15 Most Affordable Bar and Grill Restaurants in San Diego County

Frankie's is a cozy traditional whiskey bar located in the recently renovated The Brick Hotel in Oceanside. It features a long wooden bar and plenty of leather banquettes set against a rustic backdrop of exposed bricks. Similarly, its sister bars, Tahona and Wormwood, offer educational gin and gin tastings and other events related to spirits. Part Time Lover is an amazing combination of a music bar and a record store.

It has an open design for optimal sound, comfortable seating, a custom sound system created by Chicago-based Uncanned Music, and music chosen by San Diego's own Folk Arts Rare Records store. The drinks reflect the restaurant's tropical style and include cocktails such as Junglerita, a tequila-based drink with tuna, guava, homemade Curacao and lime, and Endless Nights, with espresso-infused vodka, Mr. The, once omnivorous turned completely vegan, serves bagels (also gluten-free options), bagel sandwiches and delicatessens on marble rye bread and rotating soup specialties from its new outpost restaurant in the university area. Wormwood brings a new drinking and eating adventure to University Heights as San Diego's first absinthe bar, with nearly 40 absinthe trees from Europe, New York, Louisiana and other distilleries.

Whatever your inclinations, San Diego's bars and cocktail lounges are ready to enjoy the best the city has to offer. The cocktail scene in San Diego is alive again, from a flashy, futuristic newcomer to South Park to an artistic venue with an impressive botanical touch. Go Go Amigo is inspired by the southern border of Liberty Station. It has large patios, an outdoor bar area and a beverage program with tequila-based cocktails such as Mexican candies, cucumber margaritas, frozen pigeons and fresh water with skewers.

Botanica's bar program highlights Genever, one of the oldest distilled liquors in Europe, which is served on elegant flutes, as well as one of the most diverse selections of San Diego gins and other botanical liquors from around the world. The Waverly is a fresh beachside restaurant with a cocktail menu prepared by some of the best bartenders in San Diego. The cocktail program focuses on art, in which each drink reflects a famous work. It includes outstanding dishes such as the powerful Bourbon Letters to Theo, the Brucato Amaro Woodlands, the chocolate bitters and the allspice leaf, or the ethereal meditative rose with gin, white vermouth, rose, sandalwood, harissa, champagne, soft drink and egg white.

From North County to South Bay, we've rounded up 15 iconic and unknown places to eat at affordable prices in San Diego. El Cajon is home to one of the largest Middle Eastern communities in the county. This area benefits from a large number of restaurants such as Ali Baba. Like Tahona Bar and Botanica, their sister cocktail bars Wormwood will also be a place of education about this mysterious and often misunderstood spirit.

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