Top Bars to Check Out in San Luis Obispo

November 18, 2021

Easily one of the top gems in the Central Coast region, San Luis Obispo is a slice of paradise on the West Coast with much to offer visitors. If you’ll be coming here soon and you have a penchant for craft beers, regional wines, and similar libations your taste buds tend to appreciate, there are some local bars you’ll want to consider visiting. Here are some of the top choices recommended by the people who know SLO best, the friendly staff at Sands Inn & Suites, a AAA Three-Diamond hotel. San Luis Obispo visitors return to our hotel again and again to enjoy our comfortable accommodations, friendly atmosphere, and idyllic location within walking distance of California Polytechnic University and downtown San Luis Obispo.

The Library

Don’t let the name fool you. The Library is a popular local SLO bar with a friendly staff and an assortment of frosty brews and appetizing offerings. There’s also a lounge and a DJ.

Location: 721 A and B Higuera Street

Frog & Peach Pub

The craft beers on tap here are just the icing on the cake. Frog & Peach Pub is also a popular live music venue that regularly hosts rock, blues, and reggae artists. When the weather’s pleasant, which is often in San Luis Obispo, head out to the creekside patio.

Location: 728 Higuera Street

McCarthy’s Irish Pub

This long-established and still regularly visited watering hole has an impressive selection of draft beers. In addition to being welcomed into a mellow, friendly atmosphere, you’ll find a savory selection of familiar “pub grub” along with indoor and outdoor seating options. You can also play shuffleboard here.

Location: 600 Marsh Street

Creeky Tiki Bar & Grill

You’ll get the best of both worlds at this SLO destination. It’s a casual restaurant with menu delights that include hot wings and flavor-infused burgers. There’s also an outdoor tiki bar where you can enjoy beer, wine, cocktails, and tropical blends.

Location: 782 Higuera Street

Blast 825 Taproom

Comfort food made with fresh local ingredients is what you can expect when you come to this highly recommended local haunt in San Luis Obispo. The drink selection is just as impressive, since it includes more than 40 craft beers and local wines. Added perks include self-pour taps, big TVs, and wood-fired pizza.

Location: 733 Higuera Street in Bubblegum Alley

Black Sheep Bar & Grill

This easygoing pub is a local favorite, but it’s also a place where you’ll absolutely feel welcome as a visitor to San Luis Obispo. The drink menu offers plenty of variety. With food, you’ll have a build-your-own mac ‘n’ cheese option and other tasty bites for your consideration. There’s a patio, too.

Location: 1117 Chorro Street

Buffalo Pub & Grill

Nestled in a charming vintage building, this lively neighborhood haunt is known for its unique cocktails and other refreshing drink selections. Chicken strips served with a choice of hot pepper, Thai, or ranch sauce and steak skewers are among the popular food selections available here.

Location: 717 Higuera Street

Mother’s Tavern

Offering a casual evening nightclub vibe, Mother’s Tavern treats patrons to custom cocktails and frosty locally inspired craft beers. Your beverages can be paired with well-stuffed burgers and other nibble and bite options. The garlic mashed potatoes come highly recommended as well.

Location: 725 Higuera Street


No matter what kind of beverage you prefer, you’re sure to find a bar that suits your tastes perfectly in San Luis Obispo. If you’re planning to stay in the city and want the perfect destination for a family vacation or a relaxing getaway, reserve a room at Sands Inn & Suites. At our hotel near San Luis Obispo, you’ll find all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. To reserve your room or learn more about our amenities, which include microwaves, refrigerators, flat-screen TVs with digital cable, and complimentary high-speed WiFi, call us today at (800) 441-4657.

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