San Diego loves its speakeasies. It has collectively decided that stirred cocktails are called “direct.” I feel like there are more bars in San Diego than ever offering craft cocktails, but fewer than ever that actually serve a good cocktail.


Lafayette Hotel

The lobby bar was my favorite. It is stunning. Perhaps the most beautiful space in San Diego.

Location: 2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104



Convoy Music Bar

You enter from the alley strewn with garbage bins behind Obrien's and look for red "On Air" sign. Cocktails are pretty good. Fun place to have a drink.

Location: 4646 Convoy St Unit 111, San Diego, CA 92111


Whiskey House

The largest collection of commercially available whisky for sale at a bar.

Location: 420 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101


Updated: 2023.12.28