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1. Frauds and Swindlers 820 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

A Gaslamp cocktailery from two of the dudes behind LA's Neat and Villains Tavern, F&S has ANOTHER BAR called Two Fingers (that serves up 'tails neat, and nothing else) inside of it.

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2. The Baked Bear 4516 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)

Serving up waffle ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes, and other its-summer-somewhere treats, The Baked Bear is a Pacific Beach eatery (and mobile food cart!). Lucky for us, it's open late-- 'til 2am Thursday through Saturday. Don't leave without trying its signature menu item: an ice cream-filled donut. Pick whatever ice cream you want and they will cram it into a donut, then stick the whole thing in a hot press so you get a warm donut pocket full of cold, creamy ice cream.

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3. Polite Provisions 4693 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116 (Normal Heights)

Operating in an apothecary-themed space, this north San Diego bar calls itself a manufacturer of local tonics, elixirs, and cures. Polite Provision makes inventive cocktails from its stock of more than 50 bitters and spirits like bourbon, mezcal, and single-malt Scotch. Draft beers rotate through the 46 taps, and if you want to fuel up, order a round of mac & cheese, crispy polenta, and other appetizers from neighbor Soda & Swine (a smart move, if you ask us).

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4. Solterra Winery and Kitchen 934 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 (Encinitas)

California Winery serving Spanish Tapas in Encinitas.

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5. Bier Garden of Encinitas 641 S Coast Hwy, Encinitas, CA 92024 (Encinitas)

The Bier Garden of Encinitas is a German-style hall with a huge number of rotating brews (many of which are SoCal-sourced), a sweet outdoor patio, and awesome bar grub like burgers and short rib ciabatta sandwiches.

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6. Cat Eye Club 370 7th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (East Village)

Located in the back room of East Village’s Blind Burro, the Cat Eye Club is without a doubt the swankiest tiki bar you'll ever see — in fact, it looks more like a reincarnation of a stylish '60s lounge, save for its woven seating and tropical patterned wallpaper. Cocktails here range from classic (in preparation and presentation), like the simple ginger mojito and whiskey smash, to the inventive and festively presented, like the clam-shaped bowl of Baja Expedition (with milagro silver, triple sec, guava purée, lime juice) that serves 3 people.

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7. Bang Bang 526 Market St, San Diego, CA 92117 (Gaslamp Quarter)

Bang Bang is a sushi palace in San Diego that lets you dine on top of a koi pond, and's got crazy signature rolls like the Bruce Lee, as well as a banana-bacon ice cream sandwich.

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8. Wonderland Ocean Pub 5083 Santa Monica Ave , San Diego, CA 92107 (Ocean Beach)

Overlooking the OB Pier, this tavern is named after a beachfront amusement park that took up residence in Ocean Beach in the early 20th century. Wonderland the amusement park shut down over 100 years ago, but Wonderland the bar is alive and well with a seafood-tilted pub menu that features coconut calamari and grilled tuna sandwiches next to more basic fish & chips and short-rib burgers. The extensive beer list has something for everyone: local craft beer, cider, Coors Lite, and PBR.

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9. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station 2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116‎, San Diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)

At Stone Brewing's Liberty Station location, you can expect great beer and bocce ball courts in a massive outdoor space.

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10. Sycamore Den 3391 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116 (Normal Heights)

If the San Diego backdrop of beaches and palm trees has somehow got you itching for a getaway, look no further than Sycamore Den. This masculine, woodsy bar feels like a hidden hunting lodge getaway right on Adams. The '70s vibe comes complete with mounted guns, stone and wood lining, and polished leather booths, and the drinks match with a menu that's got a heavy emphasis on whiskey, rye, and bourbon (in craft cocktails and on their own).

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11. Queenstown Public House 1557 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101 (Little Italy)

Queenstown Public House, from the New Zealander team behind Bareback Grill, is a totally vintage burger joint that looks like your grandma's house touched down in Little Italy.

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12. Donut Bar 631 B St, San Diego, CA 92101

This Cortez Hill bakery is open from 7am to whenever they sell out, so get there early; you don't want to miss your chance at treats that have most of San Diego lining up outside the door. The menu changes daily but includes vegan and non-vegan options like buttermilk bites, Creme Brûlée donuts and Maple Bacon cinnamon rolls. Coffee and espresso drinks are also on order for when you do claim your spot first in line at 7am.

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13. Great Maple 1451 Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103 (University Heights)

Not just a common compliment among syrup makers, Great Maple's a fancied-up '60s diner with a bit of European flair, coming at you from the guys who brought you Hash House a-Go-Go and The Tractor Room. This East Village spot offers extensive menu lineups, from brunch through dinner. Make a reservation if you can, because this place is constantly busy.

