Best 7 Rock Bars in San Diego

Are you on the lookout for the most sophisticated Rock Bars in San Diego?

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Keep in mind, this article is in ascending order. We’ve saved the best Rock Bars for last. Enjoy the list!


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Are you looking for amazing Rock Bars in San Diego? You’re definitely at the right place to enjoy to the fullest! Though San Diego may not immediately spring to mind as an epicenter of vibrant music and performing arts, this sun-drenched city needs to be on the travel list of every muso. Rock Bars in San Diego are the best places to go dancing Rock music.  Rock Bars in San Diego features a vast selection of wine, beer, and hard-to-find, ultra premium spirits, delicious cocktails, party vibe, amazing drink specials, great DJs, delicious food, amazing live music, comfy seating, and intimate spaces.

7.  Whistle Stop Bar

Whistle Stop Bar


This is a nice friendly little place in South park. Whistle Stop Bar is a local bar with a laid-back house party vibe and features regular events such as game nights, bands & DJs. It’s always fun to come here for the 80’s and 90’s party. The whistle stop takes the hip right out of hipster, Leaving only the obtuse qualities of the genre. This is the true definition of a friendly local bar.

6. Cross Street

Cross Street

Korean Fried Chicken meets Classic Southern Cooking – their heart for both traditional flavors and creative foods meet at Crossroads to bring you an extraordinary chicken. Cross Street Chicken and Beer has found its way north from the Convoy District to Carmel Valley’s Del Mar Highlands Town Center, the tasty intersection of Korean Cuisine and classic Southern fried chicken and the best in San Diego craft beer.

5. Top of the Hyatt

Top of the Hyatt

At Top of the Hyatt raise your glass and sip in style with a spectacular view 40 stories above San Diego Bay. Top of the Hyatt is a must-see destination in San Diego offering unmatched Pacific Ocean and downtown city views alongside timeless cocktails and light bites. Take the elevator to the 40th floor of Grand Hytt San Diego to discover an upscale respite from the downtown scene with panoramic ocean views, a relaxed atmosphere and imaginative cocktails.

4. The Tower Bar

The Tower Bar

A San Diego landmark, built in 1932. Home of the Pabst-Smear (Half Guinness and half Pabst), the Hello Kitty Fart and the Cherry Limeade. They have the largest selection of genuine Absinthe in San Diego including Pernod, Copper And Kings, Emperor Norton, Lucid, St. George which they prepare in the traditional French method using an Absinthe waterfront.

3. The Holding Company


The Holding Company is a 3-story restaurant, bar and live music venue located in Ocean Beach San Diego CA just steps away from the beach on Newport Avenue.

2. Werewolf


Welcome to Werewolf, the beast of Downtown. Werewolf bar is a hopping hangout featuring American bare fare, plus creative cocktails, karaoke & brunch. They offer the highest rated, most fun brunch in San Diego until 3pm Daily. Then, they switch gears and dig into a night of elevated pub food, and howling to the hits with Art Ruiz, San Diego’s best Karaoke host. The Werewolf manages to feel more like a bar in a less-touristy area in San Diego. The owners of Werewolf American Pub, Chad Cline and Jason Nicholas, already have some serious roots in the hospitality industry. Once you walk into Werewolf, you’ll immediately realize they love what they do, and they do it well. When you enter the restaurant you’ll see several booths to your left, and to your right is an expansive bar with comfortable leather high back stools and six mounted televisions. In the back, high-top tables with stools and low booths are arranged with views of televisions mounted on the walls.

1. Park Social

Park Social

Great Rock bar find! Located in the contemporary and energetic atmosphere of the Vive on the Park Community, Park Social offers residents and visitors a fun and vibrant spot to meet up with friends and family. Park Social is a citywide initiative introducing social-specific public art into San Diego’s vast and varied park system. Park Social is conveniently located near Balboa Avenue, Clairemont Mesa Blvd, and the 163 Freeway Vive on the Park and Park Social combine to create a fun relaxed atmosphere to eat, drink, and be social. They serve breakfast, coffee, beer, wine, and self pour alcohol with tap open.

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In Conclusion

Look beyond the region’s sunny beach activities, noteworthy outdoor adventures, and premium food and craft beverages (beer, spirits, coffee, kombucha, oh my!) and realize — San Diego’s dynamic music scene has been thriving for some time. Just ask the locals. Rock bars in San Diego are highly recommended for an amazing experience.

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