Welcome to the ultimate guide to cocktails in SLO CAL (San Luis Obispo County), where the fusion of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, innovative mixology techniques and breathtaking scenery create an unparalleled drinking experience. Nestled along the coastline of the Central Coast, SLO CAL boasts a vibrant cocktail culture that celebrates the region's abundance of agricultural riches and diverse culinary influences. Join us on a journey through hidden gems, scenic lounges and bustling hotspots as we explore the flavors, traditions and unparalleled beauty that make cocktail bars in SLO CAL a true delight for the senses.

The Alchemists' Garden

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Two colorful cocktails on dining table📍 1144 Pine St, Paso Robles
 Edgy Garden Party
Cocktail Recommendation: Garden Spear

Welcome to the captivating world of the Alchemists' Garden, nestled in the heart of Paso Robles. Here, mixology transcends the ordinary, evolving into an art form that mesmerizes all who enter. These cocktails aren't just beverages; they're like spellbinding potions, crafted to provide an unforgettable sensory experience. From fresh ingredients to beautifully adorned garnishes, each cocktail is a masterpiece waiting to be admired—and, of course, photographed.

Indulge in the enchanting elixirs of the Alchemists' Garden: experience the Garden Spear, a refreshing blend of hibiscus vodka, lemon, rosehip, spearmint and rosemary—a symphony of flavors inspired by nature's finest ingredients. Or discover the Elixir of Life, a potion crafted from fernet, orange bitters, sparkling essence and a medley of dried fruits—a sensory journey like no other.

Gather your friends and enjoy Alchemists' Garden's group cocktails — designed to delight parties of up to 8. Enhance your drinks with a selection of culinary delights, including succulent sautéed tiger prawns, aromatic yellow curry sea bass and flavorful cilantro pesto vegetable lasagna. And for a truly exclusive experience, venture into The Remedy—a 21-and-over, intimate lounge within The Alchemists' Garden, seating only ten guests. Here, let molecular gastronomy and fine spirits transport and inspire you as you share in the pleasure of indulgence.

Sidecar Cocktail Co.

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📍 1040 Broad St, San Luis Obispo
Moody Creekside Speakeasy
Cocktail Recommendation: Swipe Right

Sidecar Cocktail Co. is a beloved hotspot in downtown San Luis Obispo, renowned for its enticing blend of New American comfort food and expertly crafted cocktails. Whether you opt for the tranquility of outdoor seating with serene creekside views or prefer the intimate ambiance of their basement bar, a delightful experience awaits you. Adorned with exposed brick walls, soft lighting and vintage furnishings, Sidecar evokes a nostalgic charm that sweeps visitors away to another era.

Dive into the eclectic world of Sidecar's cocktail selection, offering everything from refreshing fruity concoctions to beloved classics like the Old Fashioned. With playful names such as "Ugh, As If!" and "Bye Felicia," these inventive craft cocktails embody Sidecar's flair for creativity and artistry. Don't miss their dessert cocktails like the indulgent "Swipe Right," featuring vodka, coffee liqueur, Amarula spiced cream liqueur, cold brew coffee and vanilla—a sweet treat to end your evening on a high note.

And mark your calendars for Wednesdays, where you can enjoy all-day happy hour and jazz night! Elevate your cocktail experience with delectable bites and live music that complement every sip. Whether you're craving the savory crunch of olives and nuts or the indulgent satisfaction of their smash burger, Sidecar promises to please your taste buds. And for a truly decadent treat, don't miss out on their battered and fried Oreos dusted with powdered sugar—a delightful dessert that will leave you craving more.

Mason Bar Cocktails📍 307 E Branch St, Arroyo Grande
Hip Neighborhood Bar
Cocktail Recommendation: Lavender Blues

Step into the charming embrace of Mason Bar & Kitchen, where rustic elegance meets SLO CAL flair in the heart of Arroyo Grande. Take a seat at their reclaimed wood dining room, where the air is alive with the aroma of farm-fresh ingredients and the clink of expertly crafted cocktails. 

