A reference to an infamous time in American history--Prohibition, is where The Noble Experiment got its name. So what and where is this hidden in San Diego downtown? It's actually in a 'Neighborhood' located in G Street and 8th Avenue. First of all, it's not your typical bar, you will not be able to order a drink made with vodka here. Secondly, there's no dancing inside. If you're feeling like Al Capone, or just want to be cool, then this is a good place for an artisan drink, that will bring you back in time.
Wondering why a group of people are heading to the restroom together? They’re not headed to the restroom. The Noble Experiment is perfectly tucked inside a restaurant (Neighborhood). So you have to head to the back and what appears to be a stack of kegs next to the restroom, is actually the door to get inside; however, just knowing where the door is located is not enough. You have to text a number to get in, and if they have space for you, they’ll let you in. I happened to have someone ‘in the know’, he who shall not be named, who was able to score me reservations same day. Always good to secure reservations ahead of time. Sometimes it can take up to a week to even know if you can get in. Here's a quick video guide by KPBS about Noble Experiment.
I recently started a new job and a colleague of mine from Los Angeles was in town to help in some training. Of course, with San Diego-hospitality, you've got to show him what San Diego is all about. We just had to show him Noble Experiment. After entering through the keg door, you're in a very dark room, lit up by neon lights that scream NOBLE EXPERIMENT. Then you can check-in by confirming your reservation and they'll seat you.
As soon as you entire inside, it's like you literally stepped back in time. The wall immediately to your left is filled with gold skulls and to the right is a gigantic bar presentation of the poison of your choice for the evening.
We were seated in the far back. I don't remember anymore what we ordered, but all of it was good. You can see that the ice very top quality. Ask the bartender, server any question about anything and they'll blow your mind on how they can explain everything. Sometimes when I go, I tell them the kind of drink I like, and they'll surprise me with a concoction. You know the bartenders are good when they use jiggers. Real bartenders use jiggers.
I use my iPhone4 for most of the photos I use on this blog, other than ones I cite, but hopefully you can see the ambiance of Noble Experiment. It was one of the highlights of my colleague's short trip to San Diego. We also hit up Vin de Syrah that night, but I'll save that for another post. Here's a photo of us enjoying Noble Experiment. Hands down one of the most memorable places to visitors that I've taken here. Good vibes, perfect place to take a date, or if you just want to enjoy a good drink away from the crowd. There's another place in downtown that's a speakeasy called Prohibition, so I'll probably go check that out sometime soon.
Have you been here?