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Taps: 42 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.72/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Have been in here a couple of times. It's a laid back kinda' atmosphere. Very urban. Didn't really care too much for their stout variety, but they did have a few good beers on tap. It was fun sitting at the bar, especially when someone would come in and ask for a Bud, Coors, or Miller. They didn't serve those beers their and that made it seem like my kind of bar to be at. Had a Belgian Imperial Stout that was a little bitter and sweet. Had two as their variety to choose from was small. I'll be back. It was a cool place to visit.
06-18-2011 08:44:01 | More by FARGO619
4.66/5 rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
I love this bar. I have been going to this bar for over three years now and it keeps on getting better. Whats not to love about over 40 craft brews on tap and a damn fine liquor selection. All of their wells are top of the line none of that plastic bottle crap. Anchor Steam, Anchor Liberty & Anchor Small Beer are residents at this bar always on tap. They regularily have upwards of 10-15 variations of IPA's on tap. With a fresh Cask tapped every Thursday at 5pm whats not to like. Lest I forget to mention the food, lets just say that they don't dissapoint. I eat here atleast 2-3 times a week and that not including their Saturday & Sunday Brunch Specials. Once a month they have an event called Beer for Breakfast where they will host an awesome Craft Brewery and have anywhere from 4-9 beers from said brewery on tap and always have a fresh Cask from the same brewery. They pair a special food item to go along with the beers and it will typically be made with one of them as an ingredient. Overall this is in my top three bars.
08-28-2013 01:05:50 | More by Hotrod88
4.6/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA was on tap and I enjoyed this narrow bar, including the cool hallway-entry. Unisex bathroom isn't so cool though, well, according to the ladies.
Great tap selection that is comparable (but a notch short) of the best beer bars in town. Loud music, trendy crowd with money, and very colorful decor make this a nice little place. Nice, mellow neighborhood overall though parking was a challenge.
Food is not rated but the adjacent patrons were eating and it all looked very appetizing with generous portions, including the Belgian-like frites. Bartenders were alright.
04-02-2010 03:05:30 | More by yemenmocha
4.51/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
I love Small Bar! That's exactly what it is; a small bar located on Park Blvd in the University Hts neighborhood. The staff has always been very friendly and helpful; knowledgeable on the beers...and mixed drinks too. The food is good pub food. The tap craft beer selection is also very good. We love to go there early and enjoy sitting outside. We also enjoy going late. It can be crowded but always friendly and fun. Good people watching too. LOL
04-06-2013 05:53:48 | More by FlyingBull
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is really quite a place. Cool atmosphere, excellent quality, fantastic service. Both bartenders that waited on me were really friendly and attentive, especially Arlette. The 42 taps are all the highest quality from both American and European craft brewers. I had a glass of Russian River Consecration and a glass of Deschutes Abyss. Prices are very reasonable. I only had the fried pickle appetizer, but if it's an indication of how good their main menu is, I'd guess that the food was awesome. A definite "must stop."
01-11-2011 02:25:07 | More by Ambiorix
4.47/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Craft beer and a poster of Roky Erickson...what more do you want?
The beers they have vary from your typical San Diegan AleSmith/Stone/Ballast Point/etc to classic Belgians (St Feullien, Chimay, etc). They also offer mixed beverages, which I have not had.
I've been to Small Bar twice now, both times for brunch, which they do very well. $15 gets you a big plate of good food and a drink. Their Bloody Mary's are impressive! I haven't had more than a sip of one, but what I had I liked. Their Biscuits and Gravy are outstanding, and the Green Eggs and Ham was also quite good.
My only problem is the fact that it is SO small. I think only 70 people would fill them up to capacity. It's cool if it's slow and the middle of the day, but if you're planning on going there at night be prepared to feel like a sardine.
05-03-2010 19:15:51 | More by radshoesbro
4.45/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
visited on 27 Feb 10:
A not-large bar located a few blocks away from the big bar scene over on 30th. Looks like a standard dive bar from the street. Inside keeps the theme up, but appearances can be deceiving.
One of the reasons my fiancee and I went was the mention of whiskey in the recommendation we were given. We were not disappointed -- a good selection.
The other reason we went was the food. We had the charcuterie plate, which was great, to start. We split a Hamilton's burger and some fried pickles for the meal. The burger was awesome -- we had them put their Satan slaw on it. We were warned that it was hot, including a mention of ghost chilis. Delicious and extremely spicy.
The beer selection was great -- several selections from Anchor and DFH, PtE, some Avery, and a mix of other brews, including some Belgians. Service, selection, and quality were all well above average. Definitely a place I'd go back to.
I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention the elephants.
03-01-2010 01:39:25 | More by ocmpoma
New Brunswick (Canada)
4.45/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Dropped by (for what ended up to be 3 hours) on a Tuesday night around 7 pm...
A: Yep, it's small, but as the reviewer below noted, not TINY. Long bar, tables scatted along the side, and a small deck. The place was completely packed, but had a great vibe when I was there. Not douchey at all, everyone into great beers. Awesome jukebox.
Q + Selection: Lots of awesome taps; I had four in all, and they all tasted fantastic. Looks like they rotate very often (I can see why with a crowd like this).
Service: Pretty fine. Sat at the bar for two beers and then moved to a table. The first bartender passed us off to someone else, who ended up being friendly enough, if not overly chatty (they were very busy). One guy chewed out my brother for accidentally walking into the keg room.
Value: Seemed pretty good to me.
O: One of my favorite bars in SD, and easily one of the top ones in terms of atmosphere.
09-27-2011 21:44:53 | More by berley31
4.38/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is owned by the Hamilton's Tavern crew. We went to three of their places during our visit, of which three were totally awesome.
Small Bar is aptly named, a little dark even at mid day despite the opening to outdoor seating. There is a long L-shaped bar, a smallish area with high tops and tables and some outdoor seating. We opted for stools at the bar. Service was quick and personable.
The tap list was deep in excellent West Coast beers. The challenge was choosing the couple we would have before moving on. I could easily have spent the whole day, and part of the next.
Food was among the best we had in San Diego. Fried pickles (sliced, then battered and fried; usually they don't slice them around here), small tacos, chicken sliders, all delicious.
A great local bar, and a place I'd love to visit again.
11-18-2011 20:57:49 | More by sholland119
4.36/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Second stop on my recent trip to San Diego, this came as a recommendation from BAs on the forums.
Great atmosphere, Small Bar is indeed small, but it's not tiny. There are a few tables outside for sipping a beer while soaking up San Diego's dang near perfect weather, and seating for about 30 people inside. It's dark, with quirky decor, and a great jukebox. The only problem, they have only one bathroom.
Quality is very good, all the taps were full of excellent beers.
Service was good, I was quickly acknowledged and served.
Selection was impressive for such a small place, they had everything from locals to Belgians, strong beers to lighter lagers.
I didn't have any food, but someone sitting next to me did, and it looked wonderful.
Prices were fair, I had a pint of Sculpin for $5, about what I'd pay for a comparable beer at home.
Overall this is a fantastic place. If I had more time on this trip, I would have made a return visit, maybe 3.
08-09-2011 03:59:39 | More by flexabull
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Small Bar in San Diego, CA
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