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



by 261 people



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 9.1

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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.


Menehune has visited False Idol.
August 29, 2019, 5:50 PM
False Idol is about as good as it gets. Impeccable decor and drinks made to perfection. It is dissappointing that the fire marshall made them change the "secret" entrance but that is not False Idol's fault. The only things I could say to improve the place would be maybe some kinda off beads or something to cut the light coming in from the exit/bathroom door and the bartenders could be a little more talkative and engaged. But that is me being picky. The place really is amazing and you will not find Tiki drinks made any better than this.
Napsto has visited False Idol.
July 28, 2019, 11:30 PM
My expectations were high and I have to be honest.... False Idol over delivered. This tiki bar was a perfect 10. The Mai Tai and the Coronado drink were outstanding. The decorations were better than what you would see at Disneyland . I am so impressed . The best tiki bar I have ever been to!
Utiki has visited False Idol.
July 15, 2019, 9:43 PM
Made a reservation for two about two weeks in advance for our vacation to San Diego for a Monday night. Table is ready early, decorations are awesome, drinks are great, there is some sort of light/thunderstorm show that is a lot of fun, bar is crowded and loud. In total we ordered 5 drinks plus a mug and a glass to take home in an hour between two people. I think the tab was about $100. Our waiter told us we needed to give up our table for another reservation. Exactly how much money per hour do you need to spend in this place to keep your table? When the waiter dropped off the fifth drink and told us we had to give up our table we just left it untouched, I lost my appetite to be there and immediately felt unwelcome. A separate waitress noticed the untouched cocktail and sent a manager over to explain it was some sort of mistake. The manager comped our drinks, but by that time I felt so unwelcome I didn’t want to be there. We left the drink untouched and the glass and mug on the table. I don’t want to be reminded of any part of the way we were treated at this bar. If the waiter hadn’t tried to run us off for not spending enough money it would have been a great night. As it is, I wouldn’t recommend this bar to anyone. The bar uses Open Table for reservations. If there is a one hour maximum it should be clearly stated when making the reservation. If there is a minimum bar tab for an hour, that should be clearly stated.
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