Food & Drink

Your Padres game day drinking guide

Published On 04/02/2014 Published On 04/02/2014

Nothing goes together quite like baseball and drinking (especially when it comes to the Padres), so to make sure you're making the most of your game-day celebration/pain management, we've put together this convenient rundown of the best Petco-convenient bars to help you make it through the season.

The Blind Burro

The Blind Burro (click here for info and address)
What do you do when your team has NEVER won the World Series? You switch from beer to liquor. At least, that’s The Blind Burro’s remedy. Only a few blocks from Petco Park, the Burro features more than a hundred different types of tequila. You won’t find any hot dogs on the menu, but churro waffles, jalapeño popper tacos, and a chorizo burger make for fine substitutes.

Tin Fish

Tin Fish (click here for info and address)
Located within a home run shot of the ballpark, Tin Fish’s massive outdoor patio is big enough to accommodate even a winning team’s patrons. These days, it’s a little roomier, but the fish and chips are no less good, and rotating drink specials keep things fresh even as the Padres’ losing gets old. And if you time your visit when ComicCon is going on at the convention center across the street, you’ll discover an entirely new kind of people watching.


Basic (click here for info and address)
It’s a bar by day, lounge by night, and a killer beer and pizza joint on game days. The converted warehouse, though, does its best work in the latter capacity, channeling Camden Yards with its exposed brick and industrial feel. Hoppy local brews and a jersey-wearing staff make it feel very fitting for America's favorite pastime. Pro tip: the mashed potato-topped pie will change the way you think about pizza.

Mission Brewery

Mission Brewery (click here for info and address)
Put Mission Brewery inside the most foul-smelling of locker rooms and it would still make this list (luckily, it smells fine). Tread carefully though, as multiple offerings come in North of 11% ABV, including the barrel-aged Dark Seas. And if you’re desperate to go home with at least one win on the day, skip batting practice and play tabletop shuffleboard, instead.

Level 9 Rooftop Bar & Lounge

Level 9 Rooftop Bar & Lounge (click here for info and address)
Okay, so it’s not exactly on par with the townhouse rooftops adjacent to Wrigley Field, but Level 9 has its own charm. For starters, there’s no humidity, and at nine stories high, you can better discriminate between an infield fly and round-tripper. On nights when there are fireworks, hustle back, grab a beverage, and watch from eye level.

Tivoli Bar & Grill

Tivoli Bar & Grill (click here for info and address)
Just your average neighborhood bar… except for the nine hours of happy hour each day (12-7pm and 10pm-12am). With $3 wells and $3 domestic drafts, Tivoli will draw a crowd -- but at these prices, who cares? There’s no need to worry about the crowd getting roudy, either. Wyatt Earp supposedly played cards here during the early 1900s, and his spirit still lurks -- cue the ominous music.

Bub’s at the Ballpark (click here for info and address)
Listen to the pregame show on your table’s "soundog" – basically a transistor radio at each table – or, if the Padres have you wishing for a break from baseball, try your hand at Bub’s indoor basketball hoop. Another selling point: you can order their homemade tater tots until 1am, and they are good enough that you might do so more than once.

East Village Tavern+Bowl

East Village Tavern+Bowl (click here for info and address)
Great for large groups, this 14,000sqft sports lounge offers damn fine eats, solid drink specials, pool tables for hustling tourists out of their travelers checks, AND a bowing alley. It can hold as many as 400, so there are enough jersey-wearing patrons to make even the most cynical Padres fan feel like he (or she!) isn't alone.

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1. Level 9 Rooftop Bar & Lounge 509 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

With a stunning view of Petco, Level 9 is great place to watch the game from afar or enjoy a unique view on nights when they have fireworks. Grab something from their great beer selection, or try a spicy margarita with jalapeño tequila for an extra kick.

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2. The Blind Burro 639 J St, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

The crew at The Blind Burro treats diners to South-of-the-Border street food, including a grilled flour tortilla topped with cheese, tomatoes, and guac (it's like a Mexican pizza!). The space accommodates plenty of red-upholstered chairs and tables, and potted succulents that reference this restaurant's extensive tequila selection.

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3. Tin Fish 170 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

With a sprawling back yard (and tiki bar!), some of the best fish tacos and fish & chips around, and sweet rotating drink specials, Tin Fish is a great spot to just hang out and relax, or catch a quick drink and meal on your way to the ballpark.

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4. Basic 410 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (East Village)

This trendy East Village pizzeria and brewpub is serving pizza that's anything but basic: pies are super fresh and anything-but-simple. The quirky "Mashed" pie with mashed potatoes, bacon, and mozzarella, is a favorite. Converted from an old warehouse, this space boasts a 5,000 square foot lounge and restaurant, will a full bar and an open-air setup.

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5. Mission Brewery 1441 L St, San Diego, CA 92101 (East Village)

Properly resurrected in '07 after a long break in the biz (say... since Prohibition), MB's just moved its old Chula Vista brew house downtown to a tasting room'd, wood-lined brick behemoth formerly known as the historic Wonderbread factory, which is just a short jaunt from PETCO, making it super convenient for you to drink in the brews, before you drink in the boos.

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6. Tivoli Bar & Grill 505 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

A great Padres bar, Tivoli ramps it up a few notches with NINE hours of happy hour each day (12-7pm, and again 10pm-12am). Pair those $3 wells and domestic drafts with some of their wings and you're good to go.

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7. Bub's at the Ballpark 715 J St, San Diego, CA 92101 (East Village)

With its close proximity to Petco Park, Bub's is a perfect spot to booze or dine before, during, or after a Padres game (so, any time). With numerous televisions and a basketball hoop to show off your razor-sharp (or boozily dull) free throw shot, it's a spot any thirsty sports fan can appreciate.

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8. East Village Tavern+Bowl 930 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

At 14,000sqft, this Tavern+Bowl has solid food and drink specials, pool tables and a whole freakin' bowling alley!



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