Rosie O'Grady's Liquor License Suspended In San Diego's Normal Heights

June 28, 2023

San Diego's 40-year-old Rosie O'Grady's Irish pub in Normal Heights has had its liquor license suspended. 

Rosie O'Grady's is a Chicago-style Irish bar founded in 1983 by Ron Stout. Over its decades-long tenure, the establishment has been bought and sold several times. Most recently, Rosie O'Grady's was acquired in 2019 by local hospitality company Social Syndicate, which also operates Monarch Ocean Pub, La Dona OB Cantina, The Local, OB Surf Lodge, The Rabbit Hole, The Local Pacific Beach, Wonderland Ocean Pub, and Bootlegger, as well as has partnership interests in Grand Ole BBQ and Blue Water Seafood Ocean Beach.

Rosie O'Grady's liquor license has been suspended by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for a 20 day term, beginning June 27. While the official reason for the suspension has not yet been disclosed, it is alleged that the Normal Heights-based bar has annoyed neighbors who frequently file noise complaints. We tried to contact Rosie O'Grady's by telephone, but their number has been disconnected.

We were contacted by two purported neighbors of Rosie O'Grady's who both claimed noise increased drastically after Social Syndicate took ownership of the bar. The neighbors each accused Social Syndicate of removing sound proofing along the establishment's ceiling, both alleging the work was originally performed without requisite city approvals. One of the neighbors even forwarded the below "Civil Penalty Notice And Order", which was reportedly obtained via FOIA request. A representative from Social Syndicate responded to these allegations stating that "everything is fully permitted and up to code."

Rosie O'Grady's will reopen on July 17 at 3402 Adams Avenue in San Diego's Normal Heights. For more information, visit