25 Best Dive Bars in San Diego

Club Marina Bar • $$
1310 Scott St, San Diego

Customers` Favorites


“You can't call it a dive bar when they have $300 bourbons on the shelf! Erin is great. We went there twice and will probably go back again later. And there are pinball machines and a pool table and other arcade games. Fun place.“

4.6 Superb65 Reviews
The Tower Bar Bar • $
4757 University Ave, San Diego

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“Punk rock dive w/ shows. Not super expensive. Classic beer signs everywhere. Grimy, just the way I like it!

Parking: Lot fills up fast if it's busy but on a normal night there's free soots

Wheelchair accessibility: Street level, booths that you can wheel up to“

4.6 Superb45 Reviews
Red Fox Room and Steakhouse Steak House • $$
2200 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego

Customers` Favorites

Broiled Pork Chops with Applesauce
Filet Mignon with Baked Potatoe
Ribeye Steak with Mushrooms
Side Salad and Garlic Bread
Dinner Salad w Garlic Toast
Steak and Lobster Tail
Irish Cream Cheesecake
Classic Caesar Salad
Petite Filet Mignon
Shrimp Cocktail

“The food was REALLY good! Chris our server was AMAZING!!! Just a wonderful experience all the way around!!!“

4.4 Superb108 Reviews
Star Bar Bar • $
423 E St, San Diego

Customers` Favorites

Chicharron Taco and Cauliflower Taco
Budweiser Bottle

“Old dive bar! Been goin here for awhile… 25 plus years! Xoxox.. glad they cleaned it up but kept the dive feel“

4.3 Superb75 Reviews
CJ's Club Bar • $
222 W Washington St, San Diego

“Depending on the day you will see some seedy characters. People of the streets often frequent this bar. But it is a neighborhood bar and the drinks are inexpensive and have a decent amount of alcohol in them. It is worth it to stop by and have a drink or two after a hard day.“

4.7 Superb18 Reviews
Live Wire Bar • $$
2103 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego

“Great beer selection awesome vibes and great service“

4.3 Superb42 Reviews
Gilly's House of Cocktails Bar • $
2306 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego

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Grab a Gilly's Lager at Gilly's
Bud Light & Jameson
Miller High Life
Steak Dinner

“Great staff, great atmosphere, great karaoke!“

4.2 Good72 Reviews
Chee-Chee Club Cocktail Bar • $
929 Broadway, San Diego

“Cool Spot! Always an interesting spot to hang out, have a few pops and people watch...“

4.4 Superb15 Reviews
The Lancers Bar • $
4671 Park Blvd, San Diego

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“This is my favorite bar in town. They have the best Bloody Mary’s and Bloody Maria’s ever. Bubba the owner and all bartenders are always friendly and welcoming every time I’ve gone. Lisa is my absolute fave bartender. I love how friendly and chill the atmosphere is here. I recently started bringing my girlfriend, Jen and her dog, Luna (beagle) very friendly and welcoming always. Thanks so much for the love and dog treats for Luna. You have customers for life with us.“

3.9 Good34 Reviews
Cherrybomb Bar • $
2237 First Ave., San Diego

“Very cool environment and reasonable prices. They only accept cash is the only thing! Great Mexican food next door for when you have the munchies! Close to public transportation also. The owner has another Cherry Bomb in El Cajon, California, which is great also and a bit larger!“

3.8 Good45 Reviews
Catalina Lounge Lounges • $
4202 Voltaire St, San Diego

“The Catalina Lounge has been our "football hang-out" for the last few weeks and we've had a BLAST. Speaking of Blast-From-The-Past" we found two of our favorite bartenders here Brie and Brandon working the football crowd. It was refreshing to see that they remember all of us as soon as we walked in (by name!!!!) and what was also awesome they remembered what we drank, talk about those two making us feeling special. The ambiance on Sunday's is football, football, fun, and good times. During half time my husband and his friend like to play pool and additionally they put out some good eats (for FREEEEEEEEEEE) - yesterday it was nachos, 7 layer dip, juicy full size hot dogs (not the cheapies) and some yummy cookies and cakes. I don't know any other bar that goes that far. If you enjoy your SunFunDays watching games with friends (or by yourself, people are extra friendly there) having a ice cold beverage of choice and a GREAT time head on over.....Thanks AGAIN Brie and Brandon- you gave 10 PLUS service yesterday, see you NEXT Sunday!“

3.8 Good46 Reviews
The Silver Fox Lounge Bar • $
1833 Garnet Ave, San Diego

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Irish Nut Job
Hot Irish Nut

“Best dive bar in San Diego“

3.8 Good59 Reviews
Peter D's Dive Bar • $
5149 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego

“We only had a bag of chips, but the service was the best. Had a mom and pop feel. The bartender was the best we've had in a looooong time. He comes equiped with the best jokes. We came into town for the weekend and so glad we stopped by this lil bar. The other patrons were extremely friendly. If you're in town make a point to stop by.“

