South Bay Drugs has a huge selection of beer and Joey is very knowledgeable and helpful. I still regret early in my craft beer passion turning down a Isabelle that he just got in. Oh well. The convenient store feel is a little strange but the beer makes up for it.
I was been lucky to stop by to see Joey when I went to San Diego for vacation last summer. I’ve ordered from him a ton through mail order but it was finally nice to meet the man. Hell of a nice guy. Great service, really good selection of West Coast stuff I would never see without him.
boamr (11) Allentown, Pennsylvania | March 11, 2010
I was honestly expecting more from this place considering it’s #1 in San Diego. I even got there right after 9 and they still weren’t open. That kind of sucked and the selection wasn’t that impressive. I did score some Red Poppy there however.
If you’re local this place is way the hell out of the way. Good selection but the drive is too far for anything other than an infrequent trip.
I’d almost rather drive to Holiday or PP Bottle Shop due to proximity of other beer joints.
Be cool if he moved to central san diego vs IB.
Overall a great place to order beer from. Joey really runs things well and is great at keeping you up to date on what beers he has through the website and a weekly newsletter (I used this for ambiance). Can get a bit expensive with shipping, but still the cheapest way for me to get these beers
foppa78 (12) Lees Summit, Missouri | January 14, 2010| Updated July 20, 2011
Just a great place to order beer. Joey is on top of things. He does a great job letting us know what is available. This allows me to get in on some of the more rare releases that I otherwise would have missed out on. I would not hesitate to order from here.
changeup45 (109) Lake Mary, Florida | January 12, 2010| Updated October 13, 2010
Online Order. There’s not much I can say that hasn’t already been said. I’ve heard so many good things about Joey and South Bay and have contemplated an order for a long time, but for one reason or another didn’t get around to it until now. Ambiance is based on the website, which I like quite a bit. Selection is excellent, with all those west coast greats we can’t get in Florida. They seem to sell out of some stuff quickly but I guess that could be deemed a good thing as the stock is probably kept fresh. Prices were about what I expected. Joey was extremely friendly on the phone, offering some nice tid bits on a couple of the beers I was ordering and let me know of upcoming releases. And get this, he shipped the same day we spoke! All in all the entire process was easy, maybe too easy as I’m already contemplating another order. Thanks Joey!
(Visited 09/2008): Visited South Bay during a trip to Coronado/National City. The store is on Palm Ave just a mile or two off I-5. There is a small lot on the side and front of the building.
The interior is every bit the convenience store, with the beer stocked along the right side. Most if not all the beer is in coolers, in packs and in singles.
There are a couple hundred choices from all over including regional beers from Moylan’s, Lost Abbey, Drake’s, Stone, Lagunitas etc. Decent import selection as well from the likes of Meantime, Paulaner and Htiachino Nest.
Service was good as I picked out a suitcase full of beer for my trip home. I did not meet the legendary Joey but I will definitely stop back here again and would recommend anyone else to do the same.
Originally reviewed 8/12/2008...
When approaching a family vacation to Coronado, I coincidentally heard a lotta great things about SBD and made it a point to take the quick drive to stop in. Selection is top-notch with locals, fine crafts, Belgians and many others. There’s really no shelf in the cooler that is wasted. Prices are decent. Joey kicks it up a notch though, greeting visitors with great knowledge and suggestions of alternates to compare with your choices. He makes this place a quinessential haven for Beer Advocacy. When in ultra-SoCal ya gotta stop by.
I have placed a few orders with Joey and each time he has come through with no problems. Packing is solid and it ships fast. I will continue to use South Bay for my must have harder to get West Coast stuff.
Just completed my first order with South Bay and it certainly won’t be the last! Emailed Joey with an order one late morning last week and the order was complete and shipped in just a few hours. Showed up today perfectly packed. Selection is quite stellar w/ the all the goodies coming out of SoCal with my order primarily driven by the new LA Brother Levonian. I’ve always viewed the lack of prices on the site has a nuisance, but my email request was promptly returned and the prices quite reasonable, so I won’t view that as a big deal down the road. Thanks for a super quick, secure online order Joey!!