Self-Serve Beer Bar Barrel Republic Set To Shutter In San Diego's North County

April 5, 2023

Self serve beer bar Barrel Republic is closing its most northerly San Diego location after this weekend's service.

Founded by San Diego Sockers co-owner David Pike in 2013 with the opening of the first location in Pacific Beach, Barrel Republic was one of the first local bars to embrace pour-your-own beer technology. With the opening of the second location in Oceanside in 2015, Barrel Republic added a scratch-made, California gastropub-style menu. In 2016, the third location of Barrel Republic opened in Carlsbad, also with a full food menu, and another branch launched in Escondido in 2021. 
Barrel Republic offers a rotating tap list accessible by a credit-card-linked-bracelet that patrons obtain when they enter the business. The "freedom to pour" concept allows customers to pay by the ounce so that they can drink as much or as little as they want of various beers.

Barrel Republics Pacific Beach location officially ended its run last year after being closed for most of the pandemic. The Oceanside branch shuttered in late 2021.  

Barrel Republic's Escondido outpost at 136 West Grande Avenue will permanently close after service on Sunday, April 9. The Carlsbad branch is now the last location of this concept still in business.

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