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A group of 7 of us are heading out to San Diego for a quick overnite.

We are hitting some of the breweries on the way up from LA then staying the night somewhere in SD.

We are looking for a good place to have dinner which is located in the vicinity of 2-3 good bars where we can hang out afterwards? It would be nice to walk but we have a designated driver so a short drive wouldn't be terrible. The bars and restaraunts have to have a good beer list and a good vibe.

We're all really casual so nothing too fancy.

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  1. 30th St. area is your best bet. Within a short drive you have Hamiltons Tavern, Toronado, and Blind Lady Alehouse. I'd start at Hamiltons, and have dinner next door at Alchemy. Alternately you could start at Blind Lady and have pizza there, then work your way south to Hamiltons.

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    Hamiltons Tavern
    1521 30th St, San Diego, CA 92102

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    1. re: Josh

      BLAH isn't on 30th, but as its own entity, it would work. Rosie O'Grady's and the Ould Sod are right there as well.

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      Ould Sod
      3373 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

    2. Probably, your best bet - given that you like beer, are looking for something casual, etc. - is San Diego's North Park area - specifically 30th. The Linkery is somewhat controversial on this site - the food can be a bit pricey and inconsistent (from either great to okay) - but would work for something casual with a fair number of bars nearby. Urban Solace, which is right across the street, works as well. The Ritual, somewhat up the street, is also pretty good. Further south on 30th, there's the Smoking Goat, which serves duck fat fries, and Lefty's, which is a Chicago-style pizzeria.

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      Linkery
      3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

      Urban Solace Restaurant
      3823 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

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      1. re: jmtreg

        The Linkery has lowered its prices significantly and there is no dish above $20 anymore.

      2. Thanks for the help. Now I've got a good starting point for some more research.

        Are these restaraunts in the $10-15 food range or the $15?

        Are there any bars in the 30th st area (since that seems to be the best area) that have really good food?

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        1. re: BobMack

          Generally, yes. As Honkman noted, the Linkery lowered its prices so everything is in the $10-15 range. Toronado is a pretty good bet for a bar that serves food.

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          Linkery
          3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

          1. re: BobMack

            If you're looking for closer to $10-15 for food, you might want to consider eating at either Hamiltons or Toronado. They're both closer to that price range, with burgers/sandwiches, and other pub food.

          2. Lot's of good places in North Park, Ritual Tavern, in your price range, has good beer choices and food, Hamiltons, Linkery, not in your price range, Urban Solace as well.

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            Linkery
            3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

            Urban Solace Restaurant
            3823 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

            Ritual Tavern
            4095 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

            1. You might also consider the Park Blvd/University Heights area. I'm thinking dinner at Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano, followed by beers at Small Bar (which would also fall into the bar with pretty good food category). Pizzeria Bruno offers excellent Naples-style pizza and a small, but good, beer list.

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              Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano
              4203 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103