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Dive Bar of the Month Club


“Strangers are just friends you haven’t had a drink with yet.”

Ellen Goodwin



June Dive Bar of the Month:


The Alibi

(1403 University Ave.)

Wednesday, June 26th






June Dive Bar of the Month








Support Your Local Dive Bar!

Join us this month as we head to the Alibi in Hillcrest (1403 University Ave.) on Wednesday, June 26th, starting at 5 p.m.

A Hillcrest fixture since 1936, their slogan is: You don’t need a reason to drink, just an Alibi.

They are one of the few bars that still open at 6 a.m. (which is perfect for third-shift workers just getting off work.)

The Alibi features a full bar, friendly bartenders, deep booths, pool tables, darts, a digital jukebox, ATMs, a large front patio that wraps around the building, and a smoking patio in the back. A chandelier lights up a painting of a naked woman, and regulars will happily tell you stories about the bar and the neighborhood.

They used to have a building-wide “Before I Die…I Want To” sign on the side of the building where you could write down your deepest wish for all the world to see (at least until it was washed off the following week.) Most of the sign was moved down the block to another building but part of it still resides on the back bar, so feel free to chalk in your answer while you’re there.

So what doesn’t the bar have? A credit card machine. Yep, the Alibi adheres to the Dive Bar tradition of ONLY taking CASH. So plan to bring your paper money and not your plastic. (There are ATMS on site.)

They also don’t have food. Well, they do if you count some bags of chips that they have stored in a Tupperware container at the end of the bar. But otherwise, food is not their strong suit. But there are several places nearby that you can get food from and bring to the bar.

The Alibi is a great Dive in all the best ways. So plan now to join us on Wednesday, June 26th, starting at 5 p.m. (and bring your cash!)


CASH ONLY. ATMs available.

FOOD: They don’t serve any. Bring your own in from any of the great places around Hillcrest. Nearby restaurants include White Elephant Asian Kitchen, Cali “O” Burger, McDonald’s, Ichiban, and Tacaliente Mexican Grill.

PARKING: Street parking only. This is Hillcrest, so parking can be tricky. Your best bet is taking the bus, an UBER, or a LYFT (all of which are safer, and less frustrating choices).

Some of our recent bars

It’s a tradition to get our bartenders to hold our sign. Here’s where we’ve recently been.

We’re always open to hearing about bars we haven’t visited. Drop us a line if there is someplace you think we should check out.

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Aero club bartenders
Bartenders at Docks

Learn more about Dive Bars

Watch this Ignite talk and learn everything you need to know about Dive Bars.

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Ellen Goodwin, May 19, 2016 at San Diego Ignite #6

Watch this TEDx talk and learn how Dive Bars can change your life.

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TEDx San Diego, October 22, 2016

“I drink with impunity … or anyone else who invites me.”

W.C. Fields

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Frank Zappa

“I have never been drunk, but I’ve often been over-served.”

George Gobel

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