Bars in Mission Beach

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Guava's kitchen sizzles with a menu of American, Mexican, and seaside favorites, and bartenders whip up legendary margaritas and signature cocktails. Cajun spices cling to a grill-blackened slab of mahi-mahi smothered in a sweet-chili sauce and a mango salsa made in-house ($14). The baja burrito granda ($13) clusters succulent chunks of house marinated and grilled carne asada mixed with melted cheese and pico de gallo in a tomato-basil tortilla, and the loco coconut flavors a tender chicken breast fillet with eponymous coconut ($9). Groups wash down snacks with the Bionic Beaver, a pitcher overflowing with a mix of five alcoholic varietals sweetened with cranberry juice, grenadine ($13), and a compliment from a passing stranger.

3714 Mission Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US

High-quality food, all-day breakfast, and a huge outdoor patio make The Boardwalk a great place to take in a game and enjoy some sunny, flavorsome fare. No matter how late you slept off your long night of ventriloquism, snag an a.m. meal such as The Boardwalk’s most popular item, the Short on Cash ($6.95), with two eggs, two pieces of bacon or sausage, and your choice of two pancakes or toast with potatoes. Or try the healthy bestseller, the Acai Bowl ($8.25), served with fresh bananas, berries, and granola. Beach bums can interrupt their skiing fantasies with a selection from the lunch menu, including the Baja Mex-style snapper tacos ($4.25) with rice and beans ($2), and meat masticators can hang a fang on a Boardwalk Burger ($8.95), a ground-on-site sirloin-and-chuck patty topped with tomatoes, grilled onions, and American cheese.

3704 Mission Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US

Sneak Joint, featured in San Diego Magazine, serves craft brews from a bar backed by vibrant skateboards, as well as a roster of upscale bar fare. IPA-populated taps spout options such as Bear Republic’s Racer 5 IPA to wet lips and whet appetites while diners peruse the menu. Teeth can tear into Sneak Joint’s juicy burgers, which come in iterations such as the spicy chili-guacamole burger laden with jalapeños and fresno chilies, or the black-and-blue burger piled with crispy fried onions, balsamic reduction, and gorgonzola. Alternatively, duets can celebrate Sneak Joint’s beach-proximal location with blackened-fish sandwiches or plates of fish tacos laden with red cabbage, pico de gallo and cotija cheese. As the first round of drinks vanishes from glasses, patrons can split another pint and sample another brew, such as Mad River’s double IPA or Stone’s pale ale. An outdoor patio seasons plates with refreshing sea breezes, and inside the bar, plasma TVs screen sports and spur bouts of fork jousting between loyal fans.

3844 Mission Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US

The culinary sorcerers at The BeachWood infuse a menu of classic pub grub with upscale panache served in an open indoor dining space or outdoors amid beach views. Patrons can start the morning with a culinary adventure by strapping on their tongues' rucksacks and exploring the brunch menu, where the Mex scramble's spicy chorizo nestles with avocado and green onion in a bed of scrambled eggs ($9). Dinner diners roust slumbering appetites with a starter of ahi poke paired with an entourage of avocado, soy-sesame dressing, and crispy wonton chips ($12). Entrees of lobster tacos wrap up butter-poached lobster and salsa fresca ($11), and the fish 'n' chips platter ($12) lets taste buds soak in Old English charm without being whisked away by flying, umbrella-wielding nannies.

4190 Mission Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US

Society Billiard Café combines the pool hall's social atmosphere with a full bar and eatery's complement of entrees and drinks. Pool sharks pay by the hour, sinking stripes and solids on green felt-topped tables lining the pool hall. Black chairs and marble-top tables encourage chatting over drinks and pizza slices from a full bar and food service, and die-hard pool pros can spend all three hours perfecting their trick shots off through the 8th dimension.

1051 Garnet Ave
San Diego,
CA
US

Fiesta Cantina serves up a menu of tasty Mexican-style eats and throat deparchers in a festive space lined with high-definition TVs. Fix competition-craving eyes on a sportive game or a live UFC fight while mouths focus on chicken-filled Santa Monica rolls ($6) or the tres amigos dip platter, a posse of guacamole, queso, black bean dip and hot or mild salsa served with fresh corn tortilla chips ($8).

1050 Garnet Ave
San Diego,
CA
US