Below is a list of the top and leading Bars in San Diego. To help you find the best Bars located near you in San Diego, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
San Diego’s Best Bars:
The top rated Bars in San Diego are:
- Prohibition Lounge
- Trailer Park After Dark
- The High Dive
Prohibition Lounge charms guests with its mysterious location and hard to decipher interiors. To find the bar lounge, look for the bar and eatery named El Chingon. In close proximity, would be its precious door that seemed to hold a lot of secrets. Or an alternative would be the Eddie O’Hare’s Law Office’s door. From here, guests would be escorted downstairs where all the party happens. Upon entering, visitors are engulfed with an ambiance of the 1920s era. In this era, people appreciated the artistic process of crafting bar beverages. They savor the moment with majestic live music in the background.
The bar’s location makes it ideal for people wanting to find an escape. Accommodating bartenders would gladly assist and concoct your favorite spirits.
Rum, Whisky, Gin, Agave, Brandy/Cordials, SIngle Barrel Old Fashioneds, Vodka
“I would like to give 5 stars for great services and for delicious food. I liked the decor. The seating section was beautiful. I enjoyed the dance. The live performance was wonderful.” – Diana Eckert
Starlite is established in 2007 in a concealed spot near India St close to Sassafras St in Middletown/Mission Hills. A bar, set at a lower level than the ground with its glorious chandelier made of steel tubings, will meet the eye of visitors. This luxurious and intricate bar design garnered them a 2009 Orchid Award from the San Diego Architectural Foundation.
It is a 21-year-old above bar, that can cater to casual meetings, bubbly drinking sessions and after dark food cravings. 90% of the food in their menu is hand made from the local’s harvest. This is updated regularly due to some ingredients being offseason. Meat products specifically 60% of it, are from farmers practicing sustainability.
Specials, Dinner, Cocktails, Beers, Draft Beer, Small Batch Bourbon & Rye, Tequila & Mezcal, Chartreuse, Single Malt Scotch, Cognac & Calvados
“Great creative drinks, yummy inventive food, great atmosphere, and vibe. Had the Faux Zebra drink which was like a Moscow Mule and a Paloma had a beautiful child. Really freaking good. I also ordered the chicken and it was cooked PERFECTLY! The skin was so crispy and chicken so moist. Really yummy. My friend ordered the steak and it was also BOMB! It wasn’t a cheap dinner, but you get what you pay for. Great spot for a date and will definitely be back!” –Alexander Purcell
Trailer Park After Dark
Trailer Park After Dark is a popular choice for people looking for a soothing respite from their troubles. They have trailers decorated to mirror the great years of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. The 60s trailer has an 8-10 seating capacity. The 70s can hold up to 25 guests. While a group of 10-12 visitors can fit inside the 80’s trailer. For 7-9 people they can opt to be in one of the booths, shared with other patrons. The trailer embodies the laidback style of Americans with its TV dinner, potatoes, and jello shot.
Bites, Dinner Special, Cocktails, On Tap, Cans & Bottles
“One of the most unique bars I’ve been to! Great vibe. Bar and food service was on point. Staff was really cool. Lots of fun can be had here! Rent 1 of the 2 trailers for a party with your friends. GM Blake is one of the coolest guys you’ll meet here. Definitely be going here every time I’m in town!” –Mark Musial
Werewolf is an American bar that promises to help people loosen up and set aside their worries. At the bar, one can meet likeminded people who are also yearning to relax and blow off some steam. This is why they made the Karaoke nights run from Tuesday to Saturday. By singing, coupled with some shots of whiskey, guests can be free from inhibitions and release some of the stresses pressing them. The Karaoke session is hosted by Jason G., a famed karaoke master host.
Weekends, on the other hand, are for the DJ mixed vibes. This will surely get those nerves alive. Party animals need not worry about food since Werewolf has brunch, evening and late-night evening snacks.
Brunch, Evening, Late Night, Drafts, Wells, Karaoke, Cocktails, Beer, Craft Beer
“Dim lighting, DJ in the front, cool and hip, this place is a great venue for brunch. The wait for a table was about 20-30 minutes, but their bar seating is first come first serve. Wait time is better than many many brunch spots I have been in.” –Aaronray Antonio
The High Dive
The High Dive is built in the middle of the Bay Park and serves as a restaurant and bar. They have 20 craft beers on tap sourced locally, and rum-based cocktails. People can enjoy the open-air environment in their patio with a freshly formulated cocktail mix. Or opt to stay inside as a witness and observe the game. Guests can also test their singing ability with the jukebox machine. Additionally, maybe a pinball game might appeal to some visitors.
For people with kids, they can let the children explore the pinball machines. While for the rest of the young guests, a roll of quarters might catch their attention.
Breakfast, Scrambles, Craft Beer, Cocktails
“Absolutely loved this spot! I looked up restaurants on the fly, as we had just landed in San Diego and were just passing through on our way to Carlsbad. We stopped in and had the best burgers and fries ever! The staff was so welcoming and friendly, plus the service was perfect. So glad we found this spot. We will definitely be back when we visit San Diego again.” –P. Ruston
Jeanie Burford is a reporter for Kev’s Best. After graduating from UCLA, Amy got an internship at a local radio station and worked as a beat reporter and producer. Jeanie has also worked as a columnist for The Brookings Register. Amy covers economy and community events for Kev’s Best.