BY The Editors | August 8, 2019 | Food & Drink
Noble Experiment at The Neighborhood
In the local cocktail scene, San Diego’s worst kept secret now exclusively crafts dealer’s choice-only concoctions. The spot's distinct wall of gilded skulls is still intact, as are its monthly experimental cocktails, which might include blueberry-infused brandy and rye whiskey, rosemary bitters and barrel-aged maple. Enter through the Eighth Avenue kitchen door (an interim entrance due to construction) to enjoy a classic cocktail and lively music while you wait—which is very likely sans reservation. 777 G St., 619.888.4713
Caché at Tacos Libertad
Pass through the fast-casual nonprofit taco shop, and emerge into an upscale “hidden” yet roomy watering den complete with ornate chandeliers, three live olive trees and a sweeping mural inspired by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. If Caché was modeled after early 18th century Parisian salons, then its cocktails—including a selection of gin, agave spirits and absinthe—are modern-day mediums of discourse. Raise a glass till 1am Tuesday through Sunday. 1023 University Ave.
Room 56 at Moxy Hotel
The new, secret Gaslamp Quarter lounge is swaddled in earthy tones; its name is a nod to the country’s 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. After negotiating a bookcase in the lobby’s library, wind down a staircase to arrive at the 24-seat lounge. Take in live jazz on Thursdays, and tipples like the Panniers and Petticoats—bourbon, fig, vermouth and cardamom bitters. Reservations by text only, 831 Sixth Ave, 951.397.0407
Photography Courtesy Of: Noble Experiment photo courtesy of CH Projects | cache photo by paul body | Room 56 courtesy of avant