It’s been a wild ride for San Diego bars. Since the end of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, bars are now open at full capacity but as a bonus, to-go cocktail service will be allowed to continue at least until the end of the year.

As we move through fall, the weather is still nice enough to keep parklets and patios full of cocktail-seekers. Plus, as people head back to their offices, happy hour has seen a resurgence across the city.

The Eater Cocktail Heatmap will be updated frequently to highlight new openings or fresh menus that are generating serious buzz around town.

Know of a cocktail spot with a decent amount of heat that should be added to the list? Send us a note!

A fast favorite in San Diego, Verbena Kitchen’s cocktail menu conveys the same level of detail as their food. General manager Dallas Juanes brings his expertise to drinks like White Truffle Bloody Mary with house-fermented gin and vodka and the popular Verbena Signature Sangria with California pinot noir, fig port, orange liqueur, citrus, and peach.

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