Hamiltonís Tavern

1521 30th St
San Diego, California United States 92102
bar  4.9/5.0 129 reviews
Mon - Fri 3:00 PM - 2:00 AM; Sat - Sun 1:00 PM - 2:00 AM

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Mayor: Marheb (3) | Taps: 28 | Bottles: 130
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
papajohn  (25) San Diego (Mira Mesa), California | January 10, 2008| Updated February 5, 2009
Dark dingy neighborhood bar located in an old residential area of South Park. Smells like stale swill. 24 taps of nothing but good stuff with a cooler full of top notch bottles (I sighted a Mikkeler Black Hole in the cooler). I was the first customer at 3 oíclock, but the bar filled up fast by 3:30 with mostly local BMC drinkers. Three big TVs, two pool tables and a fooze ball table. Music today was blues. To hear the clientele talk it sounds like things get rocking and this is a fun place, but for me it was all about the beer. The bartender was cute and really knew her beers. $5.50 for a 12 oz bottle of Bud, $4.50 for a pint of Victory Hop Wallop...ya gotta love it!
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
aleph  (24) , | May 20, 2012
This establishment strikes a great balance between your average bar and pure beer geekery. Great ambiance, pool table, arrangement. Selection does not disappoint - not only do they have quality Euro brews and the locals but RARE or one-off local beers in addition. Food and bottle selection are of similar quality to the taps and service.
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  • 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 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
alafito  (21) tijuana, Mexico | April 4, 2007
Hard to find and no one in the nearby gas stations knew about the place. Confy, big plasma tvs, free pool and foosball. Not a place id take the wife but a nice hangout to chat with a wide variety of regulars. No food there but you can bring in a cheestake sandwich from next door which is excellent. Greatest tap selection in San Diego after Oíbriens and tons of bottled ales. Great classic and lively rock music. Great service but lacking FOOD! On the top 5 list!!!
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
EHouse  (20) Boston, Massachusetts | April 30, 2011| Updated July 9, 2011
Stopped in after hearing rave reviews. Fantastic selection of beers but, wait, no matter what I order it comes in the same CHILLED pint glass: Belgian tripel, pint glass, German hefeweizen, pint glass, DPA, pint glass. It is atrocious to think that a bar with such a great selection of beers could destroy them by serving them improperly. Hamiltonís is the definition of why some beers get bad reviews: they were served poorly. You donít serve a high ABV straight from the fridge, not to mention chilled glasses fuck up the head. I digress, get a proper glass selection and dump the ice bath, then you will be on your way to greatness.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
GaltScat  (18) Minneapolis, Minnesota | February 16, 2008
I have visited once and will be back soon. First, it is a bar, a bar with an excellent selection of beers. They play great music, the patrons and staff are fun, and you can be yourself (aka, you can drink too much). Ordering a pizza for delivery there was fun, but was also a hassle.Thanks to Bartzilla and Naven for introducing me to Hamiltons. If they had food, I would have rated a little higher.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
NateSeats  (17) Barlborough (nr Sheffield), England | September 8, 2013
Hamiltons really is a great bar. Itís dark, divey and totally unpretentious with a great tap list. The only issue is that they have become a victim of their own success. I visited twice whilst in SD and couldnít find anywhere to put my beer. One visit was only at about 18:00. This place is a must visit in San Diego but get there very early or be prepared to stand.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81  (16) San Diego, California | April 10, 2010
Hamiltons is a cool bar with an excellent selection of beers. Their 2nd Saturdays provide access to a wide selection of beers from a featured brewery. The food is pretty good, really good sausages. The staff does a good job getting through the crowds to serve you.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
tkingsbury2  (15) San Diego, California | March 25, 2012
Great place in South Park! We go frequently after work for happy hour to play shuffleboard and pool and have great beer and food. They have thousands of taps on the ceilings and the dimly lit pub is a perfect place to relax. Great rotation selection of beer on tap and bottles too. One warning is that it will get busy later on in the evening, especially on weekends.
86
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
joshklein069  (15) Vermont | September 17, 2013
Maybe a bit too divey for my taste. Pretty good tap list, the bartenders make this place great. Way too many people when I was there so a bit sweaty and stinky. Ill go back on an off night.
86
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
Bartzilla  (15) La Mesa, California | December 9, 2006| Updated May 14, 2008
A welcome addition to the neighborhood. Nice selection of taps and bottles and an owner eager to satisfy the customer. Kicked down a bottle of Delirium Noel to us so we could taste it against the kegged version that he was in the midst of getting tapped. Lots of bar games and plenty of televised sports round out the deal. Been there a few times and look forward to going back several more times.

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