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“If only more (Irish?) pubs were like Patricks 2” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Patrick's II

Patrick's II
Ranked #867 of 4,699 Restaurants in San Diego
Cuisines: Bar, Pub
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Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Melbourne, Australia
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“If only more (Irish?) pubs were like Patricks 2”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

We were doing touristy stuff in San Diego during the day. (You know, the Zoo and Sea World etc) and, as tourists, naturally gravitated towards the Gas Lamp quarter for meals every night.

I love pubs with live music and our cab driver directed us towards Patricks ('two' for some reason).

So, after our meal on a Saturday night about 9 p.m. off we went to check it out - only a few blocks away from where we dined.

What a blast.

Small, intimate, dark, with a fine selection of beers and live music - and not too crowded, (it turns out on any night we was there).

The first night, as I wasn't driving, I was was introduced to San Diego's astonishing IPA beers - and, on this visit, a band playing great blues music for tips.

We was so impressed we came here every night after we'd dined - where a different band was playing every night.

And all of them was brilliant.

One night Blues, next night a different style of blues, the next night a brilliant soul band then we went to Tuesdays jam session which, probably more by luck than anything was sensational. At one time there seemed to be about a dozen people playing - dunno where they came from - they wasn't in the orginal band. (OK jam sessions anywhere are unpredictable so be prepared for anything).

Funny thing was I think the band was supposed to finish about midnight - but seems they didn't want to finish at all and 12:30 a.m. they was still going and had to be closed down by the bar people.

Also on Tuedsday 'jam' nights they put on free fried chicken as a snack - all you have to do is go help yourself.

We didn't get back to our hotel 'til about 2 a.m. Wednesday morning - now I haven't had a night like that in years.

What made our visits to Patricks so pleasurable was the staff - who sort of adopted us the first time we spoke to them. (Well, our accents helped identify us as people in need of looking after).

Being the low-key sort of place it it, Patricks attracts the sort of people who are just out for a night's entertainment or a bit of company themselves and we found it easy to get into pub-chats every time we went with a whole bunch of nice people - which added to our pub experience.

I can only suggest that, if you like the style of place I've described - it doesn't get any better than Patricks 2 in San Diego.

Just turn up with no expectations and see what happens.


Have fun - we did.


FYI - I'm 62 y/o and I suppose meant to be past all this frivolity.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
  • German first
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English first
Tucson
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Best Blues and most fun we have had in some time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

We did not eat there, so cannot comment on the food, but the beer many choices on draft and the music were the best we have had the pleasure of in San diego. The band was great, very engaged and their set lasted 2,5 hours ..... Full out , with the whole place dncing , clpping and rocking in their seats . Beer was iced cold, could not have been more fun

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Wendy M
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Stromness, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great bar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

We just discovered this great little bar through friends, on our latest trip to SD, very friendly guy behind the bar, really good atmosphere and they have live music every night! Reasonably priced drinks too!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Linda H
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London, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Rock out in this hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013 via mobile

Okay, so it might look like something out of Cheers, or a place you would stumble across for last orders. But let me tell you, Patricks is outstanding.

We visited on a Sunday night and enjoyed live music from a band called t&t. They were incredible. The singer had the voice and cha of any major rock star and wowed us with awesome blues and rock tunes. The beer ain't bad neither!

Visited September 2013
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Riverside, CA
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196 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
“More Irish”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2012

Small hole in the wall type bar. We had fresh Guinness and Magner's cider and made some new friends.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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