Food & Drink

The 7 best places to drink (and eat!) whiskey in San Diego

Published On 04/23/2014 Published On 04/23/2014
Best Whiskey Bars SD
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Aero Club
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
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1. Seven Grand 3054 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 (North Park)

Seven Grand prides itself on its extensive whiskey selection and properly poured drinks, so come here if you're looking for a good, stiff drink.

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2. The Aero Club Bar 3365 India St, San Diego, CA 92103 (Mission Hills)

The first thing you’ll notice after landing at Lindbergh Field is a pink neon sign glittering in the distance. Let it guide you to this San Diego drinking den that's been serving whiskey aficionados since 1947. The Aero Club boasts some 800 bottles of whiskey stacked like glass bottle-shaped Legos behind the bar; more than a sight to behold, this infamous liquor wall is one of the largest whiskey collections in the country.

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3. Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits 10051 Old Grove Rd, San Diego, CA 92131 (Mira Mesa)

In a city with its fair share of breweries, Ballast Point manages to distinguish itself. Not only does it offer a wide variety of beers for every brew patron's palette, it also concocts its own in-house spirits. Originality is the name of the game here and you'll find some distinct and exotic flavors that no other brew crew can duplicate.

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4. Beaumont's 5662 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037 (La Jolla)

Beaumont’s is a Bird Rock gathering place with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus live music and a full bar. This versatile venue buzzes incessantly with locals here for the modern comfort food and warm ambience. Expect fusion iterations of American diner food like carne asada eggs Benedict with avocado and cilantro Hollandaise; a house burger loaded with sun-dried tomatoes, balsamic glazed onions, feta, and basil aioli; and wedge salad with fried chicken, bacon, and blue cheese. Cocktails are varied but familiar in flavor too, like the Narcissist with rye, ginger, and honey.

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5. Salt & Cleaver 3805 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 (Hillcrest)

This sausage spot is slinging weiners served any way you like them, or (for those on the "protected" menu), exactly the way the chef intended them. Add to that some badass features like chain-link fences and wrought iron everywhere, and you've got yourself a sausage that's going to be hard to miss.

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6. Neighborhood 777 G St, San Diego, CA 92101 (East Village)

Neighborhood's a gastropub inspired by both the pubs of England and izakayas of Japan.

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7. Jsix Restaurant 616 J St, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

This resto places emphasis on locally-grown ingredients in its seasonally-inspired cuisine. There's even an herb garden on the roof, which is about as locally-grown as you can get.