The Best Cocktail Bars In San Diego

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22 November 2016

San Diego is a city on the Pacific coast of California known for its beaches, parks and warm climate. It does not disappoint when it comes to cocktail bars either. Check out our guide to the best cocktail bars in San Diego.

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Pasha Lounge

Pasha Lounge has an upscale beer/wine bar serving specialty coffee & tea, desserts, and food. Your experience at Pasha Lounge promises to be a delight to the senses. This beautiful, happy lounge has a variety of hookah flavors from which to choose along with beer, wine, and much more. Under their Moroccan lights and breath-taking decor, you will be transported to a life of a “King” while being pampered by their exceptionally warm staff. Try a Single Hose Hookah for 25 dollars at the lounge.

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The Lion’s Share

The Lion’s Share serve cocktails made with only the freshest ingredients, meticulously crafted. Try the Brajito with rum, brancamenta, pressed lime, soda water or the bookman daiquiri with rum, cognac, cinnamon, and lime.

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Rare Form and Fairweather

Rare Form is a deli sandwich shop and bar in San Diego. Plush leather banquet seating, subway tile, a marble table top and warm aged wooden chairs help to further elevate the dining and drinking scene at this neighborhood spot. Head upstairs to enjoy the roughtop patio with an ice-cold cocktail.

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Craft & Commerce

Craft and Commerce has consistently garnered recognition as a pioneer in San Diego’s urban movement. Craft and Commerce’s cocktail program is influenced by the country’s leading visionaries in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Enjoy the eclectic, thought-provoking decor whilst sipping on your drink.

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Starlite is all about quality drinks, food, and atmosphere. A relaxed, comfortable atmosphere sets the tone for meeting with friends, craft cocktails and slow food, and late night dining. A smoke tinted glass door opens up to an ipe slatted hexagonal hallway which leads directly to Starlite’s sunken white bar.

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