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Feb 17, 2010 12:27 PM

Beer Bars along Mission Beach

Hey there,

I will be visiting San Diego in a bit and was wondering if there are any good beer bars, specifically ones with a good selection of Stone as well as some of the lesser-known local breweries that I can try out.

I will most likely be staying in the Mission Beach area, with limited transportation, so unfortunately I won't be able to make it out to the Stone Brewery itself. So sampling some of the local beers at a good beer bar somewhere near Mission Beach would be the next best thing for me.


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  1. Some of the best dives are along the boardwalk beach and bay..don't know if there pulling Stone..but from Lahaina's, World Famous, Coaster Saloon, Beachcomber, Pennant, Saska's, Nick's, Cane's, Open Bar, Australian Pub, Moondoggies..
    Get a beach cruiser and have a blast!

    1. With the Liars' Club no longer in existence there really aren't any good beer bars down there anymore. The closest place is probably the TapRoom in PB.

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      1. re: DougOLis

        Agreed, if you want to try local beers in that area TapRoom is the place...they tend to have a sampling of every local brewery there. I am not a fan of a lot of the food, but the tap list should be exactly what you are looking for. It is walking distance from the beach....stumbling distance too, and a very short cab ride from Mission Beach.

        If you get to Ocean Beach (just south of Mission) go to Newport Pizza for a great lineup of craft beers.

        1. re: MrKrispy

          Oh wow -- just looked it up, that is definitely not bad in terms of a cab ride. And it looks pretty extensive.

      2. Thanks folks. After looking at some of the websites for those bars that Beach Chick mentioned, it looks like I will be drinking some decent beers. Perhaps not as much micro/local stuff as I woulda hoped, but I can roll with that.

        1. According to their website, Luigi's at the Beach should have a good selection of local beers in Mission Beach. Can't say if it is a good place to spend time in, though.

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          1. re: JRSD

            Nice -- I like this. I can go to TapRoom for one dedicated trip and hit up Luigi's every once in a while for a beer here and there.

            Thanks folks.

            1. re: dolver

              TapRoom has your name all over it!
              Saska's has a great cheeseburger and Luigi's is good for a slice..need something to sop up all that beer.
              ; )


          2. Fully agree with Taproom. The place has absolutely miserable service...But it all comes down to beer and pizza. They have maybe 7 or more local breweries all with their own dedicated taps (for example I believe they have 5 or 6 dedicated taps for stone brewing alone). Other recommendations...anything from Alesmith or Alpine, Port has a few decent beers. plus they always have additional "seasonal's" to try. And to be honest with you it's not a long walk from mission down the board walk (2.75 miles from the pier to the jetty, the southern most part of mission beach, maybe 1.5-2 to the roller coaster).

            There's another place in PB, the pacific Beach Ale House which brews their own, though I can honestly say I've never tried their beer, nor have I heard much (good or bad) about it.

            If you've got time, I'd recommend making a trip to the Karl Strauss Brewery (Rose Canyon is maybe 5 miles from Mission, maybe a $10 cab ride each way).

            Lastly if you can work it...the Stone Brewery Garden is a spectacle to be viewed if you can make it. I've spent 8 plus hours there on a sunday with my fiancee and she never complained once about it. Beautiful lay-out (especially w/ good weather) and the beer list is awesome. It's maybe 20 minutes north of SD, so Cab ride might be expensive, but depending on your negotiating skills you might be able to convince someone to give you a ride : )

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            1. re: csils

              Rose Canyon - why are you recommending the Karl Strauss brewery / bottling plant? Do they have a tap room there or something?

                1. re: Josh

                  As was said in another thread, the Karl Strausses have gotten more adventurous with their offerings in the past few years:


                  Does it bring them up top quality? Probably not, but I don't think they deserved to be classified as swill. :


                  But I probably wouldn't recommend them to a visitor with limited time.

                  1. re: RB Hound

                    Agreed. While I'm not a big fan of most of their standard offerings (although Tower 10 IPA will do in a pinch), I always try any of their special brews. Many of them have been fantastic.

                    1. re: RB Hound

                      They have made some big strides, definitely. My point was more what you said in your last sentence.

                2. re: csils

                  I would definitely love to go to the Stone Brewery Garden. Hopefully I'll be able to finagle that somehow. But at the very least, I will be sampling some of San Diego's finest offerings thanks to you guys. Preciate it!