Sidecar Cocktail Company is launching an in-house distillery

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

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House-made gin, bitters, and tinctures coming soon

If you show up for your favorite cocktail and meal at Sidecar Cocktail Company at 1127 Broad Street and find it closed, don’t’ despair! Just walk down the street to the new location at 1040 Broad Street. Savor the same delicious food and unique cocktails Sidecar is famous for, plus the opportunity to join Sidecar in an exciting venture into its own distillery, named “Killjoy Pharmaceuticals.” The house-made gin, bitters and tinctures, along with some food-grade essential oils are expected to be in production by the end of 2019.

The new location offers creekside dining along with multiple bars, and party and event options, situated over multiple floors. The distillery and spaciousness mean more surprises for guests, like exciting cocktail workshops.

Sidecar was already popular destination in downtown San Luis Obispo when co-owner Josh Christensen went to work there in 2012. When the opportunity came to purchase Sidecar, Josh partnered with his brother Jeremy and friend Chris Lee and took ownership in 2014. A new location promises that this downtown favorite for great food and drinks with friends, for date night, and for just hanging out and chatting with other friendly patrons is just getting better.

Expect the same delicious food and fantastic craft cocktails whether you are at the old location or the new. Sidecar Cocktail Company is a full-service restaurant and cocktail bar. The menu includes comfort food that is inspired by many different cuisines, with an emphasis on world “street” fare. The bar offerings are highlighted by the cocktail menu featuring unique spirits and house-made ingredients such as bitters, tinctures, shrubs, syrups, and garnishes. Their craft cocktail program is unique on the Central Coast and the food is not to be missed.

The staff is top-notch and takes excellent care of you. They are always eager to share their passion for food, drink and hospitality. “We have a wonderful staff made up of very authentic and passionate individuals. They take great pride in being knowledgeable about their crafts and do a wonderful job of connecting with our guests,” said Josh.

The owners and staff have created at a family at Sidecar that cares about one another, their guests and the community. Giving back to the community includes working with SLO Food Bank, SLO Tease (a local burlesque troupe who donates all the proceeds from Sidecar bar sales at their events to support both RISE and the local chapter of the Cancer Support Community), CASA, The Girl Scouts of America, and other causes. As much as they care about quality food and drinks, people come first at Sidecar.

“We want to stir things up for the betterment of our community and greater culture,” said Josh. “We don’t claim to have invented anything, but whenever we can, we look for ways to strike out on our own path and to offer creative and unique offerings in both food and drink, and we strive to do so with candor and passion. “

Sidecar’s sister event venue the Penny opened in early 2019. Situated in the heart of downtown at 664 Marsh Street, the Penny is a unique event venue with an open floor plan, industrial indoor space and outside courtyard. Available for weddings, receptions, parties, corporate events, photoshoots, production, and workshops.

Sidecar offers happy hour daily from 4-6 p.m. when their signature cocktails are $8.50 and beer, wine and liquor are all $2 off. Check out Margarita Monday and Tiki Tuesday! Sidecar is open Mon-Fri 4 p.m. – midnight (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.) and serves Sat-Sun Brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and weekend dinner from 5 – 10 p.m. The current address is 1127 Broad Street. The future address is 1040 Broad Street. For more information visit


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