Best of 2019: House of Drinks

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Best North County Bar


Street Side Ale House

Atascadero, Paso Robles

Sun.-Th., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; F-Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight

streetsidealehouse.com

@streetsidealehouse

facebook.com/streetsidealehouse

Best North Coast Bar


The Siren

900 Main St., Morro Bay

M-Sat., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-2 a.m.

(805) 225-1312

info@thesirenmorrobay.com

thesirenmorrobay.com

@thesirenmorrobay

facebook.com/thesirenmorrobay

Best San Luis Obispo Bar


Black Sheep Bar & Grill

1117 Chorro St., SLO

M-Sun., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

(805) 544-7433

blacksheepslo.com

facebook.com/blacksheepslo

Best South County Bar

MIX IT UP Mason Bar & Kitchen bartender James Howison shakes a cocktail as a restaurant patron snaps a cellphone pic. Yep, the cocktails are so cool that readers voted Arroyo Grande’s hippest adult beverage stop the Best South County Bar. - PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM
  • Photo By Jayson Mellom
  • MIX IT UP Mason Bar & Kitchen bartender James Howison shakes a cocktail as a restaurant patron snaps a cellphone pic. Yep, the cocktails are so cool that readers voted Arroyo Grande’s hippest adult beverage stop the Best South County Bar.
Mason Bar & Kitchen

307 E. Branch St., Arroyo Grande

Sun.-Th., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; F-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.

(805) 202-8918

masonbarag.com

@masonbarandkitchen

facebook.com/MasonBarAG

Best South Coast Bar


Harry's Night Club & Beach Bar

690 Cypress St., Pismo Beach

M-Sun., 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

(805) 773-1010

harryspismobeach.com

@harryspismobeach

facebook.com/HarrysPismoBeach

Best Distillery


Re:Find Distillery

2725 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles

M-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

(805) 239-9456

monica@refinddistillery.com

refinddistillery.com

@refinddistillery

Best Place for a Beer


Central Coast Brewing

SLO

HOURS VARY BY location

(805) 783-BREW

centralcoastbrewing.com

@centralcoastbrewing

facebook.com/centralcoastbrewinghiguera

Best Fancy Cocktail


Sidecar Cocktail Co.

1127 Broad St., SLO

M-Th., 4-11 p.m.; F, 4 p.m.-midnight; Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

(805) 540-5340

info@sidecarslo.com

sidecarslo.com

@sidecar_slo

facebook.com/sidecarslo

Best Margarita


Fish Gaucho

1244 Park St., Paso Robles

M-Th., 3-9 p.m.; F-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

(805) 239-3333

info@fishgaucho.com

fishgaucho.com

@fishgaucho

facebook.com/FishGaucho

Best Bloody Mary


Sidecar Cocktail Co.

1127 Broad St., SLO

M-Th., 4-11 p.m.; F, 4 p.m.-midnight; Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

(805) 540-5340

info@sidecarslo.com

sidecarslo.com

@sidecar_slo

facebook.com/sidecarslo

Best Cider

APPLES ON POINT Tin City Cider takes home the Best Cider award this year. Belly up to the bar for a glass of Bunny Lebowski (above, left), cider fermented with blonde ale wort and wild yeast, or grab a can of Polly Dolly (above, right), a blend of cider, rosé, and citra hops, off the shelf. - PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM
  • Photo By Jayson Mellom
  • APPLES ON POINT Tin City Cider takes home the Best Cider award this year. Belly up to the bar for a glass of Bunny Lebowski (above, left), cider fermented with blonde ale wort and wild yeast, or grab a can of Polly Dolly (above, right), a blend of cider, rosé, and citra hops, off the shelf.
Tin City Cider

3005 Limestone Way, Paso Robles

Sun.-Th., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; F-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

(805) 293-6349

info@tincitycider.com

tincitycider.com

@tincitycider

facebook.com/TinCityCider

Best Local IPA


BarrelHouse Brewing Co., Mango IPA

SLO, Paso Robles

HOURS VARY by location

When breweries first started putting fruit in beer, I was mystified and a little grossed out. But I've since been transformed and am now firmly on the flavored IPA train. It may have been the Grapefruit Sculpin IPA that first did it, but Barrelhouse Brewing Co.'s Mango IPA is no slouch. That beer is a local go-to and for good reason. It is, as Barrelhouse says, one of the most enjoyable IPAs they've ever made. A well-balanced beer with citrus hops and a dash of mango, it's smooth and delicious. You can drink it in the Barrelhouse Beer Garden in Paso or head down into the Barrelhouse Speakeasy in downtown SLO. Of course, it's also available up and down the coast, on tap at your local bar, or in the fridge wherever you buy your beer. Prost!

