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Taps: 22 / Bottles: 500
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
368 S Main St
phone: (714) 978-9467
(Place added by: Dogbrick)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 92 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$$
I stopped by this place twice while visiting for work, once for lunch and once for drinks.
This place is in a strip mall not too far from the center of Orange. The decor, as most people have said, is an average deli a few aisles of beer and a line of taps at the kind of bar you'd imagine would be in the average deli. I get what they're going after, I just don't particularly like it. However, I'd assume they wouldn't care as they seemed very unapologetic.
I got two different experiences with service. When I went for lunch, all I had was a sandwich. The people working were quite friendly and promptly got my sandwich for me. When I went for drinks, the bartender was rather rude, and was more interested in getting people to close their tabs than anything else. They seemed like they were in a hurry to close, but continued serving drinks for probably another 20 minutes. It seemed like he knew most of the people in there, and was kind of nonchalant about the whole thing. While regulars might not mind this, I did not find it very appealing. I would have given it a 1 if it weren't for the friendly workers at lunch. Multiple reviews say that this is just the way they are, or that it's the atmopshere, family run, etc. What is this, Ed Debevic's? That is not the kind of experience I want when drinking craft beer.
The selection was good. The tap selection had some very interesting beer, with Sculpin, PtE, FW XIV, Abacus, and Parabola on one night, though this was apparently for a special FW event. The bottle selection was not impressive, though, especially for a place that allows bottles to go.
The sandwich I got was not very good, but not terrible.
This place was extremely expensive. I got a 8oz pour of FW XIV for $11. I understand that this beer was fairly limited, but that price is completely unreasonable. If I had known what it was, I would have walked out. Other beers were similarly priced. I've had quite a few rare and fairly expensive beers on tap, but have never paid that much per ounce for a beer on tap - not even close.
I do not recommend this place whatsoever. It's expensive, the workers (at night anyways) were rude, the decor is not very nice, and the beer selection really is not that impressive for the most part. Some people might just say I didn't get it - either way, you won't find me here again.
06-28-2011 13:52:06 |
More by coreyfmcdonald
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Great place to get a sandwich, have a draught beer or two and buy a couple bottles to go. This versatility makes this place a winner in my book.
Deli style sandwiches, order at the counter, and combine it with your beer order when you pay. Pretty nice selection of taps. Every time I've been here, there have been 3-4 pretty unique beers that I've wanted to try. Prices are a bit on the high side, but not too bad. They serve most beers in 20 oz. mugs. Tap selection is impressive, I think they generally have ~15-20 beers on tap at all times, all worth trying.
Decor is totally and completely dominated by Green Bay Packers memorabilia. Pretty interesting if you are a football fan. Goes without saying that all three generations of employees are huge fans.
There is also a very large selection of beers in bottles that pretty much surround you wherever you are in the store. Great selection, I was impressed. The employees are pretty knowledgeable about their beer as well.
This place could function just fine as either a bottle shop, bar or deli, but it somehow manages to combine all three. Impressive. Their hours have a little to be desired as they're closed on weekends, but I can't really fault them for that. They are what they are and they do what they do. Check this place out if you are in the area.
06-17-2011 06:24:32 |
More by colonelforbin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This place is great. It's just a big room surrounded by beer. The back side has a bar with maybe 12 or more taps and stools to sit, and on the left when you walk in is the deli. Lots and lots of good beer to choose from. The bottles are all sold with 2 prices, one for drinking it there (more expensive) and one for taking it home. They had Russian River in bottles but not on tap on my visit. The sandwiches were simple and good. Nothing too fancy but on good bread (which can make a sandwich in my opinion) and decent amount of meat. Any sandwich has a single (normal) and then a double price, which is just double everything except the bread. It is a bit on the expensive side. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. We let them know it was our first time there and they were eager to offer suggestions and explain everything we had questions about. Very friendly family run place. They also take orders by beer names so it funny to hear them called out while you're eating. There's a few tables outside too which is nice, but you can't drink beer out there.
06-07-2011 18:28:13 |
More by harsley
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have passed this place all the time on my way to the Haven but never stopped in. So I decided to just have my lunch here today and give it a shot.
Bartender knows his stuff and had some nice beers on tap when I stopped by. Bootleggers, Stone, Allagash, Russian River, Lagunitas, Avery, and Victory were all on tap. Bottle selection was huge with plenty of Belgians, German, and Domestic craft brews lining the shelves. I had a Plum Riot and Lucky Bastard. Both nice lunchtime choices and beers I've not had before.
Everyone was very generous and kind. Food was top notch and definately hit the spot. I am definately going to have to stop here more on my way to werk. I am sure I will have manyh more great experiences at Hollingshead's in the near future.
05-16-2011 19:24:58 |
More by snpub540
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is my local place and i love it. Are the bottles expensive? Yes. Are the drafts expensive? Yes. Is the staff crass? Yes. Are the sandwiches basic home made sandwiches? Yes. Lots of people complain about this place for all the reasons above... but not me. I'm completely aware of what i'm getting for my dollar. the sandwiches although "basic" in some peoples eyes, are made with love, are filling and just plain good. No frills necessary. If i want a frou frou sandwich - I'll go to a place that has them. Bottle selection is good especially if you're looking for RR stuff. The guys are a little stuck in their ways so if you're looking for "rarer" or limited release stuff they are not as in the know as some of their OC competitors. Don't be put off by family's crass attitude it's just their way.
