San Diego Speakeasy Named on ‘World’s 50 Best’ North America Bars List

May 5, 2023

The World’s 50 Best organization has announced North America's 50 Best Bars of 2023 and one San Diego cocktail destination made the coveted list. 

East Village's "speakeasy within a speakeasy", Youngblood has secured the #49 spot on list of North America's 50 Best Bars. San Diego's Consortium Holdings hospitality group opened Youngblood in spring 2021 as part of the two year refresh of East Village's Neighborhood bar & restaurant. Young Blood is a speakeasy concept sited behind another speakeasy, Noble Experiment. The bar offers an "immersive", cocktail experience with multiple seatings per shift.

"San Diego’s CH Projects hospitality group (Raised by Wolves, False Idol, Noble Experiment, Polite Provisions, and more) has another hit on their hands with Youngblood," reads the write up on World's 50 Best North America's 50 Best Bars list. "The bar opened inside Neighborhood – where speakeasy Noble Experiment is also tucked away – in 2021 with Sam Ross of Attaboy (The Best Bar in North America 2022) fame part of the collaboration. The kitschy entrance, a lá refrigerator door, opens into a petite but gasp-worthy 16-seat bar that’s decked out to the nines with design details that channels Great Gatsby opulence."

Youngblood is located at 777 G Street in San Diego's East Village. For more information, visit

Here are all 50 bars listed on North America's 50 Best Bars:
  1. Double Chicken Please, New York City
  2. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City
  3. Katana Kitten, New York City
  4. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City
  5. Jewel of the South, New Orleans
  6. Dante, New York City
  7. Overstory, New York City
  8. Kumiko, Chicago
  9. Café La Trova, Miami
  10. Thunderbolt, Los Angeles 
  11. Zapote Bar, Playa del Carmen
  12. Civil Liberties, Toronto
  13. Attaboy, New York City
  14. Employees Only, New York City
  15. Bar Pompette, Toronto
  16. Baltra Bar, Mexico City
  17. Rayo, Mexico City
  18. Mace, New York CIty
  19. Botanist Bar, Vancouver
  20. Hanky Panky, Mexico City
  21. El Gallo Altanero, Guadalajara 
  22. Sabina Sabe, Oaxaca
  23. Arca, Tulum
  24. La Factoría, San Juan
  25. Café de Nadie, Mexico City
  26. Kaito del Valle, Mexico City
  27. Herbs & Rye, Las Vegas
  28. Pacific Cocktail Haven, San Francisco
  29. Martiny’s, New York City
  30. Death & Co (Los Angeles), Los Angeles
  31. Selva, Oaxaca
  32. Atwater Cocktail Club, Montreal
  33. Service Bar, Washington D.C.
  34. Sweet Liberty, Miami
  35. Cloakroom, Montreal
  36. Cure, New Orleans
  37. Mother, Toronto
  38. Milk Room, Chicago
  39. Maison Premiere, New York City
  40. Aruba Day Drink, Tijuana
  41. Bar Leather Apron, Honolulu
  42. Yacht Club, Denver
  43. Bar Mordercai, Toronto
  44. The Dead Rabbit, New York City
  45. Allegory, Washington D.C.
  46. Clover Club, New York City
  47. Brujas, Mexico City
  48. Platform 18, Phoenix
  49. Youngblood, San Diego
  50. Milady’s, New York City