The Waterfront Bar & Grill
The Waterfront Bar and Grill, San Diego's oldest tavern, has got a sick happy hour -- plus, you can drink all day and scarf down awesome bar food like their THREE different varieties of grilled cheese!
Visiting the Waterfront Bar & Grill is basically a local rite of passage. This iconic watering hole lays claim to the title of oldest tavern in San Diego, where it was established in 1933 and hasn’t moved since, despite the proliferation of new high-rises and condos around it. It’s everything you’d expect of a well-kept, 89-year-old dive. A jukebox, arcade games, and pinball machines occupy customers who aren’t crowding the bar. Service is fast and friendly, thanks to bartenders who are generous with their pours. Bar-appropriate food includes the famous half-pounders—like the BBQ-drenched Rodeo Burger or Jalapeno Bacon, oozing with pepperjack cheese and sauteed onions—in addition to burritos, tacos, sammies, and free, self-serve popcorn every day. Meanwhile, strong cocktails and shooters—like the sweet Buttery Nipple and ominously named Mind Eraser—keep the night young.
How to book: Walk-ins only.