Food & Drink

San Diego's best beachfront bars

Published On 02/26/2014 Published On 02/26/2014
PB Shore Club
1st Street Bar
Jimmy O’s
The Kraken
Dini's by the Sea
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1. Dini's by the Sea 3290 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (Carlsbad)

Dini's by the Sea has a sweet roof deck with a great view of the ocean -- the restaurant has some high quality cuisine and Dini's bar's got a great laid-back vibe, and both of them have some pretty solid happy hour specials.

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2. Beachcomber 2901 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

This Mission Beach staple is known for a mix of customers ranging from college kids to the simply young at heart. Beachcomber's secret? After 8pm Friday you can get $0.75 beers -- that's something every generation can agree is pretty awesome.

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3. PB Shore Club 4315 Ocean Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)

Right on the Pacific Ocean, Shore Club's got great bar fare as well as boozy slushies sure to cool you down on any summer (or any other season) day. There's an open air rooftop patio, and the kitchen is open late night, slinging greasy yet elevated eats (think in terms of sauteed lobster tacos) from 9pm until close. It’s a good thing, too, because you can work up quite the appetite during those Wednesday night goldfish races, which don’t start until 10pm.

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4. 1st Street Bar 656 S Coast Hwy101, Encinitas, CA 92024 (Encinitas)

A great beachfront dive, 1st Street Bar had a stage for live music, cheap drinks, and was once owned by Charlie Chaplin's comedian older brother -- what more could you ask for?

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5. Jimmy O's 225 15th St, Del Mar, CA 92014 (Del Mar)

Jimmy O's is a quality sports bar by day and a dj-fueled dance party by night. The food is no joke either -- check out their carne asada nachos or any of their sandwiches and you won't be disappointed.

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6. The Kraken 2531 S Hwy 101, Cardiff, CA 92007 (Encinitas)

Just across 101 from the ocean, The Kraken holds a big dance floor so you can groove along to the ever-present live music, a big bar with cheap drinks, and a back yard where you can fill up on delicious BBQ and burgers.

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7. Wonderland Ocean Pub 5083 Santa Monica Ave , San Diego, CA 92107 (Ocean Beach)

Overlooking the OB Pier, this tavern is named after a beachfront amusement park that took up residence in Ocean Beach in the early 20th century. Wonderland the amusement park shut down over 100 years ago, but Wonderland the bar is alive and well with a seafood-tilted pub menu that features coconut calamari and grilled tuna sandwiches next to more basic fish & chips and short-rib burgers. The extensive beer list has something for everyone: local craft beer, cider, Coors Lite, and PBR.