The Gaslamp District in downtown San Diego is packed with bars near the baseball stadium—and many offer pregame happy hour specials for Padres fans. Whether you are looking to get a drink before or after the game, or seeking a sports bar to post up and watch on TV, here’s our new guide of the top places to drink around Petco Park. Dive bars, new bars, sports bars, wine bars, bars for motorheads, geeks, waistoids and dweebies. All drinking establishments in this guide are within walking distance (or stumbling distance) from the Padres stadium. Hungry? See also: Where to eat. Also don’t miss our Petco Park beer list for the scoop on stadium suds.
This friendly neighborhood dive is the second oldest bar in San Diego, well over 100 years old. How could you not stop in for a mug?
Hip and new Tiki bar with a view of the outfield. Pina coladas and fresh air. Inside, Rare Form carries the feel of a stylized New York deli and features an impressive selection of specialty cocktails.
Converted shipping containers form the skeleton of this East Village thing which has room for live performances and a dog park. And as dictated by the Hipster Bill of Rights, there will be food trucks present. Words are failing so just go check it out.
Literally adjacent to Petco Park in the Omni hotel, this Cheers-looking bar features outdoor patio seating as well.
A step up from Hooters. This sports bar with eye-candy is either exactly what you’re looking for or not, there is no in-between.
Look, up in the sky, its a bird’s-eye view of Padres stadium from the top of the Mariott hotel, 22 stories up to be exact. It’s a spectacular view with fire pits and a relaxing lounge vibe.
Sweet potato fries, jalepeño macaroni and cheese, and arguably one of the best hamburgers in San Diego complement an expertly crafted beer list that features many local selections. As the name implies, this spot has a neighborhood feel perhaps more suited for locals than a busload of Padres fans.
Its funny San Diego’s signature pregame and postgame baseball spot is not tacos or hot dogs but thin crust PIZZA! Anyone who’s walked within smelling distance of 10th & J knows exactly what I am talking about. Yum. The stark warehouse style features brick, high ceilings, beers on tap and strong cocktails.
With all the craft beer drinking going on around the stadium, San Diego might need to rename their team to something with a little more hops and grain to it. the Porters? the Pintdres? I’ve got it- the IPA-dres
More akin to a backyard house party than a sports bar, this open-air country-themed drinking spot has fun games and retractable roof.
If you’re looking for the quintessential baseball stadium-adjacent sports bar, this is it. Order a basket of tots and their famous chicken wings, throw some peanut shells on the floor, and wash it down with a cheap pint of beer.
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