Barrio Logan news & stories

Your source for news and stories about the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego. For more on Barrio Logan, including event listings, blog entries, photos, and places to go, visit the Barrio Logan neighborhood page.

Chiquibaby’s isn't trying to be anything but a bar

An evening of obscure karaoke corridos and two buckets of beer

San Diego is home to a number of Mexican bars that follow more or less the same format. You’re probably already familiar with it. You can hear the corridos blasting from blocks away. Buckets of ...

Old Barrio Logan library not up for grabs

"That whole block is public land, a community center."

The nearly historic former Logan Heights Library building, a Spanish stucco charmer on 28th Street, nearly went up for sale last week but was pulled from the list of surplus land the city's selling. "It's ...

MishMash and Iron Fist bring burger-beer bars to the barrio

“What I like with the restaurant scene is that small is beautiful again."

There’s a lot of change in Barrio Logan. The building boom on César Chávez has brought several new places. For starters there’s Mariscos El Pulpo, a Mexican-style sports bar-eatery. Then there’s Malane’s place, MishMash, this ...

Cuckoo for cucarachas at Mariscos El Pulpo

“You’ve got to eat the whole thing: head, legs, shell, and all, except the tail.”

Cucarachas? Never thought I’d be eating them tonight. But, Barrio Logan is full of surprises. This new Baja bar-eatery, El Pulpo, has sprouted up in what’s becoming “downtown” Barrio Logan. Tonight, Friday, sunset’s glowering over ...

99 bottles of coffee on the wall

Ryan Bros. debuts bottled espresso blends, tea lattés, and a straight-up cold brew

Now in its 22nd year in business, Barrio Logan-based Ryan Bros. Coffee has added packaged beverages to its product line. Bottles of its cold brew and flavored coffee drinks began appearing last spring at its ...

One night, one bag, one bike: Gaslamp to Sweetwater camping

Embracing the idea of "microadventure."

At the turn of the New Year, I declared 2016 the year of "doing." Of approaching life with a no-holds-barred attitude. Instead of just talking about great adventures, I’d be the one out there breathing ...

Big in the barrio

Thorn St. Brewery nabs former boiler factory on National Avenue

The partners behind North Park's Thorn St. Brewery are branching out into Barrio Logan, where they will grow their brand — and their brewing capacity — as Thorn Brewing Company. Dan Carrico, Dennis O'Connor, and ...

San Diego's toxic air "hot spots" revealed

Six facilities singled out

The County of San Diego has released its annual Air Toxics "Hot Spots" report, highlighting pollution problems around the county. "Motor vehicles, area sources, and natural sources are key contributors to the toxic air contaminants ...

Café Virtuoso nabs internationally known roasting artist

“I didn’t want just anyone roasting, I wanted someone exceptional.”

It’s been a busy year for Café Virtuoso (1616 National Avenue, Barrio Logan). Back in March, cofounder and head roaster Stephan Vonkolkow took third place in the roasting competition at the US Coffee Championships. The ...

Pursuing Tacotopia

¡Salud! earns its upside-down exclamation point

I first got turned on to ¡Salud! at the Reader’s Tacotopia event last May. I’d like to say I remember exactly which tacos I tried that afternoon, but let’s face it, I ate dozens, and ...

Wet-hopped summer

Fresh buds at Border X Brewing in Barrio Logan

Wet-hop beers have started showing up in tasting rooms. The recent proliferation of hop farms in San Diego County has allowed some brewers to get hops on the same day they were harvested. Most of ...

Sneak preview: MishMash

New restaurant arrives in Mercado del Barrio late 2015

While checking out a preview event for the new Iron Fist Brewing Co. tasting room in Barrio Logan, got a sneak peek of a new restaurant that will soon be the craft-beer spot’s neighbor. MishMash ...

Barrio Logan's craft beer scene is growing

Iron Fist opens a bridge view tasting room

North County craft brewer Iron Fist has established a presence in the downtown area. Its new Barrio Logan tasting room officially opened July 24, setting up shop in the Mercado Del Barrio development that seeks ...

Rewriting Southeast San Diego

Hip-hop collective sings the praises of another side of the notorious neighborhood

Google search "Southeast San Diego" and the first three links will be Wikipedia, SanDiego.gov, and UrbanDictionary.com. But then the tone changes — "Just HOW Dangerous is Southeast San Diego?"…"It's A War Zone Down Here"…"Detectives Probe ...

Plans on community plan updates soon to come

Brace for City of Villages concept…looking at you first, Grantville

On May 13, city planners will update a city-council committee on the long-delayed Community Plan Updates. The gist: the 12 communities’ plans slated for revision in 2008 will have to wait longer than expected. Over ...

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