05-12-2011 15:48:03 |
More by deadeye
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Quite an impressive place: deli, sports bar (although only one large flat screen, I was glad to see a Ducks - Rockies game rather than NCAA BB), beer bar (14 well selected taps) and beer store all in one. Clientele is mostly (grey) bearded men, but if you're just out to drink some good beer with a few buds, not sure you can beat this place (maybe just a knotch below the Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach).
On tap: Aecht Schlenkerla Fitche (dopplebock), Bear Republic Red Rocket & Ryevalry, Bellegems Bruin, Harp, O'hara's, Firestone Double Jack (17 oz pour for $1495 - an amazing beer but, ouch!), Deschutes Inversion IPA, Pliny the Elder, Little Sumpin Wild, Sierra Nevada Glissade, 2010 Old Guardian, Ballast Point barrel aged stout, Aprihop, Spaten Optimator and Innstadt.
Last call is at 7:10 on this Wednesday night - but then again, this is a deli.
03-24-2011 02:11:53 |
More by 86sportster883
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I've been going to H's consistently for about 4 years now - it's where I started my beerducation, and without it I don't think I'd be as into craft beer as I am (although I'd definitely have more money saved).
The atmosphere is pretty unusual, but in a good way. Rather small, and I normally hate crowded places, but both the customers and the family who own it are good people. Kenny in particular remembers little details about his customers' lives, and is always eager to talk to you (well, unless they're swamped).
The overall quality of the beers and food, and the selection, are very impressive for such a tiny place. My service score would probably be a bit lower because they can be rather slow sometimes, but the family-run feel makes up for most of that.
It's a little bit pricey, but not cost prohibitive... after all, I've been a student the entire time I've been going there and can afford it (beer is a school related expense, right?).
Basically, this always has been and always will be my go-to place for a good beer, a good sandwich, and good company.
03-15-2011 17:34:05 |
More by JoeHo92385
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
You know what, I love Hollingshead... Although I can disagree with some of the prices(i know im not the only one on this one) this place is like a second home. You come here, they know you by name, they pour your beer in your Personalized mug, eat a sandwich(I live by the bernie) have a few conversations, ect ect ect. Just a awesome place to hang out at. Ill usually show up after the lunch crowd but before the 5pm rush. This place can get pretty packed, but can you blame em? If you have not been here for a beer or at least a sandwich you better find the time to go!
Go Pack Go!
03-12-2011 07:04:44 |
More by Amdy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Hollingshead's Delicatessen will always hold a special place in my heart. Having gone to school at Chapman University, H's became mine and my friends regular Thursday evening rendezvous point before a long night of shenanigans and debauchery. It was here that I learned to truly "Respect Beer".
Being tucked into the back corner of a small shopping center, it is difficult to say that Hollingshead's has much curb appeal, but it is a hidden gem in every sense of the term. If the "Over 500 Beers" sign on Main St. doesn't bring you in, word of mouth surely will.
Initial impressions upon entering are of a confused deli/bar/candyshop/craft-beerstore thrown in a washing machine with every bit of Green Bay Packers memorabilia you can imagine. I for one appreciate and welcome this uniqueness.
Step to the deli, and one of the helpful and friendly staff members will get you all set up with a tasty sammich (served before 6pm), pickle, and a couple deviled eggs. Everything I have ever ordered from the deli has been excellent. Some of the best pickles I have ever had... but I digress.
Slide on over to the bar and it's time for a BEER! Ken, Kenny, or Michael will be sure get you exactly what you are looking for even if you do not know what that may be. Very knowledgeable, very helpful, and very witty with their remarks. Do not take this wit offensively, and you will be as welcome as any of the regulars who seemingly are always there. 21 beers on tap at any given time, and they will happily offer you a few tastes to decide what the beer(s) of the day may be.
There is a great selection (over 500!) of refrigerated and shelved bottled beer to take home or even open and share right there in the store (for a nominal fee of course), though I would like to see a few more from the mid-west and east coast. When you go to check out, give the cashier an ear to talk to, and you will get life wisdom to live by. A truly amazing place that will always hold a special place in my heart.
Some side notes... H's definitely has their favorite breweries that are seemingly always on tap. Off the top of my head, Lagunitas, Russian River, Bear Republic, Stone, and often have some very special surprises. Closed on Weekends. A great place during baseball season. Can get crowded during lunch hours. A little pricey, but well worth it. Glassware, coasters, and various bar/brewery memorabilia available for sale. "Last Call When We Call"
If you are in the area, you NEED to stop by and enjoy a beer. Near the 5, 57, 22, 91, and 405 freeways for those from out of town. Very near Angel Stadium, Honda Center, and Disneyland if you happen to be a bit early for one of those venues on a weekday.
03-04-2011 03:36:17 |
More by baybassboy
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
An Orange County Beer institution.
This places a busy if not chaotic delicatessen that is literally bursting at the seems with beer. Fridges line one wall, taps line another, packaged room temp beer is along another wall and stacked everywhere and the deli sandwiches are good enough that beer lover or not, you'll wait for your order to be called over the loudspeaker and wait around to find a crowded seat.
My review makes it sound soso, but it is far from that. I love this place and only Hi Times Cellars rivals the selection.
02-27-2011 16:44:17 |
More by josh80
Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA
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