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12 New Fall Cocktail Menus To Check Out In San Diego

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From Wild West inspired tipples to island style rum-based libations served in a toucan tiki mug no less, San Diego's bars are helping to make the darker evenings more palatable with a host of seasonal cocktails. Here's our pick of the city's best autumnal creations.

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1. Trust restaurant

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3752 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92103
Resident cocktail pro Juan Sanchez recently added a few new additions to the Trust Cocktail list: #7 - Maker's Mark, Meyer lemon, pear, tiki bitters. #8 - Avua Cachaça, Hamilton Rum, Bonal, apple, orgeat, egg, bitters. #9 - Carpano Antica Vermouth, Rutte Genever, fall syrup, black walnut bitters.

2. Grant Grill

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326 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 744-2077
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Chef de Bar Cory Alberto drew inspiration from classic Westerns for his fall cocktail menu. Top tipples include The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (dry aged ribeye-fat-washed rye, Cynar, sweet vermouth topped with cigar foam), and The Seven Samurai: jasmine green tea infused Dickel White whiskey, byejoe, honey, orange blossom water, all spice dram and Buddha’s Hand Bitters served for two in a teakettle with casted teacups.

3. Green Acre

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10300 Campus Point Dr
San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 450-9907
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Highlights from Green Acre’s debut cocktail menu include The Gunslinger (rye, Barolo Chinato, pureed pear); The Elderflower Martini (gin, elderflower liqueur), and Mexican Mule with house infused pineapple and vanilla bean tequila, pressed limejuice topped off with Fever Tree Ginger Beer.

4. Kettner Exchange

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2001 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 255-2001
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Bar manager Paulina Konja's new cocktail collection includes seasonal specialties like the Candy Apple Daiquiri (4-year Blanco Rum, Jamaican Rum, Falernum, Fuji Apple Syrup, caramel, sea salt) and the Bittersweet Symphony: a balanced blend of gin, Cocchi Americano, Basil Eau de Vie and grapefruit bitters.

5. URBN Coal Fired Pizza

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3085 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 255-7300
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URBN Restaurant Group beverage director Michele Willard just introduced her fall-inspired cocktail menu at URBN North Park. Standouts include The Christopher Oxacan crafted with Primario Mescal, Xicaru, orange bitters and orange zest; and the Tiki Kiki, made with pineapple rum, Matusleum, pineapple and cinnamon and served in a pretty awesome toucan tiki mug.

6. Campfire

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2725 State St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 637-5121
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Bar manager Leigh Lecap’s debut cocktail menu at Carlsbad stunner Campfire was made for fall. Priced between $10-$12, from namesake Campfire (bourbon, scotch, roasted malts, demerara, smoke, chocolate), to the East End Ripper (apple brandy, Pear, sherry, cassis, ginger, lemon, soda), Lecap's elevated program has something for everyone.

7. False Idol

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675 W Beech St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 269-2202
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Try a Polynesian Forty Niner at San Diego’s hot ticket new tiki bar. Crafted with chai-infused bourbon, St. George Pear Brandy and Madeira it’s rounded out with orange juice, lemon and housemade gardenia mix. Or pop next door to the newly refurbed Craft & Commerce for a Juanita Applebaum, made with blanco tequila, green chartreuse, honey syrup, Fuji apple syrup, lemon and horseradish.

8. Madison on Park

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4622 PARK BLVD SAN DIEGO, 92116
San Diego, CA
(619) 269-6566
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Madison's cocktail creationist Dan Dufek has put an early Thanksgiving spin on the Old Fashioned. Dubbed The Colonist ($9) it consists of Bulleit Rye Bourbon, pumpkin, pecan, apple and sweet potato bitters and pecan wood smoked Vermont maple syrup.

9. Cusp Dining & Drinks

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7955 La Jolla Shores Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 551-3620
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Cusp added a few new tipples to their fall cocktail line up, including Makers Mark-based The Harvest with maple, Carpano Antica and pumpkin puree, and The Soprano with Ardbeg 10 year old single malt, Luxardo, Crème de Pêche de Vigne and cognac. Sangria lovers will enjoy Cusp’s San Diego Fall Sangria made with Henebery infused spice rye, honey, lemon, egg white, bitters and cabernet.

10. Bankers Hill Bar & Restaurant

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2202 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 231-0222
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Celebrate Halloween season with bar manager Zack Gray’s creepy new cocktail, the Boomstick ($12). Inspired by the horror series, The Evil Dead, it’s made with Malahat spiced rum, amaretto, pumpkin, pomegranate and lime, and garnished with sage smoke.

11. Bice

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425 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-2423
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Try BiCE’s new Veneto Gold, a pumpkin cocktail with rum, almond liquor, spicy pumpkin liquor, orange juice and amaretti cookies on top. The Fallgazer has house spiced infused rum, apple sauce, pink peppercorn, pineapple juice, and touch of ginger ale, while their Smoked Bacon Old Fashioned comes served quick smoked with homemade bacon infused maker’s mark bourbon, club soda, old decanter bitters and a hint of orange.

12. True Food Kitchen

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7007 Friars Rd Ste 394
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 810-2929
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Fall cocktails at this healthy eco-chic chain include a delicately balanced Thai grapefruit martini, an Apple Ginger Mule crafted from fig-infused vodka, and old fashioned inspired Autumn Orchard Sour with muddled pear, juiced apple lemon zest and mulled brandy.

