SKA Bar Permanently Closes In San Diego's Normal Height

May 27, 2023

It has been confirmed that SKA Bar & Restaurant has permanently closed in San Diego's Normal Heights.

In late 2019, SKA Bar & Restaurant opened in a new mixed-use building in San Diego's Normal Heights neighborhood that also houses 11 luxury apartments. The restaurant is the product of Louie Chau, whose family operates Lotus Garden Chinese restaurant in City Heights. SKA Bar has a 4,500 square foot ground floor dining area with rollup garage door windows and a 40-foot central bar, as well as a 2,600 square-foot rooftop dining space and bar with expansive views over Normal Heights and beyond.

On May 4, SKA Bar took to social media to announce it would be closing "for the time being" without explaining any further. People quickly took to social media speculating on why the restaurant suddenly shuttered right before a usually Cinco de Mayo weekend. Some hypothesized the bar closed due to a liquor license violation, but review of the California ABC records proves that is not the case. Others believe SKA Bar would not be reopening at all. Now SKA Bar has officially announced its permanent closure. 

"With a mix of emotions, we announce the permanent closure of Ska Bar," read the announcement on the company's social media. "It's been an incredible journey, and we are deeply grateful to our amazing customers and community for the tremendous support throughout the years. You have made this experience truly remarkable!  As we turn the page to a new chapter, we are excited to announce that Ska Bar is now for sale. It's bittersweet, but we are eager to pass the torch into the hands of someone who can breathe new life into this beloved space. With its expansive bar interior and breathtaking rooftop, we envision a future where the magic of Ska Bar continues to thrive."

SKA Bar & Restaurant is located 3250 Adams Avenue in San Diego's Normal Heights. For more information, follow SKA Bar on Instagram