A long day at the office is often best capped with an evening of Netflix in your pajamas, but occasionally, a bit more fun is in the cards. For the lucky residents of Oceanside, California, the city is full of great bars to enjoy an after-work drink with friends or co-workers, from high-end lounges to sports bars where you can grab a burger, a beer, and watch the game. Regardless of your personal style, you won’t have to go far to find the perfect bar for you. Here are our favorites:
Craft beer connoisseurs will feel right at home at Barrel Republic on North Coast Highway. Bartenders at this local hotspot pour more than 48 varieties of beer on a daily basis, including a wide variety of local brews. Grab a stool and enjoy some of Orange Blossom Mead from Golden Coast Mead, brewed right in Oceanside, or a glass of Here’s Your Damn Stout from San Diego’s Benchmark Brewing Company. If you’re hungry, you’re in luck, too — from bacon-wrapped pork belly to vegan flatbread, Barrel Republic’s eclectic menu of delicious treats will fill you right up.
Eager to enjoy a stiff drink in a relaxed environment? Look no further than Oceanside Sports Bar & Kitchen. With 25 beers on draft, another 40 in bottles and cans, and a diverse array of wines, ciders, and cocktails, this casual bar is a great place to relax with your friends after a long day. Fortunately, for those who could use a break from the monotony of office life, pool tables and flatscreen TVs provide welcome distractions.
If you want a more sophisticated environment to spend your after-work hours in, 101 Proof is the bar for you. This reservation-only speakeasy is comfortable and homey, with low lighting and Chesterfield sofas to lounge on, but also serves up the city’s most impressive cocktail menu, including 300 types of whiskey and 10 different types of Old Fashioned. If you’re feeling peckish, fill up on treats from foie gras to Bananas Foster.
A laid-back bar perfect for those who love nothing better than clutching a frosty mug at the end of a long day, Surfside is a veritable paradise for beer buffs. Offering 24 beers on tap, from Clown Shoes’ American Monastic IPA to Sam Adams’ Double Bock, and a relaxed atmosphere that’s miles away from the stuffiness of office life, Surfisde provides an unpretentious environment in which to relax and recharge.
Local is the name of the game at Flying Pig, a unique gastropub that has influenced the shape of San Diego-area cuisine. Avid supporters of the Slow Food Movement, the Flying Pig offers everything from homemade pasta to daily charcuterie plates customized by the restaurant’s chef, as well as recommended pairings including a long list of craft beer and wine. If good food, great drinks, and experienced staff are priorities for you, The Flying Pig should make your must-visit list.
Give yourself a break from the daily grind and stop into one of these Oceanside bars for an after-work drink. Whether you’re eager to explore secret speakeasies and craft cocktails or just looking for a burger-and-beer joint, there’s something to suit every palate.