Climb Aboard For A Whimsical, Cocktail-Infused Ride At Wolfie’s Carousel Bar

Take one look at Wolfie’s Carousel Bar in Little Italy and you can’t help but think, “This is different!”

And it most certainly is.

The recently-opened bar and bistro is clearly the result of very creative minds bringing fantasy to life through their work; every detail intended to give you a whimsical break from the everyday.


The hand-carved German carousel was originally built in 1881 by master carver and builder, Charles I.D. Looff — nicknamed “Wolfie” by friends — thus the unusual name.

His intricate, whimsical carousels and amusement rides made their way around the country, from East to West Coast.

Thankfully, one landed in a former auto garage in Little Italy, San Diego!

Does it spin?

Yes, it does! At first glance, it seems to be turning quite slowly. But sit on it and enjoy a couple of their beautiful cocktails, and you’ll definitely know that you’re moving!

Have another cocktail or two, and you may have a hard time finding your seat again after going to the bathroom – it’s not where you left it!

It’s a fun, unique experience, and the fact that you are moving throughout the room makes for perfect people watching.

The menu

Although we didn’t get a chance to enjoy the full menu yet, the food looks straight out of a French bistro and sounds amazing. We can’t wait to give it a try.

But we had plenty of opportunity to explore the cocktail menu, and it’s already one of our favorite cocktail bars in San Diego! The presentation is gorgeous, and they pack a punch. Perfect!

We have nothing but good things to say about Wolfie’s, but a picture tells a thousand words, so we’ll let them do the talking.


See you there!

Wolfie’s Carousel Bar is located at 2401 Kettner Boulevard in Little Italy, and is open from 4pm – 2am. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended.

See you there!

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