If you like craft beer, take full advantage of living in Downtown San Diego and explore a new taproom each weekend. If you’re new to the area and aren’t sure where to start, here are a few taprooms worth trying.
We’d be remiss not to include the perennial local favorite on here. Located in East Village just a stone’s throw (no pun intended) from Petco, this location offers wine, a new food menu, growlers, and even merch.
Bottlecraft Beer Shop and Tasting Room
Right in the heart of Little Italy, Bottlecraft has a huge selection of bottled beers, taps, and flights. The bartenders are both friendly and knowledgeable, and there is outdoor seating perfect during warmer days.
Magnolia Tap & Kitchen
In addition to a menu of tasty treats, Magnolia offers a small but well-selected handful of local craft beers that rotate on a regular basis. Come during their daily happy hour for discounts on wings, well drinks, wine, and local draughts.
Technically located in North Park a little less than 10 minutes from the East Village, Belching Beaver is known for delicious stouts with hints of peanut butter and honey. There’s no food menu, but if your stomach starts growling indulge in one of the rich beer floats.
Best Damn Beer Shop
Situated on the boarder between the Gaslamp and the Core district, the Best Damn Beer Shop is both a natural food store and a purveyor of amazing beer. You can’t actually drink at the store, but if you are looking for an amazing selection of craft beer or have found one at another taproom you just can’t wait to have again, this is where you’ll find it. Oh, and they have a great homebrew section.
Whether you’re staying close to your loft in Downtown San Diego or heading a little ways down the road, make sure you stay safe when exploring local taprooms. Take a taxi, an Uber, or a pedicab, but never drink and drive! ')}