Life is Delicious – Exploring SD’s Most Beautiful Bars

San Diego has no shortage of attractive people to drink with, so it’s only fitting that it should have an abundance of attractive places where you can meet. From retro spaces your dad would totally dig to two-story stunners with private cabanas, here are the most eye-catching places to catch a buzz in America’s Finest City.

Soda & Swine

Liberty Station

Local designer Paul Basile really went all out on the design at this meatball-centric eatery that also has a solid cocktail program. The imaginative space is chock-full of creative elements like a 20ft foosball table that conveniently doubles as cocktail seating, hand welded double-S steel barstools, and a quilted brass bar inspired by an airplane wing (a reference to the flight path directly overhead).  The fries, and Lamb meatballs are not to be missed, and if you’re thirsty for refreshing and unique libations then step one door down into Polite Provisions; Featuring rnate tiled floors, cast-iron stools with soft velvet cushions, and gleaming brass columns make this Normal Heights boozery resonate with an old apothecary vibe. Behind the 100ft marble bar top there’s an intense, 46-custom-tap system that pours everything from craft beer to draft cocktails, wine, and a selection of craft sodas and egg creams.

Noble Experiment

East Village

The proverbial cat is out of the bag about this so-called “hidden” speakeasy tucked behind a wall of beer kegs in the East Village, but that doesn’t make it any less cool. Inside the snug space, elements like dark mahogany paneling, soaring ceilings accentuated by Renaissance artwork, a gigantic Swarovski crystal chandelier, and a wall of gold-plated skulls create a spooky and stimulating environment where anything seems possible.  Swing by sometimes and get your drinks on in style.

Kettner Exchange

Little Italy

Easily one of the sexiest spots in the city, it’s full of all manner of cozy nooks and comfortable perches to enjoy a beverage, including plush cabanas (each equipped with its own wet bar, flat-screen TV, and a tap for a private keg), wingback chairs facing a fireplace, and bar seating on both levels add the kind of charm that unmatched anywhere in san Diego.  When there try the Ahi Tuna Pizza, Brussels and Drunken Shrimp Noodles.  You will not be disappointed.


That’s all for this month, but check us out for more neighborhood gems waiting to be discovered.