Drinking at the best bars in San Diego is going to be covered in full detail as this post goes along. Some may be searching for a tall glass of beer, a shot of vodka, to save money on liquor during local drink special times, or maybe to sing karaoke and either way you should have a much better understanding of the scene soon.
We will kick this baby off with the best wine and cocktail bars in San Diego. Breweries and sports bars where you can watch the big game or maybe play some pool or throw some darts will get our second section.
The best drink specials at bars near you with cheaper alcohol will come next before we pivot to bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights in your area. Bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music will garner our final section.
Expect to find a local bar map with all these spots pinned on it so you can have a better feel for what venues are closest to your current area at the moment. The Southwest region is one that we have written about many times in the past if you are interested in reading more.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
The best cocktail and wine bars in San Diego might just be:
- Vin de Syrah at 901 Fifth Ave
- Wet Stone Wine Bar & Cafe at 1927 Fourth Ave
- The Rose Wine Bar at 2219 30th St
- Noble Experiment at 777 G St
- The Manhattan at 400 Broadway, Chula Vista
- Dock’s Cocktail Lounge at 317 3rd Ave, Chula Vista
- The Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar at 1704 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside
- Masters Kitchen and Cocktail at 208 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside
- Vintana Wine + Dine at 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido
- Last Spot Bar at 317 E Grand Ave #C, Escondido
- QuarterDeck Cocktails at 979 Broadway, El Cajon
- Clara Restaurant & Bar Carlsbad at 300 Carlsbad Village Dr #213, Carlsbad
You can watch live DJ performances or listen to music while enjoying light bites, wines, and cocktails in your area at Vin de Syrah.
Delectable seafood plates, steak skewers, and homemade chimichurri as well as luscious red and white wines and some great drink specials in San Diego are available six days a week at Wet Stone.
Noble Experiment serves craft cocktails from 6pm to 2am.
The Manhattan is open from 10am to 2am.
Local karaoke nights are hosted at Dock’s Cocktail Lounge in Chula Vista who is open every day from 10am to 2am.
The Privateer has a wide selection of red, white, and light wines as well as drink specials in Oceanside from 4pm to 6pm.
Award winning cuisines, signature cocktails, and happy hours are offered from 4pm to 10pm Wednesday through Saturday and from 10am on Sunday at Masters Kitchen and Cocktail.
You can sip on mimosas and signature Bloody Mary cocktails from 11:30am to 9pm Tuesday through Sunday as well as get discounts on alcoholic drinks in Escondido from 3pm to 5pm at Vintana Wine + Dine.
Wines, mocktails, meads, and craft beers are served from 4pm to 10pm on Friday and Saturday at Last Spot Bar.
QuarterDeck Cocktails is a laid back bar with pool tables, dartboards, video games, and flatscreen TV’s for sporting events as well as a wide selection of wines and cocktails from 10am to 2am Monday through Saturday and from 8am on Sunday.
Tasty cocktails that are made with quality spirits and uniquely balanced fruit combos like teaches of peaches and jungle bull as well as a fine assortment of sherries, wines, and locally crafted and bottled beers are available at Clara Restaurant and Bar in Carlsbad. They also provide liquor specials from 4pm to 6pm and again from 9pm to 12am.
San Diego Breweries & Sports Bars
Watch the big game with your friends and sample new flavors of beers at the best breweries and sports bars in your area:
- Pitchers Sports Bar at 9920 Carmel Mountain Rd
- McGregor’s Grill at 10475 San Diego Mission Rd
- Home & Away at 2222 San Diego Ave
- 3N1 Sports Bar & Grill at 2330 Proctor Valley Rd #101, Chula Vista
- BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse at 555 Broadway St #1019, Chula Vista
- PCH Sports Bar at 1835 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside
- Rookies Sports Bar at 2216 S El Camino Real #104, Oceanside
- Plan 9 Alehouse at 155 E Grand Ave, Escondido
- Press Box Sports Lounge at 2990 Jamacha Rd #120, El Cajon
- Barrel Republic at 2961 State St, Carlsbad
- Karl Strauss Brewing Company at 5801 Armada Dr, Carlsbad
Pitchers is a laid back sports bar in San Diego with billiards, dart boards, and flat screen TV’s as well as pub grub and craft beers that is open from 11:30am to 12am Sunday through Thursday and until 2am on Friday and Saturday.
There are 4 pool tables, darts, board games, shuffleboards, multiple flat screen TV’s, and an outdoor patio at McGregor’s Grill who is open daily from 11am to 12am and has some of the best drink specials near you from 4pm to 7pm.
Craft beers on tap and table games are available at Home and Away from 11:30am to 1am daily.
You can get discounts on alcoholic drinks in Chula Vista from 4pm to 7pm while choosing from 18 beers on tap at 3N1 Sports Bar and Grill.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse provides local drink specials throughout the week from 11am to 12am except for Saturday when they are closed.
