Get to know 4 of San Diego's newest bars

If you're interested in new San Diego bars, consider dropping into one of these spots. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in search of a bar near you.

Kairoa Brewing Company

4601 Park Blvd., University Heights

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Kairoa Brewing Company has made its debut with a beer list that features signature brews, such as Undie 500, a San Diego pale ale; Ostrich, an oatmeal stout; and Tasman Bay, a Nelson IPA, as well as guest beers from other breweries. The two-story restaurant and brewery features a rooftop deck.

Kairoa Brewing Company currently holds 3.5 stars out of 111 reviews on Yelp, indicating fair reviews.

Yelper Mey S., who reviewed the establishment on March 19, wrote, "Their rooftop is beautiful, overlooking the University Heights sign. And it's dog friendly ... Beer selection was great."

Jess B. noted, "Kairoa is a beautifully built space with awesome rooftop. I've been let down before by small local breweries (considering we live in beer Mecca), but Kairoa beer is delicious and very well made."

Kairoa Brewing Company is open from 4–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–midnight on Friday, 10 a.m.–midnight on Saturday and 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday.

Bar Moxy

831 Sixth Ave., Core-Columbia

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The recently opened Bar Moxy is located in the Moxy Hotel. The speakeasy-style hotel bar features handcrafted cocktails and a DJ spinning music beginning in the afternoon. 

Bar Moxy currently holds five stars out of 20 reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews.

Yelper Reta B., who reviewed the spot on March 24, wrote, "A must-see and try speakeasy in San Diego. Everything there was wonderful, drinks, food, staff, atmosphere."

Viginia S. noted, "Right in the heart of downtown, a new hipster speakeasy mixed with open space to facilitate community. The bar is stacked full of fun, flavorful, spirit-forward creative cocktails."

Bar Moxy is open from 8 a.m.–2 a.m. daily.

Tahona Bar

2414 San Diego Ave., Old Town

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Another new addition is Tahona Bar. The bar and tasting room — which seeks to become the epicenter of San Diego mezcal culture, according to its website — boasts over 120 types of mezcal.

Located next to the Campo Santo Cemetery in Old Town, it resembles a Mexican hacienda and features furniture made by local or Mexican artisans.

With a 4.5-star rating out of 72 reviews on Yelp, Tahona Bar has been getting positive attention.

Yelper Cesar C. wrote, "At Tahona, their mission is to educate fellow San Diegans on one of Mexico's most iconic liquor mezcal. The tasting experience requires a reservation, so call ahead."

Ari R. noted, "Tahona is definitely the coolest spot in Old Town. The space is lovely and there are two cool bars. One is kind of an intimate tasting room for their huge selection of mezcals. And the other bar upstairs is total happening. "

Tahona Bar is open from 5–11 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday and 5 p.m.–midnight on Thursday–Saturday. (It's closed on Monday.)

TBS Tavern

8555 Station Village Way, Mission Valley East

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TBS Tavern is a bar and traditional American spot, offering tacos and more.

The bar offers a rotating selection of San Diego craft beer on tap, as well as canned beer and a large wine selection. It is located in the Promenade Residential Complex. 

TBS Tavern is off to a strong start with a current rating of five stars out of 30 reviews on Yelp.

Yelper Sergey B., who reviewed it on Dec. 21, wrote, "Great spot for some very tasty tacos with lots of flavor. Very clean location and extremely friendly staff. Beer selection is great."

Matt K. noted, "TBS has that neighborhood feel that you're looking for, but backs it up with amazing food and nice portion sizes. What sets this place apart, though, is their wine and tap list. Great selection of local San Diego beers of all styles."

TBS Tavern is open from 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–midnight on Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. on Sunday.


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