Monkey Paw Pub and Brewery

805 16th St
San Diego, California United States 92101
brewpub (Monkey Paw Pub and)  4.55/5.0 34 reviews
Mon - Wed 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM; Thu - Sun 12:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Mayor: kevinator (2) | Taps: 30 | Bottles: 100
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
WingmanWillis  (1070) , England | July 3, 2016
Visited on 12th November 2014. Situated in a residential area this is a reasonably sized brewpub. It is dark inside and sparsely decorated. 30 taps on offer with around half of their own beers. Tasters available in flights of 4. Decent enough feel to the place. Prices decent, beer was decent. Service good. Nice enough place.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
kathouse  (107) Nevada | June 18, 2015
Really like this college hangout but it gets really busy. No table service and a small food menu somehow doesn’t reduce the great beer selection and excellent tasting food.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
Capa  (382) Kitsap, Washington | June 15, 2015
Small bar with decent seating for the size. Not a lot going on in the way of decoration, just a bar and a bunch of seating. Beer selection is quite nice. A fair amount of their brews with loads of guests. the guys running the bar and the food portion were chill and nice. Not the most attentive but still pretty quick. I had a the philly cheese-steak, which was as close to philly and I’ve had since leaving there. It was real good. Overall, a standup beer bar with good food. I’ll be back for sure.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2  (945) Escondido, California | May 31, 2015
Monkey Paw sits in residential downtown San Diego on the edges of the Gaslamp District. The building has street parking and is reminiscent of dark and dank English pubs. There are a number of house beers alongside a few guest taps and a fair bottle selection. They do serve food but we did not partake on this visit; I will revisit and try the food. I could hang out in this place quite a while.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Marheb  (376) San Diego, California | March 4, 2015
Un cousin du Hamilton’s Tavern sur plusieurs aspects comme l’ambiance, la bouffe et jusqu’à un certain point, la clientèle. La sélection est étoffée et contient une bonne quantité de bières maisons dont la qualité reste haute et constante.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois  (1006) Tourist Town (West), England | December 8, 2014
Visited on Monday 21/04/14 around 5pm. Monkey paw is about a 15 minute walk from the Gas Lamp/dwontown area. Single room dive bar feel, pretty dark, with around 30 taps, perhaps a little over half their own, the rest guest offerings. Service was prompt and friendly and I got chatting to a few locals, decent vibe. Tasters available in 4’s. Well priced. House beers were decent enough, if some way from being world beaters. Good for ticks, perhaps not for overall quality, but enough to tempt me back for a second visit in November just gone.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer  (124) Arkansas | November 21, 2014
Went here the other night. Great place. It was a Wednesday and the place was crowded by 5:00 but the staff was helpful and quick. Food was good, and the guy that you order from was super nice. Got most of their beers in flights, cheap also. And they had a number of other things that I was able to get in small pours also. Overall, a really pleasant visit. I’d go back.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Blairgus  (112) California | November 19, 2014
19 Nov 2014. The location is a bar that has about 30 taps, about 11 were their own beers. long bar with different size and height picnic table style tables. lots of beer paraphernalia on the walls and around the bar. it’s a bit dark and almost has a slightly dirty feel. bar staff was friendly. 4 tasters of their own beer for $6
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
rlgk  (611) Göteborg, Sweden | October 26, 2014
Decent place in downtown San Diego. Good beer selection. Their own beers are average to good. Food was quite ok. Might visit again, but mostly for the ticks.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3  (353) Tempe, Arizona | August 29, 2014
I hoofed it over here from the City Center trolley stop. It isn’t too bad of a walk. The space was pretty full for an average Tuesday at 5:30. This day you needed to figure out a place to hunker down and then slip into the bar area to try and make an order. So like many places, that leaves you up to being aced out several times in a row as friends and regulars are served before you. There was a nice mix of house offerings as well as other good local stuff. I love how up to date they keep their website tap list, for the most part. Making my beer geekery a little easier. The ales were served in chilled glassware and too cold and mostly in tumblers. Oh well. I’m not sure if flights or sample trays are available, maybe they are, I failed to ask. The food was pretty good where you go to a window/hole to place your order. Due to the location and the problem to just get a beer I’ll likely go elsewhere in the future.

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