False Idol

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675 W Beech St
San Diego, CA
Opened in September 2016
Daily 6pm-2am

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False Idol

9.5

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Decor 9.7
Drink Quality 9.4
Drink Selection 9.8
Mood 9.6
Music 9.4
Service 9.8
Tikiness 9.6
Tilt 9.6
Vibe 9

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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
Bar
9.5
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.

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LetThereBeRums
LetThereBeRums is a regular at False Idol, and is usually there 3rd Thursday of every month.
July 10, 2017, 3:37 PM
Unfortunately, the fire marshal took issue with some of the decor, so some adjustments are currently in place. The walk-in cooler entrance was replaced with a wheelchair accessible ramp and a temporary curtain and that takes away from the drama of the original entrance. For some reason the lamps over the bar have had the bulbs removed and no longer hang lower than the glass floats, leading to less-than-deal mood lighting that's harsh on a few spots and too low in others. This isn't a slight against the False Idol team, because they had to quickly make these adjustments on the fly in order to reopen, just a heads up for anyone visiting soon. It's a bummer for now, but I'm sure they'll find solutions to these minor issues and get the decor and ambiance back up to the levels of their opening.
DoktorTiki
DoktorTiki has visited False Idol.
July 6, 2017, 1:56 PM
It was nice to finally get in here. We had flown out with a special swing by San Diego to be here when they opened but they ran a couple of weeks late so we never made it. Thanks to all the reviews, we knew to get a reservation in advance which was very needed. As everyone says, the decor is great, a nice take on the classic dark cave tiki bar. The ceiling is wall to wall glass balls which seems silly but unique. The drinks were first rate. No food which cuts down on the amount you can drink. Good service. The line to get was long and the place quickly filled. It is hard to say if this is a place drawing in all the many locals who love tiki or is just the current 'it' place to be. Assuming it survives (say longer than Mister Tikis Mai Tai Lounge, which was great) it will be interesting to see how it shakes out. Wont stop back on our next few visits to town but will try again in a few years to see what happens.
April 19, 2017, 12:37 AM
False Idol is adorned impeccably and has a vast selection of drinks. Definitely worth a visit. However the vibe was really bad on my visit--Bachelorette parties and guests with big backpacks...it just killed the natural camaraderie that I find in my favorite tiki haunts. Maybe I just had an off time...
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EnchantedTiki
visiting on
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Garrlicbread
visiting on
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
for the first time
In town for Tiki Oasis. Super excited to check it out!
caliban
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
for the first time
I'm going to be in San Diego for the annual US Go Congress (Go is an Asian strategy game) and can't wait to drag some friends to False Idol on Wednesday night.
Swanky
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
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Going to try to get by on our way into TO.
Robot Tiki
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
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Will visit our first day in San Diego for Tiki Oasis
Queen Puff Puff
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Saturday, August 12, 2017
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July 17, 2017, 10:40 AM
Hello Queen Puff Puff, I am curious were you able to get reservations? I looked and it seems those dates are completely missing from the schedule.
July 18, 2017, 1:43 PM
No, we were just going to try stop for a visit and a drink.
Lindsaylou13
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rigormorty
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MrHo
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Monday, September 4, 2017
for the first time
Looking forward to a week in San Diego and hope to get here! Dates may change; let me know if there is a local hang on some night...flexible!
Sukielau
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
for the first time
On a layover fromHawaii.
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