Craft and Commerce
675 W. Beech St.
San Diego, CA 92101
The great thing about big cities is that they are never short on restaurants/bars with unique character and fun premises. Craft and Commerce is no exception: decorated with hand-written literary quotes, old books, and dark wood, it looks exactly like someone opened a restaurant inside an old estate library.
They only serve spirits, so all you vodka-lovers are out of luck. But the drinks are delicious, if a bit strong. If you’re with a group, definitely get one of the famous punch bowls. The Mothers Ruin is particularly good.
If you’re in the mood for something more than conversation and sips, the menu doesn’t disappoint. From burgers to mac-n-cheese, to fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits, it’s all delightfully sinful. Just don’t bother asking if it’s good for you or not. Soul food is good for the soul.
The atmosphere is lively and a bit loud as this place always seems to be crowded. The typical patron runs the gamut from college kids out for a sophisticated drink, to young couples, to girls night outs, older married couples, and friends of all ages.
Tip: They don’t take reservations. Get there early or be prepared to wait, especially if you have a large group (more than four people).