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Hamilton's Tavern, San Diego, California

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1521 30th Street
San Diego , California
Tel: 619 238 5460
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San Diego is now the craft beer capital of the country (take that, Portland), and its genesis may very well be Scott Blair's 75-year-old watering hole, Hamilton's Tavern in South Park. This dimly lit joint, where the decor amounts to little more than a few pool tables and a shuffleboard court, is your classic no-nonsense neighborhood tavern. But the beer list, one of the most impressive in town, sets Hamilton's apart—there's a huge selection of both local micro brews and exotic imports. The crowd, while wall-to-wall on the weekends, is friendly and chilled, more flip-flops and baseball caps than skinny jeans and fedoras. Still, best to come on a weekday, in the late afternoon, when the bartenders are happy to share the 411 on beer-brewing basics along with unlimited free samples before you buy.—Audrey Davidow

Open Mondays through Fridays 3 pm to 2 am, Saturdays and Sundays 1 pm to 2 am.

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