May 30, 2024 - News

North Park's Part Time Lover was named one of the best bars in America

The outside of a cocktail bar and record store.

Part Time Lover in North Park was named one of the best bars in the country. Photo: Kate Murphy/Axios

One of San Diego's coolest bars is getting some national attention.

State of play: Part Time Lover, a hi-fi listening bar with a record store in North Park, was named among Esquire's 42 Best Bars in America.

Zoom in: Part Time Lover is an upscale, yet relaxed cocktail lounge that spins and sells vinyl from Folk Arts Rare Records — one of the oldest record stores in California.

  • The vibes are "mid-century living room yet more luxe" with a long wooden bar, velvet couches and checkered floors that make the interior design "as mesmerizing as the music," Esquire says.
  • Sip on a Japanese-style old fashioned or whisky highball as you listen to "everything from acid jazz to deep house to tropicalia."

Yes, but: As our Andy Keatts knows, a few P.T.L. cocktails will likely mean some vinyl is coming home with you.

If you go: The bar on 30th Street is open 4pm-2am, and the record shop is open 4-10pm.


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