Initially a bike shop in the 1920’s, the historic building that is now Saddle Bar has been a rockin’ joint for over 30 years. Made famous as the Surf & Saddle for almost 2 decades, it has recently been updated and remodeled and is as popular as ever. Literally only a few hundred feet from the Pacific Ocean, Saddle Bar continues to be known as the place to go for great service, dancing, live music and DJ’s several nights a week.
When the Del Mar Race Track opens in the summer time, Saddle Bar is a favorite watering hole for the jockey’s, trainers and fans of horse racing. Only a mile from the track, and typically the first bar to open in the morning (and the last bar to close), it has always been the place to get drinks before or after the races.
Solana Beach itself is a progressive coastal town with the Pacific Ocean is to the west, the City of Encinitas to the north, and the City of Del Mar to the south. The unincorporated village of Rancho Santa Fe is located on the east side.
Solana Beach received national news in 2003 upon becoming the first city in the United States to enact a smoking ban on its public beaches, a trend which has continued as many other coastal Californian towns have followed suit in banning smoking on their beaches. Solana Beach was the last coastal community in North San Diego County to ban alcohol on the beach.