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Taps: 3 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3794 30th St
phone: (619) 255-8778
// CLOSED //
(Place added by: stoner420 on 10-06-2006)
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| Reviews: 18
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Linkery is an excellent wine and beer bar on 30th street in San Diego. the place specializes in Sausage, and has a decent wine and beer lineup. four taps and five casks, with obscure and unique offerings.
aesthetically, the decor is the kind of 'artistic' that old white haired ladies think is new and fresh. streetside seating with open walls and a bar that faces the inside, right next door is a meat market, connected to the space, with the general aroma of smoked meat throughout the place from the open grill behind the bar.
quality and service were great. the staff knows beer, and the proper glassware and clean conditions leave nothing to be desired.
selection is decent. four taps, five casks and thirty or fourty bottles, with odd offerings that center around wild ales, sours, and lambics. this BA had two berliner weisses and an unblended lambic, all very fresh and quite tasty.
overall, this is a very lax place to sit down and enjoy some good beer. the clientele seems to generally know their stuff about beer or wine and are interested to talk about the drinks at hand. make this a stop and the local feel will be very apparent. cheers!
08-16-2009 17:30:21 |
More by botham
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
The pairing of a bohemian beverage like beer with bourgeois food is a conundrum to me. The Linkery, like Stone (the restaurant not the brewery) parade beer with the same snobbish extravagance as wine. The food was fine, but it did not live up to the pomp and circumstance they hype. The "local, fresh, organic" ballyhoo is nothing more than a gimmick. It's the pretentiousness that drives the valuation, not the quality. Earlier in the day I had eaten at Pehoe's in Coronado. Peohe's is by far a higher class establishment than the Linkery, and the food far surpassed the Linkery in quality, portion size, and affordability.
Beer selection is ho-hum as far as the drafts are concerned. The cask beers are the lure for the more serious beer connoisseur, or the bait for the unenlightened schlep with money to burn. The beer is mostly bottled and furnishes some choices for the masses, but the selection mainly caters to the hoity-toity. In all the beer is packaged not unlike a wine selection at a higher class establishment (e.g. mostly by the bottle and a smaller selection by the glass [draft] at inflated prices).
To add insult to injury the Linkery adds an 18% service charge as penance for eating in their establishment. Staff do not have to work for their tip, and it shows. Service was average 10%. Our attendant was not especially knowledgeable about the beer selection, and gave little help with the menu. For 18-20% I expect service on the level of the Bacci, not the 10-15% I would get at a Coco's. But it's just part of the packaging... An attempt to give the place a European sheen.
12-27-2008 09:23:04 |
More by mykonos
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Some friends and I checked this place out for a quick beer after breakfast at Hash House A Go-Go on Sunday, parked right alongside it on the street and noticed it had a very modern look that was wide open, never saw the old location but this place looked cool, atmosphere was upscale with people fitting that mold, most of the employees were young and suprisingly knew a lot about beer, we sat down at the bar and immediately saw the taps board, there was six total but they were impressive, they consisted of Firestone Opal which I ordered, Parabola, Telegraph Stock Porter, Mad River Jamaica Red, Alesmith X, and Boon Mariage Parfait Gueuze, they also had a cask of Firestone Double Barrel, prices were a little steep and my 6 ounce glass of Opal wheatwine was seven dollars and change when it was all said and done, they charge tax and gratuity up front, and do not allow tips, but you can donate to local charities on your way out, I was glad to see some of the Firerstone from their brewmaster dinner was left over, no complaints about the quality in this place, it was very clean and organized, now perhaps the best part about this place is its bottle list, some of the cool things it includes is Alesmith Barrel Aged Speedway Stout for only 33 dollars, quite the deal since it is twenty dollars when released at the brewery, do not know how they got them but all power to them, they also had a three year vertical of Stone Old Guardian, Russian River Temptation, and Port Ne Goein Saison to name a few, only bad thing about all this is that you cannot buy bottles to go, the food looked amazing but like I said above we had just ate, sausages in particular looked awesome and you can choose what ingredients are inside, cool idea and I will definitely be taking advantage of that next time I am there, was not exactly cheap but their selection was impressive and I will definitely be going back, you should check this place out as soon as possible if you are in the San Diego area
10-30-2008 19:22:37 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Went to the Linkery for a keg of Green Flash Super Freak (wine barrel aged Le Freak) but blew it because the North Park Beer Jackals attacked the crap out of that keg and finished it in under an hour before we got there. Crazy. Luckily there was also a cask of Green Flash Trippel, dry hopped. Very excellent and served in a wine glass which I liked. The food was fantastic. Everything is on the pricey side though. Nice place, we got a high table by the window which is perfect. I think the one downfall is you don't have one normal server, you have about 26 servers all asking you the same things: "Can I get you some more drinks?"..."Oh, she already got us some"...30 seconds later, a different server: "Hey, need another beer?"...come on. Still, I want to return to this place for sure.
