710 Beach Club
710 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beachwww.710beachclub.comHere's how we like to spend our Wednesday evenings: Arrive at the 710 Club around 6-ish, order a burger and fries from the in-house restaurant, proceed to kick some ass during Ed Decker's Team Trivia Plus and then walk it off down Crystal Pier.
1014 Grand Ave., Pacific Beachwww.australianpub.comEscape from the usual P.B. scene at this low-key joint known for being a Green Bay Packers hangout.
959 Hornblend St., Pacific Beachwww.barwestsd.comYou can move the swank of Downtown to P.B., but you can't class up the P.B. clientele. Or can you?
Bare Back Bar & Grill
4640 Mission Blvd., Mission Beachwww.barebackgrill.comThe New Zealand-themed bar's Mission Beach location is predictably less classy than its Downtown location. We wonder: Do they play only rugby matches on the TVs here?
2901 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach858-488-2644A $1 you-call-it special on Thursdays (9 to 11 p.m.) and $2 beers on Fridays make this place a frat staple at times, but other days still belong to OMBAC (Old Mission Bay Athletic Club)—jacked old dudes.
Bub's Dive Bar and Grill
1030 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beachwww.bubsdive.comPeanut shells all over the floor, grilled cheese and tater-tots on the menu—it's a lot like preschool, but with alcohol.
1050 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach858-270-0805They make their own tequila! How nuts is that? Get the $6 beer-and-shot combo during happy hour (4 to 8 p.m., seven days a week) and give it a try.
3105 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beachwww.canesbarandgrill.comYou know things get hectic on a regular basis when a bar decides to serve its beer in plastic cups. Get a bunch of drunk, stoned reggae fans together, and you'll definitely have a few dropped glasses.
Cass St. Bar & Grill
4612 Cass St., Pacific Beach858-270-1320Just because this place is slightly more low-key than the average P.B. bar doesn't mean it's any less packed on Friday and Saturday nights. Here's a suggestion: Pick a weekday, get there straight from work and enjoy inexpensive pitchers and a great teriyaki chicken sandwich.
744 Ventura Place, Mission Beachwww.coastersaloon.comDuring the past year, the Coaster has expanded its bar and added a massive projection screen (for sports, of course) and a couple of pool tables. So it's no longer quite the spot it once was when it was considered by some the No. 1 dive bar.
2263 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach858-273-9181A Boston sports bar in the middle of P.B. Approach accordingly.
4479 Everts St., Pacific Beach858-581-0149 Bros make derogatory comments about how the only girls to meet here take after the bar's name. A bar where bros won't hit on me? Priceless.
722 Grand Ave., Pacific Beachwww.firehousepb.comProbably the classiest joint that's literally on the beach, it tends to attract a slightly more sophisticated crowd than the rest of the P.B. bars—mainly because barmaster and co-owner Adam Stemmler has concocted a hell of a specialty cocktail list.
954 Turquoise St., Pacific Beach858-488-8102Froggy's has good food, even veggie options, and froggies everywhere (natch). More importantly, it's well off Garnet. Huzzah!
Good Time Charlie's
910 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach858-274-3834Charlie scoffs at one happy hour. That's kids tuff. This bar has two happy hours a night (4 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m.).The Green Flash701 Thomas Ave., Pacific Beachwww.greenflashrestaurant.comPeople dig the view (it's right across from the beach), but the full bar and popular brunch are what really bring out the hung-over vacationers.
Gringo's Cocina y Cantina
4474 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beachwww.gringoscantina.comSunday brunch is $20 for all you can consume. Slop-tarts full of cheese and champagne abound.
Guava Beach Bar & Grill
3714 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach858-488-6688www.guava-beach.comA casual spot famous for its “Bionic Beaver”: A half-pitcher of beer + a half-pitcher Long Island + big-gulp straws for you and your friends = horrifying college flashbacks. Guava Beach is also another home of the Taco Tuesday tradition.
945 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beachwww.johnnyvsd.comCasual sophistication meets coastal nightlife at Johnny V, P.B.'s super-sized nightclub and restaurant. It features California coastal cuisine with a beachy flair, and there's a huge dance floor.
Lahaina Beach House
710 Oliver Ave., Pacific Beach858-270-3888A Pacific Beach tradition—a simple bar with a wooden outdoor deck, beer on tap and a basic menu. People gather to gossip, drink and check out the action directly in front of them on the beach on sunny afternoons.
5019 Cass St., Pacific Beach858-273-0501No liquor, but still a great spot to hang out away from the P.B. circus. Drink a few brews and gobble up some of the recession specials.
London's West End Pub
5157 La Jolla Blvd., Pacific Beachwww.thewestendpub.comA friendly, neighborhood bar with a good vibe, this place is known for its cheap, stiff drinks, and it's one of the few bars in the area that opens at 6 a.m.
4465 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beachwww.millersfield.comA family-friendly sports bar with mostly barbeque and pizza on the menu. There are 25 flat-screen TVs and turtle racing on Monday nights after 10 p.m.
