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Noble Experiment

Speakeasy, Cocktail Bar, and Whisky Bar$$$$
Central San Diego, San Diego
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  • Perceptus
    PerceptusNovember 1, 2016
    Excellent craft cocktails with bartenders that know their stuff. Try Budda's Kiss if you're looking for sweet & delicious. Make a reservation online, because this small speakeasy fills up quick.
  • Morena_jojo
    Morena_jojoOctober 26, 2016
    Anything you ask for a drink, they would gladly make one for you even when it's not on the menu!!! Love that! A little bit expensive but quality strong drinks🤔
  • seth m.
    seth meyerowitzSeptember 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Really cool spot hidden in gaslamp district. entrance is behind a fake wall. bar tender meg is adorable and meticulous in her drink making. Find the time 2 make it 2 this place & you won't regret it.
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaDecember 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You can only book the reservation through text (and a week ahead of time is recommended). Go for the "dealer's choice" as they'll make a cocktail from whatever liquor you like!
  • The Taste Sheriff
    The Taste SheriffAugust 7, 2014
    Woohoo. THE place to be in SD for early drinks. Very small though, call a few days ahead to reserve a spot or be prepared to wait. Also, FYI: 5 ppl/party max.
  • Jessi P.
    Jessi PakJuly 5, 2014
    Trevor is the best! Can't go wrong with Dealer's Choice- tell him what you like and he'll craft something perfect :)
  • Megan M.
    Megan MoffettJuly 24, 2011
    Dealers Choice! Let the bar tender know you choice of liquor and your preference (sweet, sour, salty, etc) and let them work their magic. El Guapo = Tequila... Spicy & Salty. Eric and Brian are Great.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinAugust 5, 2016
    Dope little speakeasy right in gas lamp. Just find the stacked beer kegs behind the kitchen and push right thru. Solid cocktails, but at $15 it's pricey for SD
  • Michæl B.
    Michæl BrettNovember 25, 2015
    Make sure you have a reservation!!! All the cocktails are good. Sit at the bar to watch them mix up the creations, and go off menu with "dealers choice".
  • Simi F.
    Simi F.March 23, 2015
    Dealers Choice resulted in an amazing concotion involving Basil eau de vie and a bunch of other delicious things. Be sure to make reservations in advance.
  • Brent M.
    Brent MadisonJuly 4, 2015
    The atmosphere and hidden appeal are just the first impressions of the many great things about this happening nightlife spot. The cocktails are all about $15, but you get what you pay for.
  • Elana R.
    Elana RothSeptember 15, 2014
    Don't judge your experience on one drink. We had two bartenders - one was fantastic and one was awful. Don't be afraid to request who and what you want. It's worth it, I promise.
  • Eric T.
    Eric ThomasAugust 11, 2014
    Fantastic bar staff. Go with the Dealers Choice.......cuz they know better than you do.
  • Luke W.
    Luke WangJune 26, 2016
    Get the dealer's choice and be pleasantly surprised by whatever drinks they might whip up. Regardless they are all delicious.
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SmithSeptember 16, 2013
    Probably the coolest place I've ever been for a drink. It's a must-go if you're in San Diego. That is, if you can find it! ;)
  • Nathan Y.
    Nathan YuenMarch 24
    Entrance is behind the keg wall. Solid cocktails. Make reservation ahead of time!!
  • Stacy T.
    Stacy TereseOctober 3, 2013
    I asked the bartenders to make something that tasted similar to a pumpkin spice latte. My drink was amazing! Megan and Hayley don't disappoint.
  • John P.
    John PalmerSeptember 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Fashionably Late - The huge clear ice cube in every drink makes this place one of the best in San Diego.
  • Gabrielle G.
    Great classic style speak easy but very crowded. Either get there early or make a reservation. Amazing drinks!
  • Daniel A.
    Daniel AltbaumMay 25, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    This is one of the coolest places in San Diego. It is tough to get in, but worth it. You will have to send a text to ask for reservations. Here is the number: 619.888.4713
  • Geo s.
    Geo sNovember 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Just go with dealer's choice. I know you THINK you know what you want best, but just sit back, relax, and let the mixologist do their job...
  • Mauricio A.
    Mauricio A.October 11, 2014
    I'm visiting from NY and this spot gives mixology bars back home some competition. Gentleman by the name of Trevor makes some very good drinks.
  • Roger W.
    Roger Wong2 weeks ago
    Get the Dealer’s Choice. Tell them what you like and be pleasantly surprised!
  • Mark M.
    Mark McLaughlinOctober 6, 2016
    Booking seems to be a must, but be nice to the hostess and she'll keep you posted if a spot opens up on the night.
