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Noble Experiment

Speakeasy, Cocktail Bar, and Whisky Bar$$$$
Central San Diego, San Diego
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  • Metromix
    MetromixJanuary 17, 2011
    This place has a great Haunted Mansion vibe with a wall of skulls, living art pieces and a chandelier. At $12 a drink, the Dealer’s Choice is the go-to and is perfect for the undecided or adventurous. Read more
  • seth m.
    seth meyerowitzSeptember 30, 2013
    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.
  • 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.
  • Nick C.
    Nick CannariatoMay 17, 2013
    What to Order || Dealers Choice: a daring move if you're the picky sort, but this is one of the few places that you should just trust the bartender and taste something different for the first round.
  • Alexis S.
    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
    Downvoted Jul 27
  • 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.
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaDecember 19, 2012
    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!
  • Daniel A.
    Daniel AltbaumMay 25, 2010
    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
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinAugust 5
    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".
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Luke W.
    Luke WangJune 26
    Get the dealer's choice and be pleasantly surprised by whatever drinks they might whip up. Regardless they are all delicious.
  • Eric T.
    Eric ThomasAugust 11, 2014
    Fantastic bar staff. Go with the Dealers Choice.......cuz they know better than you do.
  • 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.
  • Geo s.
    Geo sNovember 29, 2012
    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...
  • 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.
  • John P.
    John PalmerSeptember 12, 2013
    Try the Fashionably Late - The huge clear ice cube in every drink makes this place one of the best in San Diego.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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! ;)
  • 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.
  • Allison S.
    Allison SpivackAugust 21, 2014
    Everything is amazing. Go for dealer's choice- try everything. Mixologists are superb!
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱March 7
    If you like something fresh, citrusy and herbal, get the Eastside Rickey minus the soda water! IT IS GOOD.
  • Ruben A.
    Ruben AlcarazApril 26, 2015
    Give the server a taste you like and let them make the drink, you will not be disappointed!
  • Tim N.
    Tim NordeenJanuary 29, 2011
    Anthony knows his drinks. Go for the Dealers choice and trust him! This place is amazing.
  • Márcio V.
    Cool for being hidden behind a wall of kegs. The environment is trendy. Reservation is mandatory. $$$
  • Jenz M.
    Jenz MerrillJuly 19, 2013
    Amazing fun! Dealers choice for three rounds and each has been amazing!
  • 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.
  • Raquel B.
    Raquel BuckleSeptember 3, 2012
    If you are a vodka drinker, order a Tom Collins. You won't regret it.
  • 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.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferFebruary 20, 2012
    Reservations only! Reservations must be made exactly one week in advance... not five days, not three days, but one week!
  • Terra D.
    Terra DelgadoAugust 6, 2010
    LOVE this place!!! Get the Bramble, I got strawberries instead of blackberries, so much better!
  • 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
    Sundays are the best time to get last-minute reservations, and the Dealer's Choice is a must for something unique!
  • Kristin M.
    Kristin MOctober 14, 2012
    Door is a wall of kegs... Try the imperial buck, burning daylight, or la introduccion.
  • Issa
    IssaAugust 19, 2011
    Dealer's choice. And you can't go wrong with sugar cane. : )
  • Toshi
    ToshiMay 24, 2011
    If you like Bloody Marys, try the Gordon's Breakfast. It's amazing. You won't go back.
  • 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.
  • aaronpk
    aaronpkJuly 7, 2013
    Text to make a reservation! It's almost impossible to get in otherwise!
  • Rachael G.
    Rachael GreenOctober 25, 2012
    Ask for Ryan's secret gin infused with scorpion pepper!
  • james j.
    james jenningsMarch 11, 2010
    dealers choice. don't try to order your own, you'll just be missing out.
  • Meghan M.
    Meghan McFerranSeptember 14, 2013
    If you can't get a res show up early and they might fit you in.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    The Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Noble Experiment!
  • David S.
    David StenhouseJanuary 4, 2014
    Get the dealers choice. They know what they are doing
  • 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.
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