Good looking place, dark wood, beige walls, L shaped bar dozen or chairs at bar, tables, mostly fit six, 8 or so, two two person tables. Service was good, but it was Monday lunch so it wasn’t busy. Solid beer selection, lots of SD area, Belgium well represented.. I got.the ablt sandwich. Tasted good.. fair market prices. Good place, reccomended visit if you in the area.
A wonderful place. Much different than the San Fran location, clean and with amazing service. Both are great. Good food, reasonable prices. A great selection, got a cable car kriek. The service was amazing, those guys are really cool. What can I say, huge tap selection and loads of bottles. Great place!
I felt like I had just entered IPAapalooza when I looked up at the board here. My only Alpine scores of the trip and was rewarded with both a Duet and a Nelson. Very cool bar staff, excellent juke box, food looked great but I was beer only the night of my visit. A must hit if you are in from out of town.
After visiting the SF Toronado previously on this trip I was very pleasantly surprised with the SD outpost. Can’t believe these are even owned by the same person. Where the SF one is a dive bar, this is much more modern and clean inside. Draft selection was very extensive (including Alpine, RR and the like) and great value. Bottle list was massive and full of very interesting beers. Opted for a bottle of Cable Car Kriek to start…… Great choice, it’s just a shame I had to leave! Would love to return for longer in the future.
bmerz (122) Brooklyn, New York | March 15, 2012| Updated March 16, 2012
The chalk board for local beer for $3 per pint of Alesmith, Alpine, Green Flash, Stone, Lost Abbey, and Pizza Port...that kinda says it all. The charm is mostly the beer paraphernalia and knowledge of the kind of establishment it is The bartender was one of the best I’ve had anywhere. The beer list...jeez. SD proper.
I went on a weeknight. Crowd was not an issue. The tap list was impressive, but I wasn’t blown away given that I’d been to O’Brien’s, PP, and Hamilton’s already this trip. It was a cool atmosphere, and a nice clean place. The servers seems helpful and pleasant. I definitely plan on returning on my future SD visits.
A lot cleaner but not as much character as its SF counterpart. Tons of Pizza Port options on tap which was awesome...unique offerings. Would have stayed a lot longer if my wife was impressed. Decent service, good selection...but there are so many options in San Diego. In a strip mall...not sure I’d revisit unless something crazy was available.
It’s hard to say I was a bit let down by this place and still give it a 92, but it just isn’t quite as cool as the original in SF.
Overall its a great place without any flaws of note. Great selection and great prices. In a town full of great beer bars, it is amng the very best.
wow, what an experience. We ate great food along with beers like Pliny the Elder as we sat with a former Navy Captain Diver EOD and a civ who were so cool. We traderd tshirts, drank beer, talked shit, and ate great food (which complemented the beer nicely). Draft beer selection was incredible and included about a half-dozen cask ales. We started of with a draught of Pliny the Elder, served at a good temperature and good head. Prices were reasonable and place was in good shape.