Aug 25, 2023 - Things to Do

Garibaldi at San Diego Intercontinental offers drinks with a waterfront view

An orange-colored cocktail sits on a ledge at a rooftop bar overlooking a grassy park, palm trees and the San Diego Bay.

The waterfront view at Garibaldi.

A drink with a view is pretty easy to come by in San Diego, with beach bars, sunny patios and waterfront restaurants.

Garibaldi, a not-so-secret speakeasy at the Intercontinental Hotel on the San Diego Bay, is one worth checking out.

Driving the news: The waterfront hotel was recently named one of the best in the country by USA Today. It ranked 9th on the list, while the beachfront Hotel Del Coronado ranked 7th.

  • The Intercontinental features rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, a rooftop pool with cabanas and this hidden rooftop, all with views of the bay and city skyline.
  • The large patio with plenty of high-top and lounge seating overlooks the water and is home to an herb garden to get the freshest ingredients in the dishes and drinks.

The intrigue: Garibaldi's al fresco Italian restaurant and bar's design is inspired by California's bright orange fish by the same name.

What to order: The signature Italian Amphora Aged Negroni or the seasonal Fragola Frappe.

Go when: For brunch or weeknight drinks that turn into dinner.

Where to find it: 3rd floor of the Intercontinental at 901 Bayfront Ct.


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