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Best Cocktails in San Diego

Not to toot our own horn, but we have an endless amount of superb recipes under our apron, and with the earth as our inspiration, we can't help but guarantee that the next batch of cocktails will be just as fun and inventive as the last.

So please don't JUST think of Cafe 21 as a restaurant with great cocktails or the nearest cocktail bar in your neighborhood. We are hoping to earn your kudos and praise, finding Cafe 21 synonymous with "best cocktails in San Diego."

KITCHEN LIBATIONS

  • FRUITS - DATE ME
    Old Forester, Date Syrup, Egg White, Lemon >> NO ADDED SUGAR
    14
  • FRUITS - HAPPY PAPAYA
    Old Forester, Honey Papaya Shrub
    14
  • FRUITS - JUICED UP*
    Organic Greenbar CRUSOE Spice Rum, Apple Cider, Orange Juice, Cinnamon >> NO ADDED SUGAR
    15
  • FRUITS - PABLITO'S REVENGE
    Mezcal Verde Momento, Leblon Cachaça, Mango Chipotle Syrup, Lime
    15
  • FRUITS - PEPPED UP PIG
    SEAGRAM'S VODKA, SODA H20, CRANBERRY, LEMON
    12
  • VEGGIES - BEETLE JUICE
    Organic CITY Bright Gin, FRUITLAB Ginger Liqueur, Blueberry Beet Shrub, Lemon
    14
  • VEGGIES - CUCU COOLER
    Leblon Cachaça, Cucumber, Sugar, Lime
    12
  • HERBS + SPICES - CARDOMONY
    Tito’s Vodka, Black Cardamom Syrup, Lime
    12
  • HERBS + SPICES - SPRING THYME
    Organic Greenbar TRU Lemon Vodka, FRUITLAB Ginger Liqueur, Ginger Syrup, Thyme, Turmeric, Lemon
    14
  • FLOWERS + LEAVES - PEACE PIPE*
    Leblon Cachaça, Gin, Strongwater CBD Bitters, Tarragon Syrup, Matcha, Lemon
    16
  • FLOWERS + LEAVES - JUST PEACHY
    SOJU, VOGA Prosecco, Wine Reduction, Peach Blossom Syrup, Lemon
    14
  • FLOWERS + LEAVES - ROSEMANTIC
    Organic Greenbar CITY Bright Gin, VOGA Prosecco, VINO Moscato, Rose Syrup, Lemon
    14
  • *THESE KITCHEN LIBATIONS FEATURE DRY ICE AND ARE ONLY AVAILABLE WITH DRY ICE AT CAFE 21 UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS ON THE WEEKENDS. THEY CAN ALWAYS BE ENJOYED AT ANY TIME WITHOUT DRY ICE.

FLIGHTS

  • FLIGHTS - SANGRIA
    Goblet 11 • Pitcher 21 • Flight 21 Fruit-Infused Wine >> Made in House with Simple, Real Ingredients
  • FLIGHTS - MIMOSAS
    Flute 10 • Flight 21 Changes Daily!
  • FLIGHTS - MOJITO
    Flight 21 Five Tasting Glasses of Fresh Mint, Rum, Sugar, Seasonal Fruit Purees

INFUSED BOOZE

  • INFUSED BOOZE
    Shareable Signature Cocktail Unique Bottle Service Experience for 2 Ask Your Server About Our Porthole Infused Spirit Offerings
    35

CRAFT ON DRAFT

Selections are Seasonal & Subject to Change
  • 32 North PILSNER THE CONQUEROR 5.5%
    7.5
  • Harland BLONDE 4.7%
    8
  • Abnormal ABNORMALWEISS HEFE 5.3%
    7.75
  • 32 North PENNANT PALE ALE 5.5%
    7.50
  • Harland IPA 7.0%
    8.50
  • Abnormal MOCHA STOUT 5.1%
    8.25
  • JuneShine SEASONAL KOMBUCHA 6.0%
    9
  • Bivouac SD JAM BLACKBERRY CIDER 6.0%
    11

BLOODY MARY

  • CLASSIC MARY
    House Red Mix, Fresh Vegetables
    12
  • Dress Mary Up >> GRILLED ITALIAN PROSCIUTTO
    +3
  • Dress Mary Up >> PEEL-AND-EAT PRAWN
    +3
  • Dress Mary Up >> GRILLED CHEESE
    +3

MOCKTAILS

  • WISDOM IN A ROOT
    Ginger Syrup, Pineapple, Strawberry, Basil
    8
  • NOPALOMA
    Grapefruit, Lime, Orange Syrup, Soda
    8
  • NOMEZCAL
    Black Cardamom Syrup, Lemon
    8

ESPRESSO

  • ESPRESSO
    Italian Style Espresso Shot
    4
  • ALEXPRESSO
    Espresso, Cardamom, Raw Sugar
    4
  • CAFÉ CUBANO
    Espresso, Raw Sugar
    4
  • AMERICANO
    Espresso, Hot Water
    4
  • CAPPUCCINO
    Espresso, Steamed Milk Foam
    5.50
  • LATTE
    Espresso, Steamed Milk
    5.25
  • VANILLA LATTE
    Espresso, Steamed Milk, Vanilla Syrup
    6.25

