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The 11 Best Bars Near Hillcrest, San Diego

Updated: August 7, 2022

Had a long day? These are our favorite Hillcrest bars for a post-work cocktail and bucket of beer. We analyzed millions of reviews from the best sites to bring you this ultimate list of bars in Hillcrest. Drop-in on the pubs for tasty bar snacks, jugs of frozen wine slushy, and an all-round good time.

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insideOUT

Bar, $$, HillcrestBar, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

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Polite Provisions

Bar, $$, North ParkBar, $$San Diego, North Park
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • CultureTrip, 2017

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  • Eater, 2017

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Craft & Commerce

Cocktail Bar, $$, Little ItalyCocktail Bar, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

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  • Eater, 2017

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Et Voilà French Bistro

Bar, $$$, North ParkBar, $$$San Diego, North Park
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Mikkeller Little Italy

Bar, Little ItalyBarSan Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

False Idol

Bar, $$, Little ItalyBar, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Zagat, 2016

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Blanco Tacos & Tequila

Bar, $$, Mission Valley WestBar, $$San Diego, Mission Valley West
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

ARLO

Cocktail Bar, Mission Valley WestCocktail BarSan Diego, Mission Valley West
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Park & Rec

Bar, $$, University HeightsBar, $$San Diego, University Heights
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

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  • Eater, 2015

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Juniper & Ivy

Bar, $$$, HarborviewBar, $$$San Diego, Harborview
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
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  • Trip Savvy, 2019

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The Air Conditioned Lounge

Bar, $$, North ParkBar, $$San Diego, North Park
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

How did we curate this list?

Figuring out the best restaurants can take a long time. These results are brought to you by boam, with insights from the Yelp and Google ratings for 10162 San Diego restaurants, 823905 reviews, and 624 top lists and articles from the likes of CultureTrip, Eater and Trip Savvy. These top contenders have appeared in CultureTrip - The 10 Best Bars In North Park, San Diego, Eater - 13 Essential San Diego Cocktail Bars and Trip Savvy - The 20 Best Restaurants in San Diego. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Recurring questions

Cigar Cave is the highest-rated bar that is good for groups in Hillcrest.

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