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Taps: 45 / Bottles: 64
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1269 Garnet Ave
phone: (858) 274-1010
(Place added by: theSleeper on 02-22-2007)
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vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I wasn't even planning on coming to this place, total fluke. I rarely make it down to PB for various reasons, but I have been wanting to check out Liar's Club. I small group of us finally ralleyed ourselves to travel into PB to check out Liar's Club. Once we get there, closed! Are you kidding me! We did not want to waste our trip to PB, who knows when we would make it back. Hence our trip to the Tap Room.
It has all the characteristics of a beer-minded bar that I would like, but.... 1)Many, many local brews on tap, but nothing I haven't had before, nothing unique. 2) Bar food, I didn't have any, but looked ho-hum. 3) Many flat screens with sports on, but not really a sports bar. 4) Great location, on the main strip of PB with large open windows facing the street, but lacked any character.
I don't know how to express it, it had the appearance and some components of what should be a hit with me. It just felt too generic, lacking any character or soul. It felt too fabricated, almost like they could open these up all over SD and they would all look and feel the same. Granted I am somewhat biased against going to PB, if I were to go back to PB I am not sure if I would make it back here. Maybe if I had an out of towner that wanted to make to PB AND wanted some local beer, maybe. It wasn't bad, but wasn't good enough to make me want to come back. If I lived in PB, I would probably like this place more.
01-21-2008 18:57:46 |
More by m1ked
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by in the middle of the afternoon
It is a little sports barish inside, quite loud with a few larger groups, one of which was playing flippy-cup, something that I have never seen in Michigan.
Had a large selection of draughts listed on chalkboards, and a lot of west coast stuff that I have been wanting to try. I was very happy with the beer that I got and was willing to block out the rest while I had a couple.
The server was a little slow which was compounded by the bar staff being understaffed
05-24-2010 16:18:24 |
More by Roeters
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I understand that this place has been open over a year now and has adapted nicely to locals requests. Expanded number of taps for 'rotating' beers, just check the chalkboard. Generally about a dozen guest beers(local, regional or otherwise) in addition to their usual offerings of 25 or so local(San Diego) brews on tap. Some but limited bottle options, all local I believe. Recently added some pasta and salad dishes to the menu. Pizza is good though a bit oily for my thin crust tastes, skip the chicken bites! Other appetizers available.
Great place for a game, though it can be loud during March Madness; but then again, it's March Madness.
P.S., Had a sign indicating that a full liquor license was pending. Hopefully this won't reduce the number of options on tap. We'll see.
Also, they have a Cask conditioned brew every Wednesday at 5:00. I think that the relocation of the Liar's Club prompted them to fill the void, check their website.
04-08-2008 05:59:01 |
More by HalfFull
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Been going to the taproom quite a bit on Wednesdays lately. Always a delicious cask on among the other gems on the specialty list. They definitely cater to the local beers, which is awesome. But on the list on the wall there is almost certainly something fantastic. First had Ten fidy here, as well as their pilsner. Frequently find beers the other bars around town don't seem to get. Food is decent for appetizers, pizza is alright too. I heard the lunch special is a great deal, will have to hit that up some day.
02-24-2009 05:56:51 |
More by kleffman
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
First time I went to this place was during San Diego Beer week last year when they had a Karl Strauss night. I have to admit that I was moderately impressed that what appears from the outside to be yet another college bar in Pacific Beach actually had a decent beer selection.
The majority of the times that I have visited the tap room have been at night when the place becomes less of a beer bar and more of a college bar, so as a result, the ambiance has been less than extraordinary. At this time there are way more people drinking volumes to get drunk and less people drinking to enjoy the beer. Also, as one would expect when going here at these times, the service is also kind of slow. The servers seem to be moderately knowledgeable about the beer selection however less so about the "guest" beers that are often rotated in and out.
The taproom website seems to be updated regularly and has a "live beer" page showing what is available and what is coming up which has proven really helpful when I have been trying to decide what beer bar to stop at when I go out. This place has dedicated taps for the major San Diego Breweries and most of their flagship beers are there full time with some of their lesser known and seasonal beers rotating out. They also have rotating "guest" taps that often have other craft breweries and Belgian imports. They also generally have a dozen or so bottles available, but I do not know how quickly they go through these bottles or how often they update their list because last time I was there they had some lost abbey angel's share bottles from a couple of years ago, which I assume have been there for a while.
The food is pretty standard pub/bar fare. Most of the times I have eaten there I have had pizza which is adequate, but they also have burgers and sandwiches which I have not tried yet.
If you plan on visiting the Tap Room to enjoy a beer from their respectable selection, I recommend going during the day or early afternoon when they are not at their peak hours and there are fewer college kids being loud and obnoxious.
08-11-2010 17:07:14 |
More by tjfinkle
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Generally they have several beers from many of the local breweries, like Karl Strauss, Green Flash, Stone (including 15th Ann.), Alesmith, and Ballast Point (including Sculpin). A few Belgians on tap, including Dupont Saison. Being August, there don't seem to be as many interesting seasonals around. Big, readable chalkboards PLUS printed list with proper statistics are a hit with me.
Food was quite decent, we had a stuffed red pepper with very good red sauce, and a Greek salad. Daily specials, lots of pasta and lasagna.
Noticed that first Wednesdays they have "Local Art and Beer," but I have not checked it out. Prices are not bad, lots of room, not very noisy, and the street-facing wall rolls up for the sea air. We'll be back, it's a better atmosphere for tasting especially in this neighborhood of stumbling partygoers. While it doesn't have the oddities of the SD Toronado, it's about eight times more pleasant a place.
08-23-2011 05:57:55 |
More by mactrail
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
The Tap Room in Pacific Beach stands as the one bar you can go to in the area and have an above average selection of beers. Kick in enough LCD panels to appeal to the sports crowd, and friendly service and you've got your local haunt. The menu is selection is good, not great. The quality of food is good, not great as well. When you are looking to head out and grab a good beer (with more than one IPA, Stout, insert your choice, etc. to choose from), The Tap Room is your go to place.
The pricing is resonable, and the daily specials are good. It appears as the management staff is in touch and knows what will bring in the crowds.
Although it is not what the Liars Club was, at least we're not feeling left without a destination within a short bike ride away.
Thank you, Tap Room ownership and staff.
06-28-2008 19:54:04 |
More by triggersd
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went there for my bday with friends, none of whom enjoy beer like I do (think I need new friends). As others have already said, the selection is pretty impressive. I'd add that it's not because of the number of taps, but that all but two or three are dispensing top-notch brews.
I enjoyed Stone Chipotle Smoked Porter, Stone Old Guardian 2010, and a flight of tasters of which I can only remember Russian River Pliny The Elder (wow!)
Keep an eye on their live updated list at http://www.sdtaproom.com/beer.html
I'll definitely be back, hopefully with a fellow beer lover or two, or by myself if not :)
04-14-2010 20:20:59 |
More by TheAftermath
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
I'm not a local and do not know the overall quality of beer places in SD but this place has the right ingredients from my perspective. I really like that they have the local breweries well covered and that the staff knows a decent amount about what they pour. The vibe is a bit more sports bar than i like but its open air and there is music playing not sportscast soundtrack. I just had appetisers but they were above average.
If you are in the pacific beach area and are looking for a place with some local selection you shoyld not be disappointed.
10-10-2012 02:05:14 |
More by jakengle
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
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