The Best Beach Bars in San Diego
Known for its miles and miles of scenic coastline, San Diego is a stunning Southern California paradise that welcomes visitors from all over the globe. What better way to enjoy the picturesque ocean views than from local restaurants and bars dotted along San Diego’s beaches? With many options to choose from, we’ve narrowed down the best San Diego beach bars to help you decide where to go.
OB Brewery (3.7 miles from the hotel)
Situated on picturesque Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, OB Brewery should be at the top of your list. It was recently voted one of the best brew pubs in San Diego, and once you experience the friendly atmosphere, scenic rooftop views, and expertly crafted brews, you’ll understand why. And don’t worry about knocking back your microbrew on an empty stomach — OB Brewery’s full (and fantastic) food menu brings the flavor in a big way.
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Wonderland Ocean Pub (3.8 miles away)
How fun is this place? Wonderland takes its name (and carnival-style vibe) from the amusement park that used to thrill San Diegans here near the turn of the last century. With large windows showcasing the scenic views of gorgeous Ocean Beach, Wonderland Ocean Pub is a local favorite for sipping at sunset. Enjoy the views, take in the laid-back neighborhood atmosphere, taste the coastal-inspired menu, and raise a glass to another day in paradise.
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C-Level Lounge (4 miles away)
There are bars that serve beverages on the beach, and then there are others that have you sipping directly over the water. C-Level Lounge is built on sturdy piles above North San Diego Bay, affording some truly spectacular views. And not just of the ocean, but also the downtown skyline and Coronado Island. When you go, make sure to hit the weekday happy hour and don’t skip the appetizers, prepared by the chefs at adjacent Island Prime.
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Beach House (6.2 miles away)
Beach House may be the ultimate expression of the classic oceanfront watering hole. No matter what you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find it here. A tiki bar? You bet. Fire pits for keeping warm on cool sea-breezy nights? You know it. Cabanas under the palms where you can kick back and savor every sip? Of course. You’ll also discover a full menu of exceptional eats and live entertainment, and the location couldn’t be better.
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Pacific Beach Shore Club (7.7 miles away)
A well-known day-drinking hotspot, Pacific Beach Shore Club always draws a crowd. The outdoor patio offers incredible views of Pacific Beach and is the perfect spot for enjoying a sunny day. Try the famous Red Bull-vodka slushies, which pack a punch and are sure to cool you off on a hot day. Hungry? You came to the right place. A tempting menu full of seafood specialties, south-of-the-border favorites, and pub grub staples like wings and burgers has something for everyone.
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Waterbar (7.7 miles away)
Overlooking the serenely scenic Pacific Beach, Waterbar serves up fantastic food, incomparable views, and one of the area’s best drink menus. Craft cocktails, local and regional small-batch microbrews, and a sommelier-curated wine list are always ready to offer you both old favorites and soon-to-be favorites. The kitchen kicks out fresh seafood dishes, all created from local and sustainable sources. You really can’t go wrong here.
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