East Village has always been an exciting neighborhood to live, work, and play. It is the largest and fastest growing neighborhood in Downtown San Diego!
East Village is most known for being the home of the San Diego Padres, but the neighborhood is really starting to develop its own character. With new restaurants, bars, coffee shops and outdoor venues, there is something for everyone.
Half Door Brewing Company
Corner of 9th and Island
One of the newest restaurant/bar additions is Half Door Brewing Company. What was once a single family home in the heart of East Village just one block from Petco Park, this pub has been a great addition to the neighborhood! With ample outdoor seating and a traditional Irish countryside feel, you will often find the bar packed with local residents. Catching their happy hour after a day at the office was a great experience. Their house IPA was very good, as was their red ale. I would highly recommend a visit to Half Door Brewing Co. if you have not already visited!
Corner of Park Blvd and Market
This 30,000 square foot city owned lot is being transformed into an urban park. This community-driven project will include a coffee shop, large plaza space, dog run, beer garden, space for an East Village farmers market and parking for food trucks along the East side of the lot. The project raised over $60,000 in just 30 days on the website Kickstarter.
Some of the tenants include Meshuggah Shack coffee shop, Slater 50/50’s S&M: Sausage and Meats, and a 10,000 square foot beer garden run by Best Beverage Catering. Quartyard will also be hosting events and concerts. This exciting space will have its grand opening event on March 7th, 2015 from 5pm-10pm. Admission is $5 per person.
Coffee & Tea Collective / Juice Saves
631 9th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
If you want a real cup of coffee, and I mean REAL cup of coffee, this is the place for you. To be honest, I have not jumped on the fresh juice craze, but occasionally I will swing by for a fresh dose of veggies. Coffee is my specialty though. I consider myself a bit of a coffee snob and I was extremely impressed with Coffee & Tea Collective. Their baristas truly know coffee, from the way they measure the beans for each espresso shot to the perfect pull. This isn’t a coffee shop like Pete’s or Starbucks where they use automated machines and shoot out 5 drinks a minute. This is a café where they truly treat espresso drinks like an art. They won’t even serve espresso in a paper cup!
The modern design with the twist of a hipster vibe makes this a great addition to the neighborhood. Their grand opening event is March 1, 2015 from 2pm-5pm.