Whether you’re visiting San Diego for pleasure or business, you’ll definitely want to check out the city’s 70-plus miles of coastline. And since there’s nothing better than an ice-cold beverage and a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean, you’re going to love the area’s abundance of beach bars. Being at the beach is relaxing all in itself. When you throw a drink or two in the picture, it can’t get much better.
We’ve done some deep diggin‘ to find the best of the best beach bars in San Diego. We found a few budget-friendly beach bars as well as a couple of upscale ones. Keep reading to learn which ones made our list of San Diego’s top beach bars…
Top of the Hyatt
The Top of the Hyatt bar doesn’t exactly qualify as a beach bar because it’s not situated on the beach, but when it comes to breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, you won’t find a much better bar. All the way up on the 40th floor, the Top of the Hyatt bar is extremely sophisticated. Every time you take a sip of your favorite cocktail, you’ll think to yourself, “so, this is what it must feel like to be a celebrity.” After you’re finished sipping on your favorite drink, the fun doesn’t have to be over. You can always go on a harbor cruise using your Go San Diego City pass.
Pacific Beach Shore Club
This bar draws a crowd like no other beach bar in San Diego. The Pacific Beach Shore Club features a large deck that, as long as it’s sunny, is going to be packed. Head on over on Wednesdays to enjoy a goldfish race. Yes, you read that right. As you’re cheering for your favorite fishy during your San Diego vacation, make sure to slam a couple of Red Bull vodka slushies. Some of the nearby attractions to the Pacific Beach Shore Club include the Pacific Beach Bike Shop, San Diego Sand Castles, Mission Beach, and more.
Looking for a dive bar? You’ll need to head about 100 yards from Tower 13 to The Kracken. This isn’t necessarily a dive bar where all of the younger adults hang. In fact, you’re going to find it’s home to an older crowd of drinkers. The bar features live music pretty much every day and incredibly cheap drinks. There’s also a huge pool area. If you’re looking for a middle-aged hangout, The Kracken is where it all goes down.
Wonderland Ocean Pub
Enjoy a table at the Wonderland Ocean Pub, but come early or you’re going to find yourself in a long waiting line. Enjoy brunch at this pub, and even better, enjoy $10 bottles of champagne until 2 in the afternoon. After you’re finished with your meal and drinks, head on over to the San Diego Safari Park Zoo.
If you’re looking for San Diego beach bars that flaunt a modern and trendy vibe, then come on over to Tower 23. You’re going to love the mood lighting and the one-of-a-kind view of the waves crashing onto the shore. Want an even closer view of the waves? Head out back onto the patio.
Hotel del Coronado
You’re going to enjoy beautiful views of San Diego beaches when you stop in for a drink at Hotel del Coronado’s beach bar. The Sun Deck Grill and Bar puts you literally right on the beach. Turn one way and enjoy unique views of the iconic hotel and look another way to enjoy the waves crashing on the shore. After you’re finished with your drinks, you’re going to have a ton of nearby attractions to enjoy, including the MooTime Creamery.
Want a wrap-around bar? If so, come on over to the C-Level Lounge right across from the Island Prime Restaurant. You’ll be right over the San Diego harbor. Like literally, this bar sits on stilts that go down into the harbor. You’ll also enjoy views of both the beach and the San Diego skyline.
No San Diego vacation is complete without visiting a couple of the area’s best beach bars. Start your vacation out the right way by stopping in for a drink or two at the top beach bars on our list.