San Diego After Dark: Best Nightlife, Bars and Lounges

San Diego After Dark: Best Nightlife, Bars and Lounges

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We've got some friendly neighborhood enclaves serving everything from handcrafted cocktails to reduced–gluten beer options. Whatever your poison, put these San Diego bars on your list of where to belly up.

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    North Park may be the hot spot to grab good eats and drinks, but those to the south who are looking for a relaxed neighborhood vibe should check out this cozy, family–friendly beer haven with 13 of its own brews on tap.
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    Exploring the city's iconic park and museums just got a lot cooler knowing there's a bar nearby. Situated next to the San Diego Museum of Art, this drinking destination features both cocktails and more than a dozen local beers on tap. Grab a seat by the sculpture garden or better yet, bring your pup and hang out in the enclosed grass area with awesome views.
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    Disguised as a low-key bar, this Bay Park haven is slowly turning into one of the hottest places in town for locals looking to grab a beer or tiki cocktail. And the people behind the transformation, owner Ingrid Alvarez and bar manager Ryan Andrews, have impressive connections that include well-known companies like Ballast Point Beer and Consortium Holdings Projects.
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    This brewery by brothers Bill and Kurt​ Warnke was a project long in the making. Its debut on Morena Boulevard, an overlooked area in the county, was the result of years of research and careful planning. The two have produced a wide spectrum of beers that includes Golden Child hefeweizen, Little Brother IPA, Session Citra IPA and Bill’s Best Bitter.
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    This hangout comes from the people behind the successful Urge Gastropub in Rancho Bernardo, but with a slight modification in theme — namely, there's more to drink besides beer. At this former O'side bank, you can get brews along with whiskey and other cocktails. 
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    Hillcrest was in need of some serious brew action, and at this Fifth Avenue hub you'll find it in spades. All 22 taps are devoted to local beers in a three-floor space full of cozy nooks and crannies, plus there's a retail bottle shop on the main level by the kitchen.
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    You haven't seen the city skyline like this. The view from atop Gaslamp's Courtyard Marriott takes your breath away from the first glance. Big circular fire pits and cushy seating in the semi-open bar frame dramatic views that you’ll want to take in with a mix of classic and reinvented cocktails.
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    From coffee to citrus, almost anything can be added to the beer brewing process. At this Miramar startup, the brewers create unforgettable suds with ambitious and exotic flavors. There’s lot of buzz surrounding their saison with hibiscus and honey, the cream ale with orange and vanilla, and the Belgian Quad with coconut.
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