07-14-2008 20:28:05 |
More by kleffman
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
I've been to the old location a few times and i'm not sure why i never reviewed it then but oh well, here it goes. They've moved to a new location on 30th and North Park wy (not far from the old place) and it is beautiful. The decor is very low-key but amazingly cool. The staff is genuinely nice and welcomes questions. Most of the food is locally grown and organic which makes for a very neat rotating menu. The also make their own sausages and ice cream. The beer selection, although not plentiful, is very high quality and they are one of the few locations around to have more than one cask on at once. Highly recommended and a must visit if coming down to the San Diego area.
07-04-2008 01:10:35 |
More by dave12285
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
This place was tremendous in terms of the food they offered and their beer was beyond what I had expected. Thank you to all the BAs that suggested I add this place to my beer-tinerary while in SD on business.
Atmosphere: Great, laid back almost hole in the wall type place that was tremendous.
Quality: They say real food and real beer and thats what they deliver. Doesnt get much better than arrogant bastard on cask as well as a SD selection that has to be second to none.
Service: Among the best that Ive ever had, maybe Im used to the East Coast. As a topper, they dont accept tips beyond the 18%. You would not have realized it given the high level of customer relations here.
Selection: The size of the menu and beers were not huge but I had absolutely no problem whatsoever getting here twice during the week and thoroughly enjoying every thing each time.
Food: Local food that has menu changing constantly. Nothing short of delicious. Of the 2 nights, I had the tiburon, the greens salad, the stuffed squash, sausage tacos, and pound cake. Nothing short of fantastic.
Highly recommended, A+. A bit out of the way but worth getting there.
01-11-2008 05:30:02 |
More by marcpal
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I can definitely see why this place was added to BA. Any restaurant that's determined to have good cask ale deserves a chance for review, imo. The selection is pretty small and the local beers are commonly available. However, they have some coopers that I haven't seen anywhere else, as well as a few bavarian beers I haven't seen before. Because of the small selection, the cask ale is necessary to keep avid beer drinkers coming interested. The food is very good, and it is worth it to have a whole dinner here. The atmosphere is not what one would expect from a beer bar, but this place isn't a beer bar. It's a restaurant that cares about gourment food, wine and beer. It provides a delightful eating experience and is certainly worth stopping by for anyone interested in cask conditioned beer.
03-11-2007 04:28:15 |
More by dbalsock
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Ok, I wanted to add this place because they have recently acquired a beer engine with taps for two casks and endeavor to keep cask beer available all the time. They have had casks from Stone, Alesmith, Port Brewing and Ballast Point. The establishment is actually more of a restaurant than a bar, but they do have a little bar if you just want a beer or two. The bottle selection is decent, they have a good selection of German beer and they also have bottles of local beer.
I believe they are only open for dinner. The food is really good, so if you want to eat some good food and drink some cask beer then this would be the perfect place to go.
I would recommend asking which cask beer is the freshest, as lately I've had a few casks here that were a little off their prime.
10-09-2006 18:29:46 |
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