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Kraken Bar

2531 S Highway 101, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007
(760) 436-6483
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Ann Arbor, MI
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143 reviews 143 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I've visited friends in California for years. We used to come here in the 80s and 90s, and it was always kind of retro old fun. In a way it hasn't changed, but it's now just a dirty, smelly bar with sweaty people in it. I thought it would be fun to revisit, but it wasn't. If you are any... More

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San Diego, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The Kraken is a typical, sort of grungy beach bar frequented by locals and passing motorcycle riders. We went with some 'locals' and had a good time, because I can have fun almost anywhere. A live band was playing good music and I love to dance, and the food was average for a bar. However, the bartenders were anything but... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

One of the longest running dive bars on the North County coast, the Kraken on 101 just south of the San Elijo Lagoon bridge has music every night and a cash-only bar. Weekends can be very busy and the small parking lot makes parking an issue most days (there's street parking on 101). Someplace to go every night of the... More

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Poway, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Sunday afternoons at the Kraken are so much fun. From 4-10 the Brokers Band plays there and sometimes hosts other bands. That time is the most popular with the mid-life (40-60) crowd. Everyone is friendly. It's easy a good atmosphere to make new friends and we all have a good time dancing with each other. The front part is where... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

Could not believe how rude the waitress was to me and my friend. She actually put her cold, empty beer glass against my back and told me to move out of her way! I immediately left and told the front security person and he says "awesome". If this is how management allows their staff to treat customers then I don't... More

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Encinitas, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

This is a great surf shack beach bar, low key, dive bar, off the beaten track kind of place. Wood paneling, posters, photo collections, bumper stickers, and neon lights set the tone. Pool, foosball and little greasy grill in the back. Cheap drinks, great live music.

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

If you want a very different fun evening out go there and let it all go!! The most friendly crowd ever and so much fun

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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107 reviews 107 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Was there when the Kraken was 2. Now it is 36 years old. I was just so happy to savor the good old days of riding down coast hwy and stopping in. People there were very friendly. It's basically a dive bar but i was Brakin for the Kraken. Glad this bit of California history still exists. Some folks might... More

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Encinitas, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

It use to be fun. They had better bands and better drinks. Now it is dirty, smelly with bad music and cheap drinks. They only take cash which makes you wonder. They hardly ever fix or even clean the place specially the restrooms.

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2009

fun, dirty dive.

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