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Whaling Bar & Grill, La Jolla

1132 Prospect Street
La Jolla
San Diego , California
Tel: 858 551 3764's insider take:

Tucked inside the historic La Valencia Hotel, the Whaling Bar has been a La Jolla classic since the 1940s. Its interior is done up in a nautical motif with Moby Dick–style oil paintings, harpoons, and faux lanterns; black leather booths line the walls; and a handful of stools belly up to the rich mahogany bar. Though the bar's signature drink is the Whaler, a froufrou milkshakelike concoction, you're more likely to blend in with the old-money La Jollans when sipping a gin and tonic or tippling a snifter of cognac.

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