Bike Ride , New English Explorer ESB 67, Almanac Devilís Advocate 98, Pizza Port Solana Beach IPA , Pizza Port Cho-Saiko 97, Societe The Apprentice 98, Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Narwhal Imperial Stout 100, The Dudes South Bay Session 45, Kern River 8th Anniversary Double White IPA (Shuttle Bunny) 98
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Travlr (1927) Washington, Washington DC | January 17, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing place. Very friendly and helpful staff. Tremendous tap list and unmatched bottle list. Didnít try the food, but the burgers looked great. Worth going far out of your way for this one.
t0rin0 (1508) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 26, 2013| Updated September 29, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited a few times since the first anniversary.
This is in a nice part of town near some other nice bars in a college-y part of town. This has a similar quality tap list to the one in SF (slightly better breweries in SD) and a cool bottle list if youíre into Lost Abbey but without the heart and soul of the dumpy original counterpart in SF. This place is just so sterile and could use a bit of soul. No metal on the jukebox, everything is clean and quiet and well behaved full of beerbros bottle sharing in the corner. Donít get me wrong, Iíd hang out here semi regularly if I was local but for my gas money and time Iíll go to Beachwood instead.
3fourths (1453) Boulder, Colorado | July 20, 2012| Updated December 18, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
clean and comforting space with large and varied draft list including locals, California mainstays and new breweries both, and some quality and semi-rare Belgians as well. 2-3 casks as well. extensive bottle list to make you happy. prices are surprisingly reasonable. all of this without the Toronado SF attitude.
brokensail (1134) Orange County, California | April 27, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
The tap list features a lot of California, and especially San Diego, beers including Alpine, Stone, Russian River, Green Flash, etc. There are some imports as well, but nothing terribly exciting on my particular visit.
More impressive than the tap list is the bottle list. Of course, Cable Car, and other rarities from Russian River, Lost Abbey, 50/50, Hair of the Dog, etc. The problem is that the formula for bottle pricing here is: take the retail price and double it. For example, Victory at Sea for $19, 50/50 Imperial Eclipse for $42, Cherry Adam for $29...you get the picture.
The service was good and the bartenders were helpful and friendly, which is always welcomed and a nice change of pace from the SF location.
Other than the high prices, my main gripe with the place was the large number of hipsters in attendance. I try to ignore these folks as much as possible, but it can be difficult when theyíre over running the bar.
Theydon_Bois (853) Tourist Town (West), England | December 11, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited on Wednesday 12/11/14 around 3pm.
No real charm in the venue itself, just a medium sized place with the bar on the right as you enter, wooden floor, table seating, beers listed above the bar.
The place was pretty busy and the clientele seemed to be made largely from a local heavy metal crowd.
The music was too loud and shit! Crap 80ís music and naff UK stuff, Come on Eileen - really !?!
Service generally seemed disinterested but Iíd come to expect this from other reviews and having visited the SF bar so no real shock factor here.
Beer selection was good, donít get me wrong, but for a UK ticker I think there were only 6 or 7 new ones for me, seemed to be a lot of Pizza Port beers on the list which, when planning to visit a number of PP venues, werenít of much interest either.
Pints only, no small pours - great !
I really wanted a full pint of 8% beer at 3pm with a full days ticking laying ahead!
Ok - I can get bars not wanting to piss about with 3 or 4oz pours, but at least offer a 10 or 12oz option as opposed to 16!
Overall a let down. Too loud, not that many ticks on tap, crap service, pints only.
Living off a reputation that it doesnít really deserve as far as Iím concerned!
Ferris (844) Burnaby, British Columbia | August 5, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice cozy pub. Nice long bar with lots of stools. Extensive beers on tap and a great bottle selection. Food is pretty good. Only issues are the service, although efficient, is not particularly friendly. A must visit while in SD.
BeerandBlues2 (821) San Diego, California | March 21, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
A dive joint with a great beer selection in central San Diego. The food is typical bar food, though well prepared and quick. The beer selection was rather nice, complete with Lost Abbey Cable Car and Red Poppy. The Cable Car was $40 and the Red Poppy was $25. So, two beers into my night, I was down $65. I still had a third beer to go and dinner. The wait staff is helpful and friendly.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | June 30, 2009
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
I guess this has quickly grown into the must-hit spot in San Diego. I visited this place exactly one week before the San Francisco original and I must say the selection is very, very similar. At least 50% of the taps were common and 80% of the bottles. My sample is small, but San Diego had the better selection of the 2, including rarities like Cable Car (45$) and Russian River Toronado (I donít remember the price, but I believe above 70$). Otherwise, the prices are democratic and the draught selection is crazily good. It does not get much better, many places have a larger menu, but that large a menu with that impressive a quality puts it top 10 in the US. Besides that, I quite enjoyed the feel of the place despite it being very packed even on a Tuesday night. Itís not very warm nor home-like, but is comfortable and plain beer-geek friendly. With a seat, Iíd definitely spend an evening here. Itís nor pretentious by any means, with simple beer-related decoration and a relatively young, beer-geek heavy crowd. The one place which annoyed me a ton though if when they launched the last call around 11:45. Why close so early? And then I was simply insulted when the bell rang and the staff began kicking everybody out, not giving them an extra minute to finish their barley wines, having put all the chairs on the tables by 12:02 and launching threats at remaining customers who íbreak the lawí by remaining there past midnight. A pathetic scene.
GT2 (661) San Diego County , California | February 7, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Been to Toronado SD a few times. Always fun- gets pretty crowded at night like a good dive bar. Prices are cheap and tap list is extensive, ever changing, and highlights west coast local breweries. Food is typical bar food but there are some yummy things in there and it is all prepared well. Good service. Best thing about this place is you can get Cable Car for $40. A steal.
Sammy (607) Toronto, Ontario | January 16, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
A big local selection of beers, plus several bottles. Better service, cleaner than the SF location. Went a second time because the Cable Car was listed at $40 which I thought was reasonable for this rare one, unfortunately it suddenly became $60.
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