Evans Mission Bay Magazine Issue 2 - Page 16

libations The downtown San Diego skyline, as seen from Mister A’s Drinking in the View Gorgeous weather and a flair for craft cocktails and beer makes San Diego the ultimate destination for enjoying libations on the patios of local bars and restaurants. In San Diego, where the average daily tem- perature is about 70 degrees year-round, it’s no surprise that entrepreneurs are compelled to open hip bars with patios that bask in the sunshine. Of course, in this Southern California city, picturesque weather isn’t the only thing that inspires a wealth of outdoor drinking spots—captivating scenery also provides ample reason to get outside and enjoy a beverage and a view. Some watering holes, like those in La Jolla, Mission Bay and Pacific Beach, sit just steps from the sand, offering relaxing ocean breezes and water- color sunsets of burnt orange, red, pink and 16 purple sinking into the Pacific. Downtown, in the city’s vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, high- rises feature rooftop bars with sweeping vis- tas of the city from the San Diego-Coronado Bridge to Petco Park and beyond. BEACHSIDE BEVERAGES While a bathing suit and sunscreen may be the only supplies necessary to enjoy a day at the beach, a perfectly prepared cocktail post- swim is a welcome addition. Locals and vis- itors alike enjoy drinks at the many popular bars nestled along the city’s coast. The area’s sunny weather is an ideal match for Café Bahia’s Mediterranean style. Located at the Bahia Resort Hotel in Mission Bay, the restaurant offers an expansive menu, com- fortable decor and year-round alfresco dining. Visitors can indulge in a classic cocktail or one of the cafe’s signature drinks, like the strawberry lemonade made with Tito’s Vodka, house-made strawberry simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and club soda. Also on the menu: beer cocktails—a trend in this craft beer capi- tal—like the Sunny San Diego prepared with Absolut Mandarin, fresh orange juice, cane sugar syrup and Coronado Brewery draft beer. Across the bay is a tropical paradise called BY BRIANA VERDUGO