Make happy hour even happier by
sipping surfside or gazing at the
city lights from an airy perch with a
craft cocktail in hand.
The city’s newest rooftop lounge serves
throwback cocktails in a chic, open-air bar.
Try the Dirty Girl (an old-fashioned with
spicy chai) or any of the “hoptails” (beer
cocktails) and soak in the skyline. Daily
drink specials 5–7 p.m.
453 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter
TOP OF THE HYATT
The penthouse bar, 40 stories up, was
recently remodeled to give every seat
an unobstructed view of the bay and
beyond. Order the refreshing Enlightened
Pearfection with the option to keep the
martini glass and shaker. Weekday special
offers rotate quarterly.
1 Market Pl., Marina District
Watching the sunset from this sprawling
oceanfront restaurant overlooking Mission
Beach should be high on your San Diego
summertime to-do list. Sushi and sake, fire
pits, beachy craft cocktails and epic views
set the scene. Food and drink specials
4–6 p.m. Tuesday–Friday, and from 4 p.m.
to close on Mondays.
3105 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach
The watering hole on the second level
of iconic George’s at the Cove has a new
menu and decor. Take in the view of the
cove while enjoying house-infused vodkas,
clever cocktails and tasty tacos.
3:30–6: 30 p.m. Monday–Friday.
1250 Prospect St., La Jolla
PACIFIC COAST GRILL
The shaded patio at this two-story restaurant is right on the beach—
the perfect spot to watch surfers and dolphins while unwinding
with a margarita. Pair your cocktail with the blackened sashimi-grade ahi appetizer: yellowfin tuna wrapped around lump crab with
a wasabi-citrus sauce.
2526 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea
ALTITUDE SKY LOUNGE
Dress to impress and watch a
Padres game from 22 stories up.
Grab a seat along the railing for
clear views of home plate at Petco
Park and the Coronado Bridge, or
relax by the fire pit. Happy hour
5–7 p.m., Monday–Friday.
600 K St., Gaslamp Quarter
MEET FRANKIE THAHELD
His Libation Locations: Tidal, Bottega
Americano, Wellington Room, Americana
Restaurant, Pony Room and George’s
California Modern, to name a few.
What Makes a Great Cocktail:
Consistency, integrity, creativity, and
just a bit of levity.
Favorite Local Distillery: Old Harbor
Trends for 2016: Cold-brewed
San Diego’s Craft Cocktail Culture: I see
it as a seesaw between precision pre-
prohibition and more creative culinary
styles. The best bars utilize
both elements with balance.
coffee cocktails, tea-based cocktails and
health-oriented juices laced with spirits.
Dive Bar: Turf Supper Club
Best Craft Cocktails: The Lion’s Share
Secret Ingredient: Dr. Adam Elmegi-
rab’s Dandelion & Burdock Bitters