Oct. 22 2014 09:03 AM

Your picks for the best bars in San Diego

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Best Bar

The Waterfront

Honorable mention: The Field Irish Pub, Elbow Room, Hamilton's Tavern, O'Brien's Pub

Best Bar to Play Pool

Jolt 'N Joe's

Honorable mention: McGregor's Grill & Alehouse, Society Billiards Bar, Redwing Bar and Grill, Silver Fox

Best Baristas

Caffe Calabria

Honorable mention: Lestat's, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, Influx, Starbucks

Best Winery in San Diego County

Orfilia Winery

Honorable mention: Bernardo Winery, Rock Canyon Vineyards, Witch Creek Winery, Kohill Vineyard & Winery

Best Beach Bar

Lahaina's Beach House

Honorable mention: Wonderland, Tavern at the Beach, PB Shore Club, Draft

Best Bloody Mary

The Tractor Room

Honorable mention: Small Bar, The Waterfront, Great Maple, World Famous

Best Cigar Lounge


Honorable mention: Excalibur, Hoffer's, Cigar Grotto, Cesar's Cigar and Spirits Lounge

Best Cocktail Lounge


Honorable mention: Sycamore Den, Polite Provisions, Bar Pink, Seven Grand

Best Craft Beer Bar

Hamilton's Tavern

Honorable mention: Blind Lady Ale House, Toronado, Sessions Public, The High Dive

Best Craft Beer Store

Krisp / Best Damn Beer Shop

Honorable mention: Bine and Vine, Bottlecraft, Clem's Bottle Shop, Boulevard Liquor

Best Craft Cocktail Bar

Sycamore Den

Honorable mention: Polite Provisions, Starlite, Craft and Commerce, Prohibition

Best DJ / Dance Club


Honorable mention: Bssmnt, Onyx Room, Whiskey Girl, Rich''s

Best Domestic Beer

Miller High Life

Honorable mention: Bud Light, Coors Light, Budweiser, Coors Banquet

Best Downtown / Gaslamp /East Village Bar


Honorable mention: Tipsy Crow, Moonshine Flats, Bootlegger, Henry's Pub

Best Gay / Lesbian Bar

Urban Mo's

Honorable mention: Redwing, Rich's, Gossip Grill, Brass Rail

Best Happy Hour

La Puerta

Honorable mention: Tilted Kilt, Harbor Town Pub, Elbow Room, Henry's Pub

Best Hookah Bar

Area 51

Honorable mention: Prince Hookah Bar, Fumari Hookah, Diamond Hookah Lounge, Liquid Lounge

Best Imported Beer

Stella Artois

Honorable mention: Corona, Guinness, Pacifico, Dos Equis

Best Irish Pub


Honorable mention: The Field, Ould Sod, Gallagher's, Dublin Square

Best Jukebox

Live Wire

Honorable mention: Small Bar, Black Cat Bar, Monkey Paw, Cherry Bomb

Best Karaoke Bar

The Lamplighter

Honorable mention: Red Wing, Norma Jean's, Gilly's, Mr D's Cocktail Lounge

Best Local Craft Beer

Ballast Point - Sculpin

Honorable mention: Green Flash - West Coast IPA, Karl Strauss - Red Trolley, Saint Archer - White Ale, Coronado Brewing Company - Islander IPA

Best Margarita

Baja Betty's

Honorable mention: Cantina Mayhuel, La Puerta, El Camino, Guadalajara Grill

Best Martini Bar

Martini's Above Fourth

Honorable mention: Turf Club, Starlite, West Coast Tavern, Tony's

Best Neighborhood Bar

The High Dive

Honorable mention: Whistle Stop, Bluefoot, Coin-Op Game Room, Hamilton's Tavern

Best Neighborhood Bar to Dance At

Whistle Stop

Honorable mention: Air Conditioned Lounge, U31, Bar Pink, Bluefoot

Best New Bar (opened since October 2013)

Lucky Bastard Saloon

Honorable mention: Coin-Op Game Room, Tin Roof, The Hideout, Werewolf

Best Open-Mic Night

Lestat's West

Honorable mention: Rebecca's, Blarney Stone Pub, Parkway Bar, Hart Lounge

Best Outdoor Bar

Fathom Bistro

Honorable mention: Wavehouse, Bier Garden Encinitas, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Starlite

Best Brew Pub

Pizza Port

Honorable mention: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Monkey Paw, Hillcrest Brewing Co., San Diego Brewing Co.

Best Brewery

Ballast Point Brewing Co.

Honorable mention: Stone Brewing Co., Green Flash Brewing, Coronado Brewing, Mike Hess Brewery

Best Brewery Tasting Room

Green Flash Brewing Company

Honorable mention: Ballast Point Brewing Company, Modern Times, Stone Brewing Co., Belching Beaver

Best Dive Bar


Honorable mention: Live Wire, The Waterfront, The Alibi, Pacific Shores

Best Sangria

Café Sevilla

Honorable mention: The Prado, Costa Brava, Pokez, Ritual Tavern

Best Sports Bar

McGregor's Grill & Alehouse

Honorable mention: True North, Bub's at the Ballpark, Miller's Field, Elbow Room

Best Strip Club

Pacers Showgirls

Honorable mention: Pure Platinum, Cheetahs, Goldfingers, Les Girls

Best Tequila Bar

Cantina Mayahuel

Honorable mention: Baja Betty's, La Puerta, Old Town Tequila Factory

Best Uptown Bar

Sycamore Den

Honorable mention: Seven Grand, Bluefoot, West Coast Tavern, Uptown Tavern

Best Wine Bar

57 Degrees

Honorable mention: Wine Steals, Splash, The Rose Wine Pub, 3rd Corner

Best North County Bar

Bier Garden Encinitas

Honorable mention: Churchill's Pub, Encinitas Ale House, Regal Seagull, The Compass

Best North County

The Kraken

Honorable mention: The Saloon, The Shanty Cocktail Lounge, Saddle Bar, One More That's It Pub

Best North County Sports Bar

Player's Sports Bar

Honorable mention: Saddlebar, Jimmy O's, The 55 Yardline Sports Bar and Grill, PCH Sports Bar & Grill


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