About 619 Spirits

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.

Critical to Six One Nine Vodka’s long-term vision and growth in the San Diego market is the opening of the city’s first urban craft distillery and tasting room with full restaurant and bar. Recently amended Prohibition-era laws now allow distilleries to produce and sell bottles for home consumption under one roof. Located in the vibrant North Park area – known for its Craftsman bungalows, art galleries, critically acclaimed restaurants and a myriad of nightlife options – the 619 Distillery & Tasting Room will occupy 4,200 square feet of a reclaimed industrial space at the corner of 30th Street and Lincoln Avenue.

The distillery portion of the space, open to the public for tours, will house a custom-made two-column 1,000L still. The adjacent tasting room will be anchored by a large bar featuring spirits and cocktails by both 619 and other local distilleries. Chef Sean Ames will lead the kitchen, and is currently developing a dynamic menu of seasonal offerings that will complement the tasting room’s craft cocktail offerings.

Apostolopoulos conceptualized the 619 Distillery & Tasting Room as a central gathering place for the community: cocktail classes, summer BBQs and art events are all on the horizon. Artist Jason Feather is producing several custom works for the space, including a large graffiti installation on the dog-friendly outdoor patio. The Tasting Room & Restaurant portion of the project is slated to open in April 2018.