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The Best Bars in San Diego

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Drinking with a view of the Pacific or a Padres game are sort of your basic rights when you go out in San Diego. This sunny Southern California city is set up for margaritas, locally brewed beer, and craft cocktails that use some of the bounty of fruits and herbs that the region is known for. The coffee down here is not too bad, either.
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Given its prime La Jolla location—with a Pacific panorama to match—this stylish, modern bar could get away with serving almost anything. But lucky for spirits enthusiasts, George’s Level2 (one of three venues that make up...
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Famous for bringing the world the likes of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Stone Brewing is nothing if not cheeky. This is, after all, the first American craft brewer bold enough to open an outpost in Germany, a country steeped in beer-making tradition. But...
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675 W Beech St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
One of San Diego’s original craft-cocktail spots, this Little Italy establishment reopened in 2016 after a complete makeover. Today, it features 100-year-old taxidermy pieces (a collaboration with the Natural History Museum), shelves lined...
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2252 India St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Brian Jensen went to culinary school in New York City and worked at a wine shop in Brooklyn before opening San Diego’s premier bar and beer shop. Since then, he’s grown the business to include four locations in San Diego and...
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2204 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
Restaurants don’t get much more cool and kid-friendly than South Park’s Station Tavern. Since its opening in 2009, the spot has won several awards for its environmentally conscious design, which includes rooftop solar panels and...
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1495 G St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
When Laura Johnson couldn't find a position in the spirits industry after she graduated from the University of San Diego, she started putting together a business plan. Apparently she nailed it: You & Yours Distilling Co. launched in 2017 and...
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2335 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
Complete with an in-shop florist and white, honeycomb-tiled wall, this light-filled coffee shop is one of San Diego’s most Instagramworthy spaces. Luckily, it offers more than just good looks—the coffee comes from San Francisco’s...
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400 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
One of the West Coast’s most meticulous roasters, Coava chose San Diego for its first venture outside Portland, Oregon, thereby instantly improving the city’s coffee scene. At its light-filled shop in the Gaslamp...
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2355 India St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
This hipster coffee bar and roaster anchors a converted warehouse in Little Italy that houses a number of small retailers. After browsing the apothecary, women’s boutique, and eyewear emporium, visitors can head to James Coffee Company for...