20 Of San Diego’s Best 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 around San Diego’s best bars 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 absinthe bar and French restaurant is one of our favorite places for a good cocktail in San Diego any time of year, and the holidays are no different!

I mean, who wouldn’t like a quick trip to Old Paris for Christmas?!


Rejoice! Kindred’s NECRONOMINOG has returned for the holidays alongside a festive profusion of other magical Holiday delectables (ABBA Burger!)! The wondrous, spiced and silky icon that is their limited-time holiday nog is flowing once again. Head to their winter occult wonderland, with sights, sounds, imbibery, and feasting a plenty!

Madison on Park

You really can’t go wrong at Madison on Park anytime, but it’s always on our list for a cocktail during the holidays.

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!

The Bar at Moniker General

The theme for the holidays at The Bar at Moniker General is spirit-forward!

This stunner is a fat-washed a Blanco tequila with coconut and infused it with cinnamon/clove. The results is a cocktail that will give you Christmas nostalgia with a hint of San Diego; Mexican horchata meets margarita.


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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!



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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 again 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 spirit!


Marisi La Jolla Bar - Best Cocktail Bars in San Diego
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The bar at Marisi is gorgeous; the perfect setting for a celebratory holiday cocktail or Italian wine!


Festive holiday cocktails and incredible rooftop views of a festive Little Italy await you at Cocomaya!

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.

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 newest 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.

Nason’s Beer Hall

This season, Nason’s Beer Hall at the Pendry Hotel is decking the halls with the jolliest, over-the-top décor in partnership with holiday-themed apparel company, Tipsy Elves. Join in on the festivities lit with more than 20,000 Christmas lights, entertainment, frosty beers, jolly cocktails, tasty bites, a giant Christmas cookie, Santa photo opps, and a National Ugly Sweater Day celebration on December 16, featuring the world’s largest Ugly Sweater.

And drink up! A portion of proceeds from the three seasonal signature Tipsy Elves cocktails – Tipsy and Toasted, Tipsy and Bright, and Breakfast at Tipsy’s – will benefit the San Diego Food Bank from November 24th through January 2nd. Everybody is welcome, naughty, or nice.

Carruth Cellars Tasting Room at Liberty Station

We LOVE Carruth Cellars’ new tasting room at Liberty Station! Grab a glass (or bottle) inside and then head out into the huge garden space to enjoy with friends (keep an eye on those furry friends!). 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.

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!

Duck Dive

Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol is a story that has lasted through the years with countless retellings and twists, and Duck Dive has created their own unique interpretation of the classic through a series of six themed cocktails!

Fezziwig’s Ball (pictured above) is made with duck fat-washed Buffalo Trace Bourbon, fresh lemon, chai syrup, cardamom, and egg white, with a butter cookie on the side. Rest assured that Duck Dive has all your tastes covered in this series of holiday cocktails!

This specialty cocktail menu is available all-day Wednesday – Friday, and Saturday and Sunday after 4pm, and may only be ordered inside.

The Grass Skirt

At whimsical San Diego tiki oasis, The Grass Skirt, they have once again gone all out for the holidays! If ‘rum-soaked’ is your idea of a warm holiday buzz, make sure this is a stop on your list!

San Diego’s Best Bars for Holiday Cocktails

There you go – a full itinerary of San Diego’s best bars to make your spirits bright this holiday season!

See you there, San Diego! Cheers!

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