The Red Rooster – Oceanside
Cock-a-doodle-do your way to the Red Rooster up in Oceanside. One look at the giant Red Rooster painted on the wall and you know you've found your dive bar for the night. Take a seat in the dimly lit bar, order your drink of choice and perhaps you'll catch a spontaneous ping pong tournament. When the munchies set in, order the roast chicken or a hamburger cooked to order. Plus, it’s conveniently located next to the Sprinter Station just in case you need to leave the car keys behind.
Live Wire – North Park
Hang out with a bunch of locals at this rock and roll dive bar with a killer jukebox and plenty of craft beers and spirits to keep the warm and friendly vibes flowing all day and night. If you're lucky enough to score a comfy booth, you may end up staying all night. If that's the case, have someone get some wraps from Mama's Bakery next door or BYOB (Bring Your Own Burrito). Tip: feel free to bring your dog too and get there early as this place gets packed!
The Tilted Stick Bar and Grill – Ocean Beach
Feel free to bring along your furry best friend, the one that that never argues, to the Tilted Stick Bar and Grill – a dog friendly dive bar in Ocean Beach. There are plenty of beers on tap, including San Diego craft beer favorites such as Green Flash, Hess Brewing and Ballast Point. A good-sized food menu includes local favorites such as 1/4 pound hamburgers, chicken wings, and fish and chicken tacos - plenty of food to help you sober up.
Pete's Place - La Mesa
You're sure to make some new friends at this local dive bar in downtown La Mesa. Pete's Place has what every dive bar needs - dimly lit room, friendly locals, stiff drinks, plenty of pool tables, and a big screen TV. If that's not enough, they even have live music on the weekend. Pete's Place is in downtown La Mesa, which means there are plenty of dining joints to grab a bite to eat when the munchies hit! Do yourself a favor and grab a burger at Johnny B's on the way out or while waiting for your cab to arrive.