San Diego has a great bar scene and we discovered the Moscow Mule drunk in a cooper cup. We were there over the holidays and took several Chow recommendations:
Cafe Chloe was excellent and some of the best steak and frites since Paris.
The Starlite Bar and El Dorado were are two favorites places to have drinks. That being said, the Noble Experience had the best mesclun drinks I have ever tried.
George's at the Cove served the best Margaritas we had as well an excellent cerviche.
An over night at Rancho Bernardo and dinner at Avant was a treat.
The one disappointment was the Farm House Cafe. We booked for their Xmas Eve meal and the place appeared rushed, understaffed, and disorganized (our waiter forgot our wine with the first course.) Even though the food was good, the atmosphere was off setting. We vowed to go back on our next visit and give it another try.
All in all, it was a good experience and thank all the Chowhounders who contribute to the site.