So guess it depends on your experience but wow did I have a great one for my first visit. Showed up Friday slightly after it opened, maybe 3 people there. Sat at the bar with my wife and our 9 month old (was nice to have a very kid friendly environment at least early in the day - unlike the original) and had a great on going chat with the bartender (totally blanking on his name although he pulled a 2005 120 to share with us) and Ian the owner, enjoyed many tasty bottles of beer, timely and friendly service, and a very good line-up of beers on tap including exponential hopiness that was tapped right before we left. Definitely worth a visit if you are in SD.
If you know the name of the place, you know what to expect. The expectations are exceded. The rotating taps are unbelievable, and the food is great. The servers are knowledgeable and heplful. Go drink at this place.
great craft beer bar - lots of great stuff on tap with a lot from CA. tons of bottles including Lost Abbey Cable Car for $45. it was pretty quiet when I went during the day. nice bathrooms for a bar. lots of parking nearby.
an awesome place! one of the best beer bars i have ever been to. Always alot of rare beers on tap (Alpine, Russian River, port, alesmith, etc). VEry friendly staff and i really like the vibe in this place. I was lucky to try RR IPA on tap here. one of the top 5 stops you MUST make in SD on your beer tour.
This place was kinda neat. First off, the parking sucks. Hell, we went there about 10 PM on a Tuesday night and couldnít find a close place to park. We ended up parking a couple blocks away. Anyways... Walked in and found myself in the middle of a 20 something bar. No big deal, I was there for the beer. And the place had some good beer. Nice tap and bottle selection. Food selection was a little odd. Never had Nachos made with Ruffles/Wavy Lays. No matter, I was hungry and ate the shit out of them. I did have the good fortune to try cable Car while I was there. A nice place, but I prefer OíBriens.
Made the trip here after hitting OíBriens. Cool little spot. I wasnít blown away by the tap list compared to what OíBriens had on but the bottle list was great and I split a Cable Car with nbutler11. Huge bonus points to be able to walk in off the street and open a Cable Car for $40. The food was interestingÖ nachos made with wavy Lays potato chips, but you donít exactly come here for the food. Glad I got a chance to check it out.
A much different vibe than itís SF cousin. Located in a decent spot in San Diego, it has a larger interior (brighter lighting too) and a newer/shinier feel. The bar area was spacious and very nice. Thereís also some tables and chairs for groups. Most of the people in there on a Friday night seemed like they had just come from work. Definitely more of a hipster vibe. The bartender was really friendly and attentive. The draft list was phenomenal on its own, but the bottle list left my mouth watering. I got a bottle of Cable Car and enjoyed myself very much.
Much like its older brother to the north, Toronado San Diego has great values on great beers. You can get vintage bottles for 1/4 of what they go for in the open market, barely marked up above their original sale price. You can get unbelievable fresh IPAs for under 6 dollars a pint. You can try rare draft only releases practically every day of the week. A rather depressing place, because I know it exists and I know I live thousands of miles away.
Okay, the beer selection is amazing...both on tap and bottles. There is nothing to complain...if you want a beer location, go here. Itís impossible to be disappointed. A bit of a divey bar feel, dark at night while I was there. I was with a coworker, so we got a table, you had to order at the bar. The food was mediocre pub food, the service at the bar seemed friendly and attentive, but the food was slow. I donít know, apart from the beer, I didnít like it much, but like I said, the beer selection was outstanding.
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.
tyler_mn (67) SLP, Minnesota | March 9, 2011| Updated December 9, 2011
Good lord. The bottle list reads like a fucking novel. 50 taps. Ate one of the sausages. Drank a Cable Car. Bartender was awesome. She was super knowledgable, attentive w/o being annoying and very friendly. Iím buying the whole damn thing an moving it to Minneapolis.