Indecisive sippers will love this trendy
global restaurant’s sangria, mojito and
mimosa flights, made with seasonal fruit
and fresh herbs. Both locations offer 21 different tapas for $5 apiece during the daily
happy hour ( 3 to 6 p.m.).
2736 Adams Ave., University Heights and
802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter
Tip: Don’t miss the four-cheese fondue served
with pear slices and crostini. It’s a fun and
indulgent appetizer that’s perfect for sharing.
CRAFT & COMMERCE
Lined with classic literature and taxidermy, C&C’s cocktail and craft beer
program has been lauded in national
publications like Food & Wine and GQ.
Try the shareable rum-champagne punch
bowls and the Sunrise Highway (Julian
hard cider, aged rum, cinnamon, lemon
675 W. Beech St., Little Italy
Tip: Chef Jason McLeod won two Michelin
Stars at Ria in Chicago, so head to happy hour
This bayfront bar and restaurant offers
one of the best views of the San Diego skyline to drink in during happy hour. Enjoy
a crowd-pleasing menu of cocktails and
more than 400 bottles of wine.
880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island
Tip: Get into the vacation spirit with the Desi
Arnaz, a medley of Cruzan mango rum, papaya nectar, mint, fresh lime and soda splash.
Belly up to the
bar at Solace &
Drinking establishments across the
county are raising the bar with clever
cocktails that surprise and delight.
SOLACE & THE MOONLIGHT LOUNGE
Offering some of the best cocktails in North County, this bi-level,
modern American restaurant and bar keeps thirsts sated with everything from wine on tap to skinny cocktails made with certified organic
spirits from Greenbar Collective, a sustainable distillery in Los Angeles.
25 East E St., Encinitas
Tip: In keeping with this bar’s reverence for The Big Lebowski, try the
Dude Abides with white whiskey, Kona coffee liqueur, chilled organic
coffee and half ’n’ half.
THE LION’S SHARE
Tucked just off the beaten path downtown, this celebrated cocktail
hideaway is lined with reproductions of famous works of art playfully tweaked by local artists. Drinks range from approachable classics
to more adventurous numbers, like the Pepperdine with tequila,
mescal, lemon, egg white and peppercorn tincture.
629 Kettner Blvd., downtown
Tip: Gamey menu choices like kangaroo tartare and antelope sliders
earned the location a spot on Food & Wine’s list of bars with the best bar
food in America.
Located high up in Hotel La Jolla, this splashy
bar/restaurant serves up creative, seasonal
cocktails and classics that never go out of style.
The Ron Burgundy—Scotch, fresh grapefruit
juice and peach and orange bitters served over
a giant block of ice—is always a great choice.
7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla
Tip: Time your visit to coincide with the sunset and you’ll be treated to one of the most
stunning views in San Diego.
Ian Ward has cemented his reputation as one of San Diego’s top mixologists. He helmed the bar at the Hotel del
Coronado and Whisknladle before co-founding the
Queen-Connor-Ward Collective, the cocktail design
super group behind the clever cocktails at Puesto.
Ward’s Local Favorites
for Sipping and Snacking
Watering Hole: The Lion’s Share
Local Distillery: Ballast Point
Breweries: Modern Times for design; Lost Abbey, Monkey Paw for lineup
Local Beer: Mother Earth’s Cali’ Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale
Cocktail at Puesto: The Cuban Michelada
Happy Hour: The Pearl Hotel
BEER, WINE AND SPIRITS