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Taps: 120 / Bottles: 5
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1023 4th Ave
phone: (619) 233-9273
(Place added by: xlperro)
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vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5
I visited the Yard House on a recent visit to San Diego, and I have mixed views about the establishment.
The selection of draft beers (over 100) is quite impressive with most of the beers coming from west coast breweries. This primarily west coast selection was fine with me because I was visiting from the East but can see how a local might require more international or non-regional choices.
The Yard House has its obvious negatives:
- It is noisy
- It is expensive
- It is much more "trendy" than any beer bar should be (I've never seen so much hair gel and black leather coats in my life!)
With that said, its not a bad spot to try a beer you may not have had before.
05-26-2004 20:12:32 |
More by Waltman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
One of several large venue beer spots in the downtown area of San Diego, the other notables being the Rock Bottom and Karl Strauss. This spot like those has a rather trendy and wood-laden look to it, but unlike those spots this one features a large variety of non-house tap beers. Lots of very decent tap beers are in evidence from the huge selection. Probably something here to satisfy my style tastes. but it seemed light on the great SoCal IPAs. Tough parking area like most of the downtown area. Very crowded, busy and noisy on my mid-evening Tuesday visit.
11-11-2003 23:00:28 |
More by AtLagerHeads
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Don't expect 250 beers on tap. I was told by one of the staff that there are only 128 beers on tap. You might see over 200, as the selection is duplicated on both sides of the bar, as I have seen in Long Beach.
One reviewer wrote that the selection is on the "safe" side, which I would agree with. I wouldn't say that it is lager oriented, as I was able to find a decent selection of ales, including a few stout selections. I think we can all agree that stout drinkers will be hard pressed to find something that cannot be found elsewhere. One thing to keep in mind is that it would be wise to have backup selections. The past few times I've been there I've made choices on beers that were out, notable Beamish Irish Stout. This could be a temporary thing as my visits coincided with the construction and opening of the San Diego location. The prices of the pints are enough to keep me away from coming here on a regular basis, as there are plenty of other places which have great beer for a couple of bucks off the pint served here. There is one impressive fact: I have not had a stale beer ever at a Yardhouse. End of the barrel, yes. Stale, no.
The food is decent. I wouldn't expect to leave on with a full stomach for $10 a person. If you're on a budget, get the chicken nachos. It's enough for two people and it's decent enough to swallow.
The ambience is a bit trendy...i.e., yuppie-ish. I don't find myself in a room full of hardcore beer enthusiasts. I personally have a soft spot for the Long Beach location, but the San Diego Yardhouse just lacks a cozy ambience. The waitress who served me was great, but I noticed that there were other waitresses who needed improvement. Overall the service was satisfactory.
I would only recommend this place as a stop on a tour through the many pubs in the Gaslamp District. For a truer pub experience, go to the Field, which is also in the Gaslamp. It is definitely worth a trip if you're looking for hard to find beers on tap, such as a lambic (2 on tap at this location). Otherwise, there are plenty of other options in San Diego in searching for a regular spot for good brews.
06-28-2003 13:18:42 |
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