The Gaslamp District in downtown San Diego is packed with bars near the baseball stadium—and many offer pregame happy hour drink specials for Padres fans to enjoy before or after the game. Here’s our new guide of the top places to drink around Petco Park for the 2018 season. 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.
@ 793 J Street / Website
Hip 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.
@ 505 6th Avenue / Website
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?
@ 1441 L Street / Website
San Diego brewery located right next to the tailgate lot adjacent to Petco Park. Try the Hef or the Shipwrecked IPA
Bub’s at the Ballpark
@ 715 J St / Website
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.
Social Tap Eatery
@ 815 J St / Website
Sports bar with big tvs, fun atmosphere, traditional bar food and a patio view of the backside of Petco Park.
Altitude Sky Lounge
@ 660 K St / Website
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.
Half Door Brewing Co.
@ 903 Island Ave / Website
A local favorite, with a uniquely intimate and cozy style that emotes the warmth of a classic pub. Great food, cocktails and beer brewed on the premises.
@ 777 G St.
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.
@ 410 10th Ave
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.
Stone Brewing Tap Room
@ 795 J St.
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
The Deck at Moonshine Flats
@ 335 6th Ave
More akin to a backyard house party than a sports bar, this open-air country-themed drinking spot has fun games and retractable roof.
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