Best Beachfront Bars in San Diego

A Drink With a View: 8 Best Beachfront Bars in San Diego

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8 Best Beachfront Bars in San Diego

San Diego is charming. Its beachy culture, gorgeous coastline, and love for cocktails and craft beer make it irresistible. It is no wonder that there are so many beachfront bars. 

You get to enjoy your favorite drink along with unobstructed views of the ocean and finger-licking food. Here are a few of the best beachfront bars in San Diego. 


1. Pacific Beach Shore Club

Few bars in San Diego can draw crowds as consistently as this one. Shore Club stands out for its Red Bull vodka slushies, Goldfish Race on Wednesdays, and fantastic service. 

If you are looking for opportunities to relax and drink, it is the perfect bar. The deck at this bar is always packed. You can meet and socialize with plenty of friendly people. 

2. The Kraken-Cardiff 

The Kraken is about 100 yards away from Tower 13. It is a dive bar in the true sense of the word, and the scene is very different from what you might find with other bars. Although the crowd isn’t young, it is a lot of fun. 

The bar offers live music every day. The pool area is large, and the drinks are fairly affordable. It is your perfect opportunity to sit back and enjoy a middle-aged cover band. 

3. Oceanside Pacific Bar

Oceanside’s magnificent pier and the forestful of palm trees make for a spectacular view. The bar serves decadent and classic vodka-based cocktails in addition to their mouthwatering menu. 

The steak and seafood joint features an enclosed patio, and there is something for every appetite. The American Wagyu meatloaf and grass-fed lamb are the most popular picks. 

4. Jimmy O’s-Del Mar

When you type ‘Jimmy O’s Del Mar’ into your search engine, the first suggestion you’ll get is ‘Jimmy O’s Del Mar cougar.’ This should give you a general idea of the crowd that flocks this joint. It is the perfect bar for nights when you want to go all the way out. 

5. Ocean Beach-OB Surf Lodge

At this bar, nothing stands between you, the soothing ocean breeze, and your drink. There is a lovely from-scratch kitchen that turns every meal into a feast. 

The house-made meals are incredible, and bartenders serve surf-inspired cocktails. The bar has hard kombucha and almost two dozen local craft beers. 

6. Pacific Beach –JRDN

JRDN sits north of Crystal Pier at the center of PB. It is at the Tower 23 Hotel so you can access it easily. The bar serves mango margaritas with fantastic views. Chef Stephen Gage serves delicacies that will match your beach mood perfectly. 

7. Oceanside-Hello Betty Fish House

Just a block from the Oceanside beach, Hello Betty Fish House offers magnificent views. The bartenders are generous with their portions, and the beautiful sunset views are to die for. 

The drinks are strong, the crowd is exciting, and the food menu offers variety. You will find treats like mahi mahi tacos and bacon-wrapped jalapenos. 

8. Pacific Beach-Waterbar

Take a seat close to the massive windows of this bar and enjoy views of the Crystal Pier and Pacific Beach’s boardwalk. The food and drinks specials including ‘raw Wednesdays’ and ‘mussels and mules’ are fabulous. You can pair your drinks with various items from the entire bar.

San Diego is famous for many reasons. However, the 70-plus miles of coastline and beautiful weather are its main attractions. If you love being close to the beach, you’ll love enjoying your drink at a beachfront bar even more. 

Luckily, plenty of San Diego bars allow you to enjoy your drink with a view. Whether you are looking for a laid-back bar or something more upbeat, San Diego has options for you.





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