17 San Diego Bars To Put On Your Holiday Cocktail Route!

Cheers to the best time of the year! It’s officially Holiday Cocktail Season, which we take very seriously around the halls of ThereSanDiego! 🥃 That means we are busy planning out our route to make sure that we can get to all of our favorite destinations before the season is over!

And you should too, so we figured we’d give you a roundup of our favorite places (old and new) to enjoy the tradition to make it easy for you to plan your route.

Whether you’re on the hunt for an over-the-top Christmas cocktail, need something stiff to get you through your holiday shopping experience, or are looking for the perfect place to take a date for a hot toddy over the holidays, this list has you covered!

Miracle at Polite Provisions

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Polite Provisions is hosting the Miracle Holiday Pop-Up once again, and we can’t get enough. Polite Provisions is already such a great bar; sprinkle some holiday cheer on top and it’s the perfect place to celebrate the holidays with friends over a good cocktail.

Wormwood

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We’ve updated this list to include the just-opened Wormwood absinthe bar and French restaurant. We are so excited by everything about this place, and think it should be high on the list to explore during the holidays. I mean, who wouldn’t like a quick trip to Old Paris for Christmas?!

Madison on Park

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Madison on Park collaborated with local tea bar, Paru Tea Bar, this holiday season for Madison’s newest cocktail, the Paru Tea Bar Hot Toddy. Served in a glass Japanese teapot, the cocktail is brewed with Paru’s Okinawa Sugar Tea (Aged Japanese Red Tea, Formosa Oolong, and Okinawan Black Sugar Crystals), Suntory Japanese Whiskey, Local Honey, Lemon, and Star Anise. This cocktail is the perfect way to cozy up at this neighborhood gem with the beautiful indoor-outdoor ambiance.

Raised by Wolves

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This is a no-brainer. Raised by Wolves is an incredible bar that’s hidden away from sight at the Westfield UTC Mall in La Jolla, so you can drop in for a drink for two while you’re doing your holiday shopping! Perfect!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It’s hard to imagine a bar that feels more celebratory than Wolfies does – a perfect place to raise a glass to celebrate the holidays!

Youngblood

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Stepping into Youngblood is like taking a boozy trip to Paris, and that sounds like a perfect way to celebrate the holidays to us!

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These guys went totally over-the-top with the holiday theme this year, and it’s amazing! They brought in 50 Christmas trees and ordered custom-made decorations to turn their venue into a ‘Holiday Oasis’.

And we just got to try their new food and cocktail menus, and they are outstanding –  you will definitely leave in the holiday spririt!

You & Yours Distilling

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You & Yours are absolute pros at whipping up beautiful cocktails that bring out the flavors of the holiday season. Stop in anytime for a great cocktail in their lounge anytime, and make a plan to attend their Boozy Holiday Tea Party on December 12th!

Born and Raised

 

 
 
 
 
 
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In our opinion, Born & Raised is a perfect place to go anytime you want to celebrate anything! We love the food, cocktails, design, location…everything. We’ll be here several times during the holidays!

Rare Society

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Rare Society’s new location on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach is gorgeous, and has a Vegas vibe to it that makes it feel like it’s made for celebrating. AND, they serve the Rare Old Fashioned, which is made with dry-aged wagyu fat-washed bourbon! Get there early, the bar fills up fast.

Queenstown Public House

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Queenstown Public House goes all-out every year to turn their restaurant into a giant gingerbread house for the holidays – it’s a must-visit to celebrate the season!

Carruth Cellars Wine Garden in Little Italy

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We LOVE Carruth Cellars’ wine garden in Little Italy! It’s a perfect place to stop for a wine break during your holiday shopping.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a special place any time of year, but it has a magical feel when decorated with the sites, smells, and flavors of the holidays.

Jeune Et Jolie

 

 
 
 
 
 
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At newly Michelin-minted Jeune et Jolie, Beverage Director, sommelier, and mezcal expert, Jeremy Simpson has planned brilliant fall cocktails that highlight the best flavors of the season and lean into winter-warming spirits and fresh holiday spices to keep you cozy during the holiday season. The cocktails here are just as good as the food!

Callie

Callie bar lead James Roe and his team have just rolled out several new seasonal libations taking advantage of all fall has to offer. Highlights of the menu are intended to perfectly complement Chef Travis Swikard’s dishes include autumnal cocktails like The Greek Gift with vodka, tsipouro, allspice dram, ginger beer and lemon, The Spice is Right with blanco tequila, spiced apple cider, lemon and ceylon cinnamon, and Stage Fright with rye whiskey, smoked eggplant, ginger, lemon and arak.