At Mason Bar, skilled bartenders meticulously craft each cocktail, infusing them with house-made syrups and freshly pressed juices sourced from the bountiful farms of SLO CAL. The 'Mason Originals' are a must-try, featuring delicious cocktails like the Lavender Blues, which includes Hendry’s vodka, house-infused lavender simple syrup, muddled blueberries, lemon juice and soda water. Or if you want something with complexity, the Black Eagle offers Eagle Rare 10-year bourbon, Averna amaro, Angostura bitters and orange bitters. And for dessert enthusiasts, the Mexican Chocolate Martini is a perfect choice to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Visitors can also delight in their choice of 16 local wines available by the glass or explore their extensive selection of bottled wines. For beer enthusiasts, Mason Bar has 20 rotating tap handles, guaranteeing a brew to suit every taste. To accompany your sipping, indulge in their fresh and high-quality menu offerings. The Porcini & Black Truffle Ravioli, Salmon Belly Tempura Tacos and Wagyu Flat Iron Steak are culinary delights you won't want to miss!

📍 900 Main St, Morro Bay
Vibe: Lively Concert Venue
Cocktail Recommendation: Slippery Mermaid

With its unbeatable ambiance and impressive array of amenities, The Siren isn't just a music venue—it's the ultimate spot to unwind with a cocktail and soak up the vibrant spirit of Morro Bay. Venture inside to discover a lively indoor space, featuring a generously sized bar, a live music stage and entertainment options like pool tables and shuffleboard—a haven for music lovers and entertainment enthusiasts alike. Step outside into their charming outdoor oasis, where you'll find TVs to catch the latest game, classic games (like Connect 4 and Jenga) to ignite some friendly competition and a cozy fire pit that sets the scene for unforgettable evenings along the coast. 

Relax and treat your taste buds to the signature cocktails at The Siren, featuring classics like the Slippery Mermaid and Coastal Breeze. Feeling adventurous? Dive into their eclectic selection of shots, boasting intriguing flavor combinations such as the Mexican Candy—a fiery blend of ghost pepper-infused tequila and watermelon liqueur with a Tajin rim. For something with a kick, indulge in their best-selling Strawberry-Jalapeno Margarita, crafted with 80 proof Reposado Tequila, organic strawberries, muddled jalapeño and agave nectar—a blend that's sure to delight your senses.

While you groove to live music and sip your favorite beverage, treat yourself to delectable pub-style eats and Baja-inspired tacos. From shareable plates to refreshing salads, there's something to satisfy every craving! Round up your friends for handcrafted cocktails and loaded nachos to share, making for an unforgettable night of music and entertainment. With fantastic drinks, delicious food, and a lively atmosphere, a night at The Siren promises to create lasting memories.

Pequín Coastal Cocina

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Three bright colored cocktails on restaurant table📍 147 Stimson Ave, Pismo Beach
Vibe: Upscale Coastal Retreat
Cocktail Recommendation: Pink Beach

Venture to the coastal dreamland of Pequín Coastal Cocina, located inside the breathtaking Vespera Resort. Here, every moment is a vibrant celebration of the sea, with patio seating offering panoramic views of Pismo Beach. Feel the sun's warmth and ocean breeze as you savor a refreshing beverage. With the rhythmic waves providing a soothing soundtrack, Pequín promises a dining experience filled with relaxation and bliss.

But what truly sets Pequín apart? The cocktails, of course! Each one is a work of art, crafted with a sprinkle of coastal magic. Take a sip of the Vespera Margarita, with its zesty blend of blanco tequila, fresh lime, Cointreau, agave and a salted rim, or dive into the Pink Beach, a tantalizing mix of mezcal, strawberry, coconut, lemon and agave—a drink fit for a day of sun-soaked bliss. Don't forget to join Pequín every weekday from 3-6pm to enjoy their Fiesta Hour, including irresistible deals on their bites and cocktails.

