5 hottest bars in San Diego
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
Some like it hot
It gets hot in San Diego, especially on its gorgeous sandy beaches. So where better to take refuge than in a bar right next to the fire station? This place is seriously cool, with two bars and a restaurant downstairs as well as a sizzling roof terrace upstairs. Here you can enjoy a chilled open air beach bar set-up with ocean views, smooth music and the ever-popular Firehouse ale. There are plenty of weekly specials with Wine and Oyster Wednesdays, $3 Thursdays and Champagne Sundays!
722 Grand Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
Tel: +1 858 274 3100 www.firehousepb.com
Ye supremely stocked olde bar
Surrounded by antique street lamps, ornately tiled floors and apothecary vibe, you’re in for a treat with San Diego’s most ambitious bar. Boasting a 46-tap system which dispenses craft beer, soda pop, hard tack and even draft cocktails, you’re spoilt for choice. There are also over 50 types of bitters, and no less than 12 signature cocktails, including the “herbaceous & refreshing” Ocean Side, with gin, lime, mint, sea salt and celery bitters. And, in case you thought you’d tried everything, why not sample a beer cocktail!
4696 30th Street
Tel: +1 619 677 3784 http://politeprovisions.com/
Tel: +1 619 234 9211 www.redcirclesd.com/
Red Circle Café
Retro-chic Russian vodka bar
When the Yanks won their tussle with the Russkies, they took traditional vodka bars as a spoil of war. You’ll find them all over the States but this one in San Diego is one of the finest: 4,800sq feet of Russia, serving up vodka and caviar. You can truly imagine you’re back in the days of spies and intrigue, with over 100 brands of vodka, Russian military uniforms adorning the walls, faux mink fur and bright murals of Stalin-inspired life.
420 E St, San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: +1 619 544 9500 www.stingsandiego.com
San Diego’s sexiest nightclub
Provocative! In the heart of the once-taboo red light district, you’ll find Stingaree, the ultimate place to party. With three lavish interior levels (including a sunken granite-top bar), party animals can climb upstairs to the rooftop lounge for cocktails under the sky. Designed like a Buddhist garden with intimate, elevated cabanas, Stingaree’s breezy paradise is the place to indulge in the city’s finest nightlife with spectacular lighting, sound and appearances by celebrity DJ’s.
454 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: +1 619 764 6924 http://hardrockhotelsd.com/dining-&-nightlife/float
The city’s favourite rooftop
What’s your dream of a perfect bar? Fire pits, swimming pool, private cabanas, awesome views, decadent cocktails, endless flat-screens or glorious vibe? Float, like an oasis on top of the Hard Rock, has it all. It is also home to the infamous “Intervention Sundays” pool parties which rage all summer long. And. if you need a moment to catch your breath, grab a drink and admire the scenery overlooking the historic Gaslamp Quarter. This is a bar with something for everyone.
Hard Rock Hotel, 207 5th Avenue