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14. Cannonball 3105 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109 (Mission Bay)

San Diego's largest oceanfront rooftop bar, located at Belmont Park in Mission Beach, is perched right above beer bar Draft. Take in the insane view of the Pacific while sipping on a crafty cocktail and eating sushi around a fire pit. It may be lauded as a tourist spot, but once you visit, you'll understand why it's become such a mainstay: The glass walls give you a complete view of the busiest stretch of beach in San Diego.

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15. Sea & Smoke 2690 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014 (Del Mar)

An American brasserie with a menu of vegetarian specialties, seafood, and responsibly sourced meats.

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16. 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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17. Searsucker 611 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

Created by Top Chef finalist Brian Malarkey, Searsucker is a 7,000 square-foot restaurant whose classic American fare is crafted from locally-obtained ingredients. The beer on tap is local too, and there's also a fine wine list and an assortment of signature cocktails on the drinks menu.

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18. Brick+Mortar 820 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

This Santa Monica staple takes everything that's great about a neighborhood bar and combines it with an astonishing array of American fare. Since there's a bar, this also means that you can pick up some specialty cocktails and draft/bottled beer, and there's also a wine list of reds and whites available by the glass or bottle.

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19. Bailiwick 756 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

Bailiwick means a particular area of skill or expertise, and this venue specializes in providing a completely out-of-the-box experience that doesn't fall into any one category. The flexibility of this place ensures that whether you're just ordering cocktails or picking out something from the Southern-inspired food menu, you're able to put together a unique night for yourself and your buds.

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20. Saltbox Dining and Drinking 1047 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

Saltbox is a 175-seat, bi-level resto/ "gastro-lounge," the base level of which houses a marble-topped booze dispensary, classing it up with tiled pillars and a lengthy albeit delicious cocktail list. Upstairs you'll find the only slightly less classy grubbin' space.

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

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.

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22. Soda & Swine 2943 Adams Ave, North Park, CA 92116 (North Park)

Soda & Swine does meatballs in a way that you might not expect, assuming that the word "meatball" conjures up images of spaghetti all covered with cheese. Sure, they've got spaghetti and meatballs too, but this place gives you the ability to choose your mix and match your meat, creating anything from a meatball slider to meatballs a la carte. There's a wild bevy of sodas to choose from as well, so there's really no excuse for you to be anywhere other than here.

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23. URBN 3085 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 (North Park)

The kitchen at URBN's 5,000 square-foot spot churns out coal-fired pizza as fast as the patrons can scarf it down, and that's saying something. Each of the craft pizzas on the menu bring their own unique flavor to the table (get it?), and you can even choose from a galaxy of sauces, toppings and cheeses, ensuring that the pizza you get is exactly the pizza you want. There's also a killer collection of craft and imported beers, as well as a number of craft cocktails and a fine wine list.

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24. Carnitas' Snack Shack 2632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 (North Park)

At Carnitas' Snack Shack, just about everything is influenced by pork, from the menu of bacon-heavy fare to the big black pig that sits atop the roof. In true southern California fashion, 100% of the seating is in an outdoor area out back that's shaded by umbrellas and wooden roofs. The space includes a spacious bar serving up wine, beer, and snacks (also pork-focused) like chicharrones and pork belly.

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25. 100 Wines Hillcrest 1027 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 (Hillcrest)

Mediterranean cuisine with lots of good wine pairings.

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26. UnderBelly 750 West Fir Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (Little Italy)

The chefs at UnderBelly have concocted a menu of Japanese pub cuisine that, combined with the impressive list of beers (both bottled and on tap), makes this the go-to establishment for anyone looking to try something a little unconventional.

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27. 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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28. Prepkitchen 1660 India St, San Diego, CA 92101 (Little Italy)

Prepkitchen's Little Italy location serves farm-to-table cuisine including homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, and cured meats made in-house. The gourmet comfort food at Prepkitchen has been carefully selected and prepared by chefs with chefs in mind, and there's also a killer selection of Happy Hour specials on the menu.

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29. Monello 750 W Fir St, Ste 102 B, Little Italy, CA 92101 (Little Italy)

Pizza makers at this hopping Italian restaurant in Little Italy owned by the same team behind Bencotto put the same dedication into crafting a perfect pizza dough as they do fresh pasta next door. The dough (made with yeast and flour imported from Italy) slowly ferments over several days before it’s stretched, topped, and baked in a brick-lined gas oven. There's also a nifty cocktail menu that includes Italian drinks, signature cocktails, and several Grappa infusions.

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30. Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizza 897 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 (Encinitas)

This gourmet pizza resto goes above and beyond to use sustainable practices using organic produce, while using local sources whenever possible -- which includes their seven beer taps stocked with local brew.

