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The Best Spots for Taco Tuesday (and Tequila) in San Diego

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There are very few perfect foods in the world, but tacos are definitely in the running for top honors. Pairing a hand-mixed tequila cocktail with a plate of tacos is an unbeatable way to enjoy the satisfying flavors that come from below the border, and San Diego is #blessed with an impressive amount of taquerias and cantinas that specialize in both. (After all, this is the city that put the Baja California fish taco on the map.) Make every Taco Tuesday a taco and tequila extravaganza to remember at these local favorites.

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1. Tony's Jacal

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621 Valley Ave
Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 755-2274
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Tony’s has been a Solana Beach icon since 1946, when the Gonzales family started slinging tacos and chiles rellenos to patient diners who traveled from far and wide in search of the best Mexican cuisine in the area. The family tradition continues (and so do the wait times), but luckily they’ve gone through several expansions and keep the goods coming out muy rapido. Rebelling against the standard Taco Tuesday crowd, Tony’s is actually only closed on Tuesdays, but is open for lunch and dinner regularly. Don’t miss the daily drink specials and live mariachi music almost every night of the week.

2. Mavericks Beach Club

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860 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 999-0348
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People flock to P.B. to bar hop, but once they’ve gotten a taste of Mavericks, they tend to stay put. The gigantic complex has five different bars to choose from and plenty of authentic Baja California-inspired bites. Taco Tuesdays start at 5 p.m. and run until 10 p.m., with a $10 all-you-can-eat taco buffet, $4 house margs, and $4 Mexican beers, plus happy hour is every day with even more ridiculous specials to choose from. Pro tip: The shrimp ceviche is el jefe and their brunch is ideal for the start of a day-drinking excursion.

The exterior at Mavericks Beach Club in San Diego. Courtesy of Maverick’s Beach Club

3. Backyard Kitchen & Tap

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832 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 859-2593
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Every Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. means Social Hour at Backyard Kitchen & Tap. It also means $7 featured cocktails and appetizer specials, but why settle for only three hours? Taco Tuesdays run all day long at this Pacific Beach hot spot, and with a build-your-own-taco bar and late-night DJ, it’s the best fiesta on the beach. Order a starter of Mexican street corn, wash it down with a Cazadores margarita on the rocks, and be sure to keep your eyes on the beachgoers passing by — this busy block is absolutely stellar for people-watching.

Tacos, salsa, and rice and beans on a plate at Backyard Kitchen & Tap in San Diego. Backyard Kitchen & Tap

4. Miguel's Cocina

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2444 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 298-9840
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Don’t get distracted by the ghost tours and tchotchke shops sprinkled all over in Old Town. (Actually, do stop at the Whaley House; it’s one of the most haunted places in America and the perfect pre-dinner entertainment). The real reason to head to this old-timey district is for the plethora of authentic Mexican cantinas, none of which can hold a candle to Miguel’s. From their chicken tacos smothered in rich house-made mole to their signature jalapeño white sauce, this San Diego staple’s happy hour is to die for and their Taco Tuesday specials cater to a laid-back crowd.

Tacos, salsa, rice and beans on a counter at Miguel’s Cocina in San Diego. Courtesy of Miguel’s Cocina

5. Wonderland Ocean Pub

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5083 Santa Monica Ave
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 255-3358
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Located a few feet away from the Pacific Ocean along a bustling strip in Ocean Beach (lovingly referred to by locals as “a sunny place for shady people”), Wonderland is known for the best dive bar view in town. Sunset happy hours are every weekday from 3 to 6 p.m. with plenty of live music to keep things rockin’. Tuesdays mean Trivia Night and Thursdays bring karaoke. Basically, Wonderland is a wonderland for those searching for the most mellow spot in town. Be sure to snag a spot on the patio for maximum chillaxing.

A closeup of tacos at Wonderland Ocean Pub in San Diego. Courtesy of Wonderland Ocean Pub

6. El Camino

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2400 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 685-3881
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Little Italy is the hottest drinking and dining neighborhood in town, and El Camino has been a cornerstone of the ‘hood for nearly 10 years. The neon-scrawled sign at the corner of India and West Kalmia is just a hint at the splashy, graffiti mural-inspired interior that awaits in both the sultry lounge and outdoor patio. Expect to see plenty of hipsters, motorcyclists, and other renegades chowing down on nachos El Camino and authentic Tijuana street-style tacos by the dozen. To wash it all down, the El Mexican Mule is a great alternative to the margarita (although they have plenty of those, too), poured with Cazadores Blanco, ginger beer, Angostura bitters, lime, and mint. And #ElTacoTuesday means karaoke and all-night happy hour specials, so come prepared to do your best Selena.

7. El Chingon

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560 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 501-1919
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Partygoers in San Diego’s Gaslamp District have been scarfing down El Chingon’s tacos al pastor and Ensenada-influenced tacos de pescado since 2017, when the pistolero-inspired eatery opened in the heart of downtown. Don’t let the notoriously touristy location deter you; the cuisine is authentic, the drinks are strong, and happy hour is every Monday through Friday from 3  to 7 p.m. The Badass Margarita is a crowd favorite, but if you can’t decide on just one, try a trio with a mini-margarita flight made with Cazadores. Their version of Taco Tuesday (Forty-Twosday) means specials on taco and tequila flights, plus live DJs to keep the party going all day long.

