Best 8 Dive Bars in San Diego

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


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San Diego isn’t just home to beautiful, sunny beaches – it’s also filled with dusty, dimly lit bars where you’re more likely to find free peanuts than a mixology menu. We’re talking legitimate dives here, from nautical-themed fisherman bars along the bay, to legendary-but-tiny punk bars, to beachside hole-in-the walls with sandy floors and torn vinyl bar stools. Getting dressed up and hitting the hot spots can be fun, but sometimes you crave one of these perfect hole-in-the-wall bars that will happily accept you in even your most casual state.  These democratic spaces don’t depend on design but are valued by the community offering stiff drinks, colourful clientele, and soundtrack provided by clicking pool balls or a jukebox blaring through a dark room. Dive Bars in San Diego features great prices, tiki-inspired cocktails, amazingly friendly & professional bartenders, and strong & tasty drinks. These pubs provide a laid-back vibe, great food and drink deals and the approval of local San Diegans. From Encinitas to Downtown, practically every neighborhood offers its version of classic dive bars.

8. The Duck Dive

The Duck Dive


Welcome to Pacific Beach’s premier neighborhood Beach and Lounge and Eatery. As the name suggests, The Duck Dive and its ambiance is an ode to the rich surf and beach culture that resides just steps away in the Pacific Ocean and their surrounding neighborhood community. From their handcrafted surf ceiling and custom surf inspired art pieces, to their one of a kind photograph, you’ll feel like it’s always summer. At Duck Dive bar, we pride ourselves on selling quality food and beverages without pretence. Their menu is compiled of our takes on classic American dishes as well as coastal favorites.

7. Cricket’s Pub

Cricket's Pub


Cricket’s Pub is a great hole in the wall. A local kind of place that’s open to a lot of different kinds of drinkers. Neighborhood bar offers cocktails, brews & grub in a comfy space decked out with sports memorabilia.

6. Donut Bar

Donut Bar


If you like something unique and for the experience of different kinds of donuts, here is the place. The donuts are extremely beautiful and very amusing because they are so much. Innovative & locally sourced donut menu that changes daily and includes vegan choices.

5. Club Marina

Club Marina


Club Marina is a great dive bar. It’s a long L- shaped bar, some booths, and pool tables and arcade of games. Club Marina operates daily from 11am to 2am.

4. High Dive Bar And Grill

High Dive Bar And Grill


Are you looking for an amazing dive bar in San Diego? Look no further than High Dive Bar and Grill. High Dive Bar and Grill is the best damn bar in town. Here there’s no pretense – just great home – style cookin’, 20 taps of craft beer, smooth cocktails and kick ass service, High Dive Bar and Grill features excellent beer selection, plenty of outdoor seating, delicious food, great service, nice outdoor dining, very creative with a lot of variety, free parking, cool ambiance, great music, great crowd, amazing happy hour,  theme night specials, tiki-inspired cocktails, and friendly & attentive staff. What more can you ask for?

3. West End

West End


West End is a great little dive bar on the edge of Pacific beach.

2. The Silver Fox

The Silver Fox


Ifq you like dive bars The Silver Fox is a venue for you. With over 45 years of service to the community, The Fox is an icon in Pacific Beach and is touted as a bar all are welcomed, and everyone is accepted.

1. The Hole in the Wall

The Hole in the Wall


Welcome to the hole-in-the-wall in San Diego. It’s the friendliest Dive Bar in San Diego since 1924. Here they like to do things the simple way. They have a dozen different beers on tap, beer pong, pool, and karaoke nights.

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In Conclusion

Dive Bars in San Diego are really cool sports to hang out with your friends or a date night out. You’ll experience fun and up beat times and chill at Dive bars in San Diego.

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