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Handshake and a drink at renovated Jsix

Last month, Jsix completed a renovation that included walling off the dining room with exposed brick and concealing the open kitchen to place added emphasis on the bar, which has been extended to seat 19 ...

Revolutionizing La Revu

Tijuana cantina serves up a deconstructed margarita.

About a year and a half ago, Jaime Brambila and five associates began transforming the 1800-square-foot curio stall above his family’s former restaurant, Café La Especial (1952–2008), into a contemporary gastro bar. La Justina — ...

Just the right amount of South Pacific kitsch

In 1949, Tahitian artist Felix Lynch opened up what is now San Diego’s oldest tattoo shop, at 317 F Street, catering to sailors who landed in port just blocks away. Six location changes and two ...

The waiting room to heaven is Nelson’s bar in Tijuana

Hotel Nelson premiered in 1948 as an extravagant south-of-the-border vacation destination boasting telephones in every room and the first elevator in northwest Mexico. Thanks to its central location and (at the time) luxurious accommodations, the ...

Desi N Friends rings of a ’90s sitcom

Writer Chad Deal gets drunk under the table with Fireball shots by a 90-some-year-old woman in a wheelchair.

Swim a little deeper at the Merrow

Hillcrest’s Ruby Room transforms into the Merrow -- a Gaelic-influenced bar with a nautical theme. You’ll figure it out. Start at the bar.

That speakeasy type of vibe

Mexican New York speakeasy in former strip mall

You hear it all the time: “We are not Mexico. We are not the U.S. We are Tijuana.” Just as this mentality has bred a number of cultural hallmarks that are distinctly tijuas (the Caesar ...

Savor every sip at 1994 Bar

“All four shareholders have a thing for 1994” at the 1994 Bar in Tijuana. There, you can “go anachronistalgic to “All Apologies” while choosing from over 35 beers.

Five minutes to Baja's finest

La Faraona, in Tijuana’s Zona Rio, offers a taste of Baja’s finest cuisine

One of the most visible symptoms of the cultural shift that has been taking place in Tijuana over the past several years is the reclamation of former tourist dumps by businesses that now highlight Baja’s ...

Spring Valley is the new North Park

The Bancroft opened at the site of the defunct dive Fannie’s, and the Spring Valley spot is now a punk and hardcore haven.

Getting wooly at Mamut

Pasaje Rodríguez totally changed my preconceptions of Tijuana about a year and a half ago, when I accidentally discovered the bustling arts-and-culture alleyway while searching for tacos one Friday night with Reader foodie Ian Pike. ...

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