Taps: 45 / Bottles: 64
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My friend and I from SD visited here on a Friday afternoon just before happy hour. He had warned me that the neighborhood was very popular with young adults and Friday's were especially crowded.
We found ourselves nearly alone at 3PM and had our choice of bar stools. Atmosphere is sort of urban hip crowd. Main focus of the beer culture were the glass door coolers behind the bar filled with kegs.
Very good selection of mostly Southern California beers. Pizza Port, Stone, and several other breweries I was not familiar with. Also five taps devoted to mainstream beers (Guinness, PBR, Stella). The beers tasted fresh and were served cool in pint glasses.
Didn't have any food but pizza is the specialty of the house.
Friendly helpful service from the bartender and his lovely female assistant. I would certainly return here for more local beers.
11-18-2007 03:35:57 | More by joedon
4.45/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Hit the Tap Room on a recent visit, in between bocce session on PB. Tap selection was just what I was looking for: Fresh San Diego ales! Stone, Ballast Point, Green Flash, Pizza Port, Alesmith, Coronado were all on separate beer engines which made for easy picking. My first Alesmith IPA on draft was enlightening, to say the least.
Nice friendly bartender named Betty. Great open front windows for watching the goings-on in PB.
Went back later for pizza, with a pitcher of Green Flash West Coast IPA. What else can I say?
09-19-2007 22:34:24 | More by RustyDiamond
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $
This place just opened a couple months back and have seen it a few times when visiting friends in Pacific Beach
About 30 taps total including Ruination IPA, Stone Imperial Russian Stout, and Lost Abbey Ten Commandments on tap as the standouts
Also had Alesmith Decadence and Old Numskull
Located on Garnet Street a block away from Fred's Mexican Cafe and Typhoon Saloon
Had to finally check it out, also next to my favorite CD store in the area, Music Trader
Where can you get a 16 ounce Alesmith Speedway Stout for $3.50?
Only one place I have ever seen and that is here, that alone would get me back here repeatedly, usually like 12 dollars a bottle
Had an amazing Lost Abbey Devotion Ale the second time around for the same price, usually like 9 or 10 dollars a bottle
Then, an Alesmith Lil' Devil which really good as well
Finally, closed out the night with a large Port Brewing Sticky Stout that had been tapped that day for only 5 bucks
Will be going to this place everytime I am in the area now
Also had pretty much all of Stone's offerings as well as Green Flash, Firehouse, Karl Strauss, Ballast Point (including some of the rare Robust series), and some ciders
Pizza was good with ricotta cheese, called the white cloud
Cool down to earth bartender that helped me with my selections
The 7 or 8 friends I went with loved it as well
Hopefully this place goes unknown for a while longer and it stays not too busy, this review is not going to help that cause but the coolest bar I have been to, so I have to be loyal to it
Best 20 dollars spent in a long time
Does not get much better in my book
Exceeded every expectation I had going into this place, cannot wait to back here and try more fantastic beers!
09-05-2007 18:44:04 | More by Floydster
4.7/5 rDev +13%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
35 or so taps of the best San Diego has to offer (which is impressive). The chalkboard has 3-5 ales not on the menu. Young owners are eager to please and the staff is very friendly. Also now have a few 22 oz. bottles such as 'Decadence'. Arrogant Bastard is always on the menu, as well as the popular Yellow Tail. They say it will be open early for the football package with breakfast served. Pizza some of the best at the beach, and salads too. Overall a great new place to add to the SD beer scene. www.pbtaproom.com gives more info.
07-24-2007 19:12:23 | More by theSleeper
4.66/5 rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Wow, what a cool new addition to the already impressive beer scene of San Diego. They have a pretty impressive lineup of beers four to six tap handles of each of the following breweries: Stone, Alesmith, Green Flash, Ballast Point, Pizza Port and Karl Strauss. Probably around 35 taps in all. Sadly, no Alpine, but that is a minor complaint as they have plenty of beer to please any palate I believe there were a couple of offerings from Firehouse and Coronado Brewing, and Guinness and a couple other macro brews.
I grabbed a pint of Green Flash Imperial IPA, Pizza Port Hop 15 DIPA, and an Alesmith Speedway Stout. All beers were served at a perfect temperature, and kegs looked well taken care of as can be seen through the glass coolers behind the bar.
An interesting note is that every beer is served in a pint glass and reasonably priced at $4 a piece. Yes, even Speedway Stout. Many beer purists might thinking drinking Speedway and others without proper glassware is blasphemy. I do agree to an extent, however I rather appreciated the amount of beer I got for the money that I spent.
Atmosphere was pretty cool. Beautiful murals of some of the local breweries and images of San Diego don the walls. Every brewery they feature has their own presentation on a faux keg with all the tap handles sticking out. It has a rather large bar counter that snakes around the place that can seat close to 30 people. Sitting right along the main stretch of bars in Pacific Beach, it is definitely an anomally to find a trendy looking place with such a great beer selection. This place seems to take a cue from Pizza Port and create a pleasant, quality-driven beer and pizza bar. Though I didn't eat the food, the pizzas that were coming out looked very delicious.
Service was excellent even on a busy Saturday night over Memorial Day weekend. No complaints.
Bottom line is that this is a great beer bar. Not quite in the elite circle of beer bars like Liar's Club and O'Briens, but worth the trek if you are in PB. Though some BAs might be put off by the overwhelming number of 20-somethings that frequent PB bars, this place is good compromise for someone who wants a great beer selection in a beach bar.
05-29-2007 08:14:53 | More by paulyrimz
4.68/5 rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is great! The atmosphere is very nice; reminds me of a dressed-up Pizza Port. Very large, and usually draws a good-sized, upbeat crowd. Beer selection is very good, however could be a bit more adventurous. They have all the standard brews from locals like Stone, Ballast Point, Green Flash, Port, Alesmith, Coronado, etc. They also had some specialties on tap, like the Green Flash Le Freak (delicious), and a Port Double IPA I hadn't heard of. Staff is very friendly and helpful but some don't pour the best pint (too big of head or no head at all). The food was very good as well. Pizza is very tasty and the grilled chicken salad I had was huge and very good. If you want a more fun crowd while still enjoying a great tap selection, or simply want to take a break from Liars Club or O'Briens, then I definitely recommend the Tap Room.
05-23-2007 18:53:13 | More by Nova
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