VEGAN HOT DRINKS

CAFFEINE-FREE
  • MIDAS TOUCH
    Golden Turmeric, C21 Allspice Blend, Almond + Coconut Milk
    6.75
  • TRAINED DRAGON
    Pitaya, Rose, Almond + Coconut Milk
    6.75
  • PEAS OF MIND
    Butterfly Pea, Lavender, Almond + Coconut Milk
    6.75

COFFEE

  • HOUSE COFFEE
    Organic Peruvian Blend
    3.50
  • THE FANCY DRIP
    | Serves 2 Guests | Signature Coffee Experience with C21 Allspice Blend
    8
  • COFFTEA
    English Breakfast Tea, Cardamom, Coffee
    7
  • HAMMER HEAD
    Coffee, Espresso Shot
    5

ORGANIC TEAS

CAFE 21 Specialty Teapot Brewed Fresh to Order
Served HOT or COLD
  • BLACK
    EARL GREY • ENGLISH BREAKFAST • CHOCOLATE • CHAI
    7
  • GREEN
    JASMINE • GOJI BERRY*
    7
  • HERBAL*
    GINNIE IN A POT >> Ginger, Lemon, Honey • CELEBRI-TEA >> Raspberry, Goji Berry, Rose •  ENERGIZER >> Lavendar, Lemongrass, Osmanthus, Peony • SUPERPOWER >> Calendula, Chamomile, Chrysould
    7
  • WHITE
    Kunlun* >> Mountain Snow Chrysanthemum
    7
  • *CAFFEINE-FREE

CRAFT SODA & H20

MADE WITH REAL SUGAR.
NO HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP!
  • CALEB'S KOLA
    4
  • CALEB'S DIET KOLA
    4
  • STUBBORN LEMON BERRY ACAI
    4
  • STUBBORN CLASSIC ROOT BEER
    4
  • FEVER TREE GINGER BEER
    4
  • PELLEGRINO SPARKLING WATER 16.9 oz.
    7

FRESH SQUEEZED JUICE

  • ORANGE JUICE
    7
  • LEMONADE
    6
  • PINK PIGGY LEMONADE
    7
  • AZERI TARRAGON LEMONADE
    8
  • RASPBERRY LEMONADE
    8
  • BUTTERFLY LEMONADE
    8
  • SEASONAL JUICE | ASK SERVER |
    $

Freshly Squeezed

If you ever stop by our bar, you will see our bartenders working hard to get freshly squeezed juice ready every day. Squeezing fruits is just one of their many talents. We like to think of our bartenders as masters of the Cafe 21 drink universe, where craft anything applies: craft cocktail making, craft beer pouring, and well, craft soda pouring too!

World Famous Bloody Marys

Our bartenders are the rulers of our world famous Bloody Mary bar and if you haven't seen our Bloody Marys yet, be ready to be impressed. It is ok to wonder how they make grilled cheese sandwiches, fresh veggies, and bacon perch up on the Bloody Mary glass; it's one of the many unanswered mysteries yet to be answered by our bartenders.

Our Coffee Service

As for our name, we know we can't call ourselves Cafe 21 with at least having café to enjoy too right? Don't worry we love coffee just as much as refreshing cold drinks. So if you are hoping for a mug of straight black organic Peruvian coffee or maybe some espresso with flair, then our coffee service station will whip up what you need.

Unique drinks, hot or cold, are waiting for your order at Cafe 21! If you happen to be in the Gaslamp in downtown San Diego in search of great drinks or maybe some live music in the evening, then Cafe 21 Gaslamp is ready for your visit. If instead, you find yourself cruising around Adams Avenue, then Cafe 21 University Heights is waiting for your visit!

Daily Happy Hour!

Don't forget at both locations; Happy Hour runs daily from 3 PM to 6 PM. Cafe 21 knows drinks, and we know drink deals even better. We are talking about ½ of our signature sangrias, mimosas, and craft beers as well as 21% off wine and cocktails. It's ok if just yelled 'yay' out loud! We love you for it!

Have a true Cafe 21 experience, where amazing food and drink as well as good company and beautiful ambience are all part of the Cafe 21 way. The concept of small plates allows for variety, where guests can indulge in different tastes and flavors. Everything from our style of service, spices, and techniques are true to the culture of Azerbaijan.

Our team only works with the best, freshest ingredients to bring you unique seasonal dishes made from locally grown produce, hormone-free grass fed meat, wild seafood, and antibiotic-free Mary's Free Range Chickens. We love hand making our own sourdough bread, which is baked daily using organic flour and a very special starter named Lola. We make all our food from scratch and with love.

We are here to meet your tastes, accommodating gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan guests. Please inform us of any allergies you may have. *As delicious as it may be, consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.*

Please note that our menu is seasonal and prices as well as menu items are subject to change. We do our best to keep the most current menu updated and the most correct version of our menu is directly on our site.