A list of the best new bars in San Diego’s hottest neighborhoods (and what it’ll cost you to live near them)

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Need to live close to the party? Us, too. We took a look at the Best New Bars in San Diego thanks to some help from our buddies at Thrillist, and over a nice cocktail of course, we figured out what it’ll cost you to rent a one bedroom apartment within walking distance to the bar. You’re so close you can just bypass Uber altogether and walk.

And you might be surprised to hear that we found some really great apartment deals, even in neighborhoods (like Normal Heights & North Park) that have traditionally seen higher than average rents.

Ok, let’s get on to our favorite bars in San Diego and the cost to rent a one bedroom nearby:

FairweatherFairweather in East Village

Median Rent: $1,800/month

Our Favorite libation: El Diablo – with hints of ginger and named after the devil, what could possibly go wrong?


Zymology 21 in the Gaslamp

Median Rent: $1,850/month

Our Favorite libation: Screw one drink, get the mimosa flight. Mixing science, nitrous oxide, some delicious flavors (like apple cranberry or strawberry) and champagne is obviously going to be a winning combination.

AD copyBar AD in the Gaslamp

Median Rent: $1,770/month

Our Favorite libation: When in Rome, get bottle service, right? It may set you back just as much as a month of rent, but nothing is better than watching aerialists in the air while sipping on your cranberry soda. It that’s not your thing, don’t worry, they mix up a mean martini, too.

Rabbit Hole copyThe Rabbit Hole in Normal Heights

Median Rent: $1,025/month

Our Favorite libation: $5 local drafts for “Hoppy Hour,” end of story. While you are there, try a Chubby Bunny sandwich to sober you up. It is delicious.

Kettner Exchange copyKettner Exchange in Little Italy

Median Rent: $1,704/month

Our Favorite libation: Georgia Sunrise. Just make sure to make a reservation because this place gets packed.

Modern Times FlavordomeModern Times Flavordome in North Park

Median Rent: $1,200/month

Our Favorite libation: City of the Dead. While the title is not representative of San Diego, it’s a damn good stout.

Parq copyParq in the Gaslamp

Median Rent: $1,770/month

Our Favorite libation: Any drink you can get, this place is busy. However, we recommend heading to the bar downstairs, the lines tend to be shorter. Sometimes if you are lucky, the bartender may even through in a little flair. (read: shots, shots, shots)

Moonshine Flats copy

Moonshine Flats in the East Village

Median Rent: $1,850/month

Our Favorite libation: Whatever beer you can play beer pong with because they have that here. Not your thing? Maybe try line dancing on Wednesday nights. They give you lessons so you don’t have to be embarrassed.

Bonus Bars! These bars didn’t make Thrillist’s list of best bars, but they ought to be! —


Backyard Kitchen & Tap in Pacific Beach ‘PB’

Median Rent: $1,370/month

Our Favorite libation: Pineapple wheat beer. For non-beer drinkers, we think you’ll love it.


Urban MO’s (yes we know this isn’t a new bar) in Hillcrest

Median Rent: $1,250/month

Our Favorite libation: Black lemonade. Be careful, it can lead you to black out and make poor decisions, but don’t worry; we won’t judge you for it.

So get on it! Move close to your favorite drinking hole and check out these one or two bedroom apartments for rent in San Diego right now. Once you do, make sure to pay your rent with a debit or credit card (it is 2015, after all).

How’d we figure out the median for rent prices by the bars?

We calculated the median rent prices of 1-bedroom apartments (March 20, 2015) that were within a 0.5 mils radius of each bar’s address. For most bars, there were over 200 apartments that we were able use when calculating our stats. If you live by some of these bars and are paying less, it is likely rent has gone up since you moved in, you lucky duck.

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