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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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| Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place seems under the radar for many BA's but they have a taplist that is nearly as impressive as the more established and well-known beer bars.
Many good West Coast and East Coast offerings, and they lean towards the hoppy beer customer. Pizza and other traditional pub fare were on the menu, but we only sampled the homemade cookies (not bad!).
Our server was pleasant and prompt, prices were on par with other beer bars in the area (Gold and Silver categories with the more rare and often imported stuff costing a buck more). They open to the street for a nice breeze and it is more spacious in here than virtually all San Diego beer bars I visited on this trip. Parking was a chore though.
04-02-2010 02:46:52 |
More by yemenmocha
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Summary: Your standard laid back, multi-tap, SD County beer joint and eatery. Hugh food.
Not too busy on my when I walked in. Beach bar/sports pub hybrid feel. The front of the place was open on this beautiful Tuesday night. Decent selection of many locals. Unfortunately, I was off by one night for the cask. Excellent service. I like a server who knows what beer they like and why. Humongous portions. In fact, too big. Why would I go here rather than someplace else? If I wanted to watch the game, drink great beer, and be served more food than I can eat.
04-21-2011 00:30:50 |
More by LittleDon
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Generally they have several beers from many of the local breweries, like Karl Strauss, Green Flash, Stone (including 15th Ann.), Alesmith, and Ballast Point (including Sculpin). A few Belgians on tap, including Dupont Saison. Being August, there don't seem to be as many interesting seasonals around. Big, readable chalkboards PLUS printed list with proper statistics are a hit with me.
Food was quite decent, we had a stuffed red pepper with very good red sauce, and a Greek salad. Daily specials, lots of pasta and lasagna.
Noticed that first Wednesdays they have "Local Art and Beer," but I have not checked it out. Prices are not bad, lots of room, not very noisy, and the street-facing wall rolls up for the sea air. We'll be back, it's a better atmosphere for tasting especially in this neighborhood of stumbling partygoers. While it doesn't have the oddities of the SD Toronado, it's about eight times more pleasant a place.
08-23-2011 05:57:55 |
More by mactrail
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Really chill place right here. Sits on one of the main drags in Pacific Beach. Open air sitting with a large bar and plenty of high tops. Looks like it could turn into a club/college bar at night but was great while I was there in the afternoon. Very high quality stuff on tap including LA seasonals and Port one offs. Supplication was gonna be tapped soon as well but hadn't by the time I visited. The cute chick behind the bar knew the beers very well and even slid me a few samples of some of her favorites(DIPAs... she was a keeper). Selection was very good but was completely dominated by SD brews... which isn't bad at all but would have liked to see other represented as well and even some smaller breweries from the region. The food was pretty damn good. Had a really tasty Cali pizza and my dad liked his burger.
04-20-2010 23:33:08 |
More by pwoods
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in for alate lunch on a Wednesday afternoon. Pretty empty but you could tell it was because for the time of day. Still the place had a cool vibe to it with lots of tables and a spacious bar. About 45 beers on tap especially from the San Diego area which is not a bad thing at all. They have almost all of the Stone regulars as well as many of the Ballast Point beers. They had Pliny on the menu but the bartender said they had run out last night. Still great selections.
I enjoyed a couple of the local brews as well as a nice hearty burger that I couldn't finish. It was delicious though. Great start to my San Diego vacation.
03-30-2011 23:17:41 |
More by JoEBoBpr
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Been going to the taproom quite a bit on Wednesdays lately. Always a delicious cask on among the other gems on the specialty list. They definitely cater to the local beers, which is awesome. But on the list on the wall there is almost certainly something fantastic. First had Ten fidy here, as well as their pilsner. Frequently find beers the other bars around town don't seem to get. Food is decent for appetizers, pizza is alright too. I heard the lunch special is a great deal, will have to hit that up some day.
02-24-2009 05:56:51 |
More by kleffman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Nestled amongst the various shops and trendy bars on Garnet is The Tap Room, with, well, a ton of taps! It's generally dark and peaceful in there (at least when I went there weren't many people), and though there's a few TVs I didn't find them to be intruding upon my peace. A sizable bar snakes through the place, but there's also tables and booths too. Very friendly and attentive service. The employees also seem knowledgeable on the beers they carry and are willing to make suggestions (but not in a pushy way!).
There's 36 taps, and all but 3-4 (Bud Light, Guinness, a cider, and ???) are all devoted to local craft brews from Coronado, Ballast Point, AleSmith, Green Flash, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey, Karl Strauss, and Firehouse. A great selection of the regulars from each of those, as well as a bunch of seasonals, one-offs, etc. as well. So.. the quality is in general quite excellent. Some may argue it's not the widest selection, but the focus of the bar is to show case local breweries: they do a fine job of that and of presenting a wide variety of the styles offered by those breweries.
Food is mostly pizza, appetizers, and subs. I had an appetizer (the "Beer Soakers" -- aka cheezy bread sticks) and they were really good, and it was a sizable portion too. The other food smelled & looked good as well.
The generously time-blocked daily [m-F] happy hour provides for really affordable beers and food! And the prices in general are quite reasonable as well, especially for such good quality beer.
Definitely a place to revisit; too bad I don't live closer!
05-23-2008 03:39:11 |
More by mithrascruor
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 |
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