It’s been a wild ride for San Diego bars. But bars are finally back open at full capacity, and as a bonus, to-go cocktail service has now been signed into law and will be allowed to continue for at least the next five years.

And as the fall evenings grow longer, the weather is still nice enough to keep parklets and patios full of cocktail-seekers. Plus, as people head back to their offices, cozy 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.

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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