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 on the young side–college age and young professionals. The bars are mostly casual in nature with perhaps the exception of Tower 23's JRDN, where a nice dress wouldn't be too out of place.

Slowly but surely, more gentrified options are opening in the area. 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 and other gourmet eats. Or, check out Crushed, with its trendy ambiance, great value eats and craft beer. However, despite a rejuvenation of sorts, these spots do turn into a nightlife scene after dinner service and can get a bit festive during weekend sports.

In addition to bars, Pacific Beach has casual shopping and, of course, the beach. It's a fun area for those who prefer a youthful atmosphere.



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



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

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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



Backyard Kitchen & Tap is a coastal American eatery with a from-scratch menu that is located about a block away from the beach in Pacific Beach. Go for favorites like jerk chicken or a hearty burger paired with a beverage from the long list...  Read More

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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

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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

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Barrel Republic's concept is unique in that it provides beer lovers the freedom to self-pour their own beer. This also allows guests the freedom sample as many as they like in the process. Put money down on a wristband or card. Head to the taps...  Read More

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

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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 and features brunch food (omelets, flatbreads, sliders and more with a Mexican, Italian and...  Read More

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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


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