—Camilla Lanham

barrelhousebrewing.com

@bhbc

facebook.com/barrelhousebrewing

Best Happy Hour


Luna Red

1023 Chorro St., SLO

M-W, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Th., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; F, 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

(805) 540-5243

info@lunaredslo.com

lunaredslo.com

@luna_red

facebook.com/LunaRedSLO

Best Winery for Sparkling Wine


Laetitia Vineyard & Winery

453 Laetitia Vineyard Drive, Arroyo Grande

M-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

(805) 481-1772

info@laetitiawine.com

laetitiawine.com

@laetitiawine

facebook.com/laetitiawine

Best Brewery


BarrelHouse Brewing Co.

SLO, Paso Robles

HOURS VARY by location

barrelhousebrewing.com

@bhbc

facebook.com/barrelhousebrewing

Best Tasting Room


Edna Valley Vineyard

2585 Biddle Ranch Road, SLO

M-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

(805) 544-5855

ednavalleyvineyard.com

@ednavalleyvineyard

facebook.com/EdnaValleyVineyard

Best Tasting Transportation


SLO Safe Ride

284 Higuera St., suite D, SLO

(805) 620-7233

slosaferide.com

facebook.com/slosaferide

Best Drink with a View


Ventana Grill

2575 Price St., Pismo Beach

M-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

(805) 773-0000

ventanagrill.com

@ventanagrill

facebook.com/VentanaGrillPismoBeach

Best Wine Bar

WINE TIME Luis Wine Bar owner Vanessa North is ready to serve you up a glass of wine or beer in the Best Wine Bar in SLO County. If you work downtown, it’s an easy stop for an after-work de-stressor. - PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM
  • Photo By Jayson Mellom
  • WINE TIME Luis Wine Bar owner Vanessa North is ready to serve you up a glass of wine or beer in the Best Wine Bar in SLO County. If you work downtown, it’s an easy stop for an after-work de-stressor.
Luis Wine Bar

1021 Higuera St., SLO

Sun.-Th., 3-11 p.m.; F-Sat., 3 p.m.-midnight

(805) 762-4747

luis@luiswinebar.com

luiswinebar.com

facebook.com/luiswinebar

Best Red Wine


Edna Valley Vineyard

2585 Biddle Ranch Road, SLO

M-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

(805) 544-5855

ednavalleyvineyard.com

@ednavalleyvineyard

facebook.com/EdnaValleyVineyard

Best White Wine


Edna Valley Vineyard

2585 Biddle Ranch Road, SLO

M-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

(805) 544-5855

ednavalleyvineyard.com

@ednavalleyvineyard

facebook.com/EdnaValleyVineyard

Best Dog-Friendly Winery

DRINKING WITH DOGS Kona (left) and Duke (right) may be around if you stop by Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards at the right time. And if they’re not there, someone else’s dog probably is, or you can always bring your own pooch to the Best Dog-Friendly Winery around. - PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM
  • Photo By Jayson Mellom
  • DRINKING WITH DOGS Kona (left) and Duke (right) may be around if you stop by Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards at the right time. And if they’re not there, someone else’s dog probably is, or you can always bring your own pooch to the Best Dog-Friendly Winery around.
Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards

1947 See Canyon Road, SLO

M-Sun., 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

(805) 595-9700

info@kelseywine.com

kelseywine.com

@kelseywine

facebook.com/KelseyWine

Best Beverage Slinger


Nicole Sigman-Black Sheep Bar & Grill

1117 Chorro St., SLO

M-Sun., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

(805) 544-7433

blacksheepslo.com

facebook.com/blacksheepslo

Best Dive Bar


McCarthy's Irish Pub

600 Marsh St., SLO

M-Sun., 8 a.m.-2 a.m.

(805) 544-0286

I'm not sure how many people have "1019" tattooed somewhere on their bodies, but I've seen more than a few. That's the old address of McCarthy's Irish Pub when it was at 1019 Court St. McCarthy's is a bar that engenders tattoo-levels of loyalty. Back on March 19, 2007, about a dozen patrons and a few bartenders picked up the then-20-foot bar and walked it four blocks down the sidewalk to its current location at 600 Marsh St. That wasn't the first time McCarthy's moved. Its original owner, Joe McCarthy—a former pro wrestler known as the Red Devil—got in a rift with his business partner when the bar was located in The Gold Room on the corner of Monterey and Morro streets. He and his patrons picked up the bar and moved it to Court Street. At some point, McCarthy's will no doubt have to move again. Its patrons can be counted on to pick up the bar and carry on its traditions.

—Glen Starkey

@mccarthysirishpub

facebook.com/McCarthysIrishPubSLO

Best Sports Bar


Firestone Grill

1001 Higuera St., SLO

Sun.-W, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Th.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

(805) 783-1001

contact@firestonegrill.com

firestonegrill.com

@firestonegrill

facebook.com/FirestoneGrill

Best Liquor Store


Sandy's Liquor

586 Higuera St., SLO

M-W, 8 a.m.-midnight; Th.-Sat., 8 A.M.-2 a.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

(805) 543-2499

facebook.com/pages/Sandys-Deli-Liquor/117410378285607



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