False Idol

San Diego, California, United States

False Idol opened September 3rd, 2016 in San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood. It is owned jointly by Martin Cate of Smuggler's Cove and Consortium Holdings (owners of neighboring Craft & Commerce). The walls are covered with panels carved by legendary tiki artist Bosko. The ceiling is crusted with lit glass floats. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made up to a month in advance.

San Diego, California, United States
Permanently Closed?


  1. The Splash-Down - 2 Aug 2023

    Thank god for jet lag!! My first night in San Diego on my Tiki Oasis 2023 tour and I’d had dinner at Mothership but given I was still on Australian time decided to come check out False Idol.

    This is my favourite San Diego tiki bar. The decor is amazing!! Had a couple of great cocktails and eventually found myself at the bar and met another Tiki Oasis newbie who I’d catch up at other events and lectures with.

    Even better I managed to pick up a purple Bosko fog cutter mug at the bar and then got it signed by the artist at the Tiki Oasis marketplace. The bar staff were really cool as well. Keep an eye out for the Jacoby’s coaster I brought all the way from Sydney.

  2. Trader Tom - 30 Sep 2016

    Sat at the bar with Kelly "Hiphipahula" Reilly and had a rum barrel and a chartreuse swizzle. I think this is where I had my first taste of Plantation Rum's OFTD (released in July of that year), which I now keep stocked and find quite indispensable.

  3. CaptainNemo - Unknown

    My first time here, during mini Comic-Con. This place is a classic, with great drinks and incredible atmosphere — hard to believe it's less than 10 years old! Even with a packed house on a Saturday night, the bartenders are friendly and will chat with you easily, happy to answer your questions and make drink recommendations as they mix. Now I go here every time I'm in San Diego. Terrific!

38 Tiki Mugs

  1. Navy Bob - Gold Edition - by MP Ceramics - for False Idol

  2. The Alchemist for False Idol - Artist Proof - by Bosko

  3. The False Idol Fog Cutter - Second Edition - Purple - by Bosko - for False Idol

  4. Mighty Alkala Fifth Edition

  5. The Alchemist - First Edition - Green - by Bosko - for False Idol

  6. Volcano Barrel Mug - Fifth Edition - for False Idol

  7. False Idol Hei Tiki Turquoise

  8. Navy Bob - First Edition - by MP Ceramics - for False Idol

  9. The Cannibal Bowl - First Edition - Blue Exterior with Orange Interior - by Bosko - for False Idol

  10. False Idol Ku - Second Edition - Jungle Green

  11. The False Idol Fog Cutter - First Edition - Copper Green with Blue Oxidation - by Bosko - for False Idol

  12. The Forgotten Float - Red for False Idol

  13. Ambirak II Ceramic Cup - Orange - Second Edition - by Bosko - for False Idol

  14. The Shrunken Grump by Tiki tOny for False Idol

  15. Black Tot Day Rum Tub - San Diego Seaspray by VanTiki - False Idol Edition

  16. False Idol Big Skull - Yellow

  17. Mighty Alkala Fourth Edition

  18. Volcano Barrel Mug - Fourth Edition - for False Idol

  19. Bosko Lava Moai Bowl 2019 For False Idol

  20. False Idol Loball Holiday Glass 2018

  21. False Idol Big Skull Mug Christmas Edition

  22. False Idol Hei Tiki - Sage Green With Blue Rub

  23. False Idol Ambirak 2 Mug

  24. Mighty Alkala Second Edition

  25. Mighty Alkala Third Edition

  26. False Idol Skull Stack Blue

  27. False Idol Hei Tiki Pink

  28. False Idol Marq Green

  29. Volcano Barrel Mug - First Edition - for False Idol

  30. False Idol Ku - First Edition - Sea Green

  31. Volcano Barrel Mug - Third Edition - for False Idol

  32. False Idol Marq Brown

  33. False Idol Hiball Glass

  34. False Idol Ambirak Mug

  35. Mighty Alkala First Edition

  36. Volcano Barrel Mug - Second Edition - for False Idol

  37. False Idol Skull Stack White

  38. False Idol Loball Glass

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23 Apr 2020
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29 Mar 2023
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