Country Charm in the City

Half Door pano_insideLocated in San Diego’s East Village a block from Petco Park was an old two-story white farmhouse with a wraparound porch. At first, visitors might not think they could walk in here to find a bar backed by a rather impressive liquor cabinet display, were it not for the discreet Half Door Brewing Co. sign hanging from the clapboard side of the building. The brewery is apparently patterned after the rural farmhouses found all over Ireland. This place had a very cool charm about it, from the long porch to the homelike feel seated in a residential neighborhood.

Walking inside, I was struck by the colorful wallpaper covering above dark gray beadboard on every wall, interrupted only occasionally by small black and white photos and old-looking lamps and sconces. The beams in the white plaster ceiling reminded me of Tudor style architecture and the floors were herringbone-patterned wood. To the right after walking in what felt like the back door, was the two-sided bar surrounded by small black and white tile. As I mentioned above, the liquor cabinet behind the bar was impressive, reaching clear to the ceiling. To the left of the bar and on the other side of the room were mostly high top cocktail tables and chairs by the small but plentiful windows.

This was an unusual place to grab a drink, but definitely worth a return trip.Half Door_collage

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