The 1970s are alive and well at Sycamore Den, a kitschy lounge that’s incubated some of San Diego’s best bartenders since opening in 2013. The menu has run the gamut from gimmicky (a Jägermeister and vodka cocktail served inside a functioning lamp, for instance) to grandiose (hot buttered rum, available in both vegan and non-vegan forms). Of course, classics like Moscow Mules and Tom Collins shine just as bright. Snag a spot by the fireplace or piano and sip on something that’s sure to be sublime. Happy hour runs from 5–6 pm daily and includes deals on beer, cocktails, and wine, and there’s live music on the patio every Sunday from 6–8 pm.
How to book: Seating is on a first-come basis.