Being somewhat spoiled by all the great craft beer breweries we have here in San Diego, it’s easy to see how that would have the natural effect of San Diego having some really great bars and pubs to choose from. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t have my favorites. I’d also be lying if I said that having a handful of favorites can sometimes cause me to not want to branch out very often. I like getting familiar in a place and getting to know the staff. A bar/pub that you are comfortable in can only serve to enhance your experience. It didn’t take me long to get comfortable at one of San Diego’s new quality drinking establishments, Fathom Bistro.
If you are a fan of Hamilton’s in South Park & Small Bar in University Heights, than you owe it to your self to swing down and check out this spot. It also has one of the more unique locations of any place in town. Located on Shelter Island and sitting on a pier over the waters of San Diego Harbor, Fathom offers quite the view on any given day, but as the weather begins to warm up it has gotten to be even more spectacular.
It’s a small spot to be sure but I loved it immediately as I walked in. The walls are decorated with all sorts of nautical memorabilia including excellent prints of Jaques Cousteau films and a childhood favorite like “20,000 Leagues under the sea” as well as a “Dr. Calamari” that always brings a smile to my face. Oh yeah, and a board offering a dozen excellent craft beers. Don’t forget, this is a bistro as well so that means food and let me tell you the sausage I had on my visit was just fantastic!
You can sit inside and look out the big beautiful window with a view of the boats on the water or you can grab a table outside and watch the fishing from the pier. Did I happen to mention that on the other side is a bait and tackle shop? Well, there is. All this adds up to a very unique experience that I hope people will take advantage as the warm up from winter continues.
So any new beers while on my visit? Of course! Ballast Point came up with special brew called Fathom IPL, India Pale Lager. I thought this was very tasty treat with a mild hops profile and some nice citrus action. It had a very refreshing quality to it. Looking for something to complement the tasty brews on tap? Be sure to try one of their in-house sausages, they are excellent and they don’t mind making them without the usual toppings so that I can bast my in yellow mustard.
Fathom Bistro is located at 1776 Shelter Island Dr San Diego, CA 92106
This is a very welcome addition to my usual rotation of drinking establishments. Go make some time to check it out for your self.