Visited a number of times since 2008, with the first being during RBSG 2008.
Cool place with a very eclectic tap selection and a good bottle list. Priced accordingly of course. Service is good and theyíre used to beer nerds asking for samples and half pours. Theyíre going for the English pub feeling, which I guess they achieved, who knows as I havent been to a pub in England outside of the airport. Food is pretty good.
Check out their festivals, they put on some good stuff, but be prepared to wait in line outside when it gets busy. I will never go for Churchills Finest Hour bottles as Iím not interested in waiting 6 hours in line for bottles (or cutting in front of 200 people).
Appearance is more along the lines of a traditional pub. Nice patio area outside as well. The draft list is always great and the staff is friendly. Prices can be a little on the high side, but typically arenít too bad. Iíve never eaten here, but the food always looks good.
Visited between 3.30 and 5pm on Friday 14th November í14, thanks to GT2 for the wheels.
Churchills, as the name dictates, is an English themed pub with a traditional UK red telephone box out the front.
The place was pretty busy, despite us being in there between the traditional lunch and dinner feeding times, but there were still a few tables to choose from.
The decor is nothing fancy, almost akin to a UK pub, wooden flooring, mix of booths and open tables with a garden out to the rear side.
The tap list was super solid on our visit, I didnít even need to peruse the bottle list as such but remember there being a number of rare and vintage offerings some of which were for on site consumption only.
Of note on the tap list, 4 or 5 Societe beers, one off specials from Great Divide, Lost Abbey and Modern Times plus a number of high ABV beers from Avery amongst others.
4oz tasters available on all beers.
Service was prompt and efficient.
In all an excellent tap list and well worth venturing out to.
A nice quaint joint on a busy San Marcos street with not much parking, though I scored one up front. I sat at the bar and was treated to prompt and frequent service. There was a food menu but I was headed to a friendís house for dinner so I passed on this visit. There is a nice tap selection and fairly large bottle selection.
Located directly off the main road, parking is rather limited and somewhat sketchy (drive carefully so you donít bottom out anywhere). Once inside, the place is fairly traditional and rustic, almost dive-bar feeling, with plenty of seating. I sat at the bar and was serviced very promptly. Excellent beer selection, all of which are available in single taster pours for a reasonable price for a pub. I ordered food too, given that they had a vegan entree (much appreciated); it was tasty, but also somewhat underwhelming and way overpriced ($14) given for the small portion. Despite the food gripe, I highly recommend the place for the beer.
Visited later on a Tuesday evening, and found the place quite easily along San Marcos Blvd. Plenty of parking on the street or in the lot. The interior of the place is a but run down, with the bar to the left and the restaurant seating to the right. The large bar was surrounded by darts on one side, pool table on the other, and table seating scattered about. Tons of great beer on draft, and an impressive bottle selection. They had several lower ABV beers, which I really appreciated. Service was efficient, and in no way friendly. Customers seemed to be on the younger side, and were pretty raucous considering it was a Tuesday. All beers are offered as 4 ounce samples, which is very cool. Overall, I really loved the selection, but wasnít really comfortable. I think this would have been more fun with a group than flying solo.
82 = ★★★Ĺ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
a good bar but overrated. Selection was good,service was good, the beer was bigger than average. The place was a bit snug. Lots of older guys about. The beers did not all taste right, whether its the lines or the age of what was on tap. Bottle selection was decent. A big drop coming from Stone, but different choices and more of a neighbourhood good beer bar.
GT (672) Oceanside, California | February 20, 2012
Cool English style pub and tavern with decent menu with burgers and sandwiches. Tap list was pretty impressive. Large with focus on local beers. Sculpin and Pliny the Elder on tap with special Ballast Point and AleSmith taps. Decent bottle list. Ran through it but didnít see their own beer Churchills Finest from Lost Abbey next door. Got an AleSmith Decadence 2006 to share for $20. They allowed us to get 4oz tasters of whatever. Appetizer food was pretty good. Homely laid back atmosphere. They even have HP sauce which I havent seen since I was in Australia. Draft list prices were reasonable. $5 for most stuff going up to $8 for Jolly Pumpkin. Staff was very friendly to just straight up hilarious. Very inviting feel. Sweet local dive type of place.
This was our last stop on a fairly hefty day of drinking at Stone and Lost Abbey. Pretty normal bar/restaurant in terms of looks, with an American take on a British bar (i.e. not very British looking). In terms of beer selection is far from normal! On the night we were there they had about 30 taps in comparison to their normal 50, which they apologised for as they had a festival coming up - I was still more than happy. I thought the bottle selection was brilliant - plenty of things we didnít find anywhere else on our California trips - such as bottles of vintage Decadences for $20 and less. More things on there than I dare mention. Place was more full of locals/non-beer geeks, which is nice for a change. Food was solid and good value. Staff were very friendly and fairly knowledgeable. A top beer destination.