With a student body population of over 21,000 at Cal Poly, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of places to drink in SLO. But that also means most bars are primarily filled with screaming 20-year-olds celebrating another successful weekend with a fake ID. So head to Sidecar instead. This low-key spot right off Higuera has our favorite cocktails in town, with a slightly older crowd that’s definitely down to get a little rowdy. The bar food menu here is solid too.
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The Libertine Pub
The Libertine Pub in Morro Bay has a divey atmosphere, house-brewed sours, and a solid bar menu.
High St. Deli
San Luis Obispo’s High St. Deli is a local hangout with a great day drinking-friendly patio and huge, well-made sandwiches.
SLO Donut Co.
SLO Donut Co. in San Luis Obispo always has a line in the mornings, and for a good reason: their excellent donuts.
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Ddong Ggo is a lively Koreatown bar with a smoked-filled patio and excellent fried chicken.
The Father’s Office burger (in Santa Monica and Culver City) is amazing. If you don’t know that, you don’t get it.
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