September 6, 2019

TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019: Bars and Cocktail Lounges

After a long day of TwitchCon festivities, you’ll likely want to find a place to unwind for the night and grab a few drinks. We’ve already given you some ideas of where to eat while you’re in town, but how about checking out some places to drink? To help you navigate the crowded Downtown San Diego bar scene, we’ve put together a quick list of some of our favorite places near the convention center for you to check out.

Vin de Syrah

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Take a trip through the looking glass at this Wonderland-esque speakeasy bar in Downtown San Diego. Located just over a half-mile from the convention center, you’ll find this wine parlor underground and past an inconspicuous-looking door covered in greenery. Once inside, however, you’ll find yourself transported to a unique lounge with a bevy of quality wines and cocktails for you to enjoy.

While the libations and secretive nature of Vin de Syrah should make it a destination to highlight for your TwitchCon trip on their own, they also regularly feature a unique decor that is unlike anything else you’re likely to find in the city.

El Dorado Cocktail Lounge

For those weary travelers in search of a fun night in a casual atmosphere, the El Dorado Cocktail Lounge may be just the place you’re looking for. While the rustic interior design and eclectic decor will no doubt grab your immediate attention, don’t let it distract you from the delicious cocktails just waiting to be served.

Channeling the spirits of a worn-down saloon from the days of cowboys in the old west, El Dorado features a unique aesthetic highlighted by the massive buffalo head named Otis suspended above the dance floor. Cocktail favorites include their signature Cadillac El Dorado and the spicy Amarillo by Morning but be sure to also inquire about their rotating seasonal cocktails as well.

The Nolen Bar

OPG Account Manager, Janessa enjoying drinks with her mom at The Nolen

A rooftop bar in San Diego is hardly difficult to find. From Altitude to the newly opened Layover Bar, there’s plenty of places to choose from, but for our pick, it has to be The Nolen. Named after one of San Diego’s early city planners, John Nolen, this rooftop bar and lounge features the perfect combination of timeless drinks and breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline. 

While the atmosphere and skyline views draw you in, you’ll likely find yourself staying for a while thanks to their collection of cocktails. Whether you’re in the mood for a timeless classic or a modern re-interpretation, The Nolen is sure to have just the recipe for the end of one of those long TwitchCon days.


Located less than a mile away from the convention center, the Coin-Op Game Room will no doubt be one of the most popular spots to hang out and grab a drink at over the course of the long TwitchCon weekend. 

Coin-Op has everything you could want when you’re looking to take a break from the festivities at the convention center: food, drinks, and obviously games. A visit to Coin-Op typically consists of playing through their collection of arcade classics, enjoying a beer from local favorites such as Ballast Point or Alesmith, and maybe even enjoying some freshly made donuts.

Punch Bowl Social

A long-defunct boxing venue may not be the first place you’d think to find a good night out, but that’s exactly what you’ll discover at Punch Bowl Social in San Diego. Whether you need a place to go for dinner, drinks, or just somewhere to hang out for the night, you’ll find everything you could want here.

Sitting at just over 23,000 square feet, Punch Bowl Social is one of the larger “eatertainment” venues you’ll find in the area. Aside from the bar and food options at PBS, you’ll also find a bowling alley, private karaoke rooms, and a wide array of games ranging from foosball and ping pong to board games and giant Jenga. Long-story-short, there’s just too much to do to be bored at Punch Bowl Social.

Be sure to check back in next week as continue our “TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019” series with more awesome places for you to check out this year during TwitchCon.