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 58 people



Everyone You
Decor 9.6
Drink Quality 9.5
Drink Selection 9.8
Mood 9.5
Music 9.4
Service 9.9
Tikiness 9.6
Tilt 9.7
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
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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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...
KevinCrossman has visited False Idol.
April 12, 2017, 7:40 PM
We made reservations for 11 pm on a Saturday night and arrived about 25 mins early. We found the hostess station and let them know we were there early. The basically immediately seated us at the bar "while our table opened up." Well, they never came back with the table, but it was kind of okay as we enjoyed the bar and working with the bartender who was super responsive when we wanted a second and third round.

The room was crowded but not too packed. Very festive atmosphere - everyone was having a great time. The decor here is great, but couldn't hear the music too well over the crowd (I heard some exotic drums at one point).

The drinks we had were great. This for sure is the best Mai Tai in the city, and we really liked the Sea Legs (but, boy, that's a strong one). I liked the Hanalei Nights as well, though the 151 Swizzle was a bit too bitter. Overall drinks were well done and there is a nice variety on the menu.

The whole speakeasy aspect is a fun gimmick. For sure this is the place to be in S.D.
TikiBird has visited False Idol.
March 30, 2017, 3:07 AM
They need something to nibble on, nuts or anything.
Love the walk into this place! Only went once, and had a slight issue with people cutting in line. Other than that, drinks and decor are magical.
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