El Dorado Cocktail Lounge Shutters In Downtown San Diego After Nearly 15 Years In Business

August 29, 2023

After nearly 15 years in business, El Dorado Cocktail Lounge has ended its run in downtown San Diego.

In 2008, Nathan Stanton (then co-owner of Consortium Holding Hospitality Group), his younger twin brothers, Marshall and Matthew Stanton, and Ryan Kuntz took over what was then Hong Kong Nite Club on Broadway in San Diego's East Village and opened El Dorado Cocktail Lounge. Under the Consortium Holdings umbrella of bars and restaurants, the establishment hired some of the finest barkeeps this city has to offer and soon became respected as innovators and educators in the cocktail world.

Last fall, news broke that Glendale, CA-base Pouring With Heart restaurant group, which also owns Seven Grand and Bar Three Piece in San Diego's North Park, took over the establishment. The new owners closed the bar early this year and transitioned it to offer a more classic cocktail experience. Less than a year later, the company has announced that El Dorado is permanently closed.

"'It is better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all,'" read the announcement on El Dorado's social media. "As of today, El Dorado is closing its doors."

No reason has been given for the reason behind El Dorado's sudden closure. We reached out to the company for comment but did not receive a response by the time of publishing.

El Dorado Cocktail Lounge is sited at 1030 Broadway in San Diego's East Village. For more information, visit eldoradobar.com.