Hotel Del Coronado

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Hotel Del Coronado is so unique and special any time of year, but it’s truly one-of-a-kind during the holidays. The legendary resort shimmers and shines as it transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with ice skating on the beach, giant Christmas trees, thousands of lights, outdoor fire pits to snuggle around, holiday movies on the beach, and much more. There is something for everyone…and great cocktails to enjoy while you’re there!

Bivouac Ciderworks

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Cider is the O.G. of holiday drinks, and there is no better place to enjoy a good cider with friends than Bivouac’s North Park tasting room.

Communal

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Come for the coffee…stay for the cocktails! What could be better than settling in at one of Communal‘s Oceanside and North Park locations and making a day of it?! Enjoy a Ginger Pear Cocktail made with house-made pear syrup, sherry and champagne, or The Sparkling Sangria with your choice of red or white, house-made sangria, champagne float and seasonal fruit.

While you’re there, don’t forget to pick up some unique holiday gifts from Communal’s selection of curated local and artisan goods.

Duck Dive

PB’s Duck Dive is celebrating the holiday season with Great Dickens presented by the Duck Dive! This will be the beach bar’s inaugural year being decked out in Christmas lights and festive décor, with a special themed cocktail menu you won’t find anywhere else. Duck Dive will be introducing locals and visitors to their interpretation of A Christmas Carol through an amazing lineup of craft cocktails, which include elements from the classic story. You’re sure to love Bah-Rum-Bug, made with Diplomatico Planas Rum, green apple, cinnamon syrup, orange & angostura bitters, as well as Mr. Cratchit, a concoction of Herradura Tequila, Illegal Mezcal, fresh lime, pine needle syrup, oleo saccharum, and grapefruit fever tree. There will be 9 total cocktails to enjoy all throughout the season!

Kettner Exchange

Kettner Exchange will launch its winter season cocktail menu, including the Scout’s Honor with a Winter Solstice Cocktail Party on the KEX rooftop. Enjoy $10 new menu cocktails, private martini bar, Herradura SDCM double barrel tequila tasting, local Hunt & Gather vintage pop-up shop and a punch bowl tasting station of the new “Morning Cartoons” cocktail (aged rum, white rum, coffee liqueur, Nesquik, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cream). Book a reservation after the tasting and enjoy dishes by Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski paired with disco tunes provided by Saul Q starting at 9PM.

Campfire

Beverage Director, sommelier, and mezcal expert Jeremy Simpson at Campfire and newly Michelin-minted, Jeune et Jolie, works alongside Executive Chef Eric Bost to create complementary beverage programs with an emphasis on clean, hyper-local ingredients. For Campfire, Simpson and his bar team have created several holiday-inspired cocktails that lean into winter warming spirits and spices:

SPREZZATUR | Jeremy Simpson
Irish whiskey
Cranberry
Biscotti
Curacao
Sweet vermouth
Cinnamon

An equal parts blend of Dolin Rouge Sweet Vermouth & Pierre Ferrand Curacao is infused with biscotti tea and whole cranberries. Inspired by a cozy, wintery Manhattan, this drink is extremely comforting with familiar flavors of cinnamon, orange peel and toasty pastries. Sprezzatura is the Italian word for a type of nonchalance, or a carefully studied carelessness.

COUNTRY ROADS | Jeremy Simpson
Rye whiskey
Roasted chestnut
Marjoram
Averna
Apple Brandy

Chestnuts are roasted over the woodfire grill and then sous-vide into a rich demerara syrup. Averna and Laird’s apple brandy are the modifiers, infused with fresh marjoram for three hours, adding an herbaceous quality to the cocktail. We finish the drink with Workhorse Rye’ Spiced Apple Cider bitters and finish with a sprig of fresh marjoram.

Waverly

At Cadiff-by-the-Sea all-day café, Waverly award-winning Beverage Director, Eric Johnson, draws inspiration from the Christmas tree — using its branches and needles to infuse Gin for a subtle balsam wreath aroma and taste that will transport imbibers to the Pacific Northwest (where he grew up, and Yule trees are grown).

The Grass Skirt

At whimsical San Diego tiki oasis, The Grass Skirt Bar Manager, Tony Coxum, employs fat-washing to infuse Rye Whiskey with decadent pork fat, for a cocktail with a velvety texture and depth of flavor inspired by a traditional Christmas pork roast.

See you there, San Diego! Cheers!