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Awesome Green Line bar crawl? Awesome Green Line bar crawl.

Published On 10/23/2013 Published On 10/23/2013
Green Line Trolley Crawl San Diego
Sara Norris

"Public transportation in San Diego is the best," said no one ever. And there's no greater example than the trolley, where the Orange Line takes you to (ugh) El Cajon and the Blue Line takes you to (worse ugh) Chula Vista. The Green Line is really the only reasonable option, made even more reasonable when you've got a crawl-able drinking guide for every stop between Old Town and Downtown. To wit: here's a crawl-able drinking guide for every stop between Old Town and Downtown.

Barra Barra

Old Town Stop
Where to drink: Barra Barra Saloon
You’re probably not going to get very far after chugging a yard of beer, so skip O'Hungry's and start this crawl off right at Barra Barra in Old Town with tequila shots, or -- for $5 -- the best margarita in town, shockingly dubbed... "The Best Margarita in San Diego".

Sara Norris

Washington Stop
Where to drink: Regal Beagle
Named after the pub in Three’s Company, this craft beer bar has an ever-changing selection of 20+ craft brews on tap and serves all kinds of locally made sausages. Check out the wall to see the current beer selections and don’t even worry that you just downed a bunch of tequila at the last stop -- liquor before beer… right?

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Middletown Stop
Where to drink: El Camino
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.

Craft and Commerce

City Center/Little Italy Stop
Where to drink: Craft and Commerce
Offering a drink list full of delicious concoctions, this is one of the best craft cocktail bars in the city; plus they have mini corndogs, and bacon ice cream sandos, and a great patio, and a stuffed squirrel in a cowboy hat riding a raccoon.

Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Santa Fe Depot Stop
Where to drink: Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
With the recent influx of craft breweries in SD, it’s hard to imagine that Karl Strauss was the first to open a new brewery in town in more than 50 years. Take a mid-crawl break to do some beer tasting and tour the brewery, because this place has history and award winning brews.

Lion's Share

Seaport Village Stop
Where to drink: Lion’s Share
Conveniently located right next to the Seaport Village stop, you won’t have to stumble too far off the trolley for this one. The Lion’s Share has expertly crafted cocktails like the Hunter Thompson and an unconventional menu full of random animal dishes like kangaroo tartare, antelope sliders, and frog legs.

La Puerta

Convention Center Stop
Where to drink: La Puerta
They're a few blocks from the trolley, but La Puerta has a collection of 100+ tequilas that makes them well worth the walk. If you're easily overwhelmed by options, you can order a tequila flight or try one of their musically named drinks, like the Whole Lotta Love or Devil Went Down to Georgia. Bonus: They're half price during happy hour from 3-7p!

Southpaw Social Club

Gaslamp Stop
Where to drink: Southpaw Social Club
This place is all about two things: baseball and good beer. Every Monday night they have a freshly tapped cask in addition to the 30 craft beers they rotate on draught, plus there is no better spot to root for the Padres -- when they're actually in the playoffs -- than from the patio at Southpaw, where you’ll have a front row seat to all the happenings at Petco Park. 

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1. The Regal Beagle Ale House & Sausage Grill 3659 India St, San Diego, CA 92103 (Mission Hills)

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.

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2. Barra Barra Saloon 4016 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110 (Old Town)

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.

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3. Craft & Commerce 675 W Beech St, San Diego, CA 92101 (Little Italy)

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.

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4. Karl Strauss Brewing Company 1157 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101 (Little Italy)

Even though this is one of Karl Strauss's restaurant locations, be sure to catch a brewery tour whenever you're not sipping one of their flights or taking down a signature mac n' cheese.

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5. The Lion's Share 629 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

Don't let the mounted, stuffed peacock, mismatched chandeliers, and surreal paintings in this place distract you from the food (easier said than done, we know). This quirky hunter's den-like space in City Walk satisfies your carnivorous side with modern dishes featuring game-y meats like antelope, wild boar and elk -- you know, stuff a lion would actually eat. Better for adventurous eaters, The Lion's Share's unexpected offerings pair well with their handful of whiskey cocktails or, if you're feeling extra brave, a sample from their selection of absinthe.

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6. La Puerta 560 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

Street tacos might be the meal du jour, but the sleek place on Fourth Avenue also delivers on heartier, family recipes, like quesadillas, sopas, and classic and specialty burritos, like "The California," made with Arranchera Steak, french fries, and grilled onion. La Puerta also offers over 115 tequilas, 40 mezcals, four raicillas, nine sotols, and two bacanoras, which dizzying varieties the bar staff would be happy to school you on.

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7. Southpaw Social Club 815 J St, San Diego, CA 92101 (East Village)

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.

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8. El Camino 2400 India St, San Diego, CA 92101 (Little Italy)

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.

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