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1. Tony's Jacal

621 Valley Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Tony’s has been a Solana Beach icon since 1946, when the Gonzales family started slinging tacos and chiles rellenos to patient diners who traveled from far and wide in search of the best Mexican cuisine in the area. The family tradition continues (and so do the wait times), but luckily they’ve gone through several expansions and keep the goods coming out muy rapido. Rebelling against the standard Taco Tuesday crowd, Tony’s is actually only closed on Tuesdays, but is open for lunch and dinner regularly. Don’t miss the daily drink specials and live mariachi music almost every night of the week.

621 Valley Ave
Solana Beach, CA 92075

2. Mavericks Beach Club

860 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
The exterior at Mavericks Beach Club in San Diego. Courtesy of Maverick’s Beach Club

People flock to P.B. to bar hop, but once they’ve gotten a taste of Mavericks, they tend to stay put. The gigantic complex has five different bars to choose from and plenty of authentic Baja California-inspired bites. Taco Tuesdays start at 5 p.m. and run until 10 p.m., with a $10 all-you-can-eat taco buffet, $4 house margs, and $4 Mexican beers, plus happy hour is every day with even more ridiculous specials to choose from. Pro tip: The shrimp ceviche is el jefe and their brunch is ideal for the start of a day-drinking excursion.

860 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109

3. Backyard Kitchen & Tap

832 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
Tacos, salsa, and rice and beans on a plate at Backyard Kitchen & Tap in San Diego. Backyard Kitchen & Tap

Every Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. means Social Hour at Backyard Kitchen & Tap. It also means $7 featured cocktails and appetizer specials, but why settle for only three hours? Taco Tuesdays run all day long at this Pacific Beach hot spot, and with a build-your-own-taco bar and late-night DJ, it’s the best fiesta on the beach. Order a starter of Mexican street corn, wash it down with a Cazadores margarita on the rocks, and be sure to keep your eyes on the beachgoers passing by — this busy block is absolutely stellar for people-watching.

832 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109

4. Miguel's Cocina

2444 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
Tacos, salsa, rice and beans on a counter at Miguel’s Cocina in San Diego. Courtesy of Miguel’s Cocina

Don’t get distracted by the ghost tours and tchotchke shops sprinkled all over in Old Town. (Actually, do stop at the Whaley House; it’s one of the most haunted places in America and the perfect pre-dinner entertainment). The real reason to head to this old-timey district is for the plethora of authentic Mexican cantinas, none of which can hold a candle to Miguel’s. From their chicken tacos smothered in rich house-made mole to their signature jalapeño white sauce, this San Diego staple’s happy hour is to die for and their Taco Tuesday specials cater to a laid-back crowd.

2444 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110

5. Wonderland Ocean Pub

5083 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
A closeup of tacos at Wonderland Ocean Pub in San Diego. Courtesy of Wonderland Ocean Pub

Located a few feet away from the Pacific Ocean along a bustling strip in Ocean Beach (lovingly referred to by locals as “a sunny place for shady people”), Wonderland is known for the best dive bar view in town. Sunset happy hours are every weekday from 3 to 6 p.m. with plenty of live music to keep things rockin’. Tuesdays mean Trivia Night and Thursdays bring karaoke. Basically, Wonderland is a wonderland for those searching for the most mellow spot in town. Be sure to snag a spot on the patio for maximum chillaxing.

5083 Santa Monica Ave
San Diego, CA 92107

6. El Camino

2400 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

Little Italy is the hottest drinking and dining neighborhood in town, and El Camino has been a cornerstone of the ‘hood for nearly 10 years. The neon-scrawled sign at the corner of India and West Kalmia is just a hint at the splashy, graffiti mural-inspired interior that awaits in both the sultry lounge and outdoor patio. Expect to see plenty of hipsters, motorcyclists, and other renegades chowing down on nachos El Camino and authentic Tijuana street-style tacos by the dozen. To wash it all down, the El Mexican Mule is a great alternative to the margarita (although they have plenty of those, too), poured with Cazadores Blanco, ginger beer, Angostura bitters, lime, and mint. And #ElTacoTuesday means karaoke and all-night happy hour specials, so come prepared to do your best Selena.

2400 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

7. El Chingon

560 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Partygoers in San Diego’s Gaslamp District have been scarfing down El Chingon’s tacos al pastor and Ensenada-influenced tacos de pescado since 2017, when the pistolero-inspired eatery opened in the heart of downtown. Don’t let the notoriously touristy location deter you; the cuisine is authentic, the drinks are strong, and happy hour is every Monday through Friday from 3  to 7 p.m. The Badass Margarita is a crowd favorite, but if you can’t decide on just one, try a trio with a mini-margarita flight made with Cazadores. Their version of Taco Tuesday (Forty-Twosday) means specials on taco and tequila flights, plus live DJs to keep the party going all day long.

560 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

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