4.4 Superb40 Reviews
Aero Club Bar Bar • $
3365 India St, San Diego

Customers` Favorites

Brisket Sandwich and Mac & Cheese
Miller High Life
Tri Tip Sandwich
Whisky Tasting
Whiskey Bar
Ribs Half

“The bar’s cozy interior is adorned with vintage aviation memorabilia, giving it a unique and nostalgic feel. Whether you’re a whiskey connoisseur or just looking for a fun place to hang out with friends, the Aero Club Bar is definitely worth a visit.“

4.7 Superb97 Reviews
The High Dive Bar & Grill • $
1801 Morena Blvd, San Diego

Customers` Favorites

Fried Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich
Giant Bavarian Pretzel
Damn Good Gravy Fries
Mac and Cheese Balls
The High Dive
French Fries
Irish Nachos
Onion Rings
French Dip

“Great local hangout!!! Great food!!!“

4.5 Superb102 Reviews
Nite Owl Cocktail Lounge Lounges • $
2772 Garnet Ave, San Diego

“If you're looking for a drive bar with cheap drinks, pool tables and pinball machines then look no further. The bartenders are super friendly, easy going and will give you a dirty look if you order something like a cosmopolitan. This is my favorite place to end the night and it's usually not too crowded.“

4.7 Superb35 Reviews


Casbah Dive Bar • $
2501 Kettner Blvd, San Diego

“My favorite music venue ever. I don't drink so the booze selection doesn't matter. I am there for the music. Here is a short list of the reason why I love this place.The sound.It is really loud.The booking person has a great taste in music.The ticket prices are always reasonable.The allow you to leave and renter the venue.It's really loud.The security guards keep the place under control.21+ only admitted.Great location by downtown but with a much cheaper parking situation.Local musicians are always hanging out there.It is really loud.They sell earplugs at both bars.It is really loud.You get to see you favorite band and be, at most, only 20ft away from the stage.It is really freaking lous in there!!!!!“

4.5 Superb65 Reviews
Sidecar Bar Bar • $
1310 Morena Blvd, San Diego

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“Love the food joint that’s been added to this bar. Amazing food and people!“

4.5 Superb58 Reviews
Channel 2 Sports Bar Sports Bar • $
3232 Greyling Dr, San Diego

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Just Had One Drunk Left

“I wasn't aware they had food but the drinks were well made. The staff was super sweet and the music/ambience was fun. Everyone seemed to be in a great mood. No drama. Just relaxed vibe and good people. We will definitely be back to visit again soon.“

4.6 Superb32 Reviews
Champ's Lounge Cocktail Bar • $
3050 Clairemont Dr, San Diego

“My absolute favorite place“

4.9 Superb14 Reviews
The Tilted Stick Bar & Grill Bar & Grill • $
4970 Voltaire St, San Diego

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Burger and Fries with Cheese
Cheeseburger with Fries
Bacon Cheeseburger
Chicken Wings

“A Fantastic down home little local sports bar with GREAT burgers, a friendly staff, large outdoor partially covered smoking area. It's Dog friendly, has a pool table, a jukebox and Lots of satelite feed TV's inside and out. At the stick you can watch almost any sporting event and enjoy!“

4.4 Superb48 Reviews
Tivoli Bar and Grill Bar & Grill • $
505 Sixth Ave, San Diego

Customers` Favorites

Beer Battered Onion Rings
Chicken Wings

“Great food and drinks one of the best hotdogs I’ve ever had“

4.4 Superb41 Reviews
Cricket's Pub Bar • $
3339 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego

“This is not a place for a 5 star anything. It is an absolute dive which I absolute LOVE. Gritty and grimy with stiff drinks and RAD bartenders! They do have food something depending on the day and it hits the spot. Dart board, pool tables and such! Highly recommend for a chill night out. Ask for Chris or Logan!“

4.7 Superb10 Reviews
Nunu's Tavern Cocktail Bar • $$
3537 Fifth Ave, San Diego

Customers` Favorites

Bowl of Homemade Chili
Mozzarella Sticks
Grilled Cheese
Yard Bird Club
Onion Rings
Nunu's Wings
Fried Egg

“Drink and eat here! Nunu’s has good food (patty melt), great service (Jeremiah) and a comfy vibe.We are in San Diego for a month and are walking the neighborhood to find places to eat drink and to socialize. Nunu’s does not disappoint! We had the sneaky Tiki and my go to Rum&Coke. We will be back to try the Hemingway daiquiri and the Mezcal Collins. I needed beer sponge before having another drink. The patty melt was perfectly cooked and had the right ratio of onions and cheese. The Rye bread was buttered and toasted. The chef made it so that every bite was a perfect bite. I did not need to move any of the ingredients around, It was lovely.“

4.3 Superb55 Reviews
ATM Machine at Side Car Dive Bar • $$
1310 Morena Blvd, San Diego
4.4 Superb14 Reviews