Top 10 Bars in Pacific Beach for 2017

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San Diego is made up of a bunch of little towns and neighborhoods with each one having its own personality and quirks. Pacific Beach, or PB to locals, is notorious for being a thriving beach town full of fun bars and nightlife.

Anyone that has spent time in Pacific Beach will tell you their favorites and we have some of our own. Whether you want to relax and drink overlooking the beach, or dance the night away, Pacific Beach has any environment you are looking for. Here is a list, in no particular order, of the best bars in Pacific Beach, San Diego, and what each one has to offer.


baja beach pbBaja Beach Cafe is the perfect little beach bar and restaurant. You can go there at any hour for food or drinks, and it is always full of fun and happy people. They have an exceptional margarita menu that features over 10 different styles of Margaritas. The view from the patio is one of the best views in all of Pacific Beach. You can see the PB Pier and are directly on the boardwalk. The sunset from Baja rivals any other place in San Diego. Once the sun goes down, Baja is the perfect place to grab a drink with friends. They have a DJ on staff that plays some classic beach, house, oldies and dance music. You’re invited to let loose or sit in one of the booths to chat.

Address: 701 Thomas Ave, San Diego, CA 92109


tavern pacific beachThe Tavern is one of the most well-known bars in Pacific Beach. It is situated on Garnet Avenue, the main bar
and nightlife street in Pacific Beach. When you walk into Tavern it is almost like you feel at home because of the comforting vibe. Tavern is usually filled with college students and young professionals, giving it a fun, upbeat atmosphere. There are booths, casual table seating, and once it gets a little later into the night, a dance floor takes off. Tavern is a great mix of both locals and tourists, so if you are interested in meeting new people you can always find someone unique to socialize and dance with.

Address: 1200 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109


backyard kitchen and tap pbWhen you go to Backyard, you are destined for a successful night. It is in one of the best locations in Pacific Beach, located only a block away from the ocean on Garnet avenue. Get to Backyard early though, because a long line will form no matter what day of the week it is. Once you are inside, you’ll find a lounge area lit by a unique fireplace, as well as a dance floor. Backyard is a great place to start your night after a long day at the beach to grab something to eat along side one of their signature craft cocktails. It’s also a great restaurant to go too on Taco Tuesday, but be prepared for a wild evening.

Address: 832 Garnet Ave. Pacific Beach, CA 92109


pb ale houseThis award winning brewery consists of remarkable ocean views as far as the eye can see from the second floor. The first floor is inviting, offers a comfortable space, and instantly comes to life at nighttime. It’s the perfect restaurant to enjoy a craft beer and watch the game or dine on a delicious and memorable dinner. The location is at the very end of Garnet and directly across from the ocean.

Address: 721 Grand Ave, San Diego, CA 92109


pb shore clubIf you’ve ever been to Pacific Beach, then you’ve at least heard of Shore Club. Shore Club is located at the end of Garnet Avenue and is right next door to PB Ale House. No matter where you are on the rooftop at Shore Club, you will have a breathtaking panoramic view of the ocean. The beach front party ambience of this bar specializes in dishes with an unbeatable Mexican flare. This bar will guarantee the best beach, drinking, and dining experience in all of Pacific Beach.

Address: 4343 Ocean Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109


moonshine beach pbThis country themed bar is one of the newer spots on Garnet Avenue and will ensure a memorable night full of dancing and drinking. There are drink specials on various nights of the week and line dancing lessons on other nights. Also, live country singers perform the night away weekly. You can get tickets or see these performers for free, based on the performer’s popularity and ticket availability. Keep in mind, there is usually a cover fee of $5-15 at Moonshine Beach.

Address: 1165 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109


duck dive pbFrom the handcrafted surf ceiling and custom surf inspired art pieces, to the name itself, the vibe consists of ocean breezes and sun kissed skin. The menu includes American dishes, coastal favorites, a cocktail menu and over 20 beers on draught. They also serve brunch and bottomless mimosas daily, which we highly recommend. ‘Duck’ Dive into the weekend by drinking and eating at this PB hot spot.

Address: 4650 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109


el perez pacific beachIf you want to see the most beautiful view of the sunset in Pacific Beach, go to El Prez’ rooftop bar mid day and through the night. This bar is a combination of a spectacular view, 18 beers on tap, gourmet tacos, and a large selection of tequila. They’ve been labeled both as best rooftop bar and the best excuse to miss work tomorrow. Don’t miss out on the unforgettable experience you will have at this bar overlooking PB!

Address: 4190 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109


tap room pacific beachI’m not sure whether Tap Room would be considered a bar or a restaurant, because it has amazing beers on tap, but also serves delicious food. Located on Garnet Avenue, Tap Room has some of the best pizza in Pacific Beach, as well as a fun and friendly staff. This classic spot is a great place to catch up with friends over a few drinks or bring your dog since there is a dog friendly patio-area.

Address: 1269 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109


barrel republic pacific beachOut of all the bars in Pacific Beach, Barrel Republic may be the most unique. Rather than ordering your beer at a bar, you are given a wristband that allows you to walk throughout the bar and pour your own beer or wine from over 40 taps. Each tap has a description of the type of beer, and cost per ounce, so that you can try a little bit before committing to a full pint. Barrel Republic has a laid back vibe where you can chat with friends and play board games. If you want to try some unique local brews and have
a good chat with a friend over some popcorn, then head to Barrel Republic.

Address: 1261 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA


Thrusters Lounge is a full entertainment venue, offering DJ’s, bands, and dancing. Thrusters also offers all NFL, NCAA, College Football packages, and more, on 12 HD plasma screens. It is open 7 days a week, until 2 a.m. and is always a good time spent with friends. Check Thruster’s events calendar for updates and whatever you do, don’t miss karaoke nights.

Address: 4633 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

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