by Erin Chambers - 9246 Reviews - 161 List
Before anyone ever craved a sugary mojito or mixed a mean blueberry lemon drop, cocktail aficionados kept it simple. Vodka. Gin. Whiskey. Classic. So we went looking for those drinkers and mixologists around San Diego that are keeping things old-school at the bar. Here are our picks for the best classic cocktails in the city.
Updated: August 01, 2009
Looking for a view with that cocktail? Head upstairs to one of the city's original fine dining spots, and nab a seat on wrap-around deck for unparalleled views of the downtown skyline and waterfront. Bartenders here are skilled in the old-school ways of mixing and shaking, and make a mean dirty martini.
Shirley Temple, anyone? It's about as classic as it gets for the straight-shooting, non-alcoholic set, and Top of the Hyatt's bartenders still make it for the young ones before 8pm. After dark, though, this is one classy cocktail lounge that keeps it dressy. No flip-flops, no hats, and even jeans are frowned upon.