619 Distillery & Tasting Room (“619”) will debut San Diego’s first urban craft distillery and tasting room with a full restaurant and bar, located in the heart of the city’s hip North Park neighborhood. Brought to you by the makers of Six One Nine Vodka, the San Diego-based vodka maker is known for its premium handcrafted vodka and signature all-natural vodka infusions. Named for the city’s primary area code, Six One Nine Vodka launched in 2012 and is widely available in bars and restaurants as well as retail outlets throughout the San Diego area.
Founder Nick Apostolopoulos, a former software architect and long-time spirits aficionado, recognized that San Diego needed its own super-premium handcrafted vodka. At the time, local and state laws made it nearly impossible to establish a distillery within the city limits. By 2015, regulations loosened, and Six One Nine Vodka began entirely producing its award-winning vodka in the city of San Diego. Six One Nine Vodka is distilled entirely from cane sugar (most vodkas use wheat or corn) resulting in a uniquely clean and smooth texture and natural absence of gluten.