False Idol

San Diego, CA
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675 W Beech St
San Diego, CA
Opened in September 2016
Daily 6pm-2am

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False Idol



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Everyone You
Decor 9.8
Drink Quality 9.6
Drink Selection 9.7
Mood 9.6
Music 9.3
Service 9.6
Tikiness 9.7
Tilt 9.5
Vibe 9

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Humuhumu’s description

False Idol opened in early September 2016 in San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood. It is owned jointly by Martin Cate of Smuggler's Cove
Smuggler's Cove
San Francisco, CA
and Consortium Holdings (owners of neighboring Craft & Commerce). The walls are covered with panels carved by legendary tiki artist Bosko. The ceiling is crusted with lit glass floats. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made up to a month in advance.


ThatVintageMom has visited False Idol.
December 1, 2021, 9:25 PM
So much fun! Highly recommend if you’re in SD
CaptainNemo has visited False Idol.
November 28, 2021, 5:43 PM
I've looked forward to visiting False Idol for months now, and it did not disappoint! A terrific experience. The decor and vibe are of course top-notch Tiki, but the mood and service of the bartenders and wait staff really elevate the joy of being there. At one point during my visit, the bar suddenly darkened and filled with lightning and thunder effects, as one of the bartenders brought a flaming volcano bowl cocktail to one of the tables. Great fun!

Unable to get a reservation online during my San Diego stay, I took a chance and went alone shortly before midnight on a Saturday — the young lady at the door kindly escorted me in anyway, and though the place was packed, I was lucky enough to find a seat at the bar right away.

The regular drink menu is itself the stuff of legends, but they had a special Holiday Cocktail Menu as well, with drinks appropriate from Halloween through Christmas. I ordered the P.K Painkiller, a variation on the Painkiller that includes pumpkin pie spice, and it was one of the smoothest Tiki cocktails I've ever had — I could have ordered a second one easily, but I wanted to try something else from the regular menu.

Despite the fact that the place was packed and really hopping, my bartender Ernie talked to me at kind length about the different drinks on the menu when I asked his advice — I think it really helps when they see that you're an earnest Tiki fan, not just out barhopping. As it'll be some time before I get to San Diego again — and because I only had one drink left in me, so to speak — I asked what False Idol mainstay I should try.

He recommended their Mai Tai, so I went with that... I quite liked it, and though it was a little stronger than I'm used to, I think that's probably because False Idol makes it BETTER than I'm used to. I bought a Zombie glass, a menu and a T-shirt for souvenirs, and Ernie was kind enough to throw in a few custom swizzles and coasters as well, in a False Idol tote bag. Next time I'm in San Diego, I'm definitely visiting again, and early enough in the evening to try more of the menu. A terrific Tiki bar!
Charlie Buddha
Charlie Buddha has visited False Idol.
May 19, 2021, 12:18 PM
If I didn't live 2,000 miles away I would be a regular here!
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