San Diego Nightlife: From Luxe Wine Bars to Awesome Dive Bars



Go for a beer, stiff gin and tonic, or perhaps just one amazing glass of wine. Meet friends, make new ones or impress a date. Whatever your craving or reason, San Diego's bar scene specializes in variety.

Topping our list is the unique speakeasy, Noble Experiment, that intimately seats 32 people for mind-blowing cocktails and service. That is... if you can find the secret door and secure a reservation.

The tried and true Aero Club has been a favorite among locals for many years. The famous wall of liquor is a dream come true for whiskey lovers especially as it holds over 800 different types. It looks like a dive bar from the outside and many locals classify it as such, but the drinks are reasonably priced, the service is friendly, and the reviews are positive.

So, let's get down to business. Here's a list of San Diego's 10 best bars. Cheers! 




Vin de Syrah is truly a special place to enjoy charcuterie and a glass of wine (or two). Award-winning, Alice in Wonderland-inspired decor literally takes you down the rabbit hole into a surprising mix of old and new, that invites you to sit...  Read More


Shakespeare Pub & Grille


A true British pub in sunny southern California? Yes, indeed. The Shakespeare looks like a pub you might find across the pond, with the drinks, food and festivities to match. Try a plate of bangers and mash, a ploughman's lunch, shepherd's pie...  Read More


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Pacific Beach


JRDN is beachfront Tower 23 Hotel's 10,000 square foot contemporary oceanfront steak and seafood restaurant, featuring casually sophisticated cuisine. If you need a hip and trendy place that's less hectic than Gaslamp options, this is also your...  Read More


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Pacific Beach


The Grass Skirt is new to the San Diego dining and nightlife scene and already people love it. It's a hidden tiki bar located inside Good Time Poke, a grab-and-go poke spot that is open in the evenings until 2:00 a.m. The goal is to use...  Read More




To enter Prohibition, simply show up (no reservations are accepted) and find the door marked Law Office of Eddie O'Hare. It is a speakeasy with a 1920's vibe designed for those who would like to step into the Great Gatsby era for an evening. A...  Read More


Hamilton's Tavern


A favorite with locals, Hamilton's is well-known for its fantastic beer offerings of over 200 bottled beers and 28 draft selections including an exceptional array of Belgian ales and US microbrews. The food menu includes a couple of very tasty...  Read More




The newly expanded 3,300 square-foot space boldly establishes itself on the bustling corner of Kettner Boulevard and Beech Street–visible by the expanded wrap-around patio lined with built-in fire pit tables, ceiling-high bi-fold windows and a...  Read More




Park & Rec is an upscale-casual bar focused on a playful assortment of classically driven cocktails as well as recreation like ping pong and other outdoor games played in its courtyard. Sit indoors our outdoors on the gorgeous patio will...  Read More


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Balboa Park


Airplane-and-neon-beer-sign décor aside, this dive bar has a big local following and a number of regulars are here at any given time. There is a gigantic wall of liquors including over 800 whiskeys (yes, you read that right) and 100 vodkas....  Read More




People come for the cocktails and say that you'll never drink a better one. This San Diego speakeasy is found via a somewhat secret door near the door to the kitchen at The Neighborhood. Reservations are by text message only and Noble...  Read More


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Meet Katie Dillon

Katie Dillon originally moved to the seaside community of La Jolla to attend UC San Diego. When the opportunity presented itself, she and her husband set off for a 7 year stint overseas as...  More About Katie

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