Stopped in here for an unnecessary flight and before heading back to my hotel for the night.
Late night visit on a Tuesday or something, so not terribly crowded, but sort of an odd reddish hue from the low lighting they had in the bar area.
They have the usual lineup of Rock Bottom beers like the Wit, Kolsch, IPA, etc. There’s also some unique beers to this location, as you might expect. The beer quality was pretty solid overall, I particularly liked the special IPA they had on, though it wasn’t necessarily archetypal San Diego IPA.
Good service, decent prices. Fine enough place to slam a few beers and you pretty much know what you’re going to get here.
This was a quick stop on the way back from San Diego yesterday. It’s kind of nice that there are three places with in walking distance here. Whole Foods and BJs are in the shopping center one block up the hill at VIlla La Jolla and Nobel. Rock Bottom is just down the hill next to some apartments which I think is student housing. Be wary of the signs since there are signs everywhere warning of towing.
Inside is your typical Rock Bottom setup with the brewing system in a room behind the bar and plenty of seating around the building. There are also enough TVs that everyone can watch the game, or at least be within earshot of some drunk a-hole yelling at the tv. They do flights of the house beer but you have to ask to try the specials. What I mean by "specials" are the beers that are not the kolsch, wit, pale, and IPA. When I was there they had a scotch ale with vanilla beans, a brown ale, a Belgian ale of some sort, a different IPA, and an imperial porter. They were all drinkable but I’m not sure if I’d order any of them again, with the possible exception of the Mary Jane IPA. The vanilla beans made the scotch ale better but it was just OK.
The bartender was nice, the prices were standard (about $10 for the flight), and we sat next to a guy that smelled like urine and looked like he hadn’t showered in a week.
Great local brewer. Required brews are fine, with the IPA being a stand-out. The optional brews are excellent. Bourbon barrel aged stout, brown ale casked with espresso, rum chipped porter, etc. If I lived closer, I’d be a regular.
Your basic RB, nothing to really distinguish it from the others. We were there for a beer dinner. All of the beers we tried were good but not outstanding. Food was served buffet style...pizza and pasta. Pasta was okay, pizza was very good but ran out quickly. All around good but not outstanding.
Good food; mac n cheese and french dip sandwich are fun and quick. Not inexpensive for what it is though ($45ish for an entree, 2 beers and half an appetizer split with a friend). Had bad luck that we had a terrible waiter but I don’t hold that against the restaurant. Beer was good, especially for a chain restaurant. Had sports on tv and a packed bar on a Wednesday night which is exactly what I like in a place. Overall a B to B+ kind of place.
Service was ok. The food was actually not that bad. The beers are hit and miss, but the selection is decent. Fresh cask of their Espresso stout was pretty good. I mean, its no speedway, but still enjoyed it :)