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  • 1. Baja Betty's

    Hillcrest | Bars/Pubs

    Although it draws plenty of gay customers, the festive and friendly atmosphere is popular with just about everyone in the Hillcrest area (and...Read More

  • 2. Blanco Tacos + Tequila

    Mission Valley | Bars/Pubs

    Get your margarita skinny, spicy, or standard, with house-made sours and fresh-squeezed juices, at this prime new spot within Fashion Valley...Read More

  • 3. Cantina Mayahuel

    University Heights | Bars/Pubs

    The well-respected Cantina Mayahuel carries San Diego’s largest collection of agave-based Mexican spirits—with tequila flights to boot—and is...Read More

  • 4. Extraordinary Desserts

    Hillcrest | Cafes–Nightlife

    This café lives up to its name, which explains why there's often a line, despite the ample seating. Paris-trained Karen Krasne turns out award...Read More

  • 5. Fairweather

    East Village | Bars/Pubs

    Hidden in plain sight next to PETCO Park, Fairweather is an urban tiki oasis with a top-notch cocktail menu that boasts classics like daiquiris...Read More

  • 6. False Idol

    Little Italy | Bars/Pubs

    A walk-in refrigerator harbors the secret entrance to this tiki-themed speakeasy, which is attached to Craft & Commerce. Beneath fishing...Read More

  • 7. Hamilton's Tavern

    South Park | Bars/Pubs

    Affectionately known to its loyal crowd of locals as Hammy's, this bar has one of the best beer lists in town. On the ceiling, lights strung...Read More

  • 8. Seven Grand

    North Park | Piano Bars/Lounges

    This whiskey lounge is a swanky addition to an already thriving North Park nightlife scene and a welcome alternative to the neighboring dives...Read More

  • 9. Starlite

    Mission Hills | Bars/Pubs

    Bar-goers are dazzled by Starlite's award-winning interior design, which includes rock walls, luxe leather booths, and a massive mirror-mounted...Read More

  • 10. The Casbah

    Middletown | Music Clubs

    This small club near the airport, the unofficial headquarters of the city's indie music scene, has a national reputation for showcasing up-and...Read More

  • 11. The Grant Grill

    Gaslamp Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    Though the Grant Grill—located on the ground floor of the historic U.S. Grant Hotel—is a full-service restaurant, it's built up a reputation...Read More

  • 12. The Grass Skirt

    Pacific Beach | Bars/Pubs

    Accessed through a false freezer door inside Good Time Poke, this speakeasy-styled tiki bar serves a wide selection of rum-based tropical cocktails...Read More

  • 13. The Rooftop by STK

    Gaslamp Quarter | Dance Clubs

    At this rooftop bar and lounge atop the Andaz hotel, a fashionable crowd sips cocktails poolside while gazing at gorgeous views of the city...Read More

  • 14. Vin de Syrah

    Gaslamp Quarter | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    This "spirit and wine cellar" sends you down a rabbit hole (or at least down some stairs) to a whimsical spot straight out of Alice in Wonderland...Read More

  • 15. Westgate Hotel Plaza Bar

    Gaslamp Quarter | Piano Bars/Lounges

    The old-money surroundings, including leather-upholstered seats, marble tabletops, and a grand piano, supply one of the most elegant and romantic...Read More

  • 16. Aero Club

    Mission Hills | Bars/Pubs

    Named for its proximity to the airport, this watering hole draws in whiskey lovers for its unbeatable selection. ...Read More

  • 17. Altitude Sky Lounge

    Gaslamp Quarter | Piano Bars/Lounges

    Location is everything at this sophisticated lounge on the roof of the 22-floor San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter. The views of the Downtown...Read More

  • 18. American Comedy Co.

    Gaslamp Quarter | Comedy Clubs

    At this underground space modeled after the legendary comedy clubs in New York, there's not a bad seat in the house—which is especially great...Read More

  • 19. Amplified Ale Works

    Pacific Beach | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Pacific Beach often veers between the trendy and the tawdry, so this genuine craft brewhouse offers a more casual middle ground. Amplified serves...Read More

  • 20. Bang Bang

    Gaslamp Quarter | Dance Clubs

    Part sushi bar and part discotheque, Bang Bang offers both a good culinary game as well as a lineup of superstar DJs providing beats and breaks...Read More

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