Nice little place geared toward locals, where everyone knows everyone. Extra bonus is the view from the patio of a nearby small airfield, with all sorts of little puddle-jumpers taking off and flying overhead, plus a view of the fighters beating up the pattern at Miramar. Excellent bottle list, much better than the small tap list. Worth a stop.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | January 19, 2013| Updated January 20, 2013
Visited Jan 19, 2013.
Busy place with no parking to be found. Despite the lines I got my beers pretty quickly. Sat outside and enjoyed some 10/19 and 19/10 along with some Compunction. Cool place and good prices. Not really near anything I want to visit but I think I will be returning.
You wouldn’t expect to find this place in its particular shopping center. Surrounded by Korean shops and restaurants, it’s located in a small shopping center. Parking is tight and limited, so you’re better off just parking around the corner on the street. Small interior with a patio space out front. Service was quick and the place was packed. Nice selection on this visit as it was Russian River weekend and also their anniversary. Nice prices, too. Definitely worth a stop. Didn’t eat anything, but the food looked and smelled great.
Stopped here for a San Diego Beer Week event where they tapped 20 barrel aged beers, mostly impie stouts. It was ridiculously crowded and almost impossible to find a table, but there was standing room. Sadly, they were serving all sample pours out of plastic cups - shame on them - which probably obscured my ability to enjoy the beers to the full extent. Service was pretty good despite the crowds and the prices were very reasonably given the rarity of many of the beers served.Not sure I’d say this is a must stop, but if in the area and need some good quality beers, this is a good place to go.
O’Brien’s occupies a corner strip mall unit in the heart of San Diego’s brewery zone none affectionately as ’Beeramar’ and ’Beeramesa’. I visited on a crowded Friday during SD Beer Week and was able to share a table while two other patrons waited for their guests to arrive. The beer selection, taps and bottles, was diverse and rotating. I found the service handled the crowd very well and kept the queue moving. The prices are well in line with San Diego.
(Visited 07/2008): O’Brien’s is a small pub on the end cap of a strip mall off Balboa Ave, pretty much between the 805 and CA-163. The parking lot is fairly large.
The space is small with the bar along the left and seating on the right. There is also a small patio.
The beer selection is impressive, especially considering how small the bar is. The tap list includes beers from Stone, RR, Craftsman, Alaskan, Alpine, New Belgium, etc. A couple of the beers seemed to be limited in nature too. The bottle list had at least 100 beers available.
Service was good on a weekday early dinner. The bartenders were efficient and knew their beers.
No complaints about the pub grub either. My burger was tasty and enjoyable.
Overall it took me a few trips to SD to get around to visiting something other than a brewpub but I am glad I had a chance to make it here. I would absolutely visit here again just to see what new beers they have.
We stopped past here after visiting Alesmith and Hess. The location is a bit unusual - it’s surrounded by Asian eateries. The exterior/Interior is "Irish themed" dive bar. The tap list was solid, but not outstanding when I visited. It was however full of interesting Californian microbrews I hadn’t heard of before. The bottle list was pretty extensive and I managed to get a Framboise de Amorosa . They even had BA Speedway Stout on the list.....but unsurprisingly it was out of stock -damn! Food was so-so. All round it’s a good place for beer, but not outstanding given some of the other places in the SD area.
Hard to rate O’Brien’s normally as I was there for Million Zillion Speedway night- and well, if that doesn’t get a 15/15 for selection I don’t know what would. Ambiance is cozy, relaxed sports bar. Decent amount of patio seating. TVs abounding. Long wooden bar to sit at or grab some small, snug tables. Tap list is updated regularly on a dry-erase board. Staff were quick and efficient. Location is a bit out there in a suburban strip mall. Plus side is lots of free parking and a ton, like 20, Asian restaurants around like Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, hot pot specialties, Ramen specialties. Really good stuff. Food at O’Brien’s is upgraded bar food: Parmesan garlic fries, loaded nachos. Everything was good, but more snacking type stuff. Staff handled the chaos of the event very well. Everyone there got to try all 16 Speedways, which seems impossible to me. Even allowed full 10oz pours of the varieties after the line died down to nothing. Really impressed with the logistics here. Like for the rest of San Diego, the beer community is closely knit so strike up a conversation with someone if you are by yourself. You’ll learn a lot and have more fun. Value, I mean $8 for a 10oz pour of Coconut Vanilla Speedway? Good lord.
Easy to find location in strip mall off Convoy. Parking lot in front of building. Corner of building with entrance and patio in the front and bar on left. Tables on the side. Friendly staff. Good selection of beers on tap with 17 Russian River beers from tasting the night before. Good lunch menu. I had a sandwich, Very good. Well worth the visit and I will go again when back in town.