About Us

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The Hole in the Wall has earned a reputation as a world famous dive bar. Consistently rated as one of the friendliest neighborhood bars in San Diego, it takes a little effort to find us - and that’s just how we like it. A nondescript entrance makes you question if you’re in the right place, and when you step down in to a cool classic tropical patio, you know you are.

Previously dubbed the “19th Hole” due to its proximity to the Sail Ho Golf Club, the bar sits in a depression dug in the early 1900s to access an aqueduct that ran between Mission Bay (then called False Bay) and San Diego Bay. A speakeasy during Prohibition, with a chicken shack next door and green lawn for picnicking, this off-beat location became a safe space for San Diego’s gay community in the 1940’s. We honor this important history as the home of San Diego's original Sunday Funday – with Flaco’s extraordinary burgers (rumored to be the best in town) you have to get there early to guarantee entrance.

Throughout the week, we have become a bar with no label, a bar for people looking for something a little less ordinary. We are an important venue for original singer-songwriters every Wednesday with larger groups on Saturday night. Our karaoke crowd can’t be beat, and our trivia (the first Friday of every month) is handcrafted and hosted by a local expert. The atmosphere is all about fun, with a pool table, ping pong, interactive apps, glow pong and a variety of board games - both new and old. With outdoor fire pits surrounded by the largest outdoor smoking patio in San Diego, you are never at a loss to find someone to interact with, or a place to sit undisturbed. You’ll always get a good drink at a good price.

Armada Rugby Club

Without question, what makes us great are our patrons. We sponsor a number of local sports teams who join us monthly for our special Saturday Bingo fundraising with door prizes.


Our teams include:

Armada Rugby Club
Master Batters Softball
& Bundt Cakes Kickball

Check out the bar's event schedule for upcoming events, bands and singer-songwriters as it changes throughout the week. With over a dozen different beers on tap featuring local breweries as well as our own house specialty cocktails, The Hole in the Wall is a dive bar that's well worth searching out.