Where to Drink in San Diego
Collected by Tommy Alexander, AFAR Staff
1044 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Whisknladle is a hip place found in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego. All their food comes from locally sourced farms and their drinks are handcrafted. The $4 tapas during happy hour are absolutely delicious! Definitely try the bacon wrapped...
804 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
If you want to check out where the San Diego locals hang out, you have to stop by Bootlegger, located on the border of Gaslamp. The bar itself is unique, with a beautiful stone top and lined with hand-carved wooden panels imported from Mexico....
3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116, USA
If you're looking to hang with the locals, Blind Lady Ale House is the place to be. Communal seating encourages familiarity and you don't need to dress up here. Attire consists of t-shirts, flip flops, and shorts- might as well be on the beach....
2215 India St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
You can get all their brews on tap, including seasonal specials, at Ballast Point. To tell the truth, it's happy hour all day long at Ballast Point. We usually go to the Little Italy location since we like to spend our weekends walking around...
4839 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107, USA
At the OB Warehouse, they do not approach the concept of a Bloody Mary cocktail lightly. When you order one you get to build it yourself from the kind of liquor to the type of tomato sauce to the range of garnish. What makes this drink so good is...
750 W Fir St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
In the hip neighborhood of Little Italy, you should definitely stop by Influx for a freshly roasted cup of coffee and light breakfast. The outdoor seating is a perfect way to enjoy a San Diego morning. It will probably be a little crowded, but...
2490 Heritage Park Row, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
In the Victorian park of Old Town is the Coral Tree Tea House, so named because of the large beautiful coral tree right outside the front door. They have an extensive tea menu and you can choose the High Tea, Queen's Tea, Cream Tea or Princess...
901 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Vin De Syrah is a hidden place found below street level on 5th Ave in the Gaslamp District. To get here, you descend a level of stairs that takes you to what looks like a door with an owl painted on it. That is not the door—to your left will be a...
770 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The Tipsy Crow is located inside a historic building dating to 1874—one of the oldest buildings in downtown San Diego. The Tipsy Crow is divided into three parts: The Underground, The Main, and The Nest. In The Underground—depending on the night—...
3015 Juniper St, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
When I was staying with family in Burlingame (a neighborhood in San Diego) one of the things I enjoyed most was getting up in the morning and walking to Rebecca's coffee shop. Eventually, they branched out and moved next door into a much larger...
500 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Fluxx is one of San Diego's most exclusive dance clubs. Here's where you go if you want to get your groove on with the rich and famous who come to party in the Gaslamp, near downtown San Diego. The DJ's they host here are usually pretty good, and...
3812 Grim Ave, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
Mike Hess Brewery is a tucked away spot in North Park. You can smell the beer brewing as you approach the doors. You can't tell how big this place is until you walk in. A high rise walkway over vats of brewing beer takes you over to the bar area....
750 W Fir St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
I discovered Monello by accident after overhearing a woman at a restaurant tell her friend that she thought Monello's was the best place to go for happy hour. So, I had to check it out. Monello's is a restaurant owned by two Italian men, and their...
789 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Quality Social is a hip place that supports local breweries, has a great wine selection and uses locally grown and organic produce in their menu. Check out their schedule to see if they are hosting a live DJ or maybe an art show to support local...
820 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Laden with drinks created with ingredients like clover honey, rye whiskey, and even fruit leather, Frauds and Swindlers is your destination for crafty cocktails. Aiden Demarest (owner of Neat in LA) and Dave Whitton teamed up to serve a diverse...
3614 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
Cafe Barbera is located on 5th Ave. in the vibrant Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego just a few blocks from Balboa Park. The Italian family who owns this coffee shop has five generations of coffee roasting experience and it really shows in their...
4496 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116, USA
Lestat's is a large coffee shop with huge overstuffed couches and chairs. There are about a dozen little private booths where you can pull out your laptop and work on projects while sipping coffee or having something to eat. The best thing about...
4696 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116, USA
When a friend told me that Polite Provisions was one of the only places in town that he wished had been around when he was single, I knew I should go check it out. There's a lot of marble - floors, tabletops, and bar top. Add in the Grecian-style...
554 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
1158 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
At We Olive, their happy hour prices aren't cut as low as other places, but they do offer a slight discount off food and drink. I've been to the We Olive shop in San Louis Obispo, CA and it took me a minute to realize this was the same store! Here...
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