Jewel Box

★★★☆☆

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The Jewel Box is one of a handful of dive bars. Great bartenders and food, good drink. Definitely an overlooked little dive that I hope never catches on so much that it ruins it.

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★★★★☆

The Jewel Box is one of a handful of dive bars. Great bartenders and food, good drink. Definitely an overlooked little dive that I hope never catches on so much that it ruins it.

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They have all the makings of a typical bar. Pool tables, and drinks to go around. Not in the best part of town, but it attracts an interesting crowd. I made it my "pre-drink" spot before I pay an arm and a leg downtown.

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★★★☆☆

They have all the makings of a typical bar. Pool tables, and drinks to go around. Not in the best part of town, but it attracts an interesting crowd. I made it my "pre-drink" spot before I pay an arm and a leg downtown.

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This used to be one of San Diego's gems, hands down the best dive bar. But since it's changed hands, it's gone way down hill. The crowd has changed alot, and for the worse. Before they wouldn't let in some of the less savory clientele, now it's fair game for anybody. They employ some of the worst bartenders I've seen-completely lazy, and unknowledgable(who doesn't know what a greyhound is!). The food used to be one of the great reasons to go there, but the menu has gotten smaller, and the food has gotten nastier. And the last time I ordered food, the cook with the long greasy hair smelled so bad of B.O. that I almost threw up! There has to be a health code violation for that.
Bottom line, it used to be a great place to go with great bartenders, great management, and an awesome crowd. Now it's nothing better than the Star Bar, and that's not saying much. But at least at the Star Bar, you get better service.

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★☆☆☆☆

This used to be one of San Diego's gems, hands down the best dive bar. But since it's changed hands, it's gone way down hill. The crowd has changed alot, and for the worse. Before they wouldn't let in some of the less savory clientele, now it's fair game for anybody. They employ some of the worst bartenders I've seen-completely lazy, and unknowledgable(who doesn't know what a greyhound is!). The food used to be one of the great reasons to go there, but the menu has gotten smaller, and the food has gotten nastier. And the last time I ordered food, the cook with the long greasy hair smelled so bad of B.O. that I almost threw up! There has to be a health code violation for that.
Bottom line, it used to be a great place to go with great bartenders, great management, and an awesome crowd. Now it's nothing better than the Star Bar, and that's not saying much. But at least at the Star Bar, you get better service.

Pros: They still have a shuffleboard

Cons: Everything else

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This bar has really changed for the better in the last year. Since the Jewel Box has come under new ownership a year ago, the food has become way above average (and made from scratch) bar food and the crowd has transformed into a mix of the trendy tattooed, the restaurant industry crowd, and then the regulars that have been going to the box for the last 10 years! Many have made this their new watering hole to get away from the pricey and superficial gaslamp. Happy hour is from 4-8 and prices are the best in the city..... 6 dollar pitchers and $2.50 well drinks. I have made this my new neighborhood bar to say the least.

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★★★★★

This bar has really changed for the better in the last year. Since the Jewel Box has come under new ownership a year ago, the food has become way above average (and made from scratch) bar food and the crowd has transformed into a mix of the trendy tattooed, the restaurant industry crowd, and then the regulars that have been going to the box for the last 10 years! Many have made this their new watering hole to get away from the pricey and superficial gaslamp. Happy hour is from 4-8 and prices are the best in the city..... 6 dollar pitchers and $2.50 well drinks. I have made this my new neighborhood bar to say the least.

Pros: Best happy hour

Cons: Not a pick-up kind of bar

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I heard a car ran through the side of the wall...? Are people still going here? It used to be this cool little dive, but i have a feeling it's going down hill. maybe the east village hipness will extend all the way the jewel box, though that may ruin it's down-and-dirty charm.

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★★★☆☆

I heard a car ran through the side of the wall...? Are people still going here? It used to be this cool little dive, but i have a feeling it's going down hill. maybe the east village hipness will extend all the way the jewel box, though that may ruin it's down-and-dirty charm.

 

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