La Jolla & North County Coast drinking and nightlife

Bar in Oceanside

Barrel Republic

A beer-geek's dream bar, you can pour your own beer (and a few wines) at Barrel Republic. Grab an electronic wrist band, try sips of all the beers you want, then take your bracelet to the counter and pay per ounce f…
Brewery in Solana Beach

Culture Brewery

A rustic open-plan microbrewery, with a tasting room, on-site brewhouse, surf photography on the walls and 12 taps pouring craft beers (like tart cherry wit, milk stout or amber ale). Enjoy a pint inside at a beer-b…
Bar in Encinitas

Daley Double

Once Encinitas’ most notorious dive bar, it’s now Encinitas’ hippest dive bar. Fantastic Old West saloon–style murals make a great backdrop for good old-fashioned sipping and flirting. Expect a line out the door on …
Wine Bar in Carlsbad


This cozy, modernist storefront pours from 50+ bottles, plus it serves cheeseboards and flatbreads to go with them. Sometimes they have live music, and the happy hour is a big pull on weekdays with red and white win…
Cafe in Encinitas

Better Buzz Coffee

Local chain with a Scandi-design feel serving coffee, hot chocolate and smoothies, plus bites like French pastries, acai bowls, grilled sandwiches and pretentious toast (think: avocado, sesame seed, chia seed, hemp …
Cafe in La Jolla


A few blocks from the water, this clapboard shack of a cafe with a generous balcony is popular for its organic coffees, Italian espresso and Mexican chocolate. Like all the Pannikins, it’s a North County institution…
Bar in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

The Kraken

Dive bar with live music, a dance floor and pool tables.