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May 18, 2011 03:27 PM

Tap Rooms in San Diego

Going to be down in San Diego next month for a visit. Does anyone have some thoughts on good tap rooms in the area? Not looking for breweries... looking for somewhere that has a large and unique set up on draft.



Tap Room
1269 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

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  1. What part of town are you looking at? In Clairemont/Kearny Mesa there's O'Brien's. South Park has Hamilton's, North Park has Toronado, there's the Regal Beagle in Mission Hills, etc.

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    1. re: jmtreg

      Haven't made hotel plans yet so its pretty open... need to know where the best place to be is first. :)

    2. Interestingly enough, you found one in PB by random - just because you said "tap room". :)

      If you are downtown/Gaslamp, there is Downtown Johnny Brown's. Some people might point you at the Yardhouse, but it's a chain and although it has a far more interesting beer selection than it did when it first opened, it plays it somewhat safe.

      The various Pizza Ports are worth a visit, in my opinion.

      Downtown Johnny Brown's
      1220 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

      1. Here are my top spots for beer in SD:

        Hamiltons Tavern -
        Small Bar -
        Blind Lady Ale House -
        Toronado -
        Pizza Port OB -
        Downtown Johnny Browns -

        If you're willing to venture further afield into North County, add:
        Stone Bistro -
        Churchill's Pub -
        Pizza Port Carlsbad -

        Some of the other places mentioned here are good, but not necessarily front-runners. The places I listed above always have a very diverse selection of beers on hand, with well-maintained tap lines.

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

        Blind Lady Ale House
        3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

        Downtown Johnny Brown's
        1220 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

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        1. re: Josh

          Aye, what Josh said. I would add O'Brien's to the list too.

          1. re: DougOLis

            Yes to what Josh said. To narrow it down even further, 30th Streeet in North Park/Uni Hghts is considered beer alley. Best tap rooms in the city. Blind Lady, Auld Sod for best Guinness, Tornados, Small Bar, Hamiltons. Have fun.