If you want to experience the real heart of San Diego’s great entertainment and nightlife, venture to some of the city’s oldest bars. Leave your hotel room in downtown San Diego and you’ll find hidden treasures offering a unique atmosphere, cheap drinks, and a good time.
1. Tivoli Bar and Grill
Located in the middle of the historic Gaslamp area, Tivoli was once a boarding house used as a brothel. Opened in 1885, it’s the oldest bar in the old red light district and famous for its wild west history. Wyatt Earp used to drink and gamble here, and the bar still reflects its old saloon atmosphere with the original wooden bar and silver cash register.
2. Tower Bar
Tower Bar is a funky two-level bar in City Heights established in 1932. Originally a drive-in ice cream parlor, the fun ambiance with bright colors and a care-free vibe attracts a large university crowd. It’s a fun night out with great tap beer, punk/alternative music, and a large selection of absinthe.
3. Waterfront Bar and Grill
A Little Italy staple, Waterfront is San Diego’s oldest tavern. Opened in 1933 just days after Prohibition ended, it was a cool waterfront bar for local fishermen in the early days. Today, it has a relaxed vibe with a jukebox, pinball machines, three varieties of grilled cheese, and an awesome happy hour with cheap beer. If you’re staying in one of the boutique Little Italy hotels during your stay, this is a must-do.
4. Pacific Shores
Opened in 1941 just one day before Pearl Harbor was bombed, Pac Shores is a small, funky Ocean Beach dive with cheap drinks and kitschy, under-the-sea decor. The unique atmosphere and cool ocean breeze draw a diverse crowed who love the original jukebox that plays everything from Johnny Cash to The Clash.
5. Albie’s Beef Inn
Albie’s is a kitschy hotel bar and restaurant with a 70′s retro vibe in Mission Valley. Known for great steaks and live piano music, Albie’s offers an intimate setting with dim lighting, Naugahyde booths, and paintings of nude ladies. It’s a great place to enjoy dinner, soft music and a variety of fine wines, liquors, and tap beer.
The best part about this list? More than one bar is within walking distance to Gaslamp Quarter accommodations. Don’t wait too long to book your room at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. We offer the best rate guaranteed, newly remolded rooms, and flexible dates. Call a Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about our great rates and ongoing promotions.