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Your Guide to Craft Cocktails in San Diego


Cool craft cocktail bars are one of the hottest nightlife trends in San Diego, and city mixologists are concocting some amazing shaken and stirred creations. Check out some of San Diego’s liveliest cocktail venues and sample the best of SoCal’s innovative libations.

Alchemy, South Park

This aptly named lounge whips up some amazing beertails, the hot national trend of mixing beer with spirits, syrups and liqueurs. Sip a Skip and Go Naked, mixing gin, Ballast Point Old Grove, lemon juice and lager, or sample one of Alchemy’s clever beer-less cocktails like Tricolore, a spicy blend of pepper-infused vodka, tomato juice and secret spices. Relax at the organically-designed curved bar amid changing exhibits of work by some of San Diego’s most talented artists.

Craft and Commerce, Little Italy

San Diego’s sexy and sophisticated Craft & Commerce is nestled between shops, cafes and hotels in Little Italy, drawing an eclectic crowd to its airy, open space lined with vintage bottles and books. From airy champagne cocktails to trendy beertails and shaken and stirred twists on classics, C&C coolly evokes the warm and chummy ambience of days gone by. Try unique concoctions like Black Sheep, a mix of coffee bean-infused whiskey, verna, cynar and bitters, or come with a group and hoist antique cups full of communal punch brews like Mother’s Ruin, a potent blend of gin, sweet vermouth, cinnamon spiced, lemon, grapefruit and champagne.

Grant Grill, Gaslamp District

Channeling old San Diego’s speakeasy scene, this glitzy art deco lounge boasts live jazz, rock, blues, samba and pop Thursday through Saturday nights. Stop by and savor one of mixologists Jeff Josenhans’ sexy creations, whipped up with ingredients fresh from the hotel’s roof garden. Favorites at this popular San Diego hangout include house-made amber vermouth and Cocktails sur Lie, the lounge’s unique bottle-conditioned cocktails.

Prohibition, Gaslamp District

You’ll have to look carefully for Prohibition’s exclusive “secret door”, a nod to the speakeasies of the 1920s. Dark wood, sumptuous leather seating and moody lighting create a lush ambience perfect for enjoying a rotating seasonal cocktail menu created with all sorts of prohibition-era favorites. Ask for a “Dealer’s Choice”, custom concocted for each guest depending on their mood and preferences. Live entertainment Thursday through Saturday nights features excellent jazz, blues and soul. House rules include a strictly-enforced weekend dress code.

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