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International Smoke’s Pear of Thieves is a Perfect Fall Cocktail

Pears are in season and pair nicely with booze
November 5, 2019

San Diego Bars Serve Up Spooky Halloween Cocktails

Kindred’s Horrorchata, a Get Out-inspired Froot Loops concoction, Grant Grill’s Smashing Pumpkin and more
October 25, 2019

Realm of the 52 Remedies Introduces ‘Omakase’ Cocktail Tasting

The Kearny Mesa speakeasy has created a must-try experience
October 14, 2019

Four Cocktails to Try from Madison on Park’s New Menu

15 new drinks include surprises like a smudge-stick garnish and an avocado pit orgeat
September 13, 2019

J & Tony’s Brings Aperitivo to East Village

CH Projects’ new bar honors the Italian cocktail tradition
September 3, 2019

Hundred Proof’s Pearl Diver is the Perfect End of Summer Cocktail

New menu at University Heights bar resurrects seldom-seen classics
August 16, 2019

Highlights from the Tiki Oasis Bartender Battle Prelims

Seven Caves tiki gin, the magic of tejuino, and how to elevate an ’80s sugar bomb
July 30, 2019

It’s Negroni Week in San Diego (and Tijuana)

More than 40 bars are participating in the annual fundraiser
June 26, 2019

Checking In with Prohibition’s Ryan Andrews

We chat about the bar’s big anniversary, its haunted location, and a new menu concept
June 17, 2019

George’s Level2’s New Menu Highlights Local Flora

The bar’s second hardbound cocktail book takes inspiration from San Diego’s backyard
May 8, 2019

Three Spring Cocktails to Try

From marigold syrup to strange fruit, these drinks will lighten your spirits
April 26, 2019

Spirit of the Month: Benedictine

This bourbon- and brandy-friendly spirit deserves to be in your liquor cabinet
April 15, 2019

Loma Portal’s Royale keeps it simple

Plus You & Yours introduces Old Tom and Tijuana’s Cereus highlights bartender talent
April 8, 2019

Puesto Adds a Roving Margarita Cart

And Lucien Conner offers us his tips for batching Margaritas
March 15, 2019

Cereus Joins Tijuana’s Growing Craft Cocktail Scene

The new bar has a menu by Irving Gonzalez and an ideal location in revamped Estación Federal
March 4, 2019

Save the Date: San Diego’s First Bartender Shakedown

On March 2, twenty-one of the region’s best bars will be serving drinks under one roof
February 15, 2019

Spirit of the Month: Ampersand Coffee Liqueur

Skip the Kahlúa and go for this Old Harbor all-star
February 11, 2019

Meet the Distiller: Old Harbor’s Blake Heffernan

How plans to brew beer led to a gig at one of San Diego’s most respected distilleries
January 23, 2019

Choose Your Own Hot Toddy at Madison on Park

Plus Grant Grill rolls out a Gin & Juice rap-inspired menu
January 11, 2019

Cocktail Gift Guide: 2018 Edition

Recipe books, bartending tools, and booze for your favorite home bartender
December 20, 2018

10 Holiday Cocktails to Get You in the Spirit

From a cocktail-centric holiday pop-up to Grandma’s secret hot buttered rum
December 14, 2018

Realm of the 52 Remedies Is the Speakeasy San Diego Needs

The new Kearny Mesa spot hits all the right notes with its design, cocktails, and vibe
December 10, 2018

Ram Udwin and Jay Choi Team Up Behind the Bar at Ad Libitum

The new Hillcrest restaurant includes twists on tiki and barrel-aged cocktails
December 3, 2018

Lady Bartenders Prove There’s Room for Beer in Cocktails

Amplified Ale Works’ beers help showcase the diversity of booze pairings
November 12, 2018

Spirit of the Month: Ancho Reyes Verde

The poblano-based liqueur is a perfect match for agave spirits—and lots of other stuff
November 5, 2018

New Menu at Hundred Proof is ‘A Preview of What’s to Come’

