The Social Syndicate Family of Restaurants

by: Wesley Somoza

Owner of Visit Southern California

Social Syndicate established in 2014 is among San Diego's thriving restaurant families. In just over 3 years the "Concept is King" group of restaurateurs have established 5 successful restaurant concepts that have been embraced by locals and visitors to the city. On top of that this group has crafted their own local brewing company called Resident which you can find in not only these restaurants but in other popular restauranst venues throughout the city. Below you can read about Social Syndicates family of restaurants and make sure to stop in when you are in the area. Check Out Our San Diego Restaurants Section for more information.

Bootlegger - DownTown San Diego "East Village"

Looking for a popular, fun and exciting spot in Downtown San Diego's East Village? Look no further than Bootlegger located in the heart of East Village, steps from Petco Park and the Gaslamp Quarter. Bootlegger offers an airy hangout with speakeasy touches offers craft cocktails, creative comfort grub, DJs & sports TV.

Reviews are in and they impress- From Zagat “You haven't become a true San Diegan” until you've made friendly with the “superior” bartenders at this trendy East Village bar with vintage speakeasy touches because they really “keep the place hopping” via inspired craft cocktails; a “darn good” menu that hints at the American South is another draw for the young, good-looking clientele that gathers to chat, “catch a game” on TV or just “chill” while DJs play; P.S. check out the half-hidden minibar in the back.

From the Thrillist- Combining the mystery of a speakeasy with the familiar comforts of home, Bootlegger offers a unique environment in which to enjoy its multitude of offerings. From the expansive food menu to the broad assortment of cocktails and beer, this place proves that not all marriages require compromise. 

The Daily Happiest of Happy Hours Offers the following great Deals Monday- Sunday

Monday - HAPPY HOUR | 3pm to 7pm

$5 Wells & Calls, $5 House Wines, $5 Draft Specials, $5 Small Plates
DRINK UP MONDAYS | 8pm to Close
1/2 Off Specialty Cocktails & Bottles of Wine

Tuesday - $10 B.Y.O.N. | All Day

B.Y.O.Nachos Build Your Own Nachos & Montejo Draft
$2 Tacos, $3 Montejo Drafts, $5 Margaritas, $5 Shots of Tequila

Wednesday - HAPPY HOUR | 3pm to 7pm

$5 Wells & Calls, $5 House Wines, $5 Draft Specials, $5 Small Plates
TRIVIA NIGHT | 8pm to 10pm

Thursday - $10 B.Y.O.B. | All Day

B.Y.O.Burger Build Your Own Burger & Domestic Draft

Friday - HAPPY HOUR | 3pm to 7pm

$5 Wells & Calls, $5 House Wines, $5 Draft Specials, $5 Small Plates
ROTATING DJs | 7pm to Close

Saturday & Sunday - WEEKEND BRUNCH ‘TIL 1PM

$14.95 Bottomless Mimosas Served Until 2pm

Bootlegger Bar - Visit Southern California

Bootlegger Venue Bar - Visit Southern California


The Rabbit Hole - San Diego

Upscale pub food & craft cocktails are served in a trendy setting with rabbit art & exposed beams. Looking for comfort food, great cocktails, sports on TV and live music. Journey to the Rabbit Hole in Normal Heights.

Check out what Visitors who have come down the Rabbit Hole have to say- From Zagat “Exposed beams and rabbit themed art on concrete walls are just a couple of the finishing touches you'll find at this Adams Avenue pub offering more than 20 beers on tap and a creative cocktail menu, served alongside heartier fare including burgers, mac 'n' cheese and other comfort-food favorites.

From the Thrillist- From the guys behind Bootlegger, Wonderland in OB, and The Local in PB, The Rabbit Hole in Normal Heights is essentially a sports bar that has some underground fantasy rabbit hole-like (a-ha!) design elements, including a custom painted mural by local artist Sean Dietrich. There are 24 beers (and wines!) on tap, plus a full bar. In the spirit of everything bunny they’ve got going on over there, you should probably order the El Conejo (jalapeño-infused tequila, Cointreau, agave nectar, house-made sweet & sour, fresh lemon & lime juice, and blueberry puree). They also have a food menu that is mostly comfort food, with plates like the Jack-A-Loaf, which is, of course, a bacon-wrapped rabbit meatloaf.

Happy Hour Monday-Friday

$5 Select Local Drafts
$6 Wine by the Glass
$6 Select Specialty Cocktails

Featuring a Weekend Brunch, Live Music Events and Special Sporting Events this venue offers a large seating and dining capacity.

Rabbit Hole Venue - Visit Southern California

Rabbit Hole Events- Visit Southern California

OB Surf Lodge - Ocean Beach

aid-back place for creative American bites with beer & wine in a mod space steps from the beach. Indoor and Outdoor dining is available. This great venues serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily in the heart of Ocean Beach.

