Babcock & Story Bar @ Hotel Del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave., Coronadowww.hoteldel.com/babcock-and-story.aspxIf you want to get a taste of the ritzy Del without having to splurge for a room, hit up the Babcock & Story Bar. Check out happy hour Sunday through Thursday and sit on the patio to peep a sweet sunset.
Coronado Brewing Co.
170 Orange Ave., Coronadowww.coronadobrewingcompany.comBreweries are always fun, and Coronado Brewing Co. offers a range of food options and beers. However, if you're extra parched, please note the three-beer limit and bring a friend who doesn't mind ordering for you.
Danny's Palm Bar & Grill
965 Orange Ave., Coronado619-435-3171Danny's is a dive, and on polished Coronado Island, it's celebrated as such. Bring your friends, check out the famous burgers (like the SLAMburger or the Frogman) and argue about where Danny's offerings fit in with your top five San Diego burgers (under Hodad's, of course).
ENO @ Hotel Del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave., Coronadowww.hoteldel.com/eno-wineFor being part of a chain of wine rooms, the Hotel Del's ENO is far from cookie-cutter. Wine director Ted Glennon (profiled in CityBeat's 2008 Best of San Diego issue) comes up with creative and affordable wine flights and hosts monthly “ENOversity” classes. Go for “Tasting Tuesdays” (sample 10 wines for $10) or $5 Fridays.
Island Sports & Spirits
104 Orange Ave., Coronadowww.islandsportsandspirits.comA local hangout, Island Sports & Spirits offers the usual: daily happy hour, karaoke Tuesday and Wednesday, live music Thursday through Saturday, video games and all the major games on TV.
132 Orange Ave., Coronado619-435-5885If you're thinking about a Coronado pub crawl, don't leave the L.C. off your list. Prices are about as reasonable as you'll get with the “island tax,” since everything seems to cost a little more in Coronado. Ladies, for your amusement, check out the restroom with 1970s-porn-adorned walls and a Barbie-sized toilet.
Mc P's Irish Pub & Grill
1107 Orange Ave., Coronadowww.mcpspub.comMc P's is proud of Coronado's military heritage and embraces its Navy SEAL clientele, also welcoming canines and their owners, urging both to hang out on the patio for food, drink and people-watching. For those craving post-dinner / post-drinking grub, check out the late-night menu available from 9 p.m. 'til close.
The Salty Frog
992 Palm Ave., Imperial Beachwww.thesaltyfrogib.comThe Salty Frog emerged this year from a name change with a full bar, live rock and blues music, happy hour seven days a week and six flat-screens playing sports all night. The main attraction? A free parking lot!
Ye Olde Plank Inn
24 Palm Ave. Imperial Beach619-423-5976Come walk the plank in the southwestern most dive bar in the continental U.S. On any given day, you can find grizzly, eye-patch-wearing, peg-leg-donning patrons. Best part is they're not even aware of the bar's pirate motif.