Claire Reiner

Fairweather

Claire Reiner
Fairweather

Perched above Petco Park, Fairweather is a unique, vacation-inducing patio bar dedicated to “drinks from sunny places.” The atmosphere, decor, bartenders and cocktails are playful—paying homage to days of yore. The walls are covered in layers of greenery, creating the illusion of a treehouse on a deserted island. The brightly colored tile behind the bar fits the aesthetic perfectly, and entices you to order an umbrellaed beverage.

After meandering your way up to Fairweather (it can be a little difficult to navigate at first, but don’t fret), grab a seat at the bar and attempt to choose from their double-sided, fresh and tropical cocktail menu. I chose a classic, the Piña Colada, that Fairweather does extremely well. If you’re looking to branch out, try the “Mauna Loa”—featuring rum, passionfruit, fresh lemon, and pineapple juice. 

According to their website, “Fairweather’s cocktail menu pays homage to the enduring appeal and escapist ambiance of tiki-culture, still gloriously kitsch and charmingly irresistible. Curated by the capable hands of nationally respected barkeep Anthony Schmidt, mezcal, rum and tequila reign supreme throughout Fairweather’s 32-count cocktail lineup. Daiquiris, a Mai Tai, Piña Colada, Zombie, Painkiller, and Ti’ Punch are among 16 familiar classic throwbacks recreated from timeless recipes discovered in old cocktail journals, while 16 Fairweather signatures offer unique riffs on the classics.”

Fairweather is located above Rare Form, a sister restaurant within the parent company, Consortium Holdings. Rare Form serves gourmet deli food—in a space resembling a scene from Clue. Be sure to grab a pretzel and play a round of bocci ball. Patrons can get snacks and eats from below delivered above once situated at Fairweather. The menu is light, but one will surely find something that strikes his or her fancy. The dichotomy between the two spaces is funky, fun and strange—in the best ways possible. As is found in all of the projects by Consortium Holdings, there is an appreciation for detail and aesthetic integrity. Consortium Holdings is known throughout San Diego for its unique approach to restaurant, and shared, spaces. Their concepts include Craft & Commerce (currently under construction), Ironside, El Dorado, Noble Experiment, Neighborhood, Underbelly, Polite Provisions, Soda & Swine, Fairweather, Rare Form, Juice Saves and PTY. 

Consortium Holdings states, “We set out to create not restaurants and bars, but public gathering spaces that help cultivate our neighborhoods through the fostering of creativity, dialogue, questions and conversations. More than houses for innovative menus and handcrafted drinks, our projects are meant to be incubators for meaningful interaction.”

Fairweather and Rare Form are both intimate spaces that put the patron first. The environment sparks conversation and encourages a unique engagement with one’s surroundings. Be sure to visit Fairweather, and Rare Form, to take in these unique spaces for yourself. 

For more information on Fairweather, Rare Form and all of the projects by Consortium Holdings—click here