Sipping pre-prohibition and prohibition era cocktails while listening to jazz music and having quiet conversation is something most bars lack in today’s world. If you’re looking for a modern speakeasy in San Diego – we’ve got you covered.
Step back into the past and enjoy a night filled with craft cocktails and good company. These locations are all intriguing in their own way and will give you a night to remember.
Raised By Wolves
If you’re strolling through La Jolla, make sure to stop by Raised By Wolves. You’d never imagine this location being inside of a mall… Head to the corner of Westfield UTC and enter the bottle shop. Once inside, sneak into Raised By Wolves by using the mantle on the fireplace. You are able to make reservations for Raised By Wolves, but they shared on their website that they leave a good portion of seats open in the venu for walkins in order to accomodate the people in the area who want to stop by for a drink. We personally would reccomend making reservations if you definitely want a seat and are coming on a weekend. The bottle shop is open from 11:30am – midnight and cocktails start at 4pm until close.
Their cocktail menu is extensive and has something for everyone. In an interview with Tasting Table, Erick Castro said “Every single drink has something weird, the sky is the limit here, and a lot of it is being able to cut loose.”
This is a hot spot in San Diego. Make sure to reserve your slot as far as one week in advance in order to ensure entrance to the venue. Yes, it’s worth the trip. Head to the stack of kegs by the restaurant bathroom in order to gain entrance. Either select ‘dealer’s choice’ or choose from one of the delicious cocktails on their menu. We like dealer’s choice — they make something special based off your personal preferences. They are open from 7pm until 2am every day except Monday.
777 G St, San Diego, CA 92101
Step into the 1920’s at the Prohibition Lounge. We’re in love with the rules: no cell phones at the bar, drink with an open mind, and no unsolicited advances on female patrons — keep things chivalrous and gentlemanly. Dress code is enforced Friday and Saturday to keep the 1920’s vibe going (wear cocktail / semi-formal attire). Yes ladies, there is actually a bar that enforces chivalrous behavior.
No reservations. No calling ahead. Find the law office door and enter this hidden gem.
Their cocktail menu is full of unique concotions; there’s something for everyone. The Prohibition Lounge is open from 8pm until 1:30 am Tuesday – Sunday. Live music begins at 9 pm.
548 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
We’ve always been in love with Craft & Commerce and their amazing mac n cheese sandwiches and craft cocktails. After a serious revamp, we could not be more delighted that behind the stainless steel door and walk-in cooler closet, Craft & Commerce brought us a tiki speakeasy. You heard that right!
Martin Cate, owner of False Idol, promised a “fully immersive enviornment” when he was intervied by Eater. He worked with tiki crafstmen like Bosko and Notch to bring us an authentic tiki bar. Get ready for tiki mugs, exotic decor, and specially crafted drinks. No food is served at False Idol. You’ll have to eat at Craft & Cmmerce ahead of time.
675 W. Beech St., Little Italy, San Diego
Vin De Syrah
This isn’t so much of a speakeasy, but we love it nonetheless. This Alice and Wonderland themed wine bar can be entered through a disguised hidden door. Once inside you can enjoy delectable craft cocktails and an extensive wine selection. There’s a TV at the bar where you can watch everyone attempt to find their way inside. It’s funny to walk people try and find the door for 5-10 minutes at times, walk back up the stairs, and try again!
Vin De Syrah offers weekly wine tastings as well, “Our wine tastings are held every Friday & Saturday from 8-9 p.m at our 12 foot, candlelit tasting table. The cost is $35 per person + tax and gratuity, which includes three full glasses of wine and three hand selected food pairings. There are only 16 spots available and reservations fill up quickly”. Definitely worth checking out!
901 5th Avenue, San Diego CA 92101 (619) 234-4166