False Idol

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

Critiki ratings

False Idol



by 40 people



Everyone You
Decor 9.6
Drink Quality 9.6
Drink Selection 9.8
Mood 9.5
Music 9.6
Service 10
Tikiness 9.6
Tilt 9.7
Vibe 9

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Regulars & Visitors

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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
and Consortium Holdings (owners of neighboring Craft & Commerce). The walls are covered with panels carved by legendary tiki artist Bosko.

How to find it

False Idol is on West Beech St at Kettner Blvd. Enter through a secret entrance that looks like a walk-in cooler.


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Upcoming Visits
visiting on
Saturday, April 22, 2017
for the first time
Regulars & Visitors
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November 28, 2016, 6:26 PM
The look and feel of False Idol is fantastic.
The service was excellent as were the drinks. It is what a tiki bar should be. Completely blocked off from the rest of the world. There is no way to bring sunlight into the bar since you must go through 3 doors make your way into the bar itself.
I also really like that False Idol controls the amount of customers you have in the bar. This ensures a relaxed chill atmosphere. Love!

1. I am a purist when it comes to tiki bar music. The playlist was a bit all over the place. Keep the exotica flowing, and mix it with some surfer music to bump the energy level, along with some loungy jazzy music.
2. Compile a rum list and include it in your drink menu. I love to sip an aged rum along with my tiki drink.
3. In your menu, include some visual of how much tartness, sweetness, and booziness people can expect in their cocktail.
4. Tweak some of your drink recipes so that each cocktail truly has its own distinct personality. Among the four of us we tried 8 different drinks, and a few tasted very similarly. Drinks that had a strong personality was the Three Dots and a Dash and the Chartreuse Swizzle.
5. Merchandise. Tiki heads love to take away some souvenirs from a bar they really love.
RikiTikiTavi has visited False Idol.
November 19, 2016, 10:55 PM
I agree with another commenter here: The process for entering the bar felt clunky and a bit inhospitable. Nothing ruins the vibe of a "hidden" tiki bar like a line of people standing at the door to a walk in cooler. Once inside, everything was great. The drinks were outstanding (though they were out of tiki mugs), and the bar staff were knowledgeable and friendly, and the decor is cool, especially the water feature!
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Tiki Kiki has visited False Idol.
November 15, 2016, 1:30 PM
Awesome Tiki bar! The Tradewinds cocktail was my fav of the few we tried. Great location in San Diego, close to the waterfront/gaslamp district. There is a public parking structure almost right next door and metered street parking. Went on a Monday night so it was not too crowded. I liked the hidden entrance in Craft and Commerce. It really added to the experience. I would recommend making a trek to this one as soon as possible.
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