Cocktails/Wine Bars in San Diego, CA
For unpretentious wine lovers, Wine Steals is a great wine bar/retail store. It's a local San Diego chain with four San Diego locations. The 14-person large stone bar is inviting and fun -- you can view wine selections on the chalk board and ask questions while you sip your wine. The relaxed lounge seating is great for conversation. Love cheese? This is the place for you -- receive help pairing delicious cheese with your wine selections. At the Point Loma location, stop by for theme tastings on Wednesdays from 5:30-7 p.m., store tasting on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. and Saturday wine flights.
Hello, tequila! More specifically, hello margaritas. Sometimes, sipping a marg with your bestie and chatting about life's drama is the best cure for a tiring week. At Cantina Mayahuel in San Diego, you can do just that. Calling itself a "civilized cantina with old Mexico charm," Cantina Mayahuel has 205 tequilas, meaning that you can order whatever margarita your heart desires. All margaritas are made with fresh squeezed lime juice, agave nectar and a splash of Royal mountaine. Just peruse the never-ending tequila list and add $1.50 to the price for your marg. Forget skinny margaritas -- you're here for the real thing. Happy hour at Cantina Mayahuel runs from 12-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and all night Monday.
North County San Diego ladies love 333 Pacific. Located in Oceanside, this fabulous dining spot offers stunning views of the pier and ocean. Oh, and cocktails, too. Vodka fans, this is the place for you because their vodka menu is serious! You'll find a great selection of $7 martinis in the vodka lounge. The cool decor of 333 Pacific makes it fun for a date with your friends -- not a rowdy girls' night out, but rather a nice place to sit down, enjoy a few cocktails and have a great meal with gabbing with your girlfriends. Check the website for happy hour times because the food is definitely pricey.
Located in the beautiful and historic Hotel del Coronado, ENO is a wine bar and more. Serving fine wine, rare cheeses and gourmet chocolate, this upscale San Diego wine lounge offers both indoor and outdoor seating, complete with fire pits for slightly cool SoCal evenings. Sip your wine and nosh on a fabulous chocolate dessert or cheese platter while taking in the Pacific Ocean air. Because it can be on the pricier side, stop by during one of the following times: Tasting Tuesday, from 5-8 p.m., gives you the chance to sample 10 wines for $12. On Thursdays, all bottles of wine are half price. And on Fridays, enjoy wine by the glass for just $5 each.
For a fun girls' night out, head to Vin De Syrah in downtown San Diego. This great wine bar was inspired by the eclectic lounges of New York’s Meatpacking District and the warm brasseries of turn of the century Paris. More than just wine, you'll find Vin De Syrah offers amazing cheeses and desserts, as well as other cocktails and beer. Every Friday and Saturday from 8-9 p.m., Vin De Syrah's resident sommelier hosts a wine tasting at their 12 foot, candle lit tasting table. It's described as "a fun, edgy, interactive and disarmingly boutique experience." Attendance is limited to 12 and advanced reservations are required. Check the website for each week's theme and to make reservations.