American fare like burgers and wings are served at PCH Sports Bar where 18 draft beers, beer flights, and pool tables are also provided.
You definitely won’t miss any games on weekdays with over 50 TV screens at Rookies Sports Bar in Oceanside who is open from 10:30am to 1:30am. 19 draft beers and drink specials from 3pm to 7pm are also available.
Craft beers and pub fare are served in an industrial setting at Plan 9 Alehouse from 12pm to 8pm Sunday through Thursday and until 9pm on Friday and Saturday.
Upscale bistro fare, craft beers, wine, drink specials, and a VIP room are available at The Press Box Sports Lounge in El Cajon from 11am to 10pm daily.
A rotating selection of self service craft beers and ciders on tap are provided at Barrel Republic in Carlsbad.
You might want to try some of the best homebrewed craft ales and delicious American bar food at Karl Strauss Brewing Company.
Local Drink Specials
Save some money buying cheaper alcohol at these bars with drink specials near you:
- The Local Eatery & Drinking Hole at 1065 Fourth Ave
- Taste & Thirst at 715 Fourth Ave
- Shake & Muddle at 303 H St #109, Chula Vista
- The Draft Restaurant & Sports Bar at 4225 Oceanside Blvd, Oceanside
- North Bar at 200 W El Norte Pkwy #7, Escondido
- Junction Bar & Grill at 777 Jamacha Road #3202, El Cajon
- The Compass at 300 Carlsbad Village Dr #202, Carlsbad
Some great San Diego drink specials are offered from 3pm to 7pm at The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole.
You can get half priced beers and other drinks from 3pm to 8pm at Taste and Thirst.
Shake and Muddle is known to offer some of the best liquor specials in Chula Vista from 4pm to 6pm Tuesday through Thursday.
The Draft Restaurant and Sports Bar in Oceanside is open at 11am providing discounts on draft beers, house wines, and other drinks from 4pm to 7pm.
North Bar’s drink specials are available from 3pm to 6pm every Sunday.
You can visit Junction Bar and Grill from 11am to 11pm on weekdays and 9am to 1am on weekends.
Discounts on alcoholic drinks in Carlsbad are available from 1pm to 6pm at The Compass.
We have done our best to mention any time other bars in your area offer drink specials all throughout this post so don’t only focus on this section.
Trivia, Quiz, & Game Nights
There are plenty of bars with local trivia, quiz, and game nights:
- Blarney Stone Pub at 5617 Balboa Ave
- Knotty Barrel at 844 Market St
- The Rabbit Hole at 3377 Adams Ave
- Vogue Tavern at 230 3rd Ave, Chula Vista
- Park 101 at 3040 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad
Blarney Stone Pub serves beers and cocktails along with games and live music and you can check them out from 2pm to 2am on weekdays, from 11am on Saturday, and from 10am on Sunday.
Over 100 local, domestic, and imported beers on tap including 20 craft beers as well as drink specials from 4pm to 7pm on weekdays are offered at Knotty Barrel.
Vogue Tavern is open from 10am to 1pm on weekdays, until 11pm on Saturday, and until 10pm on Sunday.
Park 101 is open seven days a week starting at 11am.
QuarterDeck Cocktails and Pour House who we mentioned before are other fun bars with games to check out.
Dance, Karaoke, & Live Music
These bars are great for dancing, live music, and karaoke:
- Carriage House Cocktails & Karaoke at 4690 Convoy St
- 710 Beach Club at 710 Garnet Ave
- The Shout! House at 655 Fourth Ave
- Pour House at 1903 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside
- Comstock Bar & Grill at 316 W Mission Ave # 115, Escondido
Carriage House Cocktails and Karaoke provides a large selection of songs, pool tables, and cocktails from 2pm to 2am Monday through Thursday and from 12pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
710 Beach Club is a great bar with live music near you and has a menu of homemade dishes that are available from 1:30pm to 2am Tuesday through Sunday and 2pm to 8pm on Monday as well as alcoholic drink specials from 4pm to 7pm on weekdays.
Happy Hours are offered from 4pm to 7pm at The Shout!
You can watch your favorite bands, participate in open mic nights, and even socialize on trivia nights at Pour House seven days a week.
Comstock is a laid back bar with live music, karaoke, singing, dancing, cocktails, and drink discounts in your area from 4pm to 6pm on weekdays.
Don’t forget that Vin de Syrah, Blarney Stone Pub, and Dock’s Cocktail Lounge are more fun local bars for music lovers who we have mentioned in other sections.
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Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In San Diego
Now that you have read all of that you should have a much better understanding of what is available in your area. There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke near you.
If you notice us listing any venues that are no longer open or just think we got something wrong please tell us in the comments so this page stays as up to date as possible. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in San Diego.