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Oct. 17 2012 10:02 AM

Bars, dance clubs, baristas, and more


Best Bar for Pool

Hungry Stick

Honorable mention: Triple Crown, Bluefoot, Society Billiard Cafe

Best Neighborhood Bar for Dancing


Honorable mention: Whistle Stop Bar, El Dorado, Thrusters Lounge

Best Baristas

Caffe Calabria

Honorable mention: Influx, Krakatoa, Roast Coach

Best Beach Bar

Pacific Shores

Honorable mention: Lahaina Beach Club, Open Bar, Shore Club

Best Bloody Mary

Small Bar

Honorable mention: Tractor Room, Bluefoot Bar & Lounge, World Famous

Best Blues Club

Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub

Honorable mention: Croce’s, House of Blues

Best Cocktail Lounge

El Dorado

Honorable mention: Pacific Shores, NuNus, Seven Grand

Best Craft Beer Bar

Hamiltons Taverns

Honorable mention: Toronado, Blind Lady Ale House, Raglan Public House

Best Craft Cocktail Bar


Honorable mention: Craft & Commerce, El Dorado, Whisknladle

Best DJ/Dance Club


Honorable mention: Rich’s, Voyeur, El Dorado

Best Domestic Beer

Pabst Blue Ribbon

Honorable mention: Bud Light, Coors Light, Coors

Best Downtown/ Gaslamp Bar


Honorable mention: The Field, Tipsy Crow, Whiskey Girl

Best Gay/Lesbian Bar

Urban Mo’s

Honorable Mention: Bourbon Street, Baja Betty’s, Redwing

Best Happy Hour

Prepkitchen Little Italy

Honorable mention: Slater’s 50/50, Ponce’s, La Puerta

Best Imported Beer


Honorable mention: Guinness, Stella, Tecate

Best Irish Pub

The Field

Honorable mention: Hooley’s Irish Pub & Grille, Ould Sod, Gallagher’s Irish Pub

Best Jazz Club


Honorable mention: 98 Bottles, Croce’s, The Turquoise

Best Jukebox

Live Wire

Honorable mention: Turf Club, Pacific Shores, Small Bar

Best Karaoke Bar


Honorable mention: Redwing, Charcoal House, Cheers

Best San Diego Brewery

Stone Brewing Co.

Honorable mention: Ballast Point, Green Flash, Karl Strauss

Best San Diego Brewery Tasting Room

Stone Brewing Co.

Honorable mention: Societe, Ballast Point, Green Flash

Best Locally Brewed Beer

Stone IPA

Honorable mention: Green Flash IPA, Ballast Point Sculpin, Speedway Stout

Best San Diego County Winery

Bernardo Winery

Honorable mention: Orfila Winery, Fallbrook Winery, Southcoast Winery

Best Martini Bar

Martinis Above Fourth

Honorable mention: Tony’s, Turf Club, Albie’s Beef Inn

Best Neighborhood Bar

Bluefoot Bar & Lounge

Honorable mention: Whistle Stop Bar, Live Wire, Gilly’s

Best New Bar (open since October 2011)

Elbow Room

Honorable mention: Seven Grand, Raglan Public House, California Kebab and Beer Garden

Best North County Bar

D Street Bar & Grill

Honorable mention: Union Kitchen & Tap, Churchill’s Pub & Grille, 1st Street Bar

Best North County Brew Pub

Pizza Port

Honorable mention: Stone Brewery, Churchill’s Pub & Grille, Urge Gastropub

Best North County Sports Bar


Honorable mention: Tidewater Tavern, Lumberyard Tavern, 1st Street Bar

Best Open-Mic Night


Honorable mention: Java Joe’s, Winstons, Tiki House

Best Outdoor Bar

The Station

Honorable mention: Altitude Sky Lounge, Lahaina Beach Club, Slater’s 50/50

Best Place to See Local Bands

The Casbah

Honorable mention: Soda Bar, Belly Up, Bar Pink

Best Dive Bar

Live Wire

Honorable mention: Pacific Shores, The Alibi, Tower Bar

Best Sports Bar

Slater’s 50/50

Honorable mention: McGregor’s, True North Tavern, Players

Best Strip Joint


Honorable mention: Pacers, Pure Platinum, Deja Vu

Best Tequila Bar

Cantina Mayahuel

Honorable mention: Baja Betty’s, El Zarape, La Puerta

Best Wine Bar

Wine Steals

Honorable mention: Trisler’s, Mosaic, Splash

Best Wine Shop

The 3rd Corner

Honorable mention: Wine Steals, 57 Degrees, Splash Wine Lounge

Best Brew Pub

Monkey Paw

Honorable mention: Pizza Port, Blind Lady Ale House, Hillcrest Brewing Company

Best Margarita


Honorable mention: Baja Betty’s, Barra Barra Saloon, Casa de Pico


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