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#18 Noble Experiment (San Diego, California)

Walk into Noble Experiment, an eclectically decorated bar with 1,600 handmade gold skulls adorning one wall, French artwork on the ceiling, and sophisticated whiskeys and old-fashioned cocktails, and ask the bartender to make you a drink. Chances are you will get precisely what you wish for. After all, Noble Experiment has made a name for itself for expertly executing dealer’s choice cocktails. They make up 70 percent of the orders placed at the cozy California bar — it’s about the size of a closet. Here, bartenders, under the direction of Ryan Kuntz, take the time to get to know each patron, have a dialogue about what guests want to drink, and even hand-cut ice cubes for stirred drinks on the rocks. Try the stirred and straightforward Timber cocktail by Ryan Kuntz Old (Henry McKenna 10 Year, Amaro Averna, Noble Experiment Signature Falernum, dash of orange bitters, float of Smith & Cross, expressed with lemon and garnished with fresh mint for the nose). In a beer town like San Diego, Noble Experiment is a welcome and celebrated alternative. (Kurt K./Yelp)


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