Italian-Themed Speakeasy Opening Inside InterContinental San Diego

January 30, 2020

An Italian-themed speakeasy called Garibaldi will open later this year inside downtown San Diego's bayside InterContinental Hotel.

After the departure of Paul McCabe last spring, Jeff Josenhans took over as the food and beverage director at InterContinental Hotel San Diego, where he aims to spearhead an evolution of the onsite food and beverage program alongside Executive Chef Amy DiBiase. With an extensive background in luxury hotel operations and mixology, Josenhans brings top notch cocktail prowess in addition to being a certified cicerone and sommelier. Josenhans most recently served as Director of Banquets, Restaurants and Bar for the nearby US Grant Hotel after relocating from Stockholm, Sweden to San Diego.

Noticing that not all space on the expansive property was being utilized, Josenhans wanted to increase the food and beverage offerings at InterContinental. His first project was Layover, an outdoor lounge experience opened late last summer on the hotel's 4th floor. Coming soon is Garibaldi, an Italian-inspired speakeasy that will make use of a third floor rooftop space currently inaccessible to guests. Expect an upscale lounge experience complimented by a menu of craft cocktails, including Negroni and Aperol spritz varieties. Garibaldi is expected to unveil by this spring.

Other dining and drinking concepts on the InterContinental property include onsite signature restaurant Vistal, California's first outpost of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, dessert shop Gelato & Friends, and incoming The Reading Room 19th floor cocktail lounge by Consortium Holdings (Born & Raised, Morning Glory, Raised By Wolves). A tasting room from Vista's Latitude 33 Brewing was also in the works, but that project was pulled after Latitude shifted its market approach by entering into a craft beer alliance with Green Flash Brewing and Alpine Brewing late last year.

InterContinental San Diego is located at 901 Bayfront Court in downtown's Bayfront district. For more information, visit intercontinentalsandiego.com.