O'side Sips COcktail Trail

Contributing Writer & Photographer: Jordan Younis 

Experience the mastery of Oceanside’s drink scene with the O’side Sips passport program, your guide to the finest craft cocktail destinations in the city. Get a glimpse into how the city’s bars and mixologists craft distinct beverages using locally sourced ingredients and grain-to-glass spirits. Embark on a flavorful journey that highlights the innovation, quality, and community spirit of our sips culture, all while getting exclusive coupons and tiered rewards. Whether you’re a cocktail aficionado or a curious traveler, O’side Sips welcomes you to delve into the unique tastes and creative artistry in this Cocktail Trail. 

With touches of island inspiration woven through the menu and decor, Oceanside’s Cococabana will transport visitors from our coastal paradise to one a little farther away.

Perched atop the boutique Brick Hotel, Cococabana is a modern-boho oasis boasting views of the ocean and the city’s downtown. With vibrant Caribbean colors accented by hanging plants and slashes of sun and shadow, this rooftop hot-spot features refreshing cocktails laced with tropical flavors, along with shareable small bites like jerk-seasoned octopus ceviche and tangy lime-marinaded tenderloin skewers. Stop by for Taco Tuesday, or a relaxed happy hour, or breezy weekend brunch.

*$3.50 Mexican Lagers and $5 Jameson Shots when you check in with O’side Sips!*

We rarely advocate stepping out of the sunshine in San Diego, but if you’re stepping into a dimly lit bar with a hint of charm and tradition, we’re all for it. (And, of course, there’s always the patio option if you just can’t fathom being indoors in America’s finest city).

Based at the bottom of The Brick Hotel, Frankie’s is a classic bar with a familiar neighborhood watering hole feel, serving a rotating menu of elevated, inventive craft cocktails, as well as a robust selection of beer and wine. A long wooden bar, emerald green leather booths, and exposed brick walls invite you to settle in and sip an afternoon or evening spirit. The menu has everything from riffs on classic cocktails to more original concoctions with sophisticated flavor profiles, and the staff of knowledgeable bartenders can whip up anything else that can be imagined. 

Pacific Coast Spirits

Behind the string lights, picnic tables, and laid-back atmosphere, Pacific Coast Spirits carries a prestigious reputation and countless accolades. This Oceanside star produces its own varieties of single malt whiskey, bourbon, agave spirits, white rye whiskey, gin, brandy and vodka.

Here you’ll find the perfect blend of education and experience. The distilling and production process is front and center – you can’t miss the stunning copper 500-gallon still system or the endless labyrinth of stacked wooden barrels – but a traditional bar/restaurant experience is just as accessible, and the kitchen is just as impressive. A full menu of California classics is available, from bar bites like brussels sprouts and wings, to heartier mains like a 60-ounce filet mignon. Enjoy lunch, dinner, their infamous Sunday brunch, or make Pacific Coast Spirits your next Taco Tuesday or Wing Wednesday outing venue.

*10% off Draft Cocktails when you check in with O’side Sips!*

Check In, Win Prizes.

From breweries to wine-tasting rooms, coffee stops to tea shops and everything in between, Oceanside is the place for craft beverages. With zero apps to download, your O’side Sips passport guides you to participating locations all over town via text and email and includes exclusive coupons and tiered rewards. Simply select your preferred drink category, check in at your destination, and enjoy. Cheers!

The Rooftop bar

Oceanside’s first rooftop bar tops the list of hotspots for locals and visitors alike. High above the coastline atop the Mission Pacific Beach Resort, The Rooftop Bar flaunts breathtaking views of the city’s coastline and iconic pier, and of course, spectacular sunsets.

From sunbathing hour to sundown and beyond, enjoy lounge-style seating and the luxurious lively pool deck while savoring the sweeping views and a variety of Mediterranean small bites and craft cocktails, each of which bears the name of one of O’side’s beloved surfbreak spots. At sunset hour, The Rooftop Bar evolves into a swanky beach club complete with a blazing fireplace and a DJ playing sets into the night.

The Shore Room

Set off the lobby of The Seabird Resort Ocean Resort & Spa, The Shore Room embodies sophistication and elegance with San Diego’s signature brand of coastal casual. Just across the street from the beach, this gem gives guests a comfortable spot to soak up some sunshine and people-watch by day, as well as a front row seat to those dreamy Pacific sunsets by evening.

The space itself is expansive: a bar and a few tables sit adjacent to what looks like a perfectly curated living room lounge with leather couches and rattan furniture, all framed by sliding glass doors that lead out onto a cozy, oceanfront patio. The brief menu hosts an impressive list of specialty cocktails and small bites like blistered shishito peppers and roasted red pepper hummus, as well as more filling items like a classic burger.

Grab a set on a couch or pull up a chair around a firepit and linger for a while at this classically Californian Oceanside gem.

Oceanside is home to a lot of out-of-this-world eateries and drink venues, but The Space Pad is truly, well, out-of-this-world. 

This interplanetary speakeasy is tucked away inside Kilowatt Brewing. To find it, head to the back of the brewery and into the “space elevator” – the mirrored hallway that will beam you up to the planet Rillispore. Once in orbit, you’ll discover a kaleidoscope of neon colors and mesmerizing celestial shapes, a rock wall mined from Rillispore’s surface, and glass windows in the floor.

Though held in the expanse of outer space, The Space Pad is a tiny, intimate spot containing two large booths, a few hightops and a short bar, where bartenders mix up whimsical creations that are as fun to look at as they are to drink. Expect the vibrant colors of Rillispore to be found in its cocktails, along with other funky details: a whiskey sour with a floated mesquite-flavored cosmic smoke bubble, the coconut slushy-topped “Beam Me Up”, and the two-toned “Spaceman Sour”, to name a few. Delicious tropical-inspired bites, including halibut ceviche, a poke tower, and a Hawaiian hotdog, are also available.

O’side Sips
Bagby Beer Company
Black Plague Brewing
Breakwater Brewing Co
Kilowatt Brewing Oceanside Taproom
Bottlecraft Oceanside
Craft Coast Beer & Tacos
Northern Pine Brewing
Oceanside Ale Works
South O Brewing Company
Stone Brewing Tap Room - Oceanside
Cocktails & Spirits
Pacific Coast Spirits
The Shore Room
The Rooftop Bar
The Space Pad
Coffee Shops
Banana Dang Coffee
Bound Coffee Company
Brown Cup Cafe & Lounge
Camp Coffee Company
Communal Coffee
Captain's Grounds Coffee
Jet Fuel Coffee Co
Jitters Coffee Pub
Nautical Bean Coffee Company Inc
North County Roastery
Pier View Coffee Co
Vigilante Coffee
Tea & Juice
Bliss Tea & Treats
Living Tea Kombucha
Roots Craft Juice
Winery/Wine Bar
Beach House Winery
Carruth Cellars Urban Winery Oceanside
Coomber Craft Wines
Orfila Vineyards Tasting Room & Kitchen
The Miller's Table
The Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar
Published: February 16, 2024

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