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Bar West

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location > 959 Hornblend Street, Pacific Beach
phone > 858-273-4800
web site > barwestsd.com

A NEW SCENE has washed up on Pacific Beach. Three blocks from the shore, set apart from the Garnet Avenue madness, stands a 5,000-square-foot, upscale lounge realized by EnDev——proprietors of Gaslamp standard-bearers Stingaree and Sidebar. This modish morsel is Bar West, and it’s attracting an increasing number of young professionals by mirroring its predecessors’ high standards while observing the relaxed beach culture.

VIBE: A semi-open patio tempts night crawlers to take a peek inside. A glance is tempting enough, with twenty-somethings flaunting firmed bods in plunging tops and designer jeans. New rock and hip-hop accompany daylight hours; at night, rotating resident deejays from Stingaree and Sidebar mix up dance music. Bar West brings effortless sophistication to an under-served, trendy beach crowd.

DÉCOR: Choice accents include Brazilian walnut paneling, modern furnishings and poster-size paintings of beachy babes. An aquatic aura is anchored by a large print of a clown fish and echoed by chromed, coral-like sconces and circular, submarine-type windows behind the bars.

EATS & DRINKS: Bar West brushes away archetypal P.B. (sandals and swimsuits) by establishing exclusivity through bottle service. Patrons can also order drinks such as the Pears Hilton and Sunburn Martini from either of the full bars. Executive chef Larry Abrams (formerly of Thee Bungalow) serves up reimagined California comfort food. And since the beach is nearby, beach-side picnic basket delivery is available (via scooter).

MISCELLANEOUS: Plan a visit based around bottle service, which pops off Thursday through Saturday. Also expect prices to break between Gaslamp and Pacific Beach rates——somewhat spendy. For those lucky enough to get the price break, Sunday nights are industry nights and have been known to get a little crazy. Side note: The jalapeño-stuffed olives are addictive.

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