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Taps: 22 / Bottles: 500
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
368 S Main St
phone: (714) 978-9467
(Place added by: Dogbrick)
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vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Visited on 12-10-08
My father used to actually visit this place for lunch and a beer every once in a while way back in the early to mid 90's. I accompanied him a couple of times, but it really didn't hit me that this was the same place until I walked inside and the memories came flooding back to me. Anyway, this is actually the first time I have had a chance to visit this place since, due to their quirky hours of business, and the fact that I work the graveyard shift and on weekends.
The selection here is definitely impressive. Nothing that is extremely hard-to-find in the OC, but nonetheless, impressive. They have rows and rows of beer in the middle of the store, surrounding some lunch tables. Then, on the right hand side of the store, there is another row of beer across from the cooler section. But, damn did I get kind of claustrophobic. Especially because the beer delivery guy was going back and forth with his loads in between the tiny space between the cooler and the row of beers across from it, right where I was standing.
This is a really cool place to visit when you have the time to actually sit down, order some lunch (although quite pricey) and enjoy a beer on tap. As long as you don't let the older gentleman (Kenny, I believe it was) get under your skin with all of the "you'd better spend a lot of money in here, because I have to send my grandkids to college" routine, then you'll be fine. He is cool, just in a grumpy old man sort of way.
Sadly, it is a bit of a drive for me, and the hours of business don't agree with mine. So, I probably won't be stopping in on a regular basis. But, if you live close, you have a real gem in your backyard. You should go and support good people who sell good beer if you're local, and help to send those kids through school!
12-13-2008 02:32:11 |
More by sweetbrew82
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Hollingshead's Deli finds itself in an inconspicuous strip mall where a sign reads, of course, Hollingshead's. What this means is that not many people are going to stumble in here looking for a Bud Light... people might stumble in at lunch time looking for a sandwich, but as a beer destination the clientele is largely enlightened. It is brightly lit, which I like as a beer place (hate pointlessly dark bars... a place in North LA is so dark I have trouble seeing), however, as a beer cellar it is probably not beneficial. There is plenty of sports memorabilia that is personal to the owners, and not just a bunch of random crap like the walls at Applebee's.
There are around a dozen taps which turn around nicely so there is always lots of fresh beer. There is a large cooler along one entire wall of the shop, and another small cooler with some Belgian selections. There is also a large amount of beer outside the coolers. This place has a lot of beer for such a small shop. As such, the selection is pretty swell, but there is the fear of unfresh beer. I have been scandalized here by not checking my Pliny the Elder bottling dates, and gotten home to a four month old shell-of-its-former-self beer. As far as selection goes, there is a lot of German stuff that is not common. On tap, Kenny gets the elite stuff like Russian River or The Bruery Melange No 3., but he also likes to get German selections or American beers I haven't seen elsewhere and probably otherwise wouldn't try if it wasn't for their recommendation.
As a family run business, this place has a certain colloquial charm. While I have heard stories of their colloquial charm doubling as bullheadedness and bad service, I have not yet been victimized here. It is a bit odd, as they obviously mean well, with friendly greetings and banter, but the family multitasks, so the guy serving you a beer might go ring up customers or receive a delivery while you wait for your next beer. So far, for me the charm has outweighed any pitfalls, as I have been blessed with an excess of patience.
The sandwiches are tasty and quality through and through, but nothing fancy that would impress a deli aficionado. I also believe I have paid $14 for a club sandwich which I could have well made myself at home. Draft and bottles are also a buck or two more than the norm.
Overall, I would recommend checking it out if you are around, if not just to experience it. Stick to the draft beers and you should leave happy, usually.
10-14-2009 10:12:35 |
More by vacax
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
I went to Hollingshead's during this year's Younger release in February. When an employee handing out tickets came by, he said, "it'll probably be 2 to 3 hours until we get in." As I never tried Younger before I decided to stay. The people around us who we got to know were really cool. Now to the bad, it wasn't a 2 to 3 hour wait. We finally got into the deli after waiting 6 hours and 13 minutes. Once you wait two hours in line, and the line slows down to a crawl, you already invested so much time, that you don't want to leave.