Stephen Kurpinsky has big plans for the University Heights bar
October 19, 2018

The New Menu at The Lion’s Share Has a Story to Tell

Bar manager Jason O’Bryan took inspiration from the restaurant’s quirky paintings
August 8, 2018

14+ Fandom-Worthy Comic-Con Cocktails

Raise a glass to pop culture with these creative drinks
July 19, 2018

Saying Goodbye to Cervantes Magaña

San Diego’s craft cocktail scene mourns the loss of an all-star
June 26, 2018

Checking in with You & Yours Distilling Co.’s Laura Johnson

The San Diego ‘distillerista’ is creating new spirits and making a name for herself
June 13, 2018

Where to Celebrate Negroni Week in San Diego

Our (mostly) comprehensive list of some of the best offerings
June 6, 2018

Bartender Exit Interview: Mark Broadfoot

He’s off to Miami, but leaving behind his Mexican Chocolate Milk Punch
May 25, 2018

Bartender Exit Interview: Michele Willard

Saying goodbye to San Diego's cocktail scene’s den mom
May 16, 2018

TJ Majeske Wants to Make The Pearl a Craft Cocktail Destination

The mid-century modern hotel has new owners, a new chef, and a new focus on cocktails
May 4, 2018

Raised by Wolves Is Your New Favorite Liquor Store

The selection at Consortium Holdings’ new bottle shop is well-curated and surprisingly affordable
April 27, 2018

Juniper & Ivy’s Frank Magnasco Makes Manhattans

The San Diego bartender is one of six competing next week in New York
April 18, 2018

3 Cocktails to Add to Your Must-Drink List This Spring

New menus from Herb & Wood, Juniper & Ivy, and Sycamore Den bring lighter, sweeter flavors
April 4, 2018

Where to Find a Cocktail Made with Butterfly Pea Flowers

A handful of San Diego bars are stepping up their purple cocktail game
March 29, 2018

Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Whiskey

Aero Bar’s Sean O’Connell offers his picks, plus our roundup of holiday cocktails
March 14, 2018

Big Things Are Happening at Prohibition

The speakeasy-style bar launches a supper club, new menu, and a March 13 ‘fire sale’
March 9, 2018

Have a Cocktail for a Cause at Sycamore Den This Wednesday

The ‘zero waste’ menu features creative bourbon cocktails and benefits homeless-services nonprofit Think Dignity
February 20, 2018

Punch Bowls, Break-Up Cocktails, and Valentiki Drinks

Five spots to celebrate love or drown your sorrows this Valentine's Day
February 8, 2018

Caché’s Cocktails Showcase French Flavors

The Hillcrest speakeasy debuts five new drinks this week
January 31, 2018

What to Drink at Kindred Right Now

Two years in, bar manager David Kinsey is keeping the cocktail menu ‘classy and thrashy'
January 17, 2018

Plaza Bar’s Cocktails Provide Respite from a Not-So-Cold Winter

Irving Gonzalez taps into the bar’s music scene for inspiration
January 4, 2018

George’s Level2’s New Menu is an Ode to San Diego

23 cocktails highlight the nuances and diversity of the region
December 20, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide for Cocktail Lovers

Recipe books, spirits, and a new one-stop-shop for cocktail provisions
December 13, 2017

Noble Experiment’s Latest Experiment

A new cocktail program introduces three cocktails each week
December 7, 2017

4 New Fall Cocktail Menus to Check Out

Seasonal offerings include exotic spices, local coffee liqueur, house-made cider, and Icelandic gin
December 1, 2017

3 DIY Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Impress your guests with these seasonal drinks
November 15, 2017

Meet the Bartender: Mark Broadfoot

The Tamarindo mixologist talks about his legendary milk punch and what makes a tequila “bat friendly”
November 2, 2017

11 Halloween Cocktails That Are Better Than Candy

Local bartenders are whipping up spooky specials with crickets, chocolate, and cider
October 25, 2017

