The 10 Best Bars In Grantville, San Diego

Sierra Brown

Grantville is one of the oldest communities in San Diego. The first settlement in California was established in San Diego in 1769. The mission, Mission San Diego de Alcalá, was moved to what is now Grantville in 1774. The restored Mission is a major landmark and tourist destination in Grantville. Check out the best bars to go when you’re around the Grantville area.

Rosie O’Grady’s San Diego

1. Rosie O'Grady's

Bar, American, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Fast Food

Rosie O’Grady’s was established in 1983 and has grown into a go-to neighborhood bar. This is the place to be whether you’re stopping by before a night on the town, grabbing a nightcap, or just throwing back a few beers and watching a game with friends. No matter what you’re doing, you’re sure to have a great time here. This Chicago-style bar offers trivia contests, karaoke, live music and professional sports on eight high definition TVs. Their Mexican-American kitchen is a local favorite, featuring an extensive menu that goes well beyond standard bar food.

2. Steins Neighborhood Pub and Eatery

Pub, American, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer

Steins Pub is a friendly, casual hangout spot proud to serve craft beer and wine. They have 28 rotating taps of craft beer, meads and ciders, plus a variety of wines and bottled beers. Steins is all about community development, the art of conversation and social fun. This in mind, the pub has no TVs, and they are family friendly. If you’re craving a quick bite to eat and your favorite drink but can’t find a babysitter, Steins makes sure you have a place to go.

3. Camel's Breath Inn

Bar, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

Camels Breath Inn
Courtesy of Bob Camel and Camel's Breath Inn
Camel’s Breath Inn is a long-running neighborhood bar featuring food, pool, karaoke and DJs in a casual environment. This friendly bar has been serving the community of San Diego for more than 28 years. For almost three decades, they have provided their guests with the most relaxing atmosphere, affordable drinks, and great tasting food. Visit Camel’s Breath Inn, order a drink and your choice of burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, and even breakfast, and you’ll leave completely satisfied.

4. JT's Pub & Grill

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

This pub was established in 1961, when this historic building was transformed into a San Diego bar called the Palamino Club. It featured a dance floor and Naugahyde booths. After that, it was turned into an Irish bar known as the Blarny Stone. It went through a few more name changes until it became JT’s Pub and Grill in 2001. This bar attracts a large and diverse group of regulars and newbies who enjoy the tasty drinks and lively atmosphere. Stop by and expect to have a beer, cocktail, or shot, eat some food, play pool, and watch games on the flat-screens.

5. McGregor's Grill & Ale House

Bar, Pub, American, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Beer, Wine, Cocktails

McGregor’s is proud to say that many pints and plates have been consumed here over the years. Their philosophy hasn’t changed from the time they opened – they’re excited to continually offer guests delicious, well crafted beers and spirits, great homemade food and a comfortable place to relax. These are the things that keep their fans coming back, and they have since 1996. In addition to their food and drinks, this bar features four pool tables, a vintage shuffleboard, trivia, and darts. Best of all, McGregor’s was voted ‘Best Sports Bar’ in 2013.

6. The Ugly Dog

Pub, American, Cocktails, Wine, Beer

San Diego 2012
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This fun and upbeat neighborhood pub serves the SDSU student body and faculty as well as locals and visitors daily. It’s open seven days a week and always offers its 30 rotating taps, a good bottle selection of craft beer, domestic beers, and a variety of ciders and meads. They also offer free pool daily, a jukebox that allows guests to play music from their iPhone, and a large, dog-friendly patio. Any night is a great night to visit The Ugly Dog because it presents daily specials like Manic Mondays, $3 Tuesdays, and Crafty Ladies Nights on Wednesdays.

7. Junk House Gastro-Pub

Bar, Gastropub, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

Junk House Gastro-Pub is unlike any bar you’ve visited before. It features an urban industrial style pub decor that incorporates street art throughout its design. The moment you arrive, you’ll be amazed by the urban art that surrounds you. Junk House also features both indoor and dog-friendly patio seating. There are 36 taps with local and nationally brewed beers, boutique wine, and hand crafted cocktails. The hip atmosphere is topped off with 13 wide screen TVs and a state of the art sound system.

8. Triple Crown Pub

Pub, American, Fast Food, Cocktails, Wine, Beer

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Triple Crown Pub isn’t your run-of-the-mill pub. Here you’ll find plenty of drinks and food and so much more. This pub offers its guests an outdoor patio, Foosball, two Ping Pong tables, three pool tables, shuffle board, and 20 TVs. Triple Crown’s happy hour specials last from Monday to Saturday, and they offer Tuesday Night Trivia where the winner gets more than just bragging rights. This pub has the perfect setting, making guests feel at home.

9. Effin's Pub 'n Grill

Bar, Pub, American, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Fast Food

Effin’s Pub ‘n Grill is a great place to visit because it offers more than just great drinks and food. This bar also features 11 TVs, two pool tables, darts, late night kitchen fare, and live music events. This destination has been a college area staple since 1996, when it was a small bar that fit no more than 40 people. Since then, ownership has changed and several re-modelings have taken place. Now it’s the number one bar in the SDSU area. Students and locals gather here often – this pub is the game-day destination for any and all sports, including hockey, basketball, football and baseball.

10. Cricket's Pub

Bar, Pub, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, Fast Food

Cricket’s Pub is a neighborhood bar that offers cocktails, brews, and food to San Diego locals and visitors. These are served in a comfortable space decorated with sports memorabilia. The welcoming and warm environment combined with the friendly staff will make guests feel right at home. Cricket’s Pub is the ideal place to visit with friends either after work or during a night out on the town. In addition to some great drinks they serve meals which are good enough to compete with restaurants, such as their top sirloin with mashed potatoes and veggies, and their polish sausage and grilled onion.

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