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31. The Craftsman New American Tavern 276 N El Camino Real , Encinitas, CA 92054 (Encinitas)

With an impressive beer-on-tap list and something called a Lobster Corn Dog (uh, hi...), you really can't go wrong stopping into this salvaged-wood, American-ambianced joint. Not to mention, the executive staff resume is pretty stellar: executive chef Marlaw Seraspi hails from Michael Mina (in SF and San Jose) and owners Wade and Kristi Hageman also own Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria (just some of the best pizza...ever).

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32. Pacific Coast Grill 2526 Hwy 101, Cardiff, CA 92007 (Encinitas)

PCG boasts two levels for dining with an oceanfront view. If you're not sold just on that, there's a plethora of seafood choices (do yourself a favor and try the Wild Salmon Wonton Tacos) and also an "On & Off Shore" option, which consists of the most overwhelming and indigestion-inducing filet and lobster plate.

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33. Solace & Moonlight Lounge 25 East E St, San Diego, CA 92024 (Encinitas)

Solace & Moonlight Lounge serves adventurous American cuisine within an artistic, wood-furnished interior.

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34. The Compass 300 Carlsbad Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92008 (Carlsbad)

An updated dive (to say the least) bar, The Compass is a brick-heavy rustic gastropub packing a communal table from junkyard lumber, and an L-shaped, wood-trimmed, barn-wood bar.

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35. Real Food & Spirits 124 S Solana Hills Dr, Solana Beach, CA 92075 (Solana Beach)

Nosh on wood-fired pizzas, salads, and burgers at this locally sourced eats haven.

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36. Pizza Port Solana Beach 135 n hwy 101 Solana Beach, San Diego, CA 92075 (Solana Beach)

Pizza Port Solana Beach is a seaside brew and pizza joint of the highest order. You have to appreciate a place that describes their pizza as 'anti-wimpy,' and make both their own in-house craft beer and, wait for it, root beer. Dreams do come true.

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37. Slater's 50/50 2750 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)

Slater's 50/50 is a burger restaurant with a serious mission: providing San Diegans with burgers made from 50% ground beef... and 50% ground bacon. This unique burger patty is truly an explosive experience for you taste buds, and one that you likely haven't come across before. Slater's is also known from its selection of local and regional craft beers-- the ultimate burger accessory.

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38. Sessions Public 4204 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107 (Point Loma)

Because they think it's twisted how you used to feed Alka-Seltzer to all those innocent seagulls during your free period, the studs of suds over at Sessions Public are giving you a chance to wax nostalgic on the only school-age thing likely worse than cramming birds' mouths full of effervescent antacid: the food.

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39. Gabardine 1005 Rosecrans St, san diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)

Premium turf paired with even premium-er surf makes Garbardine, a Point Poloma culinary gem, a must-try. Their signature neighborhood steak paired with an old fashioned cocktail is a stellar combination for all seasons.

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40. Fathom Bistro, Bait & Tackle 1776 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)

Fathom Bistro Bait & Tackle is a sea-themed craft beer hideaway with gluttonous eats that may just take you exactly one fathom (or 6ft) under.

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41. Brooklyn Girl 4033 Goldfinch St, Mission Hills, CA 92103 (Mission Hills)

You read right. Brooklyn Girl is a hip American restaurant residing on San Diego's Mission Hill. It's killer menu from top to bottom will probably leave you happily satisfied and strangely convinced that you could totally pull off horn-rimmed glasses.

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42. Christopher's on Congress 2539 Congress St, Ste A, Old Town, CA 92110 (Old Town)

Christopher's on Congress boasts cigars and the best happy hour in town.

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43. Felix's BBQ With Soul 342 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114

Any place with a hickory wood-burning pit deserves to... cook amazing BBQ soul food in it. If you're feelin' manly, unbutton the top of those jeans and dig into a BBQ combo platter (1/4 rack & 1/4 BBQ chicken) or a sandwich that has slow-smoked chicken.

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44. The Promiscuous Fork 6984 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037 (La Jolla)

Co-owner Craig Sewell's wife's wandering fork helped inspire the Promiscuous Fork, a laid-back resto where food-sharing is encouraged and all you have to worry about is enjoying your friends' company.

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45. Phil's BBQ 9816 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee, CA 92071

Phil's BBQ serves baby back and beefy ribs, mesquite grilled BBQ chicken, and sandwiches like the pulled pork BBQ Broham, alongside a choice selection of 20 mostly local drafts. If you are craving some really good BBQ, you need to stop by Phil's.

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46. Coop's West Texas BBQ 534 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910 (Chula Vista)

This BBQ meat haven dishes out delicious pork, beef, chicken, and ham doused in its original spices and sauces for your satisfaction.

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