  • David T.
    David ThompsonSeptember 12, 2013
    What an experience... Only way to get a reservation is by texting them, not too difficult on a Wednesday night!
  • Vanessa V.
    Vanessa VadnalNovember 25, 2013
    Text for reservations and get a seat at the bar. The godfather will kill you but it's delicious and you need not drunk anything else.
  • Mike P.
    Mike PerezMay 27, 2011
    Wow. Ordered the brandy dealers choice and the drink was incredible. Muddled mint, fresh lemon and brandy and it was awesome.
  • ILYA S.
    ILYA SPEKHOVNovember 24, 2016
    Try Bolero Verde and don't forget to eat the ginger candy ;)
  • Allison S.
    Allison SpivackAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is amazing. Go for dealer's choice- try everything. Mixologists are superb!
  • Morena_jojo
    Morena_jojoOctober 26, 2016
    Everything about the cozy vibe of this not so secret bar.😍
  • Jenz M.
    Jenz MerrillJuly 19, 2013
    Amazing fun! Dealers choice for three rounds and each has been amazing!
  • Heather W.
    Heather WendlandtOctober 29, 2010
    Dealers choice is key. I asked for a champagne base drink and they whipped up champy with raspberry and some sugar and citrus So yum!
  • Ruben A.
    Ruben AlcarazApril 26, 2015
    Give the server a taste you like and let them make the drink, you will not be disappointed!
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱March 7, 2016
    If you like something fresh, citrusy and herbal, get the Eastside Rickey minus the soda water! IT IS GOOD.
  • Márcio V.
    Márcio VenturiJune 13, 2016
    Cool for being hidden behind a wall of kegs. The environment is trendy. Reservation is mandatory. $$$
  • Jennifer
    JenniferFebruary 20, 2012
    Reservations only! Reservations must be made exactly one week in advance... not five days, not three days, but one week!
  • Raquel B.
    Raquel BuckleSeptember 3, 2012
    If you are a vodka drinker, order a Tom Collins. You won't regret it.
  • Robert S.
    Robert ScheibDecember 30, 2013
    You must try this place if you're in San Diego. Awesome atmosphere.
  • Movie L.
    Movie LoverOctober 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sundays are the best time to get last-minute reservations, and the Dealer's Choice is a must for something unique!
  • Sal
    SalJuly 23
    The secret passage is amazing. Very exclusive atmosphere
  • Tim N.
    Tim NordeenJanuary 29, 2011
    Anthony knows his drinks. Go for the Dealers choice and trust him! This place is amazing.
  • Jhidekim
    JhidekimOctober 1, 2011
    Pro tip: although this is a speak easy (which seems cool) this place is boring and mundane. Plus no beer. Stick to the neighborhood.
  • aaronpk
    aaronpkJuly 7, 2013
    Text to make a reservation! It's almost impossible to get in otherwise!
  • Kristin M.
    Kristin MOctober 14, 2012
    Door is a wall of kegs... Try the imperial buck, burning daylight, or la introduccion.
  • Rachael G.
    Rachael GreenOctober 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for Ryan's secret gin infused with scorpion pepper!
  • Toshi
    ToshiMay 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like Bloody Marys, try the Gordon's Breakfast. It's amazing. You won't go back.
  • Meghan M.
    Meghan McFerranSeptember 14, 2013
    If you can't get a res show up early and they might fit you in.
  • Issa
    IssaAugust 19, 2011
    Dealer's choice. And you can't go wrong with sugar cane. : )
  • Geoffrey F.
    Geoffrey FullerJuly 23, 2011
    One if the best Last Word cocktails I've had. It's up there with Employees Only in NY.
  • David S.
    David StenhouseJanuary 4, 2014
    Get the dealers choice. They know what they are doing
  • kane p.
    kane perryOctober 31, 2012
    Phone number is still good. Manhattan is excellent!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 28, 2016
    The Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Noble Experiment!
  • Arthur B.
    Arthur BodolecMarch 21, 2014
    Book in advance to get to the secret bar!
  • Jordan D.
    Jordan DanlyJuly 21, 2010
    Go to N|E, have Nate make you the best drink of your life (whiskey or gin), stare at the skull wall and sip your drink slow.
  • Grant A.
    Grant AcostaJanuary 22, 2015
    Ramos Fizz and Gin Gin Ginger, nuff said.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RomanMay 23, 2013
    If you don't order a Dealer's Choice, I'll reach through Teh Interwebz and smack you.
  • Terra D.
