San Diego, California, United States
Opened August 2nd, 2022.
Mothership is a sci-fi tropical themed bar in San Diego, CA that is a partnership between the owner of Kindred and CH Projects (False Idol, Polite Provisions, Raised By Wolves and more).
Designed by Ignacio “Notch” Gonzalez, Mothership imagines a restaurant and cocktail lounge build from the ruins of a crash landed ship on a tropical alien planet.
From the Mothership website:
"The Ancient Astronaut Shuttle Crew, aboard the A.A.S.C. MOTHERSHIP, boldly explores the darkest, furthest edges of the tropical-flavor galaxy. Cosmic rays blast from a solar flare and blow the MOTHERSHIP’s electronics into disarray. The psycho-space marauders are left with no option but to execute emergency landing protocols on the nearest planet. Off-board, the tight-knit Crew explores the lush surroundings. They discover no sentient life, but unexplainable events occur and a lurking presence is felt. The mysterious, uncharted ecosystem has few resources to repair the ship -- but ample plant life and curious, intoxicating spirits. In time, the Crew accepts that they are marooned in a sinister, fertile paradise. They establish a colony and fashion the ship into a base camp, including quarters of leisure. Together, the fearless crew members commit to adventurous coexistence with the natural life of the planet, not in desperate peril, but on a ...PERMANENT VACATION."
My first tiki bar visit in San Diego on my Tiki Oasis 2023 tour. I had dinner and some drinks at Mothership and it was such a cool place. Loved the drinks and I picked up 2 of their really cool Cosmic Skull mugs.
Wow. I mean...WOW! This place hit it on all cylinders. As an expansion of the Thursday Kindred Tiki night, everything about this place was great. From the backstory, to the design and most importantly the drinks. We had a party of 8, and no one had a bad drink...and we shared with each other. 10/10...will revisit as often as we can.
First time here! I'm no scholar, but I can pretty much guarantee that Mothership is the world's only outer-space themed all-Vegan Tiki bar. I didn't note the Vegan part before going to check it out for dinner and a cocktail — but I had their scallion pancake, which I quite enjoyed. I also tried their own variation on a Painkiller, called the Mindkiller — made with two kinds of rum (one of them overproof) and "Tang cordial," which seems to be their own special syrup made with the drink that astronauts drink. I liked it a lot!
Nice atmosphere, great sci-fi decor and a very friendly bartender named Javi (hope I'm spelling your name right there, buddy!) made it a pleasant visit.