Best place to watch the Padres is Petco Park in San Diego. But what if the Padres are playing on the road? Or what if you can’t get (or afford) a ticket to the game? And maybe you just want to have a drink or get something to eat on the way to or from the game. Check out the best San Diego Padres bars and Padre friendly restaurants in America’s Finest City.
San Diego Padres Team History
The San Diego Padres are a professional baseball team in the United States. And the Pads compete in the West division of the National League of Major League Baseball (MLB).
The San Diego Padres were founded in 1969. They have won five West Division titles and two wild card berths. Most importantly, they have won two National League championships. Unfortunately, they have yet to win the World Series. Could this be their year?
Despite the fact that California has five MLB teams, the Padres are one of only two teams that were born in the Golden State. To clarify, the Los Angeles Angels were also born to Sunny California.
In fact, the Los Angeles Dodgers were founded in Brooklyn, New York. And the San Francisco Giants were founded in New York, New York. As for the Oakland Athletics, they were originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. And they played in Kansas City, Missouri, for a few years before relocating to the West Coast.
San Diego used to have one other major sports franchise, the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. But the team has moved to Los Angeles, leaving America’s Finest City with only one major sports franchise, the San Diego Padres.
How the San Diego Padres Get Their Name
When San Diego was awarded a National League franchise, the team resurrected the name of the city’s now defunct minor league baseball team, the San Diego Padres, which played in the Pacific Coast League.
Padres is Spanish for “fathers”. And the city of San Diego was founded by Franciscan friars in 1769, So the team’s name has historical significance. FYI, the Padres are sometimes referred to as the Friars.
San Diego Padres Stadium
The San Diego Padres used to share Qualcomm Stadium with the San Diego Chargers. But they moved into Petco Park in 2004.
Petco Park is located at 19 Tony Gwynn Drive in downtown San Diego. In addition to hosting baseball games, it has also hostee converts, soccer, golf, and rubgy.
Where to Watch the San Diego Padres Play
Looking for a San Diego sports bar to watch the Padres play? Looking for a San Diego Padres watch party? Here are some of the best restaurants and sports bars in San Diego, where you can root for the Padres with like-minded fans.
However, you should call ahead to make sure they will show the game and that the sound will be turned on.
Best San Diego Padres Bars in San Diego
- The Bullpen Bars & Grill – 8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, California. Telephone: (858) 503-6786. FACEBOOK
- McGregor’s Grill and Ale House – 10475 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, California. Telephone: (619) 282-9797. FACEBOOK
- Tivoli Bar and Grill – 505 – 6th Avenue, San Diego, California. Telephone: (619 ) 232-6754. FACEBOOK
- San Diego Brewing Co. – 10450 Friars Road, San Diego, California. Telephone: (619) 284-2739. FACEBOOK
- McGregor’s Bar & Grill – 10475 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, California. Telephone: (619) 282-9797. FACEBOOK
- Longhorn Bar and Grill – 6519 Mission Gorge Road, San Diego, California. Telephone: (619) 283-0831. FACEBOOK
- The Nolen Rooftop – 453 – 6th Avenue, San Diego, California. Telephone: (619) 796-6536. FACEBOOK
- Altitude Sky Lounge – 660 K Street (stop the Marriott Gaslamp), San Diego, California. Telephone: (619) 446-6086. FACEBOOK
- The Tin Roof San Diego – 401 G Street, San Diego, California. Telephone: (619) 557-8437. FACEBOOK
- The Duck Dive – 4650 Mission Blvd, San Diego, California. Telephone: (858) 273-3825, FACEBOOK
- Balboa’s Tap House – 4421 Genesee Avenue, San Diego, California. Telephone: (858) 277-8226. FACEBOOK
- The Tipsy Crow – 770 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, California. Telephone: (619) 338-9300. FACEBOOK
- Liberty Call – 1985 National Avenue #1131, San Diego, California. Telephone: (619) 432-1848. FACEBOOK
- Cafe Coyote y Cantina – 2461 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, California. Telephone: (619) 291-4695. FACEBOOK
- Fairweather Bar – 793 J Street, San Diego, California. Telephone: (619) 578-2392. FACEBOOK
- High Drive Grill – 1801 Morena Blvd, San Diego, California. Telephone: (619) 275-0460. FACEBOOK
- Level 9 Rooftop Bar – 509 Ninth Avenue (atop Hotel Indigo), San Diego, California. Telephone: (858) FACEBOOK
- Tavern at the Beach – 1200 Garden Avenue, Pacific Beach, California. Telephone: (858) 272-6066. FACEBOOK
A Word to the Wise
While most of these venues tend to attract San Diego Padres fans on game day, there are no guarantees.
First of all, not all baseball games are broadcast. And even when they are, sometimes they won’t turn on the sound. Otherwise, they might show other events. And there is always the chance the venue might be booked for special activities.
Also, fans sometimes migrate to other venues. And bars sometimes close.
Therefore, you should always call ahead to make sure that the game you want to watch will be broadcast.
Your Input on San Diego Padres Bars Wanted
If you have patronized any of these San Diego Padres sports bars, please leave comments (pro or con) in the COMMENT box below.
You can mention the ambiance for San Diego Padres fans. For example, is there team memorabilia on display?
And what about the visibility of TV screens, the resolution, and the quality of the sound?
Finally, how is the food? And what about the service?
Also, please let me know if any of these San Diego Padres watch bars have closed – or if San Diego fans are no longer having Padres watch parties at them.
Your own recommendations on where to watch the San Diego Padres play will also be greatly appreciated! Especially welcome would be Padres-friendly sports bars in other cities!