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

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Mayor: Marheb (8) | Taps: 28 | Bottles: 130
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
SinH4  (206) Garching b. M�nchen, Germany | July 5, 2015
A very dark pub, but nice interieur because they have all their old tap handles hung up on the ceiling. The bottle list is crazy. 3 Fonteinen Intense Red, Golden Blend and stuff like that. Service is meh-I-don’t-care-like, but fast enough. Food is okay, right what you need when you’re hungry. Taps are quite cheaply priced sometimes. Dive bar yes, but a fun place.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
Capa  (443) Kitsap, Washington | June 15, 2015
I’ll preface this by saying I am not trying to be a hater but damn, this place was not worth my adventure to get there. Very dark (to save money on energy?), definitely a dive bar (I love dive bars, btw) but had that annoying "we are also so fucking high end you should feel honored to be here" attitude. Ugh. The bartender couldn’t have cared less about my presence- barely listening to my order. My pint of beer was promptly delivered, though. But, what? Ice cubes? The fuck? I get you are trying to cool the glass- but with your shitty beer bro attitude, get the ice outta the glass, dip wad. I originally gave them a pass because the place was packed but the bartender was more than enough after being there a while. I was going to try a burger but I didn’t feel like supporting that dude any more. After a deep breath I decided to give them a second chance next time I am in town. RB is usually pretty good when recommending a place this highly so it must have been a one off occurrence. It does have a lot of potential; I just didn’t get to see it on my visit. Will re-rate.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
fluffheady  (109) Chicago, Illinois | April 20, 2015
We visited Hamilton’s on a recent beer-focused visit to San Diego. We had been to about 12 different breweries and several different bars, and everywhere we went people told us to make sure we visited Hamilton’s. We were extremely happy we ended our last night in town here. There are hundreds if not a couple thousand tap handles adorning the ceiling. They have a perfectly curated beer list that is 95% comprised of beer from San Diego, the Bay area, and Oregon. It’s a bit dive-y with pool tables, and they were literally playing Sharknado 2 on the televisions. We ordered a couple of local rarities to start, but after getting completely sucked into Sharknado 2, me and my SO split a 750 of Cascade. Besides the great atmosphere and beer, the staff was spot on. They were laid back, not pretentious, and very knowledgable about the beer.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77  (451) Reno, Nevada | March 25, 2015
Not as big a fan of this place as some, though it definitely has an eclectic beer list and merits a visit. Just didn’t wow me.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2  (1043) Escondido, California | January 24, 2015
This is an unassuming place from the outside and even once inside, and then you peek at the bottle list and stumble backwards into a chair. It was a hard decision as to where I should start, but I made a first choice and stuck with it. The service is good and the food ordering is self ordering/pickup. A few pool tables segregate the two rooms in this small dive bar, but a dive bar that I highly recommend.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Marheb  (383) San Diego, California | January 14, 2015
Une taverne avec tout ce que ça comporte, les tables de billards sont encore en place. La liste de fût est massive et celle des bouteilles tout aussi étourdissante. Difficile d"aller ailleurs quand on consulte la taplist en ligne avant de partir. Pour la bouffe de pub plus qu’adéquate, on commande dans une petite fenêtre à l’opposé du bar. Une légende bien huilée.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
spycow  (70) Illinois | January 11, 2015
Visited Hamilton’s a few times on my trips to San Diego. Great beer bar with rotating beer selection and decent selection of bottles. Carry primarily San Diego locals (how can you go wrong). Will some more limited items at times. Great place to visit for the beer geek.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
gad905  (8) London, England | December 17, 2014
Visited Sep 18, 2014. Dark, dingy dive bar vibes, quite a rocker/biker crowd, forest of taphandles from the ceiling. Music not too loud. Service was ok, was pretty busy so didn’t really get much attention. Good draft selection, some treats from Alpine, Societe, DFH and some others I wasn’t so familiar with, plus amazing bottle list - pretty pricey bottles though. Have to reiterate a complaint made by others, what’s with only serving pints?! Nice enough, but didn’t blow me away, think this place might be better for locals/regulars.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois  (1037) Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, England | December 11, 2014
Visited on Wednesday 12/11/14 around 5pm, the place was pretty busy. We took a cab from Toronado which was about $12. Upscale dive bar feel, pretty dark, we just squeezed into a small table by the side of the bar. The roof was adorned with tap handles, there was a pool table and shuffle board also in the venue. Tap list was solid if not necessarily blowing me away. Being SD beer week I’m guessing they’d had some kind of Green Flash takeover event as almost half the beers on tap were Green Flash. Unlike Toronoado and Coin Op we weren’t treated to wall to wall shit loud music, think it was a juke box here. Service was fine. Again, full pints only as per Toronado and Coin Op, what’s wrong with the fucken option for a 10 or 12 oz pour? Decent place overall, I preffered this to Toronado.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer  (125) Arkansas | November 21, 2014
Went here last night. I’ll admit that my expectations were pretty high as one of the highest rated places in SD. But I was very, very disappointed. The only flights were CA meads, which I’m not really interested in. And they only serve pints - not even half pints. So if you want to sample several you’ll either leave totally drunk or only drink half of them. Very disappointing. And much of what was on their list was good, but available at lots of other places in town. The vibe was cool, but don’t really plan on food. It seemed like an afterthought. So if you want to go get drunk with a bunch of hipsters and the college crowd, this is your place. If you are a beer geek, go for the tick, but not much else. Oh, and they list lots of good things on their bottle list, but all three that I wanted were "out." I specifically wanted Beer Geek Breakfast which they list online and in their "notebook." But alas, it was not to be had. I was told that the inventory goes in and out really quickly. Well, that is what computers are for. Easy to maintain inventory with one of them new-fangled things. Oh well. A very disappointing visit. Had a pint of PTE and left.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
PRBeer  (681) Parsippany, New Jersey | September 15, 2014
Fun place...great character...must stop when in SD. They obviously have a great beer selection...but you’re here as much for the selection as the atmosphere and the vibe...which seems to change by the minute as it gets more crowded. If you just want to enjoy the beer...come early. Later it becomes a really loud, crowded, and fun beer bar. Not everyone’s place...but obviously a lot of people love it. If you’re alone...come early...with 4 or more...perfect when it’s crowded. Love the tap handles on the ceiling with the small white lights like stars! A must visit in SD!

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