Best Pregame Bars Near Petco Park

Posted in 2023 in

Padres Sports Bars in San DiegoThe Gaslamp District in downtown San Diego is packed with bars near the baseball stadium and many offer pregame happy hour drink specials to entice Padres fans before the game or as a nightcap after the game. Here’s our new guide of the top places to drink beer and cocktails around Petco Park for the 2023 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 San Diego Padres ballpark. Hungry for food? See also: Where to eat. Also don’t miss our Petco Park beer list for the scoop on stadium suds.

Fareweather Rooftop Bar
@ 793 J Street / Website
Hip rooftop 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.

Tivoli Bar
@ 505 6th Avenue / Website
This friendly neighborhood dive is the second oldest bar in San Diego, well over 100 years old. Brimming with local flavor and Padres Happy Hour pricing, how could you not stop in for a mug?

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 tater 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.

Smoking Gun
@ 555 Market St / Website
Laid-back sports bar with room to spread out and knockout food. Tabletop games, Southern-inspired food & seasonal cocktails.

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.

@ 410 10th Ave / Website
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.

Mike Hess Brewing at Seaport Village
@ 879 W Harbor Dr / Website
Location, location, location. And great beer, beer, beer. A San Diego treat for locals and tourists alike.
The Deck at Moonshine Flats
@ 335 6th Ave / Website
More akin to a backyard house party than a sports bar, this open-air country-themed drinking spot has fun games and retractable roof.
@ 701 Island Ave / Website
Finally open, serving WestBrew beers and hard seltzers, wine, casual bites and a fun vibe in an industrial setting.

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