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Welcome to

Dive Bar of the Month Club


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

Ellen Goodwin


Join us at:

July Dive Bar of the Month


The Lamplighter

817 W. Washington, San Diego 92103


Wednesday, July 27th

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

July Dive Bar of the Month








Join us at The Lamplighter

This month we are headed to Mission Hills to enjoy the fun that is The Lamplighter.

It’s been a few years since we’ve been to the bar, and some things have changed, and some have stayed the same. Happily, it’s still a great dive, and we’re excited to go back.

It’s still a CASH ONLY bar. They still have a curved, padded bar, offer beer and liquor, deep booths, a pool table, digital jukebox, and are known for their karaoke (which kicks off at 9:15 every night). It’s still dark and welcoming inside.

What’s different? There is a big, covered patio out in the back.

Plan now to join us on Wednesday, July 27th, starting at 6 p.m. Bring your friends, bring your cash, and your sense of adventure!

Important info:
CASH ONLY! The Lamplighter doesn’t take plastic. There is an ATM on site.

FOOD: They don’t serve food, but there are options all around that you can enjoy. You can bring food in if you’d like.

PARKING: There is a limited amount of parking in the back of the bar; otherwise, plan on street parking. Make it easy and use UBER or Lyft.

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.

Email us here:

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

The Limited Edition, Dive Bar of the Month T-Shirts are finally here!

Be among the first to get your own Dive Bar of the Month T-shirt. Men and Women’s styles available. Sizes both large and x-large are available for men and women (women’s sizes run very small).
$20 includes postage inside USA.
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T-shirt front

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

W.C. Fields

“You can’t have a real country unless you have a beer and an airline — it helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.”

Frank Zappa

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

George Gobel

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