J & Tony’s cocktail bar in East Village among Esquire’s top bars in America

A cocktail at CH Project's J & Tony's cocktail bar
A cocktail at J & Tony’s cocktail bar, recently named one of the top bars in America by Esquire magazine.
(Courtesy photo by James Tran)

J & Tony’s, a quirky, dinosaur-filled cocktail bar in East Village offering all-day food service, has been named to Esquire Magazine’s list of “The Best Bars in America for 2021.”

The new survey by Esquire writer Kevin Sintumuang includes 27 bars in L.A., Chicago, Brooklyn, Baltimore, Denver, Nashville and more. J & Tony’s — full name: J & Tony’s Discount Cured Meats and Negroni Warehouse — is owned by the San Diego restaurant/bar collective CH Projects.

Sintumuang praised the bar’s “madcap, idiosyncratic space,” which includes giant dinosaur and dragon models and a huge gold disco ball. He also liked the bar’s house negroni cocktail, espresso martinis, cured meats and breakfast sandwiches. “Cocktail-centric zaniness was never this low-key cool and delicious,” he wrote.

J& Tony’s is at 631 Ninth Ave. in San Diego. Visit

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