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Noble Experiment

Speakeasy, Cocktail Bar, and Whisky Bar$$$$
Central San Diego, San Diego
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  • Don't forget it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • Eric T.
    "Go with the Dealers Choice.......cuz they know better than you do."(13 Tips)
    Márcio V.
    "Cool for being hidden behind a wall of kegs."(3 Tips)
    Mauricio A.
    "NY and this spot gives mixology bars back home some competition."(7 Tips)
    Morena_jojo
    "... for you even when it's not on the menu!!! Love that! A little bit expensive but..."(3 Tips)
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  • SwissMiss
    SwissMissNovember 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 :)
  • 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".
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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! ;)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is amazing. Go for dealer's choice- try everything. Mixologists are superb!
  • ILYA S.
    ILYA SPEKHOVNovember 24, 2016
    Try Bolero Verde and don't forget to eat the ginger candy ;)
  • 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!
  • Morena_jojo
    Morena_jojoOctober 26, 2016
    Everything about the cozy vibe of this not so secret bar.😍
  • Ruben A.
    Ruben AlcarazApril 26, 2015
    Give the server a taste you like and let them make the drink, you will not be disappointed!
  • Jenz M.
    Jenz MerrillJuly 19, 2013
    Amazing fun! Dealers choice for three rounds and each has been amazing!
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱March 7, 2016
    If you like something fresh, citrusy and herbal, get the Eastside Rickey minus the soda water! IT IS GOOD.
  • Raquel B.
    Raquel BuckleSeptember 3, 2012
    If you are a vodka drinker, order a Tom Collins. You won't regret it.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferFebruary 20, 2012
    Reservations only! Reservations must be made exactly one week in advance... not five days, not three days, but one week!
  • Márcio V.
    Márcio VenturiJune 13, 2016
    Cool for being hidden behind a wall of kegs. The environment is trendy. Reservation is mandatory. $$$
  • Tim N.
    Tim NordeenJanuary 29, 2011
    Anthony knows his drinks. Go for the Dealers choice and trust him! This place is amazing.
  • 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!
  • Robert S.
    Robert ScheibDecember 30, 2013
    You must try this place if you're in San Diego. Awesome atmosphere.
  • 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.
  • Kristin M.
    Kristin MOctober 14, 2012
    Door is a wall of kegs... Try the imperial buck, burning daylight, or la introduccion.
  • aaronpk
    aaronpkJuly 7, 2013
    Text to make a reservation! It's almost impossible to get in otherwise!
  • Rachael G.
    Rachael GreenOctober 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for Ryan's secret gin infused with scorpion pepper!
  • 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. : )
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Terra D.
    Terra DelgadoAugust 6, 2010
    LOVE this place!!! Get the Bramble, I got strawberries instead of blackberries, so much better!
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