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San Diego Bartenders on Where They Like To Drink

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Bartenders, mixologists, beverage directors, bar consultants — whatever title they like to go by, our local ladies and gentlemen of drink are shaping San Diego's cocktail scene for the better. From seasonal menus to fresh spins on classic drinks, every day these bar wizards manage to come up with a new take on booze.

But where do they go when they get a (rare) night off? Below, find out where some of San Diego's best bartenders like to go to drink on their own time.


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1. Turf Supper Club

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1116 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 234-6363
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Polite Provisions' Erick Castro a "huge fan" of this Golden Hill stalwart, where he grabs a Ballast Point Big Eye on his way home from work.

2. Live Wire Bar

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2103 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 291-7450
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El Dorado's Ryan Kuntz likes the great beer program at this unpretentious neighborhood bar.

3. The Aero Club Bar

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3365 India St
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 297-7211
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Brian Lee, Noble Experiment's General Manager, is convinced that The Aero Club is the best bar in San Diego, citing its selection of over 600 whiskeys, friendly bartenders, pool tables, Top Gun pinball and the best jukebox in the city.

4. Cantina Mayahuel

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2934 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 283-6292
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Jason O'Bryan, head bartender at URBN North Park & Gang Kitchen, likes to order a Bohemia beer and a shot of tequila at this Normal Heights cantina.

5. Jayne's Gastropub

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4677 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 563-1011
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Saltbox's Jen Queen says that her favorite bartender is Jayne's Sarah Ellis, who "makes great drinks, never takes herself too seriously and most importantly, makes me feel at home."

6. Noble Experiment

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777 G St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 888-4713
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Jsix's Lauren Lathrop Williams heads to Noble Experiment when she wants a drink, in particular the "delicious Collins-based aquavit drink that tastes like rye bread smeared with lemon marmalade."

7. Cherry Bomb

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2237 1st Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 544-1173
Sycamore Den's Eric Johnson recommends this low-key Bankers Hill bar, where he likes to drink a "shepherds (large) pour of Fernet."

8. El Dorado Cocktail Lounge

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1030 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 237-0550
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CH Projects' head bartender, Anthony Schmidt, loves old fashioneds, preferring them "stronger, spirit driven and honest." He says the El D is where he first realized the old fashioned's potential as a "showcase for simplicity and high quality ingredients."

1. Turf Supper Club

1116 25th St, San Diego, CA 92102
Polite Provisions' Erick Castro a "huge fan" of this Golden Hill stalwart, where he grabs a Ballast Point Big Eye on his way home from work.
1116 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102

2. Live Wire Bar

2103 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
El Dorado's Ryan Kuntz likes the great beer program at this unpretentious neighborhood bar.
2103 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104

3. The Aero Club Bar

3365 India St, San Diego, CA 92103
Brian Lee, Noble Experiment's General Manager, is convinced that The Aero Club is the best bar in San Diego, citing its selection of over 600 whiskeys, friendly bartenders, pool tables, Top Gun pinball and the best jukebox in the city.
3365 India St
San Diego, CA 92103

4. Cantina Mayahuel

2934 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
Jason O'Bryan, head bartender at URBN North Park & Gang Kitchen, likes to order a Bohemia beer and a shot of tequila at this Normal Heights cantina.
2934 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

5. Jayne's Gastropub

4677 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116
Saltbox's Jen Queen says that her favorite bartender is Jayne's Sarah Ellis, who "makes great drinks, never takes herself too seriously and most importantly, makes me feel at home."
4677 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116

6. Noble Experiment

777 G St, San Diego, CA 92101
Jsix's Lauren Lathrop Williams heads to Noble Experiment when she wants a drink, in particular the "delicious Collins-based aquavit drink that tastes like rye bread smeared with lemon marmalade."
777 G St
San Diego, CA 92101

7. Cherry Bomb

2237 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Sycamore Den's Eric Johnson recommends this low-key Bankers Hill bar, where he likes to drink a "shepherds (large) pour of Fernet."
2237 1st Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

8. El Dorado Cocktail Lounge

1030 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
CH Projects' head bartender, Anthony Schmidt, loves old fashioneds, preferring them "stronger, spirit driven and honest." He says the El D is where he first realized the old fashioned's potential as a "showcase for simplicity and high quality ingredients."
1030 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

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