Ocean Breeze, great drinks and food- From Zagat “Fans dig into creative American fare (think poblano-avocado toast, fried cheese curds and chocolate haupia pie) at this happening beachfront hangout in Ocean Beach with an extensive beer and wine list.

Featuring a great tasting Brunch menu along with lunch and dinner offerings that inlcude for the ocean/surf crowd:

Shrimp Skillet
Ancho Butter Sauce, Citrus Poblano Slaw, Grilled Sourdough

Fried Cheese Curds
Guajillo and Cilantro Aioli Dipping Sauces

Coconut Braised Pork Belly
Frisee, Orange, Fennel

Lump Crab & Fried Green Tomatoes
Poblano Citrus Slaw, Cilantro Aioli

Crispy Fried Chicken
Local Honey & Buttermilk Sauce

For the Burger, Chciken and Fish crowd, enjoy:

The Lodge
Bacon, Swiss, Rye Slaw, Tomato, Aioli, Dijon, Brioche Bun

Tahini Chicken
Feta Cheese, Cucumber, Romaine, Tomato, Beet Aioli, Whole Wheat Bun

Black Bean
Firehouse Jack Cheese, Romaine, Tomato, Cilantro Aioli, Brioche Bun

Pacific Opah
Pickled Radish, Red Onion, Ginger, Cilantro, Aioli, Onion Bun

Monday-Sunday 8am-10pm

Cocktails include:


Finlandia Vodka, St. Germaine, Fresh Basil, Blueberry Syrup, Lemon Juice, Brut Sparkling

Tito’s Vodka, Fresh Strawberries, Strawberry Jam, Lemon Juice, Orange Bitters, Ginger Beer

Rum Haven Coconut, Fresh Melon Juice, Orange Juice , Pineapple Juice, Vanilla

Bacardi, Lahaina, Lime Juice, Orgeat, Guava Juice, Curacao, Guava Foam

Buffalo Trace, Disaronno, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Egg White

Old Forester Whiskey, Lemon Juice, Honey Simple Syrup, Orange Bitters, Fresh Orange Juice

El Jimador Blanco, Cointreau, Lime Juice, Rosemary-Ginger Simple Syrup

Beefeater Gin, St. Germaine, Lemon Juice, Coconut Cream, Violet Bitters, Fresh Mint

Espolon Silver, Lime Juice, Ginger Juice, Cucumber, Jalapeño, Tajin Orange Wheel

Espolon Reposado, Basil, Grapefuit, Lime Juice, Squirt
Dawn Patrol

Choice of Fugu Regular or Habanero Vodka

Nitro Cold Brew, Protein Powder, Almond Milk, Banana, Peanut Butter

Kale, Apple, Celery, Lemon, Ginger, Cucumber

Carrot, Beet, Tumeric, Pineapple, Ginger, Pear

Pacifico, Lime Juice, Housemade Bloody Mix

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OB Surf Lodge Seating - Visit Southern California

The Local - DownTown San Diego

The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole opened its doors in 2003, as a family owned and operated restaurant and bar. Mina Desiderio saw an opportunity to carve out a niche in the Financial District of Downtown San Diego. The philosophy was simple: Bring the beach and all things that define San Diego to downtown. The vision was to be an establishment that supported local sports teams, local cuisine, local beers, local music and local events, hence the name, The Local.

The vision of California coastal grinds paired with San Diego’s favorite craft brews didn’t fit under one roof – Rather than compromise our vision, we decided to expand! Our mission at The Local Downtown is to satisfy your cravings while exceeding your expectations. Over 12 years in the making, The Local Downtown has a story that is best told through the experiences we offer. “Drink Local!”

The Local San Diego

Wonderland Ocean Pub - Ocean Beach

The San Diego area’s first amusement park opened in the small beach town of Ocean Beach on July 4, 1913. Wonderland Park was built in 1913 on a sandy beach south of Abbott Street, between Voltaire Street and the ocean which covered an area of 9-1/2 acres.

More than a decade before Mission Beach’s Belmont Park opened, Wonderland represented the height of summertime entertainment in the up-and-coming city of San Diego. Water slide, roller skating rink, carnival games, bowling alley, a zoo with 350 monkeys and the West Coast’s biggest roller coaster — Wonderland had it all.

However, the fun times didn’t last for long. Wonderland would close by 1915, an apparent victim of the festivities across town at Balboa Park. Then, in a final ignominy, its seaside rides would be swamped by San Diego’s massive killer floods of January 1916.

Using the culture and history of Ocean Beach as a foundation. Wonderland Ocean Pub was created to exemplify all that is great about this laid back beachfront community. We strive to provide a neighborly atmosphere, where you’ll always be treated like part of our family. With a view unparalleled to any other, come experience our coastal inspired menu or grab a cold pint of local craft brew.

Wonderland Ocean Beach - Visit Southern California


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