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Not only is the Cordova a bar, but it’s a damn good and sexy one. Read more

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Refreshing is a word I would also use to describe Realm of the 52 Remedies (4805 Convoy St.) and its Opium Den cocktail. Read more

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If readers have not been to Tahona (2414 San Diego Ave.) yet, they certainly should. It’s a rare thing to sit at a bar in Old Town and feel as if it’s an actual bar. Read more

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I ordered the Espresso Martini and well, now I’m not going to say anything mean… how about this weather we’ve had lately? Read more

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Big, bold displays make me happy. Then again, big bold displays make most people happy. It’s not just the large red feather garnish or the tri-colored ice or the cerebral name, Le Coq. Read more

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The Christmas in Thailand is a tropical, refreshing cocktail with notes of spice and deceiving aromatics. Read more

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The bar at Bivouac contains a lot of the things I gravitate toward this time of year, mainly both pear and apple brandy. Read more

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It’s very similar to the process of making a great sauce. Read more

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New Orleans bartender Walter Bergeron supposedly created the Vieux Carré in the late 1930s at the Carousel Bar inside the Hotel Monteleone. Read more

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“The pineapple-banana cordial is an ode to a pineapple aqua fresca that the kitchen occasionally makes,” Moore told me. Read more

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The Woo Bob cocktail is a banger and a fine representation of what Siglin is known for. It’s balanced, nuanced, effervescent and refreshing. Read more

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Being the gullible sap that I am, I went to El Comal for the “best” michelada in San Diego. Well, I gotta say, it was pretty fucking good. Read more

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I do love a good Pimm’s cup. It is one of the more satisfying libations in the whole cocktail rolodex, and the Barrio Italiano does not fall too far from its proverbial tree. Read more

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It is one of the few places in this city that San Diego should really be proud to have in its backyard. Read more

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Well, to be honest, it wasn’t a big deal, but it had a ton of watermelon juice with mild citrus to help bring it to life and vodka to offer respite from the heat but not to distract from the refreshing attributes. Read more

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La Puerta is one of my two go-to spots in San Diego when I actually want a margarita. Read more

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So here we are, lined up at the starting gate of summer. Read more

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Life is really, really, really fucking hard, but so are diamonds. Read more

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I don’t believe that I have ever actually finished a whole Bloody Mary. And trust me, I’ve gotten to the bottom of a glass of some vile shit. Read more

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Yeah, I guess I’ve always been a bit of a sucker. The same can now be said for CBD. I know it’s probably more scientifically proven than, say, soul-saving candles, but there also seems like a little bit of blind faith required to start using CBD. Read more

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