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19 San Diego Parks that Allow Alcohol

November 21, 2019

Here in San Diego, we’re blessed with amazing weather and beautiful sights, so naturally we want to enjoy these benefits—ideally with an adult beverage in, say, a park.

Alas—as you are likely aware—alcohol is off limits at most of San Diego’s parks. But there are still over a dozen parks where you can legally enjoy an alcoholic beverage.

The following list, from the San Diego Municipal Code, is accurate as of April 2019 (make sure to check your specific park before you indulge as rules may have changed). Note that in most parks alcohol is only allowed between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (noon to 8 p.m. in Balboa Park) unless you have a special event permit from the City Manager.



Ocean Beach/Point Loma

Bill Cleator Neighborhood Park
2320 Famosa Boulevard, San Diego

Collier Neighborhood Park
2351 Soto Street, San Diego

Ocean Beach Community Park
4726 Santa Monica Avenue


East Clairemont Athletic Area
3451 Mt Acadia Boulevard, San Diego

Gershwin Neighborhood Park
3549 Conrad Avenue, San Diego

Mount Acadia Neighborhood Park
1007 Mt. Acadia Boulevard, San Diego

Olive Grove Community Park
6075 Printwood Street, San Diego

Mission Hills

Pioneer Park
1521 Washington Place, San Diego

Old Town

Presidio Park
2811 Jackson Street, San Diego

Serra Mesa

Cabrillo Heights Neighborhood Park
8308 Hurlbut St. San Diego

Murray Ridge Neighborhood Park
8651 Celestine Avenue, San Diego 

Serra Mesa Community Park
9020 Village Glen Drive, San Diego

Carmel Valley

Carmel Creek Neighborhood Park
4260 Carmel Center Road, San Diego 

Solana Highland Neighborhood Park
13184 Janetta Place, San Diego

La Mesa

Lake Murray Community Park
7001 Murray Park Drive, San Diego

Rancho Bernardo

Rancho Bernardo Community Park
18448 W Bernardo Dr, San Diego

San Carlos

San Carlos Community Park
6445 Lake Badin Avenue, San Diego

Linda Vista

Tecolote Community Park
4675 Tecolote Road, San Diego 

Balboa Park

In Balboa Park, you can drink in the following lawn areas between noon and 8 p.m. (excluding all sidewalks and “hard areas”). A map of these areas can be found on page 26 of the Municipal Code.

  • Botanical Building East Lawn
  • Botanical Building West Lawn
  • House of Pacific Relations Lawn
  • International Lawn
  • Mall Lawn
  • Moreton Bay Fig Lawn
  • Pan American Plaza Lawn
  • Recital Hall Lawn

Enjoy...and drink responsibly

Written by Whitney Currier for Knockaround.

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