Noble Experiment

Noble Experiment, San Diego: Hours, Address, Noble Experiment Reviews: 4.5/5

Noble Experiment
4.5
6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Friday
6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Saturday
6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Sunday
6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
About
A humble bar with classic cocktails. Open 6pm - 2am every night except Monday. Reservations become available one week in advance.
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phasesofthemoon78
San Diego, CA50 contributions
Tuesday Fun
Feb 2019 • Couples
The noble experiment
Needed a quick date night
I made a reservation on line which is why I’m starting off with this part in the review because I think part of us having a reservation was very helpful and enjoying the experience ,
While looking for the address keep in mind that you will not find the location with the actual name of The noble experiment anywhere not on windows - not at the door
Look for the actual address number and go from there . At first when you come across the location # you will say
“Is this the right place “
because all you see is a door and some comercial restaurant kitchen tables and such .
As you walk in someone walks you to the bar but not before the instruct you on the popcorn - it’s forbidden in the bar only allowed in the waiting area which are those cold commercial kitchen tables / that are in where you wait when you don’t have reservations .
It’s funny because it’s like they got a deal on some cold commercial tables and now just use them as part of their story - their story goes as follows . The owners closed down their kitchen and they are using half of it
The place is a bit twisted but in its own little unique way .
So you go down a tiny hall and come across a keg wall yes that opens up and boom there you go the bar that sits 30 beautiful checkered floors and very intimate seating , it’s almost sharing and listening to everyone’s convos until you warm up and everyone gets comfortable with drinks .
The bartenders really know their stuff They have a simple menu of drinks and can pretty much make your choice of drink . The drinks are stiff so eat before arriving or leaving . There’s a delicious taco shop around the corner so grab a bite
The bathrooms look very interesting graffiti on purpose almost seems like there would be a glory hole somewhere
The vibe is semi casual but sexy and sultry since it’s dim and feels exclusive . There is no flash photography . Have fun and enjoy it . My husband and I sure did
Written 22 January 2020
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nico84ro
Bucharest, Romania840 contributions
Could be better
Jan 2020 • Friends
We had a reservation and when we asked about it the hostess was pretty rude and we were told we have to wait as it is super busy inside the "hottest bar in SD". We were eventually seated and got our drinks. The list of cocktails is quite ok and its nice that can make anything you want. The music was too loud imho, at least for a speak-easy.
Written 21 January 2020
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CocktailFyre
New York City, NY53 contributions
Hostile
Jan 2020 • Friends
A reasonable bar, nice list and able to make decent classic cocktails. Downside was the host who was strange, a little aggressive and intimidating.
Written 12 January 2020
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Catherine M
Fort Lauderdale, FL41 contributions
Fun time!
Dec 2019
Cool spot but you definitely need a reservation! There were five of us and the place is really small and even with a reservation we had to wait, they only have a few table to accommodate that many, not sure how they would even handle a bigger group. But once you walk in its awesome, cool decor fun menu and great waiters. Definitely worth the wait!
Written 10 January 2020
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Jenn
1 contribution
Rude Hosts!
Nov 2019
This review is for the host that was working the night of November 23, 2019.

I walked into the kitchen/waiting area with my group of 9 people. The kitchen was filled with people so I already knew there would be a wait. I asked the host how long the wait would be; he told me to wait outside and he would come out and talk to me. I waited in the kitchen because it was cold outside. We waited for about 15 minutes. Within this 15 min, I saw him talk to other customers and check them in. So I asked again what the wait time would be and he told me to go outside AGAIN. I said can you just tell me how long the wait is because you told me to go outside and wait but you never came and you've been checking people in. He then asked how big my group was and I said a group of 9. He responded that we would take up a 1/3 of his restaurant so it would only be possible to seat us if he split us up into 2 groups and even if he split us up we had about 5 parties ahead of us.

Keep in mind he still didn't respond to my question of how long the wait would be. He essentially only gave me reasons to leave without explicitly stating so. I walked back to my group who was waiting by the door to explain that we would have to split up. As I did this, he started telling my group repeatedly to move outside because it was a fire hazard to stand by the door. My entire group had been waiting there the whole time and now all of a sudden it was a problem. Fire Hazard? That entire kitchen filled with people was a fire hazard. This was the point where I began to get angry because he was without a doubt being rude and unprofessional for no reason.

The host was ushering our group out the door! I couldn't believe how rude he was being. First he was too busy to talk to me and give me a wait time, now he's giving us the VIP walk out. I asked what his name was and he laughed and said "get out." I asked again and he said "leave." I said WILL get your name if I don't get it, your boss and people on yelp will definitely know who I am referring to! So I took a picture of him. He said you just took a picture with out my consent! LOL. He said do you need me to get my manager? I said Yes! He didn't obviously and I caught his bluff. He again said you took a picture without my consent and i just said STFU youre a joke. And he said good luck getting back in here. We all laughed at him and left.

The people Noble Experiment has handling its door and guests are a joke. I can see from another recent 1 star review that someone had a problem with another hostess. NE needs to train its hosts properly. With the little power NE gave him, he was unnecessarily rude and unprofessional. Probably making up for his literal shortcomings.
Written 27 November 2019
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JLeslie22
Milton, MA213 contributions
So cool!
Nov 2019
Thanks to reviews that strongly recommended a reservation, we made one for 6:00, when they opened. I'm so glad we did because the place is small and once people get there, they don't leave quickly. The entry looks like the side door to an under-construction restaurant but there is a staff person at the door checking everyone in. She then takes a few couples in at a time to seat them. We sat at the bar and it was fun watching the bartenders do their thing. They will make traditional cocktails, or riffs on those cocktails from the "other side of the menu," or you can tell them the flavors and liquors you like and they will create something for you. The couple sitting next to us live in San Diego and stop in at least once a month. They strongly recommended the Buddah's Kiss. It's not a drink I would have ordered based on the description but they were right -- it tastes like a frothy drunk candy bar! Great time, great atmosphere.
Written 26 November 2019
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jordansbulls
Houston, TX53 736 contributions
Very cool venue
Nov 2019
Went here today after having reservations and the place is hidden and neat. Got the Classic Martini which was very good!
Written 11 November 2019
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Ali Van D
Chicago, IL319 contributions
Awesome speakeasy style bar
Oct 2019
Make reservations or you can't get in! It's currently under construction, so you enter through the street near a construction area and are lead through a false kitchen and behind a fake wall to a very small bar lined with skulls. Service was great and good drinks - no food available. This was a very fun experience!
Written 28 October 2019
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Agnestravel
Mount Desert Island, ME36 contributions
Candlelight
Aug 2019 • Couples
This place is super fun. Definitely for couples and small groups. It’s a speakeasy type bar and the service is amazing. Fun surprises in getting into the place. Recommend getting a reservation or it’s standing room only. Drinks are delicious!!
Written 29 August 2019
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DianaPrince
Miami, FL221 contributions
LOVE IT !!! one of the coolest speakeasy ever
Jul 2019
This place is AMAZING !!!! from the entrance..the decor...the drinks...the ambiance..the music !! LOVED IT !!! we even came back 3 times during our visit. Something REALLY important...don't just walk in...is better if you make a reservation because is a small venue so you will have to wait a lot if you didn't reserved. Totally recommend and can;t wait to come back next time we are in Sand Diego.
Written 19 August 2019
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