Fall Sundays revolve around football, friends and bar-hopping. What better way to watch football than exploring your city, bouncing around enjoying the sunshine.
One of my favorite things about living in San Diego is the array of neighborhoods ranging from trendy and urban, to hippie beach towns, there is always a new cool area to explore. This Sunday was spent in Normal Heights, an urban pedestrian area north of the famous Balboa Park. And then we stumbled upon Sycamore Den.
A mix of rock walls, old Moroccan lamps, and banjos in brass cases, the Sycamore Den is a groovy bar with an undeniable love for the craft. The design professional in me lusted over the natural material and metal combo, the glam was matched with historic character that wasn’t trying to be cool, but pulled off style so effortless it made my heart flutter. Then we tried the cocktails, I’m hooked.
The man behind the menu, bartender Eric Johnson, has helped open some of the city’s most notable dining and imbibing establishments, including Craft and Commerce, El Dorado Cocktail Lounge, West Coast Tavern and Noble Experiment in his five years in San Diego. He’s really done it again!
A plethora of rotating craft beers, including one of my favorites the Duchesse de Bourgogne a Flemish red ale.
The Dovetail Julep, prepared the traditional mint julep way – over ice.
The wolf’s ticket – aka the best cocktail I’ve ever had. Whiskey, orchard peach, simple syrup, angostura bitters, and lemon zest meticulously prepared to delight the senses. Another must try is their Hardly Wallbanger.Several dozen hanging lanterns caught my eye, the metals and color contrasting beautifully against the rock and wood.
It’s the details that turn a place from good to grand. The caged in instruments, family photos and the smell of fresh cedar solidify the rich, cozy feel.