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1. The Regal Beagle Ale House & Sausage Grill3659 India St, San Diego
2. Barra Barra Saloon4016 Wallace St, San Diego
3. Craft & Commerce675 W Beech St, San Diego
4. Karl Strauss Brewing Company1157 Columbia St, San Diego
5. The Lion's Share629 Kettner Blvd, San Diego
6. La Puerta560 4th Ave, San Diego
7. Southpaw Social Club815 J St, San Diego
8. El Camino2400 India St, San Diego
Named after the pub in Three’s Company, this craft beer bar has an ever-changing selection of over 20 craft brews on tap and serves all kinds of locally made sausages.
Located in the old-timey old-Mexican... uh, old-heart(?) of Old Town, Barra Barra Saloon is a stuccoed watering hole slinging five-dollar margs and Latin favorites. This places takes its tequila selections seriously, and features a new one every month, like Corzo silver.
A little haven for "intelligent conversation, friends and family," the bar is littered with books, broken mirrors, and an apothecary-esque cocktail menu, designed by NYC's Death & Co Phil Ward.
Karl Strauss Brewing Company’s Little Italy location offers the craft beer giant’s signature brews, like the Wreck Alley Imperial Stout, made with darkly kilned malts, cocoa nibs, and Ethiopian coffee beans, and the Red Trolley Ale with caramelized malts, hops, and hints of raisins and currants. Complement your boozy beverage with some equally beer-y bar bites: Karl Strauss food favorites include The Big Beer Burger, basted with Columbia Street Amber and topped with Red Trolley Ale onions, IPA mushrooms, beer-brined bacon, Gruyere, tomato, and lettuce. Or, opt for earthy truffle fries, duck fat pretzel bites, beer-braised smoked pork belly, or the gooey crowd-favorite mac and cheese.
Don't let the taxidermy, mismatched chandeliers, and surrealist paintings distract you from the food and drink at The Lion's Share (easier said than done, we know). This quirky, hunter's den of a restaurant satisfies your carnivorous side with a game-heavy menu of wild boar bolognese, chicken fried quail, elk loin steak, and bison tartare. You don't have to be a totally adventurous eater though to take part in the fun: the menu includes tamer plates like an aged white Cheddar-topped burger, hand-cut truffle fries, and roast chicken. Both the expected and unexpected offerings pair well with whiskey cocktails and if you can handle it, absinthe.
Street food-style tacos might be the meal du jour in San Diego, but this sleek place on Fourth Avenue also delivers heartier family recipes in quesadillas, sopas, and specialty burritos, like "The California" made with Arranchera Steak, French fries, and grilled onion. La Puerta offers more than 100 tequilas, plus mezcals, raicillas, sotols, and bacanoras. Just ask the bar staff for guidance -- they'll be happy to school you.
An American resto and beer bar from the group that designed Blind Burro, Cat Eye Club, and Block No. 16, Southpaw lies in the shadow of Petco Park and pays tribute to our nation's pastime.
A Mexican resto right in the middle of Little Italy might be culturally confusing, but hey, they have a Michelada in a glass shaped like a boot -- that’s sort of Italian? You can chill in the dimly lit Dia De Los Muertos-themed interior or watch the commercial airliners coming in for a landing over the patio bar.