The 3rd Corner Wine Shop & Bistro
2265 Bacon St., Ocean Beachwww.the3rdcorner.comOne of the first places in town (maybe the first) to do the pick-your-own-bottle-of-wine thing. There are, like, 1,000 wines to choose from, and you can purchase one up until 1:30 a.m. (Kitchen closes at 1 a.m.)
1925 Bacon St., Ocean Beach619-223-7381Formerly a classic dive, the AZ is a curiosity in O.B., with nary a dreadlock in sight. In fact, it's one of the few spots where one can spot the ubiquitous SoCal bro outside of his natural P.B. habitat. Good fries and sliders, though.
4993 Niagara Ave., Ocean Beach619-222-1722The sort of place where you lean your board against the wall, knock back a pint and then head back out to the surf.
5038 1/2 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach619-225-0733An O.B. institution and a chill spot for long-time residents. The Harleys line up in front, sometimes 20 at a time.
2228 Bacon St., Ocean Beachwww.dreamstreetlive.comThe place should be called Bacon Street, because it's the most likely place you'll see a band called Swine Flu or Death Pigs from Space.
5046 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach619-222-5300Gallagher's refers to itself as a “wee bit of Ireland in the heart of Ocean Beach.” They have a four-day St. Patrick's Day celebration in March, and once a month a band called California Celts play here. Punk-rock Irish ska, anyone?
4935 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach619-222-0168Another new Irish bar with big front windows that open up to the street, plus Lady Dottie and the Diamonds on Thursday and Irish bands other nights.
4906 Voltaire St., Ocean Beach619-224-0834Loyal patrons come here to play pool, shuffleboard and foosball. Some of them might have been there all day, and one might be named Edwin Decker.
2205 Mendocino Blvd., Ocean Beach619-223-4106Everything you'd expect from a place called Mac's located in Ocean Beach.
4927 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach619-223-7549
The closest thing you'll find to a hipster bar in O.B. You won't hear any crappy reggae cover bands at “Pac Shores.” Plus, the interior looks like the set from the “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance in Back to the Future (and we mean that in the most complimentary way possible). Great Scott!
South Beach Bar & Grill
5059 Newport Ave., Ocean Beachwww.southbeachob.comThis is arguably the winner of the contentious title of “Best Fish Taco in San Diego.” Damn good tacos, anyway, and they're only $2.50 during the all-night happy hours on Mondays.
5028 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach619-222-0722Their logo's a grinning cartoon sun holding a mug of beer that screams for its own T-shirt. It's 1970s-er-iffic. Lots of pool tables and a nice upstairs patio with a bar.
4970 Voltaire St., Ocean Beach619-222-6895Tilted Stick will always be dear to us, as its back patio was the location of CityBeat's first writers meeting. It's beloved by locals, so treat it well and behave yourself.
4745 Voltaire St., Ocean Beach619-523-1002The beer-and-wine-only spot has built a solid reputation for its food. And, as one fan once put it in a letter to CityBeat: “When Newport [Avenue] is pouring with dirty drunkies on the busy nights, Tiny's is a local place that's open to all and rarely shines a flashlight in your eyes.”
5034 Newport Ave., Ocean Beachwww.tonysoceanbeach.comA nice, dark-wood, pool-table bar, for the sort who need to escape the beach scene. Their logo is a martini glass and, lucky for them, they do it right, 'cause if they didn't, there'd be trouble.
1851 Bacon St., Ocean Beachwww.theobvine.comThis wine bar claims to have “one of the finest beer lists in Southern California.” Oh really? Let's see: 65 bottles to choose from, lots of locals and an A-plus rating from Beer Advocate.
1921 Bacon St., Ocean Beachwww.winstonsob.com Winston's has a lot of different ass-kicking nights: Don't miss the weekly Drunk Poet's Society readings, “Think & Drink Trivia” and OB-oke with host Jose Sinatra.