Evans Mission Bay Magazine Issue 2 - Page 17

Fire pits add to the ambience at Moray’s bar at Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa. Moray’s. Located at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, the bar is worth visiting for its lush outdoor setting alone. With tiki torches, fire pit tables and views of the bay, the space is a relaxing drinking spot that captures the vacation experience. One pop- ular menu choice is the Moray’s Mai Tai, a quintessential beach beverage made with Captain Morgan white rum, apricot brandy, orange and pineapple juices, grenadine and a float of Myers’s dark rum. Shareable food is also available with options from the cold bar such as sesame white sea bass ceviche and king crab legs with lemon-ginger mayo. Hot options like flatbread pizzas are also offered. Just a short jaunt from Mission Bay, the Pacific Beach Shore Club provides pan- oramic views of the ocean from any seat in the house. Known for capturing the iconic surf culture of San Diego, the destination is a casual spot where drinkers can find respite from the sun by trying a cocktail like Cool as a Cucumber, made with vodka, melon liqueur, agave mix, mint, cucumber and soda, or Mango Tango, which combines Malibu Mango and Malibu Pineapple rum, agave mix, grapefruit soda and bitters. The bar also offers traditional Mexican fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as late-night plates including nachos, tacos and chicken wings. CITY SIPS Beachside may feel like the right side in San Diego, but the buzzing downtown also plays host to diverse drinking locales with ample views, ambience and libations. One of the city’s most famous and estab- lished spots to grab a drink and see the skyline’s sparkling lights meeting the vast blue of the bay is Mister A’s. Situated on the 12th floor of the Fifth & Laurel building in the Bankers Hill neighborhood, the location boasts an outdoor patio that catches refreshing breezes. The bar’s upscale atmosphere offers an elegant retreat among San Diego’s mostly laid-back culture. While it’s hard to go wrong with a classic Manhattan or Old-Fashioned, the cocktail menu also sports more adven- turous drinks like The Herbivore, made with barrel-aged gin, house-made hibiscus-lemon- grass tonic, artichoke liqueur and rosemary. To get a lay of the land while sipping on a craft cocktail, Mister A’s is tough to beat. In the neighboring district of Little Italy sits a bar that mixes modern design with a classically cool feel and a dash of historic homage. Named after William Kettner, a well-liked Democratic Congressman who represented San Diego in the early 1900s, Kettner Exchange serves American cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. On the patio, patrons can settle in at a booth, table or large cabana, for those wanting a more private experience. The space is ideal for lounging in the sun while indulging in a glass of vino, craft brew or cocktail such as the Quicker Fix, prepared with white rum, St-Germain, grapefruit, lime and Peychaud’s Bitters. Farther south, next to San Diego’s lively Gaslamp Quarter, the East Village district plays host to a hidden gem of the city. Fairweather is an outdoor rooftop bar that allows drinkers access to a home run view— Petco Park is easily visible from the stylish lounge. Perched above Park at the Park (a large lawn just outside of the ballpark, per- fect for watching the Padres from afar on game day), Fairweather offers classic tropical cocktails like mai tais, pina coladas, mojitos and more. But the menu also features the lounge’s signature selection of delightful drinks like the Monkey’s Junk, which mixes coconut, bananas and cacao-infused rum. For those who crave a bite with their tasty bev- erage, sandwiches can be ordered from Rare Form, the restaurant and delicatessen located below the bar. With myriad handcrafted cocktails and San Diego sunshine to spare, Fairweather hits it out of the park. n Fairweather rooftop bar serves up views of Petco Park along with the cocktails. 17