1. Trust restaurant

3752 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103
Resident cocktail pro Juan Sanchez recently added a few new additions to the Trust Cocktail list: #7 - Maker's Mark, Meyer lemon, pear, tiki bitters. #8 - Avua Cachaça, Hamilton Rum, Bonal, apple, orgeat, egg, bitters. #9 - Carpano Antica Vermouth, Rutte Genever, fall syrup, black walnut bitters.
3752 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92103

2. Grant Grill

326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
Chef de Bar Cory Alberto drew inspiration from classic Westerns for his fall cocktail menu. Top tipples include The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (dry aged ribeye-fat-washed rye, Cynar, sweet vermouth topped with cigar foam), and The Seven Samurai: jasmine green tea infused Dickel White whiskey, byejoe, honey, orange blossom water, all spice dram and Buddha’s Hand Bitters served for two in a teakettle with casted teacups.
326 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

3. Green Acre

10300 Campus Point Dr, San Diego, CA 92121
Highlights from Green Acre’s debut cocktail menu include The Gunslinger (rye, Barolo Chinato, pureed pear); The Elderflower Martini (gin, elderflower liqueur), and Mexican Mule with house infused pineapple and vanilla bean tequila, pressed limejuice topped off with Fever Tree Ginger Beer.
10300 Campus Point Dr
San Diego, CA 92121

4. Kettner Exchange

2001 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Bar manager Paulina Konja's new cocktail collection includes seasonal specialties like the Candy Apple Daiquiri (4-year Blanco Rum, Jamaican Rum, Falernum, Fuji Apple Syrup, caramel, sea salt) and the Bittersweet Symphony: a balanced blend of gin, Cocchi Americano, Basil Eau de Vie and grapefruit bitters.
2001 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

5. URBN Coal Fired Pizza

3085 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
URBN Restaurant Group beverage director Michele Willard just introduced her fall-inspired cocktail menu at URBN North Park. Standouts include The Christopher Oxacan crafted with Primario Mescal, Xicaru, orange bitters and orange zest; and the Tiki Kiki, made with pineapple rum, Matusleum, pineapple and cinnamon and served in a pretty awesome toucan tiki mug.
3085 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

6. Campfire

2725 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Bar manager Leigh Lecap’s debut cocktail menu at Carlsbad stunner Campfire was made for fall. Priced between $10-$12, from namesake Campfire (bourbon, scotch, roasted malts, demerara, smoke, chocolate), to the East End Ripper (apple brandy, Pear, sherry, cassis, ginger, lemon, soda), Lecap's elevated program has something for everyone.
2725 State St
Carlsbad, CA 92008

7. False Idol

675 W Beech St, San Diego, CA 92101
Try a Polynesian Forty Niner at San Diego’s hot ticket new tiki bar. Crafted with chai-infused bourbon, St. George Pear Brandy and Madeira it’s rounded out with orange juice, lemon and housemade gardenia mix. Or pop next door to the newly refurbed Craft & Commerce for a Juanita Applebaum, made with blanco tequila, green chartreuse, honey syrup, Fuji apple syrup, lemon and horseradish.
675 W Beech St
San Diego, CA 92101

8. Madison on Park

4622 PARK BLVD SAN DIEGO, 92116, San Diego, CA
Madison's cocktail creationist Dan Dufek has put an early Thanksgiving spin on the Old Fashioned. Dubbed The Colonist ($9) it consists of Bulleit Rye Bourbon, pumpkin, pecan, apple and sweet potato bitters and pecan wood smoked Vermont maple syrup.
4622 PARK BLVD SAN DIEGO, 92116
San Diego, CA

9. Cusp Dining & Drinks

7955 La Jolla Shores Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cusp added a few new tipples to their fall cocktail line up, including Makers Mark-based The Harvest with maple, Carpano Antica and pumpkin puree, and The Soprano with Ardbeg 10 year old single malt, Luxardo, Crème de Pêche de Vigne and cognac. Sangria lovers will enjoy Cusp’s San Diego Fall Sangria made with Henebery infused spice rye, honey, lemon, egg white, bitters and cabernet.
7955 La Jolla Shores Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037

10. Bankers Hill Bar & Restaurant

2202 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Celebrate Halloween season with bar manager Zack Gray’s creepy new cocktail, the Boomstick ($12). Inspired by the horror series, The Evil Dead, it’s made with Malahat spiced rum, amaretto, pumpkin, pomegranate and lime, and garnished with sage smoke.
2202 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

11. Bice

425 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Try BiCE’s new Veneto Gold, a pumpkin cocktail with rum, almond liquor, spicy pumpkin liquor, orange juice and amaretti cookies on top. The Fallgazer has house spiced infused rum, apple sauce, pink peppercorn, pineapple juice, and touch of ginger ale, while their Smoked Bacon Old Fashioned comes served quick smoked with homemade bacon infused maker’s mark bourbon, club soda, old decanter bitters and a hint of orange.
425 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

12. True Food Kitchen

7007 Friars Rd Ste 394, San Diego, CA 92108
Fall cocktails at this healthy eco-chic chain include a delicately balanced Thai grapefruit martini, an Apple Ginger Mule crafted from fig-infused vodka, and old fashioned inspired Autumn Orchard Sour with muddled pear, juiced apple lemon zest and mulled brandy.
7007 Friars Rd Ste 394
San Diego, CA 92108

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