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WaterFront Tavern San Diego

Updated on August 23, 2019

Best Tavern in San Diego

All the locals in San Diego know that the Water Front tavern is the best place to hang out, get a drink and eat some of the tastiest gastropub food you are ever going to find. The staff are impossibly warm and friendly and the atmosphere cannot be recreated anywhere else due to the age and interesting history of the place. If you are looking for a bar in San Diego, this is the place to go.

Why The Water Front Tavern Is So Great

1) Location. It's only a block away from Little Italy, the best place to spend any weekend in San Diego. There is always something going on in Little Italy, art shows, live music, performance art. It reminds me of my home town Adelaide, South Australia.

As the name suggests, it is also right near San Diego's beautiful waterfront and taking time to take a sundown stroll along the bay is a time honored tradition that must not be missed. On any given day you will see sailing boats drifting by as well as military vessels and even coastguard choppers flying overhead. There is an excellent chance that you will see playful seals and maybe even frolicking dolphins. If you walk down far enough you will see the magnificent Star of India and the imposing Midway aircraft carrier. Then it's back to the Water Front tavern for a few more drinks and a tasty meal.

Waterfront Tavern Outside

2) The Food. The Water Front is a gastropub and, for those that are unfamiliar with the term, that means a bar that sells restaurant quality food. Hard to imagine a tavern with amazing food? Well this place has it and not just your every day, run of the mill stuff either. The Water Front has imaginative dishes like their barbecue chicken quinoa entree. Their food is creative without being overdone. I like good food that tastes great and is easy to eat. When I go to a place and they bring me out a glittering tower of something that looks impossible to eat without a manual, I just send it back and ask for earth food. You won't have that problem at the Water Front but you might have the problem of being able to stop eating.

Video Tour of The Waterfront Tavern

Food At The Waterfront Tavern in San Diego

Bar Staff At The Waterfront Tavern

3) The Bar Staff. As someone that has traveled a LOT over the last twenty-something years, I can say with some authority that the servers and greeters at the Water Front are just about the friendliest that you will find anywhere in the world. Every one of them greets you with a big smile and a warm "Welcome!" When you go, make sure you say "Ahoy!" to the best barmaid you will ever meet, Jenna.

A Part Of San Diego's History

The Water Front tavern has something that you just can't manufacture, atmosphere and history. Opened in 1933 just after prohibition was repealed, this local hot spot has more than eighty years of history soaked into it's walls and floor and it shows. The walls are covered with great photos and memorabilia from days gone by. It's had it's fair share of both famous and infamous patrons too including the legendary wild west lawman and hero of the shootout at the OK Corral, Wyatt Earp.

Ever seen the 1933 movie I Covered The Waterfront, based on the Max Miller book of the same name? Well Miller wrote that book based on the characters he met while drinking at the Water Front tavern. How many chances do you ever get to drink at a place that is so famous that books have been written about it and movies have been made about it too?

Where is the Water Front Tavern?

2044 Kettner Blvd San Diego CA 92101:
2044 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

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Located in between Little Italy and the bay front, this is a convenient location to start your weekends or just hang out and have a great time.

San Diego Travel Guides

Fodor's San Diego: with North County (Full-color Travel Guide)
Fodor's San Diego: with North County (Full-color Travel Guide)
Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for more than 80 years. With blockbuster attractions like LEGOLAND and the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, great beaches, outdoor activities, excellent food, and an ever-expanding list of breweries and brewpubs, San Diego has become one of America's top go-to cities. Fodor's San Diego has everything travelers need to make the most of a trip, whether they're looking for an all-out family vacation or a sophisticated adult getaway. This travel guide includes: Dozens of full-color maps plus a handy pullout map with essential information Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what's off the beaten path In-depth breakout features on the San Diego Zoo, surfing, and the best beaches Coverage of Downtown, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, Old Town, Uptown, Mission Bay, La Jolla, Point Loma, SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, and Coronado Side Trips to North County and Around with the coast, inland, the backcountry and the desert Planning to visit more of California? Check our Fodor's state-wide travel guide to California and also Fodor's San Francisco, Napa & Sonoma, and Los Angeles guides.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Dale Anderson


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