You understand how to EAT THIS CITY. With prime cooks as tour guides, you’ve discovered how you can scout out sizzling spots for breakfast and brunch, the place to go for a scrumptious date night time, and how you can feast like a neighborhood liege within the cities you like. However the place do you wash all of it down? Have you learnt how you can discover the very best brewpub? Uncover who makes the meanest bloody marys and probably the most glowing mimosas?

You’re about to seek out out. Welcome to DRINK THIS CITY!

This week, we’re trying out sunny San Diego, house to the 1200-acre Balboa Park (generally known as the Smithsonian of the West), 9 completely different arts districts, scores of stoned surfers, and beloved anchorman Ron Burgundy. Town can also be house to an unimaginable cocktail tradition — so wealthy in curated menus and bespoke drinks that having an skilled information is crucial. Which is why we’re thrilled to have Brian Vong, supervisor at Well mannered Provisions, stroll us by the very best boozy drinks town has to supply.

Below Vong’s steering, Well mannered Provisions has carved out a repute for being as well-versed within the classics because it at dreaming up daring originals. And once we say unique, we imply it. The place else are you able to go to attempt six completely different cocktails on draft, pairing lavender soda with London dry gin, or Irish whiskey with cinnamon pop, or considered one of a number of housemade bottled cocktails with elements as uncommon and intriguing as Japanese whisky, sesame, ginger, and barrel-aged soy sauce?

Into old-school tiki? Strive the Don the Beachcomber’s Zombie, created in 1934. And if — on a menu that provides spirit-forward, home favourite, glowing, beer-based, and communal drinks — you continue to can’t discover the tipple that tickles your style buds, the nice folks of Well mannered Provisions will make a particular drink only for you. It’s no surprise this purveyor of “native tonics, elixirs, and cures” has been voted considered one of Thrillist’s Finest Bars in California, and San Diego Journal‘s Finest Cocktails within the metropolis.

By way of Well mannered Provisions/Arlene Ibarra

Prepared to take a look at Brian’ Vong’s favourite bars in San Diego? Let’s go drink this metropolis!



Werewolf in downtown San Diego. You will get that heavy greasy meals it is advisable take the sting off and coat your abdomen. My go to hangover treatment is a shot of Buffalo Hint and a Coors banquet.



My favourite marg is a blended Mango Marg from Ponces; it’s positioned in a quiet little neighborhood known as Kensington. You stroll in and it’s brightly lit — with vibrant oranges and reds — the partitions are coated in previous oil work of girls. It simply has all the time had such a welcoming really feel to it.


Jaynes Gastropub

As of proper now, I must say Jaynes Gastropub is the very best place to attain a traditional. Adele Stratton has put collectively a killer, true-to-their-roots menu that’s extremely fulfilling. I can by no means say no to a Rome with a View.


Craft & Commerce

I’m so a fan of Well mannered it’s slightly powerful to call one other spot. If I had to decide on I’d say seize an Japanese Prospector from Craft & Commerce. Its a delicate twist to a gold rush that actually accentuates the spices in whiskey. When you’re there you’ll be able to soak up all of the reclaimed wooden and taxidermy on the partitions.


The Smoking Gun

The Smoking Gun in downtown San Diego; they’ve a Disco Elyx punchbowl and the environment is kinda of 70’s nostalgic vibe.


Turf Supper Membership

Sneaky Tiki From Turf Supper membership, I can’t stress sufficient how a lot I really like Turf and the way nice a Sneaky Tiki is. I often seize a fillet and sip my Tiki whereas my steak cooks. Add a float of Laphroaig to it and name it a Smokey Tiki to actually beef up your expertise.


Fall Brewing

If they’d let me, I’d construct a cot inside Fall Brewing to simply drink their Sangria Jazz Fingers 24/7. It’s crisp and approachable. Barely tart however extremely refreshing, particularly on a sizzling San Diego day.


Crimson Fox Room

This is likely to be dishonest, however the Crimson Fox Room is related to the Layfette Lodge in San Diego, a grimy Martini and also you’ll really feel proper at house. Its dimly lit and there’s a reside piano enjoying within the background. Not a window in sight and 9 instances out of 10 an older couple almost certainly within the again sales space on their date night time.


False Idol

Gotta get a Scorching Buttered Rum from False Idol. I debated on itemizing this one underneath the Themed Cocktail expertise and now I’m including it right here as a result of I couldn’t go up a possibility to emphasize how scrumptious this cocktail is. It coats your mouth on this silky mouthfeel that leaves you wanting one too many.


Noble Experiment

Any cocktail from Noble Experiment. The entire expertise — from strolling by the hidden door to including your title to the visitor record — is wonderful. Their menu is ever-changing however all the time full of a number of the finest drinks out there to town. I wish to let you know all extra, however don’t wish to give away an excessive amount of, make a reservation and see for yourselves.


The Patio on Goldfinch

The Patio on Goldfinch is a go-to for my girlfriend and me. We discover ourselves typically going right here and having a pair Aperol Spritzes. The arrange brings the outside inside and you are feeling such as you’resitting on a patio whereas within the eating room. Tons of vegetation and open-air vibe helps you from feeling responsible staying inside whereas tossing again a few bubbly treats.



Americanos from Campfire. All the things this bar is doing is wonderful, from the meals to the cocktails. Their bartenders are continually creating new drinks and searching for sherry-based cocktails or low abv choices. Make your means up north to see these gents and pay them a correct go to.


George’s on the Cove

The La Jolla from Georges on the cove. They’ve an ice dice with suspended seaweed in it. It’s attractive to have a look at and makes the drink that rather more fulfilling. You’re proper on prime of the water and may actually hear the waves crashing beneath you. You’d be a idiot to return to San Diego and never verify them out — not only for the view however the drinks, too.


Cantina Mayahuel

I might sit in entrance of Randy Elskamp and drink palomas all night time. Cantina Mayahuel is slightly agave bar that does it proper. They pay homage to Mexico and agave in one of the best ways potential. No frills, no stress, simply clear cocktails and nice firm.

Thanks, Brian, for taking us on a tour of San Diego’s finest bars!

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