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Home / Articles / Special Issues / Best of San Diego /  Readers Poll 2011
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Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011

Readers Poll 2011

Your picks for the most killer restaurants, shops, parks, services, galleries, nightlife and more

Bars & Booze

Best Place to Play Pool

Society Billiards

Honorable mention: Jolt ‘n Joe’s, Bluefoot, The Alibi

Best Beach Bar

PB Shore Club

Honorable mention: PB Alehouse, Lahaina Beach House, PB Bar & Grill

Best Bloody Mary

Small Bar

Honorable mention: Tractor Room, The Waterfront, World Famous

Best Blues Club

Patricks II

Honorable mention: House of Blues, Anthology, Belly-Up

Best Craft Beer Selection

Hamilton’s tavern

Honorable mention: Blind Lady Alehouse, Toronado, Neighborhood

Best Craft Cocktail Selection

Craft & Commerce

Honorable mention: The Tractor Room, Starlite, Noble Experiment

Best DJ/Dance Club


Honorable mention: Voyeur, Bar Dynamite, El Dorado

Best Domestic Beer


Honorable mention: Coors Light, Budweiser, Coors Banquet

Best Gaslamp Bar

The Field

Honorable mention: La Puerta, Vin de Syrah, Noble Experiment

Best Gay/Lesbian Bar

Urban Mo’s

Honorable mention: Bourbon Street, Baja Betty’s, The Brass Rail

Best Happy Hour

The Tractor Room

Honorable mention: Ponce’s, Baja Betty’s, La Puerta

Best Imported Beer


Honorable mention: Duvel, Guinness, Tecate

Best Irish Pub


Honorable mention: The Field, Dublin Square, Gallagher’s

Best Jazz Club


Honorable mention: Humphrey’s, Croce’s, Dizzy’s

Best Jukebox

Live Wire

Honorable mention: Whistle Stop, The Alibi, Pacific Shores

Best Karaoke Bar


Honorable mention: Red Wing, Winstons, Carriage House

Best San Diego Brew Pub

Blind Lady Ale House

Honorable mention: Pizza Port Ocean Beach, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, San Diego Brewing Co.

Best San Diego Brewery

Stone Brewing Co.

Honorable mention: Ballast Point, Karl Strauss, Green Flash

Best Locally Brewed Beer

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

Honorable mention: 30th Street Pale Ale, Alpine Nelson, Karl Strauss Red Trolley

Best Margarita

Baja Betty’s

Honorable mention: Ponce’s, El Take It Easy, Casa de Pico

Best Martini


Honorable mention: Bar Pink, Martini’s Above Fourth, Tony’s

Best Neighborhood Bar


Honorable mention: The Whistlestop, Small Bar, Pacific Shores

Best New Bar (open since October 2010)

Monkey Paw

Honorable mention: Black Cat , The Local Habit, Til-Two Club, Bootlegger

Best North County Bar

Churchill’s Pub

Honorable mention: The Saloon, Bar Leucadian, Hensley’s Flying Elephant

Best North County Dive Bar

The Saloon

Honorable mention: Bar Leucadian, The Shanty, The Haunted Head

Best North County Sports Bar


Honorable mention: Rookies, Players, Kaminski’s BBQ & Sports Lounge

Best North County Brew Pub

Pizza Port Carlsbad

Honorable mention: Stone World Bistro & Gardens, Urge Gastropub, Breakwater Brewery

Best Open-Mic Night

Lestats West

Honorable mention: Rebecca’s, Egyptian Tea Room, Tiki House

Best Outdoor Bar

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Honorable mention: Station tavern, Lahaina’s Beach House, Altitude Sky Lounge

Best Place to See Local Bands

The Casbah

Honorable mention: Belly Up, Bar Pink, Soda Bar

Best Dive Bar

The Tower

Honorable mention: The Waterfront Bar, Nunu’s, The Silver Fox

Best Sports Bar

East Village tavern & Bowl

Honorable mention: Seau’s, Stout Public House, True North, Offshore tavern

Best Strip Joint

Deja Vu

Honorable mention: Pure Platinum, Cheetah’s, Pacer’s

Best Tequila Bar

Cantina Mayahuel

Honorable mention: Ponce’s, El Agave, Baja Betty’s

Best San Diego County Winery

Orfilia Vineyards and Winery

Honorable mention: Witch Creek Winery, San Pasqual Winery, Bernardo Winery

Best Wine Bar

Wine Steals

Honorable mention: Trisler’s Wine Bar, The 3rd corner, Splash Wine Bar

Best Wine Shop

3rd corner

Honorable mention: Wine Steals, 57 Degrees, San Diego Wine Co.

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