And that's not all! Pequín invites you to indulge in a culinary journey throughout the day, offering brunch, lunch and dinner with an extensive menu of delicious delights. Start your day with their thick-cut brioche French toast, a decadent morning treat. After soaking up the sun with a midday dip, dive into their Baja street tacos, featuring zesty salsa, carne asada and cilantro—a perfect pick-me-up. As the day winds down, treat yourself to fresh raw oysters, served on the half shell with a refreshing apple cucumber mignonette, for a delightful end to your evening. A visit to Pequín Coastal Cocina is the ultimate way to unwind and embrace the essence of coastal living in style.

Cielo Rooftop Bar

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📍 6400 El Camino Real, Atascadero
Vibe: Italian Rooftop Views
Cocktail Recommendation: Espresso Martini

Savor delicious cocktails and small bites on Cielo's breathtaking rooftop deck, boasting panoramic views of downtown Atascadero. Perched atop the acclaimed Italian restaurant Cielo Ristorante, this seasonal rooftop oasis invites guests to sit back and relax. Dive into their special terrace menu, featuring an array of expertly crafted specialty cocktails and refreshing mocktails, perfectly complementing the stunning surroundings.

Treat yourself to Italian classics like the Aperol Spritz or Espresso Martini, whisking you away to the cobblestone streets of Italy with every sip. Opting for a non-alcoholic option? Enjoy the Purple Emperor, featuring non-alcoholic gin, lemon juice, orgeat and butterfly tea—a refreshing choice for a sunny day in SLO CAL. These impeccably crafted cocktails are the ideal accompaniment as you soak up the warm sunshine of SLO CAL. Plus, don't miss out on Cielo's rooftop happy hour from 8-9pm, offering a $6 cocktail menu to enhance your rooftop experience.

While you sip and soak in the views, delight your taste buds with their tartlet trio—a delightful combination of chive and goat cream, smoked salmon, plus fresh dill and cucumber that pairs perfectly with any beverage. If you're craving something sweet, indulge in their Tiramisu Bites, featuring espresso mascarpone and chocolate ganache—a decadent treat for dessert lovers. And if hunger strikes, venture downstairs to explore their restaurant offerings, where you'll find incredible dishes such as the Pappardelle Creamy Bolognese and Artichoke Five-Cheese Fonduta.

Cane Tiki Room

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Cane Tiki Room Spring Cocktails📍 1240 Park St, Paso Robles
Vibes: Tropical Island Oasis
Drink Recommendation: Mai Tai

Escape the everyday hustle and bustle and step into an exotic oasis at the Cane Tiki Room in downtown Paso Robles. This vibrant destination transports visitors to a tropical paradise, with an interior thats decorated with tiki and nautical artifacts sourced from across the South Pacific. Guests are greeted by mesmerizing fire and water features, complemented by an array of authentic wood tiki carvings, inviting them to unwind and embrace the spirit of relaxation.

Visit the tiki room for a large selection of tropical rum cocktails including their famous Mai Tai made with zesty lime, dry curacao and orgeat. Aside from being delicious, these drinks are aesthetic masterpieces with bright colors and floral decor. Cane even offers a non-boozy menu with delicious alcohol free cocktails including a sparkling lychee lemonade and a cucumber, melon and mint agua fresca. 

Better yet, Cane presents an array of savory Pupu plates designed to perfectly complement their luscious cocktails. Sink your teeth into succulent pork and shrimp egg rolls or savor the crispy goodness of mini ahi poke tacos. With flavors to satisfy every palate, these Asian fusion dishes are made for sharing—but trust us, they're so irresistibly tasty, you might just want to keep them all to yourself!

Cheers to Cocktail Bars in SLO CAL

As the sun sets over the rolling hills and serene coastlines of SLO CAL, there's no better way to unwind than with a perfectly crafted cocktail in hand. With its tapestry of rich agriculture and sun-kissed fields yielding an abundance of fresh ingredients year-round, SLO CAL's bounty infuses every sip with vibrant flavors and unparalleled freshness. In this idyllic setting, each cocktail becomes a celebration of the region's natural beauty and agricultural heritage—a true toast to the good life in SLO CAL. Cheers!