Best Pacific Beach Bars for the Young or Young at Heart

As the name implies, Pacific Beach is on the beach between La Jolla and Mission Beach. The clientele you'll find here usually skews young--college age and slightly older. The bars are all extremely casual in nature with perhaps the exception of trendy hotel Tower 23's JRDN, where a nice dress wouldn't be too out of place. The rest of the bars have subtle differences that make them stand out from one another. Some are OK for families during the day but not at night because of loud music and those who like to over-imbibe.

Lahaina rests directly on the sand and has been a popular watering hole for decades as host to sun-soaked locals and tourists who'd like to party throughout the day and into the night. Go directly from the beach to here, no need to change clothes at all.

For upscale eats in a contemporary dive bar setting, The Duck Dive is a major player on the PB bar scene. Locals love duck fat fries, clean bathrooms (can be rare in Pacific Beach) and other gourmet eats.

Or, check out Crushed, brand new to the PB scene with it's trendy ambiance, great value eats and craft beer.

In addition to bars, Pacific Beach has casual shopping and, of course, the beach. It isn't for everyone, but it's fun for those who prefer the low-key atmosphere.

Pacific Beach Bar and Grill

If you've spent the day on the beach and are looking for some local nightlife, head for the casual, laid-back Pacific Beach Bar and Grill where you'll find a retractable roof that allows for enjoying balmy San Diego nights. There are 20+ beers...  Read More

Fans of Pacific Beach Alehouse rave about the rooftop seating area and delicious beer on tap. It's a brewery that uses only premium ingredients and hops harvested around the world in their 8 signature beers. Favorites include the Whitewash Wheat...  Read More

Pacific Beach

This gastropub in Pacific Beach conveniently-located on Mission Boulevard draws in a ton of walk-in traffic for a good reason. The atmosphere is of a casual beach lounge that offers an elevated drinking experience by offering classic cocktails,...  Read More

Pacific Beach

Three blocks away from the beach, Bub's Dive Bar serves cheap drinks and amazing food that's unlike your average bar. There are salads and hearty sandwiches along with a weekend brunch paired with $1 mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar. Bub's is...  Read More

Pacific Beach

Located in a historic building in Pacific Beach just 5 blocks away from the beach, newly-renovated Tavern is a local favorite. Garage doors roll up to let in the coastal air and the option to sit outside. The ambiance is festive, especially at...  Read More

This is one place in Pacific Beach that draws in a mixed-age crowd all day long and well into the evening. Cass Street Bar and Grill is rarely empty with people coming for a casual drink, a game of pool or shuffleboard or perhaps a quick bite to...  Read More

Pacific Beach

Beachfront Lahaina is a great place to be, especially in the summer. You can step from the sand straight into the bar, which means it does get crowded during peak times with heavy drinking by some as the norm. Lahaina is on the edge of Pacific...  Read More

Pacific Beach

JRDN is beach-front 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, here's your...  Read More

Pacific Beach

Literally just steps from the sand, PB Shore Club is a perfect place to take a break from soaking up rays or watch an incredible sunset. The menu has an emphasis on Mexican food such as surf & turf quesadillas, lobster tacos, California...  Read More

Pacific Beach

The rapid rise to success of Crush is proof that gentrification can be well-received in Pacific Beach. The all-day eatery and watering hole is open daily at 8:00 a.m. and will feature brunch food (omelets, flatbreads, sliders and more with a...  Read More


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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