This swanky drinks spot does exactly what you want a cocktail bar to do, but with a twist. Seriously good, well-thought-out cocktails by expert mixologists who really know their stuff, a vibey venue, and poppin’ music choices. But what pulls it all together is that Polite Provisions replicates an old-school drugstore and soda fountain, with 46 taps dispensing beer, wine and more, and a menu inspired by activity books (yes, there are mazes, puzzles and crosswords to go alongside your drinks).
Sure, San Diego is known for its impressive number of craft breweries (150+ and counting!), but there are also jaw-dropping rooftop bars, tiki bars, and beachside bars you won't find anywhere else. You'll find creative craft cocktails, high-end wine lists, tasty bar food, and rockin' music without searching too hard. The nightlife scene is alive and well in Little Italy, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Pacific Beach, among others. The hardest part will be deciding where to drink first.
Happy hour specials can be found in most spots, and they often include food deals as well (dollar oysters are a thing here). Sip libations poolside or beachside - doesn't matter since San Diego has a notable laidback, casual vibe where flip flops are accepted in most places. You'll be hard-pressed to find restaurants that serve "big beer" brands like Bud and Miller since most San Diegans demand local brews. Mixologists certainly have their work cut out for them designing new concoctions on the regular.
If you're planning to sip your way through the city, use our guide to San Diego's best bars as a jumping-off point. We'll drink to that!