832 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beachwww.moondoggies.com As the slightly more distinguished cousin to the next-door P.B. Bar & Grill, Moondoggies is a popular college hangout in the evenings, but doubles as a rowdy sports bar during the daytime.
Nick's at the Beach
809 Thomas Ave., Pacific Beachwww.nicksatthebeach.com A casual, family dining atmosphere downstairs and a sports bar with pool tables, a juke box and 20 TVs upstairs. Great view of the ocean and a menu with good seafood.
Nite Owl Cocktail Lounge
2772 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach858-274-3676This ancient-looking dive close to the corner of Garnet and Mission Bay Drive is totally removed from the P.B. strip, as evidenced by the relatively weathered clientele. And like any true dive bar, they only have bottled beers.
4302 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach858-270-3221The Open Bar is known for two things: the big outdoor patio and the popcorn machine. Germophobes beware!
Pacific Beach Bar & Grill
860 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beachwww.pbbarandgrill.comThis super-sized bar plays host to more youthful bumping and grinding than an R. Kelly song. Hundreds of college students and beach bums every weekend can't be wrong, right?
4471 Gresham St., Pacific Beach858-274-9090The floors might be a little sticky and the smell slightly funny, but this dive makes up for it with cheap drinks, an awesome jukebox and a great staff that'll shake you up something as long as you have the cash.
P.B. Shore Club
4343 Ocean Blvd., Pacific Beachwww.pbshoreclub.comA bar steps from the beach with a great sunset view and big windows that open up to the beach. Plenty of flatscreen TVs and Wednesday-night gold fish racing.
2893 Mission Blvd., Mission Beachwww.pennantbar.comThis classic beach dive has been here since 1962 and hasn't changed a whole lot since. Mostly locals, Miller Light and beach trunks.
Plum Crazy Saloon
1060 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beachwww.plumcrazypb.comIt's hard to figure out why this place is always packed with very attractive young women on Friday and Saturday nights. We'd like to imagine it's because of the drink specials, but somehow, that can't explain the mystery away.
RT's Longboard Grill
1466 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beachwww.myspace.com/longboardgrillThis popular P.B. joint is a cross between a sports bar and a surfer-dude hangout that's a great place for lunch. Taco Tuesdays and live music six nights a week.
Sandbar Sports Grill
718 Ventura Place, Mission Beachwww.sandbarsportsgrill.comA fairly typical sports bar, the Sandbar is mixing up the specials this year with the “Drink Exchange.” On Thursdays and Sundays prices rise and fall in a simulated, drunken stock market. More fun than the real economy.
833 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beachwww.silverfoxlounge.comIn last year's Bars and Clubs issue, we suggested that this is the best bar in Pacific Beach. Guess what? Not much has changed.
Sinbad Café & Hookah Bar
1050 Garnet Ave., Suite B, Pacific Beachwww.sinbadcafe.comThe only hookah bar in P.B. A combined café and hookah bar that offers a relaxed atmosphere geared toward the 18-plus college crowd. All-day happy hours on Monday and Wednesday.
3844 Mission Blvd., Mission Beachwww.sneakjointsd.comIt's hard to replace the Liars Club—which used to grace this spot—but Sneak Joint is trying its hardest with skate-deck decorations, bikini-clad waitresses and the ever-popular tater-tots.
Society Billiards Cafe
1051 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach858-272-7665It's right on the P.B. strip, but this isn't the place to come when you want to get blackout drunk. Be slightly more sophisticated—socialize, casually sip on a cocktail and play some pool.
The Tap Room
1269 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beachwww.pbtaproom.com This large, sit-down pizza house gets our approval for carrying nothing but local beers.
Tavern at the Beach
1200 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beachwww.tavernatthebeach.comTavern is the ideal place for college students to get sloppy, with Kanye West and Flo Rida videos blaring across dozens of TV screens nearly every night.
4633 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beachwww.thrusterslounge.comThis smaller bar is filled with locals, making it feel more like a house party than a nightclub. For whatever reason, it's also known for being a Seattle Seahawks bar.
1152 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beachwww.tikipb.comThe oldest bar in P.B. has the long-standing tradition of being the locals' beer and wine bar. Consistent live music six nights a week, and it only books local acts.
TOWER @ Tower23
723 Felspar St., Pacific Beachwww.tower23hotel.comThe lighting at this beach-chic bar changes color to the beat of the music, so it might not be the best place to bring your epileptic friend. And it's probably the only place in P.B. where you'll find cougars freely mixing with deep-pocketed bros.
1261 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach858-270-5100Where the reggaeton blasts all night and the smell of bad cologne is overpowering.
873 Turquoise St., Pacific Beachwww.cafeturquoise.comWith the feeling of the small, local bars of southern Europe, this café and bar offers live cabaret-type performances every night of the week.
1165 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beachwww.typhoonsaloon.comA sports bar and a nightclub geared toward the college crowd, it offers a variety of events such as Taco Tuesdays and Wednesday Metal Night with '80s cover bands.
The Wave House
3125 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beachwww.wavehouse.comIn exchange for $40, you can attempt to ride a standing wave in front of a bunch of people—then get a beer to assuage your humiliation.