People looking to spend a night out of the town have the choice of plenty of things to do in San Diego, but if you’re looking for truly unique experience, head out to a tiki bar. There are a few tiki bars to choose from in town, but the most highly regarded and well-known is False Idol.
A speakeasy located inside the restaurant Craft and Commerce, False Idol seems like it’s worlds away from its Little Italy location. Tiki bars celebrate Polynesian pop culture which typically includes exotica music, kitschy island decor, bamboo, Hawaiian shirts, blowfish lamps, and of course, tasty exotic drinks that will knock your socks off. False Idol has all of this and more, including classic menus and memorabilia from long-gone tiki bars of San Diego’s past, incredible wooden art work on the walls, comfortable booths, and a small pond lined with skulls and arrows. Knowledgeable bartenders will help you make the right decision when looking through the extensive drink menu, but you will likely want to try a few of the tasty concoctions. Say goodbye to urban life and the confines of San Diego, and drift away to an island paradise by entering False Idol, one of the top things to do in San Diego.
Tiki culture has made a resurgence in recent years after being relegated to a bit of a cult following since the Fifties, and San Diego has been one of the epicenters of its revival. This is partly due to the fact that San Diego is home to the annual Tiki Oasis convention which comes to town every August and is a celebration of all things tiki. Another reason is that San Diego, and Southern California in general, has always been a prime spot for tiki bars. False Idol has become one of the most respected tiki bars not only in San Diego, but in the entire United States. It is co-owned by Martin Cate, a rum enthusiast who owns Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco and recently wrote a book, also called Smuggler’s Cove, which explains tiki history and provides recipes for countless cocktails. Cate helped stock False Idol with world-class rum, developed the exquisite drink menu, and played a big role in decorating the amazing bar. If you plan on heading to False Idol, be sure to make reservations ahead of time as this is one of the most popular things to do in San Diego this weekend.
Funbassadors can make reservations at False Idol and possibly add on some food at Craft and Commerce before or after visiting the tiki bar. Funseekers can purchase a FunGig that gets them access to one of the top bars in town.