Fast forward 6 hours and 13 minutes... we got in. It was a nice, family style deli with a nice stock of craft beers in coolers and others stored on shelves. They had maybe 10 or so taps in addition to PtY - RR sours and other beers. I thought the PtY was on the pricey side which included a take home mug. I forget how much the sours were exactly, but they were pricey too compared to other bars I've been to.
I did end up trying PtY which was nice.
If I lived closer, I'd probably return and try their sandwiches. They looked pretty good. I know it wasn't entirely their fault for giving us inaccurate wait time estimates, but that kinda soured the experience as a whole. I'll re-review once I try their food and check out their regular tap line-up and prices.
08-16-2013 07:37:42 |
More by mrcraft
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited on 31-Aug-2007.
Hollingshead's is a fascinating place that's hard to describe and even harder to rate. Is it a bar, a deli, a beer store? A little of each.
Tucked away randomly in a typically anonymous Orange County strip mall. Small place, seats maybe 25 people total including the bar and the plastic tables set up inside and out.
Stellar bottled beer selection. On my visit there were piles of AleSmith and Drake's, all kinds of Belgians, a respectable group of English beers, and a vast selection of German stuff. Everything available as a single with various volume discounts, so mix and match to your heart's content.
But there's no air conditioning inside, and I was there on a very muggy 90+ degree day. Very similar hot and humid feel inside. Given that there's still Sierra Nevada Celebration 2006 around in August 2007, and cases of YuleSmith piled up next to the deli case (in the path of the hot air compressor output), you have to worry more than a bit about the beer storage conditions. Prices are average.
Some bottles are in coolers, so you can take them up and drink them - just like at City Beer Store in San Francisco. You've got to love this.
Tap selection is remarkable and impeccable. Northern California beers you can't find in Northern California (like Drake's Blonde and Drake's Russian Imperial Stout), Victory HopDevil, Dorado DIPA...
Service is wonderfully friendly but inefficient, and quite quirky. Apparently women aren't allowed to handle cash, so only the elder Hollingshead and his son can actually check you out (while the mother and female employee *can* pour beers). But the failing health of the owners and increasingly restrictive hours lead me to think that Hollingshead's won't be around in this form for too much longer - be sure to visit while you can.
Ultimately, this is a must-visit, at least once, for any beer fan in the LA/OC area. You may not love it, but if you can't get to Hi-Times, you'll be able to stock up on great bottles just fine here.
09-01-2007 04:15:05 |
More by Talisker
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited at 10 in the morning on a Thursday just as they were opening, so kind of hard to get a feel for the atmosphere. When I was there it was very slow and they possibly didn't have everything set up yet.
Quality of the beers they carried was good. This was my first visit and the store was about half the size I thought it would be. However they certainly utilize their space well. Beer on shelves, in coolers, on the floor, you name it. I was checking out the coolers when the older lady working there asked (very nicely) if I could step to the center of the store while they got another beer delivery they needed to deposit in the aisle.
Service was very good. at the time it was only an older woman and one younger girl, but both were very pleasant, joking around and asked me multiple times if I needed help.
Selection was good, especially considering the space they have to work with. They have pretty much all the beers available in SoCal, and a few east coast brews too. As for imports, they had some interesting selections, although I'm a Belgian lover and their selection was fair.
Overall this was a nice experience. Probably not worth going really far out of your way for, but if you are within a half hour or so it's probably worth a stop. You can tell he folks who are responsible for the beer selection take care in their choices. If you're rating by how many good quality beers are in a square foot, then this place is hard to beat.
One other thing to mention: As I visited early on a weekday morning, there was nobody manning the taps in the back of the store. It looked like they had a nice selection which probably changes often, as most of the taps had the names of the beers written on a piece of paper taped onto the tap handle. If I'm ever in the area again and it's later in the day I'd like to give this little bar area a try.
