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Best Bars For Enjoying a San Diego Sunset

What’s better than enjoying an evening cocktail by the beach? Witnessing a breathtaking sunset while you sip. San Diego is known for both its beautiful sunsets and its lively tavern scene. So if you’re interested in watching the sun slip below the horizon while you sip your favorite cocktail, we have some recommendations for the best San Diego Bars from which to watch our stunning sunsets.


Waterbar (0.5 miles away) 

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Just a short beach walk away from the Pacific Terrace Hotel, Waterbar offers innovative cocktails, lively entertainment and most importantly, panoramic ocean views. Relax after a long day with a drink in your hand, and the sun painting beautiful colors across the sky.

4325 Ocean Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109


Cannonball (2.3 miles away)

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Hop on one of our bikes and cruise the boardwalk to Cannonball Mission Beach. Sip craft cocktails on San Diego’s largest oceanfront rooftop while you enjoy a fresh selection of sushi and sashimi. Cuddle up by the fireplace as the sun disappears beneath the horizon.

3105 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109


Catania (4 miles away)

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Located just a short drive from the hotel in La Jolla, you’ll discover Catania on a picturesque hillside overlooking the calm Pacific Ocean. Arrive early enough to dine on Italian coastal cuisine, sip on an Aperol spritz and enjoy panoramic views of the sunset.

7863 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037


Ocean Terrace at George’s at the Cove (4.2 miles away)

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As one of San Diego’s best restaurants, George’s at the Cove never disappoints. Dine on the open-air ocean terrace for a spectacular view of the sunset over La Jolla Shores beach. Indulge in one of George’s unique signature cocktails like the Spa Day or the Coconut Monkey. 

1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037


Wonderland Ocean Pub (5.8 miles away)

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Named in honor of Ocean Beach’s original amusement park (and decorated in a manner reminiscent of it), Wonderland features craft beer and cocktails in a laid-back, casual atmosphere. Check this spot out, and immerse yourself in a little bit of local history.

5083 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA


C-Level (9.2 miles away)

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Situated next to San Diego Bay, C-Level offers stunning panoramic water views. Just a short drive from the hotel, immerse yourself in delectable seafood and one of their signature martinis. Relax and enjoy as you close out your evening with a stunning sunset.

880 Harbor Island Dr. San Diego, CA 92101


Altitude Sky Lounge (10.8 miles away)

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Altitude Sky Lounge is the highest open-air rooftop bar in the area (at an impressive 22 stories up), meaning the sunset views are truly amazing. This upscale lounge is located right next to Petco Park, making it the perfect spot to pregame before Padres games. 

660 K St, San Diego, CA 92101


Jake’s Del Mar (15.6 miles)

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Come for the food, stay for the sunset! Fresh coastal fare is served daily only moments from the shoreline, and the craft cocktails are the city’s best-kept secret. Order your favorite refreshment, take a seat by the floor-to-ceiling windows, and enjoy the show.

1660 Coast Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014 


Plan a Sip and Sunset Tour at Pacific Terrace 

Stay with us at Pacific Terrace to enjoy intimate and inviting accommodations. Our beachfront hotel overlooks Pacific Beach, so it’s the perfect home base for your sunset adventures. Explore rooms, amenities, and offers on our official website