The day before Thanksgiving is one of the most popular days of the year for beer lovers, cocktail enthusiasts, and wine fanatics. We took a look at anonymized trip data to see where San Diego Uber riders met up with old friends on Thanksgiving Eve last year. Here’s a list of the most visited places to help inspire you to set up your own meetup.
San Diego bars to visit on Thanksgiving Eve
An upstairs bar right on the shore, Pacific Beach Shore Club is a laid-back place with some of the best fish tacos in town, and in a place like San Diego, that’s quite the compliment. Stop here for a beer and a bite or to watch a game with a view of the water.
Where: 4343 Ocean Blvd, San Diego, CA
An upscale sports bar, Barleymash specializes in craft beer, quality bourbon, and unique flatbread pizzas. Come here for a game or to enjoy a night out with friends in a place that’s trendy, but not so hot-to-trot you can’t get in without waiting in line for an hour first.
Where: 600 5th Ave, San Diego, CA
An LGBTQ-friendly bar on University Ave, Flicks is home to amazing karaoke. Singing their hearts out might be what gets people in the door, but the festive atmosphere and screens featuring film clips from fan favorites like Psycho and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will keep you there until closing.
Where: 1017 University Ave, San Diego, CA
Well-known for a quality beer list and a buzzing dance floor, Tavern at the Beach is a comfortable spot where guests come to party without pretense. Don’t forget to try the exceptional bar bites when you need to refuel before the midnight dance party begins.
Where: 1200 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA
Ultra-hip and stylish, vintage books and pieces of real taxidermy line the walls at Craft and Commerce. Come here to see and be seen and to enjoy some incredible food and craft cocktails.
Where: 675 W Beech St, San Diego, CA
Standing since 1933, The Waterfront Bar & Grill is a San Diego institution for strong cocktails and bar food. Make this a first stop before hitting other bars in the area. You’ll have a killer first drink and a burger that’ll make you want to return again and again.
Where: 2044 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA
Home of Ballast Point Brewing, the tasting room and kitchen is an absolute must-visit spot for beer lovers in the city of San Diego. If you haven’t been or you’ve been a dozen times before, this is a perfect spot for beer and bar food before you chow down on sweet potato pie and turkey. Visit Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen and pick up a growler of your favorite brew for Thanksgiving. You’ll be the guest everybody wants to talk to on Turkey Day.
Where: 2215 India St, San Diego, CA
A funky bar with surf videos and a bright, cheery atmosphere, The Duck Dive is a go-to spot for locals who want a beer after a long day of surfing or just hanging out on the beach. Classic American cuisine, creative cocktails, and a few exceptional desserts make this an excellent choice for a casual evening out with friends or family.
Where: 4650 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA
One of San Diego’s largest and most popular LGBTQ bars and nightclubs, Rich’s is the polar opposite of a laid-back spot like The Duck Dive. If you’re looking for loud music, strong drinks, and a dance party that lasts all night, Rich’s should make the top of your list. Nightly DJs playing everything from dance music to top 40 fuel the crowd into the wee hours.
Where: 1051 University Ave, San Diego, CA
10. Urban Mo’s
A self-described gay-friendly spot with festive décor and an upbeat atmosphere, DJs pump out the jams here pretty much around the clock. Spend the night on the dance floor or take your drink out to the spacious patio when the weather is pleasant.
Where: 308 University Ave, San Diego, CA
San Diego has more bars than you could visit in a month, making it hard to pick when you’ve only got a night on the town. Before the Turkey hits the table on Thanksgiving day, make at least one or two of these part of your pre-celebration routine.
Don’t worry—all that stuffing will soak up the booze.