Best of the San Diego Bars

Guest Post Written By: Sylvia Bryant, San Diego, CA

Hamiltons (South Park) – Awesome dive bar with good grilled cheeses. Dog friendly (inside) and has a shuffleboard table. This place commonly has Pliny the Elder by Russian River, a double IPA that’s my favorite beer ever. I miss it. A lot.

Small Bar (University Heights) – Good food (try the street tacos or portabella sandwich). Gets crowded and super loud on weekend nights. Still worth it.

Blind Lady Ale House (Normal Heights) – One of my favorite pizza places in SD.

Live Wire (University Heights) – Total dive bar with no food, but you can get a slice at Luigi’s up the street and bring it in. My dog is the mascot of this bar. Haha. They let her run around in there without a leash.

Ritual Tavern (North Park) – British style bar with really good food. Slightly more expensive, but still not bad at all for the quality. They make their own condiments and have a garden on their back patio with tomatoes and herbs and the like. Dog friendly on the front and back patio.

Neighborhood (East Village) – Good food. Secret speakeasy type place called Noble Experiment is located behind the wall of kegs by the bathroom. You have to send a text to get on the list for the speakeasy, but the patio for Neighborhood is dog friendly.

 Station Tavern (South Park) – Good burgers and tater tots. Kid and dog friendly. Great on a sunny afternoon.

Toronado (North Park) – Sausages and big beer list. Lots of imports, too.

 Sessions Public (Point Loma) – Try the chicken sandwich. You won’t regret it.

OB Noodle House (Ocean Beach) – Pho and beer. What more could you want? Dollar drafts at happy hour.

Other notables:

Tiger Tiger (North Park) – Sister restaurant to Blind Lady Ale House. Dog friendly patio.

Monkey Paw (East Village) – Sister restaurant to Ham’s and Small Bar. Owner of all three of these places is Scott Blair. You may see him around. Short dude with GIANT beard, always wears glasses and a baseball cap.

Regal Beagle (Mission Hills) – Sausages and tater tots. Small dog-friendly patio.

Mission Brewery (East Village) – Worth a taste if you haven’t been. Plus it’s in a cool warehouse downtown. Sometimes a food truck will show up. Dog friendly.

URBN (North Park) – Sort of expensive, but the pizza is excellent. It’s the sister restaurant to downtown’s Bar Basic.

Disclaimer:  Most of the above are in the uptown district of SD. You may want to move here once you realize what you’ve been missing (based on the assumption you do not currently live in one of said areas).