San Diego’s Beach Bars

When you want to get away without the luggage or the long flight.

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This is the view near the Poseidon restaurant in Del Mar - one of the hottest spots to hit this summer. Whether you're interested in the ocean breeze or the catching the green flash, this is a great spot. More info.
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With some of the best views of Pacific Beach, the newest beachy hot spot has hit the sand in a vengeance. The BeachWood, sister to the East Village swanky sports bar, The Fleetwood, recently opened and has already gotten rave reviews by locals.
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The Wavehouse, located in Mission Beach, is one of San Diego's most infamous beach landmarks. Along with special events, entertainment from some of music's major players, multiple bars, and delicious food there is the glorified FlowRider wave machine. And trust us, it's harder than it looks.
The Firehouse in Pacific Beach is just a few steps from the shore and has a great rooftop patio. Stop by for lunch, dinner or breakfast with mimosas in the sun
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Although it is a sports bar and most of the time filled with die-hard Padres and Chargers fans, Sandbar is also one of our favorite beach bars. Try the Sky Bar for a great view while enjoying one of their tasty appetizers and perhaps a frozen drink?
With the motto: "Where Grand meets the sand and sunsets are served daily" Pacific Beach Shore Club is literally steps away from the beach. Howveer, once you go inside to get some of their great food and drink specials, which happen everyday of the week, you won't want to leave the place. 4343 Ocean Boulevard (858) 272-SURF (7873)
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Voted Best Beach bar for two years in a row, PB Bar & Grill is one of the most popular spots for beach goers all over. The bar features menu nights like Taste of Asia on Monday and has 72 televisions showing sporting matches of all kinds.
Now, don't get the wrong idea. We know the name is a bit misleading, but The Open Bar most likely got its name because of the big, open deck that you can check out as you drive by on Mission Blvd.
The Tiki House offers a very chill atmosphere featuring live music and great staff. For 29 years, the bar has been serving locals and tourists some of the best beers around.
Ocean Beach's South Beach Bar & Grill offers more than 40 beer choices and 22 tequilas. If you're looking for something to eat try their world-famous mahi fish taco.
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In need of a chill place to hang? Head over to RT's Longboard Grill. Once you're there, check out their daily specials like House Party Mondays where you'll get 50% off your entire meal with one of their Big Swell cards.
With two full bars, DJs 7 days a week, video gaming and more, The Tavern at the Beach is always full of things to do. This hot spot is known for big lines during the weekends so be sure to get there early for your chance to get in on the fun.
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People all over go to Lahaina Beach House for a cold drink and a great view of the SD coast.
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PAC Shores Café in Ocean Beach is a local favorite for a cheap drink and cool setting. This cash-only bar has an under-the-sea theme featuring blacks lights; but don't get too carried away with it, there is a strict no dancing policy.
It's the wings and the burgers at Dirty Birds in Pacific Beach that keeps everyone coming back. On Tuesdays the bar also features a happy hour special on domestic pitchers until close.
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