San Diego Dive Bars

San Diego Life: San Diego Dive Bars

What is a Dive Bar? is there a real definition of “Dive Bar”? Not really, so we will give you a list of criteria needed to be classified as a “Dive Bar”.  A Dive Bar must have a Juke Box,  Pool Tables,  Cheap Drinks,  interesting decor, Your Favorite Bartender,  Local and last but not least “Flavorful” Clientele.

For some reason San Diego has a lot to offer in the way of Dive Bars or a more PC name would be “neighborhood Bars”. It seems like every neighborhood in San Diego has them and we will review and list them here for you. And hey, it’s ultra hip nowadays to “hang it” at Dive Bars.


(1) Star Bar

423 E St. (619) 234-5575
This place is number 1 just for the decor, atmosphere and drinks. San Diego history has occurred here, if you are in San Diego you have to stop by for a drink!

(2) Livewire
2103 El Cajon Blvd. (619) 291-7450
Very small, excellent atmosphere, great Cider

(3) North Bar Sports & Spirits
200 West El Norte Parkway, Escondido (760) 480-8228
Pool Tables, Karaoke, Locals add Flavor and craziness
Great Jukebox that can download any song.  Great Food daily.

(4) Instant Replay
11681 Duenda Rd. Rancho Bernardo (858) 487-9163
This is a Godsend for anyone that is stuck in RB.

(5) Silver Spigot Cocktail Lounge
2221 Morena Boulevard, San Diego (619) 276-1030
Smelly, but friendly atmosphere, a great place to meet people, probably the most disgusting Dive Bar in San Diego, the toilets don’t work at times – Cheers to the Owner!

(6) Old Town Saloon & Cocktails
2495 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110-2839
(619) 298-2209
Cocktails, Pool, history what more can you ask from a friendly neighborhood bar?

(7) Cricket’s Pub
3339 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA (619) 282-8277
Darts – Drinks

(8) Tilted Stick
4970 Voltaire St San Diego, CA (619) 222-6895
Pool, drinks and Neighbors

(9) Boar Cross’n Bar & Grill
390 Grand Ave Carlsbad, CA (760) 729-2989
Hard Rockin, Pool, Dancing

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