3 cool new cocktail bars to check out in San Diego

Want to check out the newest cocktail bars in San Diego? You're in luck: we've found the freshest businesses to fill the bill. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in search of a new cocktail bar near you.

El Antojo

2502 San Diego Ave., Old Town

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El Antojo is a beer bar, cocktail bar and Mexican spot.

The restaurant offers margaritas made with small-batch Casa Noble Tequila, for a smooth finish, alongside a variety of beers. 

Yelp users are generally positive about El Antojo, which currently holds four stars out of 14 reviews.

Yelper Jeff B. wrote, "The chips and salsa were a tasty treat with my margarita. Service was good and the owner checked to make sure everything was going well."

Erin M. added, "The service is friendly, flexible and fast. The ambiance is also cheery, bright, clean, and has a fun vibe. They also give paper straws which I prefer to the plastic ones."

El Antojo is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on weekdays, 7 a.m.–10 p.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m.–9 p.m. on Sunday.

Storyhouse Spirits

1220 J St., East Village

photo: enrique v./yelp

Storyhouse Spirits is a cocktail bar, lounge, breakfast and brunch spot.

Beginning as a small microbrewery, the owners now share their craft and encourage their patrons to enjoy the grain to glass experience. The eatery also offers locally sourced foods, from oysters to heartier fare like the house-cured sirloin steak.

Storyhouse Spirits's current Yelp rating of 4.5 stars out of 18 reviews indicates positive attention from users.

Yelper Eric B., who reviewed Storyhouse Spirits on March 26, wrote, "It's so great to have a distillery downtown. This spot is pretty new so the menu is changing often per the bartender. I enjoyed one of their specialty martinis and the duck mac and cheese. Both were great! "

And Kris G. added, "They are planning to use their spirits in a selection of craft cocktails, but for now they use third-party spirits. I tried the Kentucky Mule which is a bourbon mule. It was super smooth and easy to drink. I also tried the New Fashioned, which is a an old fashioned with rye and a blend of cherry and orange liqueur. I enjoyed that one too."

Storyhouse Spirits is open from 3 –10 p.m.  Monday-Thursday, 3 –11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.–11 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday.

Realm of the 52 Remedies

4805 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa

photo: thuong t./yelp

Realm of the 52 Remedies is an Asian-themed speakeasy located inside the Common Theory restaurant. This spot serves a medley of libations, including Soju cocktails and a variety of of rotating draft beers. Customers may also pair their drinks with a selection of food like the duck fat fries and white wine mussels.

Realm of the 52 Remedies's current rating of four stars out of 106 reviews on Yelp indicates the newcomer is off to a positive start.

Alex A., who reviewed the new cocktail lounge on Feb. 20, wrote, "The comfortable atmosphere and intimate seating makes 52 a great environment to socialize while enjoying a masterfully crafted cocktail infused with meticulously well thought out flavor combinations, or just to enjoy the soothing vibe and classy hip-hop jazz."

Realm of the 52 Remedies is open from 5 p.m.–12 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday and 5 p.m.–midnight on Sunday.

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