02-20-2009 02:36:15 |
More by JBogan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is my local place and i love it. Are the bottles expensive? Yes. Are the drafts expensive? Yes. Is the staff crass? Yes. Are the sandwiches basic home made sandwiches? Yes. Lots of people complain about this place for all the reasons above... but not me. I'm completely aware of what i'm getting for my dollar. the sandwiches although "basic" in some peoples eyes, are made with love, are filling and just plain good. No frills necessary. If i want a frou frou sandwich - I'll go to a place that has them. Bottle selection is good especially if you're looking for RR stuff. The guys are a little stuck in their ways so if you're looking for "rarer" or limited release stuff they are not as in the know as some of their OC competitors. Don't be put off by family's crass attitude it's just their way.
05-12-2011 15:48:03 |
More by deadeye
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited just before noon on Monday, 04/21/08.
This is more or less a well-stocked craft beer shop with a deli counter, some imported and gourmet snacks for sale, a simple dining area and a small bar.
Great beers on tap, good (if expensive) deli sandwiches and a great selection of bottled beers makes this place a worthwhile stop.
As it was lunchtime on a weekday, there wasn't a whole lot of beer drinking going on, but I had a Reaper Sleighbor and my friend had an Oaked Arrogant Bastard. There were plenty of other good selections, but the number of taps is small compared to better bars.
Again, this is mainly a deli sandwich shop (and shrine to all things Green Bay Packers). It's a cool little joint and I liked it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat and drink there again. And as a beer store, they have a good selection of English, Belgian and German beers and a pretty decent selection of the good stuff that's distributed in SoCal. But having said that< i didn't find anything rare enough to blow me out of my socks.
Don't go expecting beer nirvana and you'll have a good time.
04-23-2008 01:30:43 |
More by charlzm
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I recently found this hidden gem with some colleagues, on a recommendation. The owners were knowledgeable, quirky, and fun; the selection of beers (both on tap and for sale) is outstanding.
Despite its low profile, this place is one of the best places to consume or purchase beer in Orange County!!!
The sandwich selection is also quite good, offering everything from light, healthy selections to heavy Germanic (Liverwurst) type fare.
At the bar, free samples are offered to entice your curiosity, which usually results in the consumption of a great brew!
10-28-2007 04:47:40 |
More by cbrakel
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It's basically a deli with a bar. The tap selection was awesome. I had a Pliny the Younger and a Racer X, but they also had Mad River's DIPA, RR Blind Pig, Stone Double Bastard, and many other good beers to choose from, including a nice little selection of German wheat beers and lagers. They have an impressive bottle selection as well, but nothing that you can't find at Hi-Time. Careful though; some of those bottles have been sitting on the shelf for a long time. The food seems a bit pricey for what you get, but I usually go there only for the beer. And lastly, the clientele there are generally pretty cool. Overall, I kinda dig the place and would recommend stopping in for a beer if you live in North OC.
02-15-2008 06:58:39 |
More by Tdizzle
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is one of Orange County's little secrets, a gem... this place rocks. Imagine a deli with the freshest of meats, then for drinks you can chose one of the approximately 12 draughts which are all craft/mircos. When i went last Monday, the night the Packers trounced the Raiders, on tap they had some Arrogant Bastard, Allgauer, Ale Smith IPA, Anchor Steam Celebration, Sierra Nevada Nut Brown Ale, a Samuel Smiths and i thinks some Chimay, from what i can remember (they're getting Old Rasputin in a few weeks). Well, as i was saying, if you dont like what's on tap, you can just go to the store side and pick out a bottle of "put your favorite beer here" and have poured in your mug. I picked a bottle of Stone Vertical Epic which I purchased more of along with a Unibroue 10 that i found... I was tempted to drink a bottle of Rochefort but i'll save that for xmas day. There is a long bar to sit at and about 8 small tables but the atmosphere is defintely deli which works really well here... defintely a place where beer drinkers come to drink. The owners are very kind down to earth people and know their beer. Prost.
The only thing i dont care about is the service. The folks are nice, but service is very lacking. Only certain people of the family can pour, but they cant pour when they're ringing up someone or making a sandwich. Very inefficient.
12-24-2003 19:25:20 |
More by SwillinBrew
Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA
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