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Summer Guide: 10 Best Outdoor Drinking Spots

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The Prado

By Archana Ram

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We can’t decide what we love more: The view at this Harbor Island gem or its libations, like the Desi Arnaz (mango rum, papaya nectar, mint, lime, and soda).


Cantina Mayahuel

The tacos are excellent and the patio is primed for summer dining, but at this Normal Heights Mexican spot, it’s the tequila and mean margaritas that keep loyal patrons coming back.


Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

You can dine and dock at this Point Loma eatery, where marina breezes spill into the indoor-outdoor space. A little too breezy? Catch some warmth by the fire pits.


Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

The local landmark is synonymous with bay view dining, and during happy hour, you can sample $1 oysters, craft cocktails, and other specials.


The Prado

With views of Balboa Park’s lush canyon and blooming flowers, the patio at The Prado promises romance, acoustic tunes, and good eats. Try the blood orange cosmo!


Bertrand at Mister A’s

For one of the best views of downtown and the bay, park yourself on the patio and indulge in the recently refreshed happy hour menu. Mocktails are available for the little ones, too.


Bier Garden Encinitas

The German-style beer hall features outdoor seating at the bar and back patio—all the better to enjoy the wide selection of rotating taps (many of which are local), sangria, and more.


Puesto at the Headquarters

There’s restaurant seating on one side and cozy lounge chairs on the other to enjoy margs, Mezcal, and Mexican food. And don’t forget Taco Tuesdays!


Il Fornaio

This waterfront Coronado restaurant is great for happy hour, thanks to views of the bay and a $5 pizza/calzone special.



Pair your beer and cocktails with stellar peoplewatching from the Pacific Beach boardwalk at Tower23’s haute restaurant.


Summer Guide: 10 Best Outdoor Drinking Spots

The Prado

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