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The 20 Best Bars in San Diego Serving Holiday Cocktails | Food + Drink

Pendry holiday cocktails

Edible glitter, candy-coated cocktails, and peppermint all up in your mug. Now that the weather is chilly and the lights are twinkling, our local bartenders have gone festive. Crafty holiday drinks are on the menu, so wrap yourself in wool, tuck a candy cane behind your ear, and head out for some liquid cheer. It’s time to get in the holiday spirits (get it?).

Here are some of the best bars in San Diego to find holiday cocktails:


Smoked Pear & Ginger Old Fashioned

Cafe Sevilla

Made with bourbon, Marie Brizard pear liqueur, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur.

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I’ll Be Home for Christmas

The Holding Company

Made with peppermint espresso martini with homemade coffee liqueur + cream.

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Tipsy & Toasted

Nason’s Beer Hall

Made with Templeton rye, Baileys, St. George coffee liqueur, and marshmallow syrup.

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Eggnog Martini


Made with bourbon, eggnog, allspice, nutmeg and star anise, nutmeg garnish.

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Cranberry Rose Spritz

Birdseye Rooftop

Made with oranges, cranberries, cranberry juice, honey, cardamom pods, ginger beer, elderflower liqueur, orange bitter, and rose wine.

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The Smoked Apple One


Made with smooth Ambler bourbon, apple brandy, granny smith brown sugar, and cinnamon smoke.

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Let it Snow

Happy Does

Made with Old Forester bourbon, cinnamon simple syrup, amaretto, heavy cream and egg with a cinnamon coconut rim.

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Christmas in San Diego

The Bar at Moniker General

Made with coconut fat washed (cinnamon/clove-infused) Mi Campo, Luxardo Truplum, fresh lime juice, and agave.

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Classy Grinch

Top of The Hyatt

Made with Absolut vanilla vodka, crème de cacao, crème de menthe, half and half, chocolate drizzle.

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White Christmas Margarita

The Deck at Moonshine Flats

Made with tequila, cream of coconut, triple sec, lime juice topped with soda water and a red sugar rim.

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Santa’s Cookies Martini

The Presley

Made with vanilla vodka, amaretto, half and half, frosting and sprinkles.


CJ’s Jingle Juice

Cerveza Jack’s Gaslamp

Made with Kin white whiskey, St. George spiced pear liqueur, creme de mure, orgeat, and lemon.

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Made with Casa Noble añejo, Tanteo chipotle tequila, hot chocolate and cinnamon served hot in a Vistal holiday mug and topped with flambéed marshmallows.

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Go Go Café

Go Go Amigo

Made with coffee, vanilla vodka, Irish cream, half n half, and cinnamon simple syrup.


Holiday Rum

The Cassara Carlsbad

Made in a highball glass, with locally distilled Malahat Rum and apple cider reduction, cranberry juice, club soda and a cinnamon stick/orange twist garnish.

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Coconut Eggnog Martini

Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Marlin Bar

Made with bourbon, Cruzan coconut rum, eggnog.


Sugar Plum Cocktail

Harrah’s Resort Southern California

Made with Absolut vanilla, plum-infused simple and black cherry syrups, fresh lemon, cinnamon, edible glitter garnish.

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Night Fox


Made with Absolut vanilla vodka, Mr. Black coffee liqueur, and lavender oat milk.

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Monkey Bar at Town and Country Resort

Made with Four Roses bourbon, Frangelico, hot chocolate, whipped cream, topped with crushed candy cane.


Almond Fizz Mocktail

The Marine Room

Made with lemon juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and orgeat syrup, ginger beer, and garnished with an orange slice and cherry.

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