Adele Stratton Leaves Noble Experiment for Jaynes Gastropub

Her first menu features light, crisp, approachable cocktails
October 11, 2017

All We Need Is Love, Cocktails, and Gravy

A creative bartender brightens the day at The Smoking Gun
October 5, 2017

Grant Grill’s New Cocktail Menu Includes Unexpected Ingredients

Cory Alberto takes a culinary approach to the aviation-themed cocktails
September 13, 2017

What to Drink at Hundred Proof

Trust’s sister restaurant keeps the focus on approachable cocktails
September 6, 2017

Coin-Op Brings Brings Innovative Cocktails and Classic Games to the Gaslamp

Michele Willard’s menu is both fun and sophisticated
August 31, 2017

Got a Great Balsamic? Make a Cocktail!

Vinegars provide a nice kick to boozy drinks
August 23, 2017

4 New Cocktails That Are Perfect for Summer

Cold drinks for hot days from Hundred Proof, Curadero, Panama 66, and Tamarindo
August 9, 2017

Meet the Bartender: Licorería Limantour's Jose Luis León

The Mexico City barman is in town for a couple of mezcal-focused guest gigs
August 4, 2017

San Diego Bartenders Mix Up Intriguing Cocktails for Tiki Oasis

Highlights include strange fruit, prickly pear brandy, and macadamia nut syrup
July 27, 2017

Try These 14+ Cocktails Inspired by Comic-Con

Wonder Woman, Game of Thrones, and Batman lend inspiration to these boozy tributes
July 19, 2017

Meet the Bartender: Et Voila’s Sami Saltagi

How the Syrian-Italian bartender made his way to San Diego
July 13, 2017

Madison’s New Cocktail Makes Good Use of Peaches and Wordplay

Called Impeachmint, it also benefits a good cause
June 28, 2017

San Diego's Best Cocktail-Focused Instagram Feeds

Who to follow for recipes, event info, and stories behind your favorite drinks
June 21, 2017

Prohibition Hosts UK Bartender Craig Robertson

Stop by on June 7 for a special menu focused on the versatility of Jägermeister
June 6, 2017

Where to Celebrate Negroni Week in San Diego

Local bartenders get creative and support charity starting June 5
May 31, 2017

32 Reasons to Visit The Lion’s Share

Bar manager Jason O’Bryan’s new menu is full of great cocktails
May 17, 2017

The ABCs of Sycamore Den’s New Cocktail Menu

Aloe, banana, and celery are just three of the flavors you’ll find among these tasty new beverages
May 11, 2017

Kearny Mesa's Hive Serves up an Impressive Drink Menu

Ram Udwin’s tiki drinks help make the mega-restaurant a surprising cocktail destination
May 4, 2017

It’s Springtime for San Diego Cocktails

New offerings from Polite Provisions, Coin-Op, and Grass Skirt—plus a cocktail soirée
April 26, 2017

Meet the Bartender: Jade Boyd

Curadero’s lead bartender talks mezcal and her inspiration for the new Mexican restaurant’s cocktails
April 12, 2017

Nortico is Helping Shape Tijuana’s Craft Cocktail Scene

Open a year, the speakeasy-style bar has gained a cult following
March 29, 2017

You & Yours Distilling Co. Brings San Diego Spirits to the Next Level

An auspicious beginning for the new East Village distillery
March 22, 2017

5 Things to Love About URBN’s New Cocktail Menu

From coconut liqueurs to shark mugs, Michele Willard’s cocktails show creativity and class
March 15, 2017

Try This Spirit: Chareau Aloe

The small-batch California-made liqueur is making its way onto local menus
March 8, 2017

Ask a Bartender: 2 Questions for Anthony Schmidt

Consortium Holdings’ beverage director talks ice, eau de vie, and the magic of rhum agricole
March 2, 2017

6 Cocktails That Are Perfect for a Rainy Day

Warm up with drinks that are strong, spicy, or both
February 23, 2017

8 Valentine’s Day Cocktails to Fall in Love With

Skip the Champagne and go with one of these instead
February 8, 2017

Where to Get a Braulio Cocktail in San Diego

The Alps-inspired Italian amaro is hard to come by, but worth the effort
February 1, 2017
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