Food & Drink

PB’s best bars WITHOUT a line

Published On 10/30/2013 Published On 10/30/2013

The only thing worse than standing outside of a bar and waiting to get in? Standing outside of a bar with other people and waiting to get in. There are alternatives, though, and in PB that's important, because the length of lines on Garnett Ave has been known to rival the "D*ck Punch Jar Jar Binks Repeatedly" booth at the annual Star Wars convention. Here're eight killer PB bars without a line:

The Silver Fox

The Silver Fox
From its windowless exterior outside to its leopard-print carpet inside, The Fox is nothing if not a contradiction: one moment sprinkled with several generations of drinkers, the next playing host to a rush of rowdy coeds looking for their final fix of the evening (or their first: the bar opens at 6a!). One phenomenon you won’t find though, is a line.

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Cass St Bar and Grill
Pros: No line! Cons: Ugh, there's a bunch of fun bar games like pool tables and shuffle board. Even Worse Cons: UGH, girls and cheap pitchers of beer.

London's West End

London’s West End
Owned and operated by a young couple as fond of spirits as the clientele it serves, London’s West End is a must for those looking to capture the quintessential surf bar experience. It’s a bit of a hike from Garnett, but you’ll be rewarded with super-liberal (but fiscally conservative!) pours.

Plum Crazy

Plum Crazy Saloon
Lively without making you reach for your inhaler, Plum Crazy lets you participate in the trendy PB scene without actually being consumed by it. With waitresses patrolling the crowd offering $1 jello shots, even sidling your way to the bar is optional.

SD TapRoom

SD TapRoom
Beer, beer, and more beer: No. 5 on our list has the goods to satisfy even the snobbiest of hops aficionados. The Tap Room isn’t the cheapest place in Pacific Beach to score a beer but like anything in life, you get what you pay for. Our advice: bring a group, split a pie, and wear your sweatpants no really, you should probably wear your sweatpants.

Nite Owl

Nite Owl Cocktail Lounge
Between its wood paneling, ripped bar stools, and leaky toilet seat, the Nite Owl has all the comforts of an abandoned Winnebago. Assuming you’re not a germaphobe though, there’s also plenty of charm. True, the Nite Owl won’t feed your appetite for short skirts or popped collars, but you won’t have to endure Kanye, Britney, Ke$ha, or any other artist likely to be sullying your generation’s reputation 50 years from now.

Latitude 32

Latitude 32
PB’s white whale, Lat 32 is perhaps the only local bar where you’re likely to snag an actual table regardless of what time it is. It’s only open until midnight and it only serves beer and wine, but its modest prices and non-line-iness won’t let you down.

The Dog

The Dog
Free jukebox? Umm, yes please! And if you’re a fan of backwards baseball caps, rainbow sandals, and sleeve tattoos, well, you may just have a new best friend.

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1. The Silver Fox 1833 Garnet ave, San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)

Pool tables, darts, a leopard-print carpet, and good, cheap drinks define this no-nonsense dive. The Fox plays host to a varied crowd, but always keeps up a friendly, neighborhood vibe.

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2. The Dog 4479 Everts St, San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)

Free jukebox? Umm, yes please! And if you’re a fan of backwards baseball caps, rainbow sandals, and sleeve tattoos, well, you may just have a new best friend.

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3. London's West End 5157 La Jolla Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)

Owned and operated by a young couple as fond of its spirits as the clientele it serves, London’s West End is a must for those looking to capture the quintessential surf bar experience. It’s a bit of a hike from PB’s bustling Garnett Ave, but you’ll be rewarded with good people and liberal pours.

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4. Plum Crazy Saloon 1060 Garnet Ave, san diego, CA 92109

Because they have to put 'em somewhere, PC's inviting Philly fans to stay in the action via their 24 TVs, and cash in on $10 domestic pitchers, and $3 grape bombs/ cherry bombs/ screwdrivers/ bloodys, which is what Santa will be, if he happens to walk by a battery store while they're losing.

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5. SD TapRoom 1269 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)

A great selection of beer and a list of West coast IPAs fit for even the snobbiest of hops aficionados. Make up the difference on pricier pours with $1 Street Tacos on Taco Tuesdays, or grab some quality pizza any day of the week.

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6. Nite Owl Cocktail Lounge 2772 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)

Between its wood paneling, ripped bar stools, and leaky toilet seat, the Nite Owl has all the comforts of an abandoned Winnebago. Assuming you’re not a germaphobe though, there’s also plenty of charm.

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7. Latitude 32 5019 Cass St, San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)

PB’s white whale, Lat 32 is perhaps the only local bar where you’re likely to snag an actual table regardless of what time it is. It’s only open until midnight and it only serves beer and wine, but its modest prices and non-line-iness won’t let you down.

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8. Cass St. Bar & Grill 4612 Cass St, San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)

The longstanding local-fisherman's haven still houses the 1940's hardwood bar from the original watering hole, TVs strategically placed so there's nay a blind corner to potentially miss an Eric Weddle close-up, two pool tables still operating at a throwback 50c, free shuffleboard, and a rotating, $8.50 craft pitcher special during football games.

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