Main Tap Tavern

Densely populated with beer-swilling denizens, El Cajon might be equally stocked with craft-beer spots. Alas, it’s a virtual wasteland of macrobrew dives — with this single sterling exception. Equipped with 24 taps — most devoted to local liquid refreshment, but all siphoning out fine craft beer—Main Tap has swung for the fences since opening three years ago. Casks, an expensive rarity for most bars, are a Wednesday-evening amenity here. They’re always local, and recent cask-conditioned offerings have included Coronado Brewing Company Stoopid Stout, with cocoa nibs, vanilla bean, and mint leaves; and Airdale Altitude American pale ale with Citra hops. Live music on weekends offers another reason to take a ride out I-8. A place like this shouldn’t stay secret.

Capacity: 75
Prices: Pints, $5+; Cocktails $4.50+
Hours: Mon–Fri, 11am–2am; Sat–Sun, 12pm–2am
Happy: Tues–Fri, 3–6pm, $4.50 appetizers; daily food, shot, and VIP beer specials
Kitchen: Mon–Fri, 11am–10pm; Sat, 12pm–12am; Sun, 10am–8pm
Parking: Secure lot behind bar on Roanoke Avenue
The Deal: $3.50 shots with pint purchase

Happy Hours

Day Special
Sunday 12pm-2am: $3 house wine, $3.50 domestic beer bottles, $4.50 select beers, shots, $5 cocktails, margaritas. $4.50 all appetizers.
Monday 3-7pm: $3 house wine, $3.50 domestic beer bottles, $4.50 select beers, shots, $5 cocktails, margaritas. $4.50 all appetizers.
Tuesday 12pm-2am: $3 house wine, $3.50 domestic beer bottles, $4.50 select beers, shots, $5 cocktails, margaritas. $4.50 all appetizers.
Wednesday 12pm-2am: $3 house wine, $3.50 domestic beer bottles, $4.50 select beers, shots, $5 cocktails, margaritas. $4.50 all appetizers.
Thursday 12pm-2am: $3 house wine, $3.50 domestic beer bottles, $4.50 select beers, shots, $5 cocktails, margaritas. $4.50 all appetizers.
Friday 12pm-2am: $3 house wine, $3.50 domestic beer bottles, $4.50 select beers, shots, $5 cocktails, margaritas. $4.50 all appetizers.

Hours

Day Hours
Sunday noon to 2 a.m.
Monday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday noon to 2 a.m.

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Comments

Without a doubt, the ONLY place in El Cajon that you need to go. They remodled and it looks great, the staff is friendly, food is delish, they have a HUGE beer selection. Love the patio too!

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