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Best San Diego Speakeasies With a Great Ambiance

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The term "speakeasy" is thought to have originated as a way for patrons in illegal bars to communicate with one another?

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#11 YOUNGBLOOD & NOBLE EXPERIMENT

Address: 777 G. Street, San Diego, CA 92101 A new bar in East Village/Gaslamp, Youngblood, is a little Hemingway-like bar. In Noble Experiment, another speakeasy, this one is connected.

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#10 MOTHERSHIP 

Address: 2310 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104 Here's the new kid. The Kindred crew runs Mothership, a space-themed speakeasy. There are tasty vegan treats, tropical concoctions, and an awesome atmosphere where you can relax.

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#9 FALSE IDOL TIKI

Address: 675 Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92101 A Little Italy tiki bar hidden in plain sight inside Craft & Commerce requires you to walk through a chiller lined with skulls to enter. I like it, but it's creepy!

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#8 REALM OF THE 52 REMEDIES

Address: 4805 Convoy Street, San Diego, CA 92111 The uniqueness of this one is unmatched! As visitors enter "The Realm", they are transported into an exotic world of Chinese medicine and Eastern wellness methods.

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#7 RAISED BY WOLVES

Address: 4301 La Jolla Village Drive #2030 San Diego, CA 92122 There is also a speakeasy at UTC La Jolla. An edgy liquor store is hidden in the small venue. A clerk will handle your reservation. During weekends, you might not get in if you walk in.

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#6 OCULTO 477

Address:  2424 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA 82110 It has a unique theme. First is the speakeasy. Tahona is San Diego's oldest restaurant with a hidden bar. In El Campo Santo Cemetery, 477 graves are honored with lights. Speaking with the speakeasy requires confession.

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#5 ROOM 56

Address: 831 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 The secret code can only be found on Room 56's website and then played to get it. Guests enter the library at Moxy Hotel's Gaslamp through a hidden door dimly lit with flickering candles.

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#4 BAR THREE PIECE

Address: 3054 University Avenue, San Diego 92104 Whiskey fosters friendships. Secret North Park bar with that theme. A wide variety of whiskey options are available, from familiar favorites to high-end brands.

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#3 THE GRASS SKIRT

Address: 910 Grand Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109 A tucked-away Pacific Beach venue serving small plates, pupus, and cocktails inspired by tiki culture. Cocktails are served in parrot glasses or tiki glassware decorated with flowers, fruit, and flamingos. 

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#2 PROHIBITION SAN DIEGO

Address: 548 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 A speakeasy would be perfect with this name. All of them started this way. San Diego's original speakeasy bar also provides guests with an experience.

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#1 GARIBALDI

Address: 901 Bayfront Ct Suite 1, San Diego, CA 92101 One of the few rooftop bars in San Diego, it offers views of Portside Pier and the Star of India. Intercontinental Hotel's speakeasy offers shareable plates, small bites, and entrees.