Waterfront Bar Owners Opening The Good Spirit Cocktail Lounge In La Mesa

November 20, 2019

The owners of such historic San Diego establishments like The Waterfront and The Aero Club are opening a new cocktail bar. The Good Spirit will unveil in downtown La Mesa next year, offering a welcoming neighborhood vibe and a menu of high end cocktails and spirits.

Cousins Chad Cline and Jason "Rocky" Nichols, whose great-grandfather acquired the The Waterfront Bar in Little Italy(whose liquor license is the first issued in San Diego after the end of Prohibition) around the late 1960s, own several area bars & restaurants, including Eastbound in Lakeside, The Hills in La Mesa, Harbor Town and Club Marina in Point Loma, Banzai Bar in Midway District, and Werewolf in the Gaslamp. Last year, the cousins took over San Diego's 70-year-old The Aero Club in Middletown. Their next concept will install in the standalone building at 8341 La Mesa Boulevard in San Diego's East County community of La Mesa.

"We’re calling it The Good Spirit," explained co-owner Chad Cline. "It seemed like a name that captures the energy we’re trying to create for our guests - good vibes with good people. We want to offer a wide variety of high quality, high value spirits. This is not a restaurant so there will be no food, but we see La Mesa Blvd as a very unique and special part of San Diego, and we’re looking forward to offering unique spirits. We have Aero Club and although the setting of Aero can’t be recreated the products it carries are well received by people who visit and we feel something similar from a product standpoint will be well liked in La Mesa too."

The Good Spirit will be a 1,300 square-foot cocktail lounge that will hold about 70 customers. The eatery will have a design inspired by the La Mesa neighborhood and offer a large variety of spirits, cocktails, beer and wine by the glass. The bar is not expected to open until mid-2020.

"We want this to be a place that people in La Mesa go to for good conversation with good people," continued Cline. "We’ll be designing the space with that in mind. There’s a lot of great places to eat in La Mesa and we hope we’ll be a spot to hit before and after dinner. Our focus is always on guest experience and making sure people are leaving happy and appreciated. We want to give people a product they can talk about in a setting they feel comfortable in, delivered by good people who appreciate their visit. The better we hit those areas the happier we’ll be. We want a place that La Mesa is proud to call their own. "