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Bottlecraft - Little Italy
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Store ]
2161 India St
phone: (619) 487-9493
(Place added by: pmarlowe on 07-10-2011)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
A nice place near the airport in SD. IT is on a bit of a sleepy street in a very nice area with a pretty decent stretch of hip and trendy stops. The store is small but it has good quality. Plenty of local brews are featured, not all of them but a good chunk. Nearly every beer is available cold or warm. There is a glassware rack and you can also drink a beer that you buy on-premise. I didn't see if there was a "uncapping" fee or not. A few people were sitting there drinking one night. But overall it is a pretty good shop.
07-26-2012 14:57:08 |
More by crossovert
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | $$
The Good: Featured flights of four bottled beers plus two taps. You can drink on site what you buy. Close to downtown.
The Bad: Small, Selection, while decent, is not terribly large. Corkage fee after 6 ($1.25).
Honestly, other than the featured flights and slightly easier parking, I'm not sure why anyone would go to Bottlecraft. It's not that it's a bad place, but with so many quality establishments in San Diego, you have to be better and/or different than the alternatives. While the atmosphere was comfortable, the staff and clientele gave me the impression that I wasn't hip enough to be there. Service was decent, I would have liked to talk more with my server about what the store had and what was recommended, but I couldn't tell whether I was deemed to different from the regulars to talk to, or they just didn't know. The selection was quality, but limited. Again, considerably better bottle shops in the area. Would I return? Given that Bottlecraft is relatively new, and that maybe I caught them on an off night, I might wait six months and give it a second shot.
06-01-2013 20:04:36 |
More by LittleDon
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Medium size retail establishment, very clean, well organized with plenty of local offering and everything you could expect to find from the area.
Didn't see anything rare, per say, but it would be more than useful if I was from the area and wanted to purchase something to take home but on a trip it wasn't quite useful or warranted me hemorrhaging more $ than necessary.
Prices seemed reasonable. Service was nice, asked me for assistance. Would gladly shop here if I lived nearby.
06-19-2013 00:35:27 |
More by claspada
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I'd heard a lot about this place, so I finally decided to check it out yesterday and I'm so glad I did.
The setup reminded me a lot of a cross between the BP Home Brew Mart and Holiday Wine Cellars. The selection wasn't mindboggling, but you could tell that every single beer on the shelf was selected with care, which is much more than I can say for a lot of other bottleshops in San Diego. I don't think there was one beer there that didn't catch my interest. I also saw a lot of stuff here I've never seen before in San Diego, including Jester King. I had no idea you could find them in SD. The service was great, and the guy there was extremely helpful with the questions I threw at him.
If you happen to be in the area, this is definitely worth checking out. Great service and a great opportunity to try some new beers with their selection and their on site tastings. Probably the best bottleshop I've found in San Diego to date.
02-02-2012 22:00:56 |
More by notchucknorris
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Popped in while at Toronado and was actually disappointed in their selection. While they do have a wide selection of beer for a store selling beer, they had nothing special and nothing I hadn't seen anywhere else. In fact, they were the only shop that I visisted all weekend that I didn't buy anything in or have a desire to return on a next trip.
I loved the vibe, very "hip" and great placement. Guy at the counter was very nice and answered a few questions for me. Only thing I didn't like were the other people in there looking for the highest ABV beers to get "faded" on that night. Oh well, not their fault. If they REALLY step up thier selection, I'd be happier. Overall, a place to stop in when in the area but I wouldn't go too far out of the way for it.
09-10-2013 22:07:58 |
More by EyePeeAyBryan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is great. Tons of selection. We did a local flight and had a great time talking to the bar tender and the people around us. This is a community place that would be great for date night or just having a fun evening with friends. They had a great selection of local beers, a great selection of domestic beers, and a lot of Belgium beers.
11-04-2013 00:54:49 |
More by Theitos
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here a couple weeks back after leaving a Padre game early. The decor here is pretty minimal but it works. Better than average selection, although many beers were not kept cold (and seemingly not intended for on site consumption). Still, the two coolers had a nice selection. The guys working there were cool, willing to talk beer or just leave you be if you prefer. It was pretty quiet when I was in there, however very enjoyable. Prices are very reasonable. A seat at the window with a Class V to enjoy, not a bad way to spend an evening.
10-06-2011 03:14:31 |
More by Brewzer1010
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I only went here once but my impression is they have a sweet selection but as with anything you gotta pay to play. They were just a bit pricey but the location they maintain allows for this. I will say I was able to get Jester King Weasel here and at that time I really was wanting to try that. Selection overall was impressive and the inside was pretty cool as far as atmosphere.
09-09-2013 23:47:43 |
More by JDJTEXAS
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
While I live nearly twenty minutes away, I find that a trip to Bottlecraft is often worth the drive. The place is located in Little Italy, near the San Diego airport (so if you are visiting SD I would strongly urge you to stop by here before you head to your hotel). The shop is super clean, with some wood tables/benches to sit and drink/eat (you have to bring your own food, if you are into that sort of thing). The bottle selection is great, with all styles represented. While their fridge space is ample, stroll to the back of the store to find the rest of the beers they carry. The staff is friendly and helpful, and they will answer any questions you might have and they will certainly make suggestions if you need them. The prices are reasonable and comparable to just about every other shop in San Diego. They often have a couple of different beers on tap and they allow you to consume purchased bottles on premises (not sure that if there is a corkage fee, as I always purchase my bottles to go). All in all-- one of the best bottle shops near downtown.
They also have another shop that recently opened in the North Park area (an area that features some of the best craft beer bars in San Diego).
08-09-2013 22:53:58 |
More by HoppingAlong
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I'm just in town for a conference, but dropped by this place to pick up some local bottles to take home, and see what it was all about. They had two flights running, based on bottle pours, as well as two beers on tap. There was a beer club meeting at the table in the back, but lots of stools available along the bar in the window. There are copies of BeerAdvocate and Zymurgy all over. The staff know their product and how to treat it.
All in all, a good selection of local beers, and a great atmosphere of beer geekery without being a bar. More of a "here, try this, it's interesting!" place rather than anything snobby or oriented toward inebriation.
12-13-2012 05:26:35 |
More by djmitche
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