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The nightlife scene in San Diego wouldn't be complete without the dark-side. If you're sick of the glitz and glam in San Diego clubs, check out San Diego's famously unpolished dive bars. San Diego dive bars feature rounds of pool, darts, and flowing tap beer courtesy of quirky bartenders. Dive bars in San Diego are utopias for unkempt, laid-back locals. Dive bars in San Diego ground the elevating nightlife scene with dirt-cheap drinks and consciously-grungy d'cor. These dive bars reside in unassuming locales throughout San Diego and house various decades of locals, from beach bums, to beer-guzzlers, and bikers alike.

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Aero Club

With an evident fighter pilot motif, the Aero Club is a dive bar far from typical. Though Aero offers 20 different beers on tap, as well...

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Location: Hillcrest / Mission Hills


Alibi


Atr Enterprises

What makes ATR Enterprises on Imperial outstanding isn't the well-stocked full bar or the stylish atmosphere that permeates throughout...

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Location: Coronado / Imperial Beach


Australian Pub

Stop on by the Australian Pub in Pacific Beach to witness how the land down under drinks in style. The Australian Pub is a relaxing bar...

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Location: Mission Beach / Pacific Beach


Bar Leucadian

Bar Leucadian is an old dive bar that has recently became the scene to be seen in Encinitas. Now, depending which side of the fence that...

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Location: Encinitas / Cardiff by the Sea


Blue Bayou Lounge

Tourists beware, Blue Bayou Lounge is a decidedly local bar. If you're not convinced by the Clairemont strip-mall locale, step inside to...

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Location: Clairemont


Blue Haven

Blue Haven is a casual sports bar on the cusp of dive status by day and a recharged dance club by night. With multiple flat screens and...

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Location: National City / Chula Vista / Bonita


Bub's Dive Bar and Grill

From week-old peanut shells beneath your toes to mismatched bar stools, dark wood tones, and a mellow anti-dress code crowd, Bub's is the...

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Location: Mission Beach / Pacific Beach


Bub's Whiskey Dive

Oceanside dive with an evident passion for the local music scene, Bub's Whiskey Dive hosts various shows throughout the week. Bub's is...

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Location: Ocean Beach / Point Loma


Buster Daly's

Buster Daly's is a decidedly hip-hop haunt that allures laid-back locals for an alternative dance club scene. With inexpensive drinks,...

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Location: North Park / University Heights


C J's Bar


Cabo Cantina

Cabo Cantina is a sticky happy hour spot on Garnet Avenue. With two-for-one drink specials until 8pm, Cabo's outdoor patio overflows with...

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Location: Mission Beach / Pacific Beach


Caddy Shack

This casual bar and live music venue in downtown El Cajon is often packed with neighborhood regulars or traveling music fans. From...

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Location: El Cajon / Santee


Camel's Breath Inn

The distinct smell of aged smoke seeps out of wood and vinyl booths where regulars lounge and admire the camel statue standing strong in...

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Location: Mission Valley / Fashion Valley


Cardiff Office Cocktail

Duke's Cardiff Office, or The Office, is a North County essential with mass dive bar cred. Through the front entrance, friendly locals...

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Location: Encinitas / Cardiff by the Sea


Cat Daddy's

Cat Daddy's is a standard mid-range neighborhood bar. Gracing the scene slightly above dive bar status, Cat Daddy's features live music...

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Location: El Cajon / Santee


Catali Lounge

The Catalina Lounge is a comfortable Ocean Beach bar perfect for kicking back and enjoying your signature drink. The prices of alcohol...

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Location: Ocean Beach / Point Loma


Champ's Lounge

Champ's Lounge is a throwback to the sports bars of yore. A simple yet fun place to hang, Champ's has the obligatory sports memorabilia...

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Location: Clairemont


Cheers

If you like live music, Chaser's Cocktails is a neighborhood must. Chaser's has had a recent surge in local band appearances. Typical...

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Location: North Park / University Heights


Cherry Bomb

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Location: Gaslamp and Downtown