Good Whiskey bars have a certain edge to them.
Even the most elegant whiskey bar has a certain something, a je ne sais quoi, that sets them apart from your average watering hole.
Whiskey or Whisky has a long and rich history that continues to grow to this day. The earliest written record of whiskey production comes from all the way back in 1494!
“To Friar John Cor, by order of the King, to make aqua vitae, VIII bolls of malt.”
— Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, 1 June 1494.
Eight bolls of malt would have been enough to make 1,500 bottles of whiskey! King James IV sure was a whiskey fan! San Diego is lucky to have many fantastic whiskey bars to channel your inner James IV, Mark Twain, or better yet, Mariam Profit.
The Aero Club Whiskey Bar is amongst the best whiskey bars in the country! Since its opening in 1947 is has served residents of the Mission Hills area near the airport. Mariam Profit, a local pilot, opened the Aero Club in 1947. She had been looking for a place for employees working at the nearby aircraft factory to gather and enjoy a drink. She only owned the bar for three years, and it bounces from owner to owner, declining in quality. At one point, it was considered too dangerous and seedy. Its newest owner Bill Lutzius turned things around. Now, the Aero Club and Whiskey Bar is a must-see for any whiskey lover or those who appreciate an authentic quality bar. They have 1200+ whiskeys and unique whiskey-based cocktails.
Location: 3365 India St
Seven Grand in North Park is a fantastic spot for true whiskey lovers! They offer live music, pool tables, and just about any whiskey you can think of. At the Seven Grand, you can also sign up for an individual membership for whiskey connoisseurs, Whiskey Society. It’s clear to see why so many whiskey lovers call this home.
Location: 3054 University Ave
Continuing with the 1920s inspired aesthetic is Polite Provisions on 30th and Adams. They specialize in one-of-a-kind whiskey cocktails you won’t forget. You and your inner flapper will have a hoot of a time at Polite Provisions.
Location: 4696 30th St
“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” – Mark Twain. If you agree with Mark Twain, then The Whiskey House is the place for you! The Whiskey House has over 3,200 whiskeys, original cocktails, draft beers, a complete wine list, whiskey flights, and so much more! Their food is terrific and will definitely pair up perfectly with a drink from their extensive menu. Whiskey is the backbone of the Whiskey House, so this is another fantastic option to enjoy a glass on the rocks, plain or however, you prefer!
Location: 420 Third Ave
If you’re around Oceanside, we have the place for you! Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank serves up food, beer, a great whiskey selection, all with unpretentious and friendly service! They also have a 20s themed speakeasy that is only open on certain days. It has limited seating and a different menu from the restaurant.
Location: 16761 Bernardo Center Dr
Barleymash in the Gaslamp is all about delicious food, beer, and bourbon. Bourbon is like the cool younger brother or sister in the whiskey family. So if you’re up for that type of night, you should visit this high-energy bar and restaurant. This easy-going spot is a great spot to let loose.
Location: 600 Fifth Ave #6916