Hamilton’s Tavern

1521 30th St
San Diego, California United States 92102
bar  4.9/5.0 131 reviews
Mon - Fri 3:00 PM - 2:00 AM; Sat - Sun 1:00 PM - 2:00 AM

beer menu
Mayor: Marheb (8) | Taps: 28 | Bottles: 130
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
trokini  (56) San Diego, California | May 12, 2009
Best beer bar in San Diego, just barely edging O’Brien’s. Tons of great taps, plus a massive cooler with beers that I truly have never seen anywhere else in the county. Very cool bartenders that really know their stuff. Food, awesome. Fast nachos rule as does the monte cristo. The vibe is very laid back, dark, and local-friendly.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
d0ggnate  (5) California | May 11, 2009
Hamilton’s is my go to beer destination in San Diego. I remember my first trip to Hamilton’s and how awestruck I was upon first glance at the chalkboard listing all the great beer offerings. I am always able to find something great to drink on draft. Next up you have the great bottle coolers with an every wider selection of great beer to choose from. Hamilton’s is, by far, my favorite place in San Diego to drink beer.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
daviddm  (1) Alabama | March 16, 2009
I love this place. They have great beer and a open door dog policy so I can bring my dogs.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
ajm  (202) Los Angeles, California | February 10, 2009| Updated March 16, 2009
Wicked tight. It’s a little too scene for me, people-wise, but you know what? THEY STAY OPEN TILL TWO AM ON THE WEEKENDS. Get a clue, San Diego. They had Pliny the Younger on tap and Redemption in the bottle, so I was totes impressed. Have been back twice and both times there was only one beer on the list that looked interesting. Bartenders the night I was in were just top notch - very calm, very helpful. A drive down thirtieth street, but North Park are posers anyway.
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce  (22) Carlsbad, California | February 9, 2009
This is a nice little place nestled away in the South Park area of San Diego. Went there with Katie to get Pliny the Younger after OBriens had tapped out. Ambiance inside is quite a dive, with a little ghetto cafe next door that serves up pretty damn good burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches through a window linked to the bar room. Pretty small inside, with a good sized bar and just a few tables. The entire back area is taken up by pool tables and shuffleboard. Awesome bottle selection with plenty of Belgians and hard-to-find American brews too. We had some vintage Old Stock. Also available was RR Temptation, Beatification and others. Gets quite crowded during later hours, so reserve your seat at the bar early!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Bohica  (1) British Columbia | February 1, 2009
Great little neighbourhood dive. The owner is a stark raving beer nut! Place is generally crowded, lots of locals, knowledgeable staff. Blair makes sure to always have local micros on tap, the menu @ the restaurant is always interesting, using lots of fresh local ingredients. The bottle selection is always outstanding. One of my favorite places for a pint.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
fidel  (114) Livermore, California | January 18, 2009
Packed house on a Thursday. Great selection on tap and in bottles. Properly maned bar that was helpful.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
illinismitty  (279) Nashville, Tennessee | September 16, 2008
This is definitely has a neighborhood feel, and can be easy to miss. Inside is dark, with a local crowd and semi-dive bar appeal. The tap handle collection on the ceiling is a nice touch. The chalkboard behind the bar clearly shows the current tap list and prices, and stays current. There is also a bottle cooler behind the bar that is conducive to browsing from behind the bar. This is my type of place, great beer, locals, and nothing too fancy. If you are driving, be careful. Cops watch for patrons leaving and getting into their cars, and will find any excuse to pull you over.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
slimchill  (88) Austin, Texas | September 12, 2008
Laid back atmosphere and very friendly staff. Wonderful bottle and draught selection. Relatively quiet, conversations could be had at a reasonable volume.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Beese  (70) Watford, England | September 6, 2008
Pretty good beer selection in here, not the best I’ve seen, but they had some good brews on that I don’t think I’ve seen since. Service was perfectly reasonable, although I did get there on openng and there weren’t that many others in there. Seemed like a bit of a ’locals’ place and it’s a bit out of the way in an area with not a lot else but houses. Worth a visit, though.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
JohnC  (163) Mission Viejo, California | August 18, 2008
Went here for the Beer & Boobies 2008 being put on by Vac, zug4abby, sick_boy282 & sick_girl282. Very nice tap list. friendly folks, a little dark and dingy & dive-bar-ish. Since I live 70+ miles away, I won’t be going here often, but if I lived near it, I might given the tap list.

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