This bar in San Diego is not to be missed. It’s a true speakeasy, hidden behind a door of beer kegs in the back of a restaurant called the Neighborhood. There are no signs identifying it as the Noble Experiment until you are past the door of kegs. There are also some tips to get in, like texting a week in advance for a reservation. I tried that but they don’t take reservations for one, so I took my chances and waited in line. Since it was a weeknight, the wait was very short, and I was in!
It’s a small space with quirky, cool decor, including a wall of bronze skulls and paintings on the ceiling. But the main draw, is of course, the amazing hand crafted cocktails.
I was seated at the bar by the very friendly host. The bartender Tony was equally as friendly and welcoming despite being really, really busy making very intricate cocktails. There are tinctures and infusions everywhere and you can tell the bartenders take a lot of pride in their creations. I started with the Feather Weight Old Fashioned, which was a featured cocktail from the menu. Bourbon, Amaretto, Mandarin Napoleon (a blend of cognac and mandarins) and Bitters. Wowza.
The menu itself is limited to a degree, I’m still glad I started at first with a drink from it, but I quickly learned from observing the countless other drinks being made, that the Dealers Choice was the way to go for my next cocktail. You name the spirit and what flavors you like, and the bartender takes care of the rest. Tony definitely took care of me. I chose gin, and he came up with the Turf Club – made with Sipsmith Gin, Absinthe and Maraschino Liqueur.
If you enjoy a good cocktail coupled with a very cool experience, the next time you’re planning a trip to San Diego, plan to make a stop at Noble Experiment. They are located at 777 G Street.