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A Gentlemen’s Guide to San Diego’s Best Whisky Bars

“Guys who drink beer are the basic bitches of the guy world. They’re boring and bland… If a man makes whiskey his drink of choice, you know he’s got his head on straight.” – Elite Daily

We agree, so we put together a list of San Diego’s top Whisky Bars.


1. Excalibur Cigar & Scotch Lounge

Big thanks to the always classy Oscar Gomez

Address: 8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Ste O San Diego, CA 92111
Phone: (858) 277-1148
Yelp: 4.5 stars with 100+ reviews

  • Where you go to have some whiskey and smoke a cigar
  • Their huge walk-in humidor offers you an unparalleled selection of your premium favorites, and their extensive line of accessories and exclusive personal cigar lockers in the private Excalibur Cigar Lounge make them a true Whiskey and Cigar lover’s gem

2. Seven Grand

Address: 3054 University Ave San Diego, CA 92104
Phone: (619) 269-8820
Yelp: 4 stars with 500+ reviews

  • A classy, dimly-lit ambiance with an incredible selection of rare and unique spirits
  • They have a great happy hour that includes hand-crafted Old Fashions and whiskey mules for $5


3. The Whiskey House

Cheers to @toastonthetown_tb. Also check out about their #MondayMixology here

Shoutout to the awesome Jason Yu

Address: 420 3rd Ave San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 546-6289
Yelp: 4 stars with 200+ reviews

  • They have the largest whiskey collection in California with 1,800 whiskeys, eclectic craft cocktails, and beer & wine flights


4. Bar Three Piece

Cheers to John Robbart, one of the most talented bartenders in town

Address: 3054 University Ave San Diego, CA 92104
Phone: (619) 269-8820
Yelp: 4.5 stars with 10+ reviews

  • Definitely feels like a 1920’s speakeasy. The service is just superb (read: they know what they are talking about when you ask about the whiskey options)


5. Polite Provisions

Huge thanks to Valeria Varela

Address: 4696 30th St San Diego, CA 92116
Phone: (619) 269-4701
Yelp: 4 stars with 900+ reviews

  • High ceilings, an outdoor patio and a pretty laid back bar that serves classic cocktails at a reasonable price make Polite Provisions one of our favorites
  • You can place your food order with Sode & Swine right next door and they will gladly run your food over to you at the bar when it’s ready
  • Their beer and wine selection rotates daily if you (or a friend) isn’t feeling like having whiskey


6. Noble Experiment

Big ups to the awesome Anthony

Shoutout to Dustin Newsome and his wonderful friends.

Address: 777 G St San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 888-4713
Yelp: 4.5 stars with 1100+ reviews

Such a fun spot!  It’s hidden behind a secret door at a restaurant called Neighborhood.

  • Solid Old Fashion – probably one of the best we’ve had in a while
  • Excellent cocktails list and solid bartenders
  • We strongly recommended getting a reservation especially on weekends


7. Prohibition

A standing-o to whiskey expert Mr. Tadlock

Address: 548 5th Ave San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 501-1919
Yelp: 4 stars with 500+ reviews

  • Where you go to sip whiskey and listen to jazz
  • Solid mixed cocktails prepared by skilled (and friendly) mixologists
  • They have a $10 cover charge but given the quality of drinks and jazz it’s worth it
  • They have a dress code enforced on weekends which helps add to the the 1920’s speakeasy atmosphere


8. The Aero Club Bar

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Address: 3365 India St San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: (619) 297-7211
Yelp: 4.5 stars with 500+ reviews

Built in 1947 by Maryann Prophet, a pilot, and her husband, owner of a number of vending machines in San Diego, the Aero Club was originally intended to be a place where Maryann and her high-flying friends could enjoy a cocktail and pass the time telling tall tales of aerial exploits.

  • Huge Whiskey selection – over 800 whiskeys, the most in all of San Diego
  • They have an old jukebox that’s operational and open for anyone to use (as long as you have a quarter)

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