We were invited to a soft opening Friday night at the new Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Liberty Station. It was incredible. Stone has outdone itself with this new restaurant, and it is immediately one of San Diego's top destinations. From the service to the facilities, Stone does not overlook any detail. The space is huge and inviting, and somehow Stone figured out the noise, because the restaurant was full, music was on and you can still have a normal conversation. Thank you Stone for inviting us to the soft opening, and thanks for the discounted price and complimentary beer.
It is my opinion that the central San Diego location of Stone's new World Bistro and Gardens is a giant step forward for local craft beer. Stone's Escondido headquarters and home to the original World Bistro and Gardens is amazing, but it's an event destination. The Liberty Station location - five minutes from downtown, five minutes from the airport, five minutes from SeaWorld, five minutes from Mission Valley and five minutes from the beaches - opens the wonderful world of San Diego craft beer to people who would never venture to Escondido.
I plan to write more on the importance of this new restaurant and brewery, craft beer and what I feel they mean to San Diego and its civic identity, but in the mean time, here are a few pictures:
The main dining area.
Brewing system. Stone is brewing here, but the new beers are not yet available.