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The 6 Best Breweries In Downtown, San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

Downtown is home to some top breweries producing some of the finest IPAs, ales and lagers around. Beer’s a serious business so we analyzed millions of reviews from top sites to find Downtown's top breweries. Appreciate the proud beer tradition that has given us some of our best stouts, bitter and sour ales at these spots.

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Half Door Brewing

Brewery, $$, East VillageBrewery, $$San Diego, East Village
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • CultureTrip, 2017

    The 10 Best Bars In Downtown San Diego

    CultureTrip, 2017
  • Eater, 2021

    Where to Eat Near Petco Park

    Eater, 2021

Ballast Point Little Italy

Brewery, $$, Little ItalyBrewery, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Resident Brewing Company

Brewery, $$, Core-ColumbiaBrewery, $$San Diego, Core-Columbia
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Knotty Brewing Co

Brewery, $$, Core-ColumbiaBrewery, $$San Diego, Core-Columbia
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Brewery, $$, Core-ColumbiaBrewery, $$San Diego, Core-Columbia
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Bolt Brewery - Little Italy

Brewery, $, Little ItalyBrewery, $San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

How did we curate these results?

Figuring out the best restaurants can take a long time. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 823905 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 10162 restaurants, and 624 lists and articles from top sources like Eater and CultureTrip. These spots have been featured in Eater - Where to Eat Near Petco Park and CultureTrip - The 10 Best Bars In Downtown San Diego. As restaurants continue to adapt to COVID-19, you can trust us to show the latest information on which restaurants are open and how with our real-time data recommendation engine. Our site gets no payment from the restaurants we show, so you can trust what you see. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Recurring questions

There are 8 breweries in Downtown.

The highest-rated breweries with outdoor seating in Downtown are Half Door Brewing, Little Miss Brewing East Village and Ballast Point Little Italy.

Half Door Brewing, Little Miss Brewing East Village, and Ballast Point Little Italy are breweries that are dog-friendly in Downtown.

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