Visited during SDBW mid afternoon, basic wooden place, nothing special, music didn’t really add to the ambiance, seemed to be summarily ignored by the serving staff who seemed happier to chat amongst themselves. At least it saved on a tip!
Beer selection OK but nothing too spectacular. Overrated.
3fourths (1569) Boulder, Colorado | July 20, 2012| Updated December 18, 2013
clean and comforting space with large and varied draft list including locals, California mainstays and new breweries both, and some quality and semi-rare Belgians as well. 2-3 casks as well. extensive bottle list to make you happy. prices are surprisingly reasonable. all of this without the Toronado SF attitude.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 26, 2013| Updated September 29, 2013
Visited a few times since the first anniversary.
This is in a nice part of town near some other nice bars in a college-y part of town. This has a similar quality tap list to the one in SF (slightly better breweries in SD) and a cool bottle list if you’re into Lost Abbey but without the heart and soul of the dumpy original counterpart in SF. This place is just so sterile and could use a bit of soul. No metal on the jukebox, everything is clean and quiet and well behaved full of beerbros bottle sharing in the corner. Don’t get me wrong, I’d hang out here semi regularly if I was local but for my gas money and time I’ll go to Beachwood instead.
Really nice cozy pub. Nice long bar with lots of stools. Extensive beers on tap and a great bottle selection. Food is pretty good. Only issues are the service, although efficient, is not particularly friendly. A must visit while in SD.
The tap list features a lot of California, and especially San Diego, beers including Alpine, Stone, Russian River, Green Flash, etc. There are some imports as well, but nothing terribly exciting on my particular visit.
More impressive than the tap list is the bottle list. Of course, Cable Car, and other rarities from Russian River, Lost Abbey, 50/50, Hair of the Dog, etc. The problem is that the formula for bottle pricing here is: take the retail price and double it. For example, Victory at Sea for $19, 50/50 Imperial Eclipse for $42, Cherry Adam for $29...you get the picture.
The service was good and the bartenders were helpful and friendly, which is always welcomed and a nice change of pace from the SF location.
Other than the high prices, my main gripe with the place was the large number of hipsters in attendance. I try to ignore these folks as much as possible, but it can be difficult when they’re over running the bar.
This is what I like. Good tap list with a mix of San Diego area and national/ international beers. Pretty interesting bottle list, with 15% off on Tuesdays. Absolutely fabulous service. Simple ambiance; its a bar after all. I missed Citra by three weeks, but I still enjoyed my visit; this is what I wish the original in SF was, but it sadly is not.
Definitely the best bar in San Diego in terms of selection. This is a fairly small place with a capacity of probably under 100. As we were here for San Diego Beer Week, the tap selection was pretty damn awesome, with many one-offs and limited releases available. We got to try the famed Cable Car, as well as a few other special ones. Food was very good (veggie/vegan friendly), and prices were very reasonable. Service was okay as well - no-nonsense and straight to the point. If you don’t stop here when in San Diego, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.
A dive joint with a great beer selection in central San Diego. The food is typical bar food, though well prepared and quick. The beer selection was rather nice, complete with Lost Abbey Cable Car and Red Poppy. The Cable Car was $40 and the Red Poppy was $25. So, two beers into my night, I was down $65. I still had a third beer to go and dinner. The wait staff is helpful and friendly.
Visited on Wednesday 12/11/14 around 3pm.
No real charm in the venue itself, just a medium sized place with the bar on the right as you enter, wooden floor, table seating, beers listed above the bar.
The place was pretty busy and the clientele seemed to be made largely from a local heavy metal crowd.
The music was too loud and shit! Crap 80’s music and naff UK stuff, Come on Eileen - really !?!
Service generally seemed disinterested but I’d come to expect this from other reviews and having visited the SF bar so no real shock factor here.
Beer selection was good, don’t get me wrong, but for a UK ticker I think there were only 6 or 7 new ones for me, seemed to be a lot of Pizza Port beers on the list which, when planning to visit a number of PP venues, weren’t of much interest either.
Pints only, no small pours - great !
I really wanted a full pint of 8% beer at 3pm with a full days ticking laying ahead!
Ok - I can get bars not wanting to piss about with 3 or 4oz pours, but at least offer a 10 or 12oz option as opposed to 16!
Overall a let down. Too loud, not that many ticks on tap, crap service, pints only.
Living off a reputation that it doesn’t really deserve as far as I’m concerned!