We're throwing a party, so come and play!

For those still in town (or coming home) for the holidays, we wanted to provide y'all a place to share thanks and gratitude... We're happy to be open and would like to show gratitude for the people that supported us throughout the completion of our bar. We would also like to welcome some new friends, too... So, If you're in town tomorrow night, come join us for some merrymaking and thanksgiving!! 


Otis says...

So, El Dorado is open to the public - What better time to begin a story about my experiences in this place, right? I am one of few whom witnessed the long transformation of this dive bar. My experiences on this old wall began when the owner's of George's Night Cap (the true origin of that bar top) lobbed me up here. I endured several decades as watchman of all things 1030 Broadway...

But things changed - when new owners wanted an asian themed bar (the Hong Kong Niteclub), a giant taxidermy albino buffalo became aesthetically unappealing. They removed me from my post and tossed me in the back of the bar with the rest of the junk. For 30 years, I waited in the dark for another 'change.'

Then, it happened... Last February, the Stanton brothers, and their partners, set me free! When they finally sealed ownership, they sought a shift in identity for the bar. Now, I'm Back!!! And the place is lookin' pretty good! They remodeled most of the interior... The flooring shines with gold fleck, and their jukebox sits conveniently under my nose... now, I get a chance to greet all those who add a quarter to the juke, while continuing my duties as faithful watchman. Things are good! But let's not forget the past...

These Stanton kids are young and excited to be here - you can tell their passion the second you meet em... There's no doubt they love this place, but will they be loved back? I've seen several come and go. The view from this wall can provide a cruel sight. But these guys seem different then what I'm used to seeing around here. Only time will tell if their vision becomes gold.

From time time, I'll keep y'all posted on what I see, so we can share their story. It can get pretty lonely up here, though... so come visit me, bring friends, or leave comments about my stories.

hope to see you soon, and welcome to El Dorado

 - Otis


El Dorado Opens Monday, November 24th!

The owners and staff at El Dorado Cocktail Lounge are extremely excited to open the doors for the San Diego community on Monday, November 24, 2008 at 5:00pm.  Since February 2nd of this year, this has been a work in progress.  During that time we transformed a formerly run-down, dilapidated bar into a lounge that is comfortable and attractive, yet still maintains the character and history of a bar that has existed since the 1940's.  The theme is classic Dive-Lounge with influences from our upbringing in the Pacific Northwest, and the rugged frontier of the American gold rush.  As our namesake, the fabled city of gold is our overarching metaphor... We have traveled long and hard to realize El Dorado's existence.  We have spent 5 years trying to get a bar off the ground. We are extremely honored to present the final product, and share our experiences with you.  We hope you enjoy El Dorado Cocktail Lounge, and we eagerly await your arrival!

...Welcome to El Dorado


If you have a story related to our business (and questions, comments, or concerns) feel free to share. Contact us at your leisure:

contact@eldoradobar.com -- ph. 619.237.0550 -- fx. 619.237.0559