From a couple of like-minded partners you'll frequently see mingling and, more importantly, mixing behind the wraparound, copper-topped bar, TLS's a cozy, eclectic hideaway (furnished with taxidermied antelope heads and Chinese reproductions of famous paintings tweaked by local artists) that's all about "meticulously crafted" cocktails and exotic meats, so expect to see a lot of Dolph Lundgren.
Because San Diegans are
a fat, sad people intensely health-conscious, the menu prominently features gamier meats for their leanness, and runs from radical starters like antelope sliders stacked with smoked Gouda/ red onion marmalade, to feral-beast belly-fillers like bourbon-glazed wild boar ribs, buffalo Bolognese with bone marrow, and a grass-fed beef burger with wild boar bacon/ fried duck egg/ smoked cheddar/ shallots appropriately titled "Animal Style", proudly rocking the quotation marks so In-N-Out's lawyers don't give them the ol' In-N-Out. Libations pay homage to the good ol' days with classics like the Pisco Sour, twisted classics like the Papa Hemingway with orange bitters instead of simple syrup, and straight-up original stunners like the Monks Gone Wild (strawberry-infused Pimms/Green Chartreuse/ lemon/ ginger beer) and the wallop-packing anejo/ maraschino/ Bärenjäger/ bitters El Oso, which means "the bear" in Spanish and "the drink that will eventually make you try to sext your ex" in English.
Knowing their hop-head audience, they're kicking off with eight bottled brews and the same amount of taps pouring the choicest of locals, plus slightly rarer finds like apple-infused Éphémère from Unibroue and Prima Pils from Victory, which Dolph will inevitably claim after taking a sip and realizing it doesn't have a Rocky finish.
1. The Lion's Share
629 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
It may be hard to tell from this place's taxidermied antelope heads and Chinese takes on famous paintings, but The Lion's Share is actually a pretty great restaurant. The menu is full of gamy meats that result in dishes like antelope sliders topped with gouda and bourbon-glazed wild boar ribs. If those are a bit too exotic for your taste, play safe and try one of their many inventive cocktails.