    Terra DelgadoAugust 6, 2010
    LOVE this place!!! Get the Bramble, I got strawberries instead of blackberries, so much better!
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LeeSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Be courteous and curious. You won't regret it.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan McClarrenJuly 30, 2012
    If you like smoky drinks, try the Flores with mescal.
  • @luvinmarsnlala
    @luvinmarsnlalaJuly 20, 2015
    Dealers choice! Great bartenders :-)
  • Jason A.
    Jason AmansecMarch 22, 2016
    Dealer's choice is the way to go
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 7, 2015
    If you are in Noble Experiment, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • James
    JamesOctober 18
    Great take on classic cocktails!
  • Ande C.
    Ande CogsdillMay 17, 2012
    Easy to get in If you know the right people..just saying
  • juniorcakes
    juniorcakesJune 5, 2010
    Remember to make a reservation and enjoy each and every cocktail.
  • Barry S.
    Barry SmithMarch 28, 2010
    Name your liquor and go with the Dealer's Choice...you won't be disappointed.
  • James
    JamesOctober 19
    Try their take on the margarita!
  • Alexis S.
    Alexis ScherlMay 23, 2016
    Our partly of 4 was able to get in on a Sunday night right at 7pm without a reservation. The cocktails and ambiance live up to the hype. Wish we'd had time for another round before dinner
  • Julia Z.
    Julia ZaitsevaJuly 7, 2013
    Awesome place!
  • Brian D.
    Brian DonaldsonMarch 28, 2012
    I made reservations an hour before. Granted it was a Tuesday.
  • james j.
    james jenningsMarch 11, 2010
    dealers choice. don't try to order your own, you'll just be missing out.
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LeeJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Dealer's Choice. You can never go wrong.
  • Grayson C.
    Grayson ChalmersApril 15, 2013
    Push the wall of kegs and don't wear a baseball hat...don't me that guy like me.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CheungApril 10, 2011
    Sazerac served by Katie is the bomb!
  • Kristen E.
    Kristen ElgoAugust 8, 2012
    Gordon's Cup is the best
  • Lydia
    LydiaOctober 23, 2010
    Ask Anthony to make you a drink with magicianship and glitter.
  • Eric T.
    Eric TangMay 27, 2013
    Try the Lin Pan Alley
  • Allison S.
    Allison SpivackOctober 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    ask to sit at the bar
  • Eric T.
    Eric TangMay 27, 2013
    Try the And Maria
  • Brad E.
    Brad EpsteinSeptember 9, 2010
    Great experience! Just remember: it's a push, not a pull.
  • Paul C.
    Paul ChintawatJune 4, 2010
    The Gentleman Buck is the drink to try.
  • Oli T.
    Oli TreadwellApril 29, 2012
    Walk in on a weekday.
  • Ellyn R.
    Ellyn RiceOctober 2, 2013
    Duke and Duchess!
  • Karen Z.
    Karen ZAugust 17, 2011
    Make reservations in advance.
  • Matt R.
    Matt RezinSeptember 20, 2013
    Check in as advanced as possible
  • Daniel A.
    Daniel AltbaumJuly 16, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    It's not on the menu anymore but they can still make it. Get a Rolls Royce!
  • Sterling D.
    Sterling DoakJune 22, 2010
    Shhhh. Have a Dark and Stormy. Have Nathan make it for you.
  • Jonathan M.
    Jonathan MayFebruary 22, 2014
    It's Behring the barrel wall
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BeskinMarch 13, 2014
    Eric is the man!
  • Joanna G.
    Joanna GuerrieroApril 11, 2010
    Whiskey sours are awesome too! Very smooth
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CosgraveMay 5, 2010
    Defintely chose your liquor and let the bartender do his magic
  • David T.
    David TamSeptember 6, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    try the 20th century !
  • Blake R.
    Blake RobinsonOctober 15, 2011
    Bourbon smash... Check it off
  • Ande C.
    Ande CogsdillMay 17, 2012
    Skulls on the wall..scary
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MFebruary 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the blackberry bramble
  • Scott S.
    Scott SundahlMarch 27, 2010
    Definitely agree with the blackberry bramble.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SmithMay 13, 2010
    Amazing. Everything is perfect.
  • Pork D.
    Pork DumplingApril 17, 2010
    Go with the dealers choice
  • Brandon M.
    Brandon MorenoMay 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for the camerons kick!!
  • Michelle
    MichelleAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Menu as of 8/13/11...
  • autumn r.
    autumn rezacMay 20, 2010
    Nathan is the cutest:)
  • Brett H.
    Brett HutchinsonMarch 26, 2010
    need the secret number though hmmm... anyone? Read more
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