Best bar by far on my trip to San Diego. What an awesome place. Great lively crowd on Friday and Saturday night, and even on Saturday afternoon when we stopped by real quick. Pool tables and shuffleboard are fun, and the crowd is really interesting. Great beers on tap, including Yulesmith on cask when I was there. Highly highly recommended.
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 o’clock, 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!
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.
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!
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 O’briens and tons of bottled ales. Great classic and lively rock music. Great service but lacking FOOD! On the top 5 list!!!
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. Hamilton’s is the definition of why some beers get bad reviews: they were served poorly. You don’t 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.
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.
NateSeats (17) Barlborough (nr Sheffield), England | September 8, 2013
Hamiltons really is a great bar. It’s 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 couldn’t 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.
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.
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.