Side Bar 536 Market Street, Downtown San Diego
This former San Diego nightlife staple is back with a vengeance. Under new ownership by RDM Management Group, Side Bar will keep its name but ditch almost everything that downtown remembers. Opening next month, it will nearly double its space to include a dance floor and restaurant area, plus a decked-out bar. Chef Derek Dinublia from Ciros will create artesian pizzas for Side Bar, in addition to late-night eats and new bar food options. Step into Side Bar and be completely blown away by the new look and feel, thanks to designer Davis Krumins, who also designed The Kress in Hollywood and Universal in Hillcrest. Mixing classic and contemporary art, the interior will be adorned with funky antiques, oil paintings, giant suspending birdcages and other eclectic décor. The DJ might have the best view, with the booth suspended in a birdcage.