It’s finally open! The highly-anticipated Liberty Public Market is San Diego’s first-ever premier public market uniting the region’s most dynamic artisans under one roof.
Located in Point Loma’s historic Liberty Station neighborhood (former site of San Diego’s Naval Training Center), the 25,000 square-foot, multi-million dollar investment supports the creation of a complete San Diego cultural immersion — a public arena for locals and visitors alike to embrace the city’s finest handcrafted food and specialty items.
Today marks the soft opening, however, a number of artisan tenants will slowly open up shop as the week progresses. Mess Hall, the market’s on-site restaurant will begin service on Wednesday, March 23rd and plans to roll out their debut brunch this coming Easter Sunday.
Liberty Public Market is set to become the area’s top spot shop and eat. But its unique liquor license permits browsing vendors with a glass of wine or beer in-hand! Love it. Other fun amenities include complimentary WiFi and an enormous dog-friendly patio.
Liberty Public Market’s Mess Hall
The on-site restaurant, Mess Hall, offers a nod to the building’s history as the Mess Hall of the former Naval Training Center. Truly a market-to-menu concept, nearly all of the vegetables, proteins, and ingredients found within Executive Chef Tim Kolanko’s cuisine are sourced directly from the market’s artisans—advocating sustainability in every sense of the word.
Take a peak at the current menu (subject to change):
Mess Hall offers dinner service in its 40-seat dining room Wednesday through Sunday, with an all-day lunch and dinner menu available seven days a week in Mess Hall’s adjoining cocktail bar and lounge, which seats 54.
Tapping General Manager and Certified Sommelier Tami Wong’s experience and expertise, each dish from the menu presents an array of beverage pairings including wines from around the world, craft beers, and eventually cocktails.
Sundays at Mess Hall showcase an elaborate brunch service (beginning March 27th, Easter Sunday), followed by an evening roast, (which will debut opening weekend on March 20th) which features a three-course, prix-fixe dinner menu of slow-roasted proteins from Mess Hall’s wood-fired oven.
Sip, Shop, and Stroll
Featuring two unique bar and bottle shops, Liberty Public Market’s one-of-a-kind license and layout allows for guests to shop and stroll freely within the constraints of the market with an alcoholic beverage in hand. Here’s where you might procure a craft beer or glass of wine.
San Diego’s consummate beer expert, Brian Jensen, launches a third outpost of his famed Bottlecraft boutique beer shop and tasting room. The 1,000 square-foot space centers around a tasting bar with 24 draft lines and features ample retail space for nearly 500+ bottles. Similar to Jensen’s existing shops in Little Italy and North Park, Bottlecraft at Liberty Public Market offers everything from local favorites to rare domestics and international finds.
Offering an intimate wine bar setting within Liberty Public Market, Grape Smuggler, operates under the direction of industry heavyweight, and Blue Bridge Hospitality beverage director, Greg Majors. The 800 square-foot concept features an ever-changing menu of by-the-glass offerings, daily tastings, and flights.
As a destination for industry professionals, wine lovers and enthusiasts alike, Grape Smuggler’s cellar houses nearly 5,000 bottles of sparkling, white, red, sweet and fortified wine with 500 selections from all areas of the globe—affording Majors an opportunity to pour some of the more interesting varietals that he acquires by producer, region or wine style.
Liberty Public Market Merchants
With the capacity for more than 30 merchants, Liberty Public Market offers a mix of ready-made foods, pantry staples and retail storefronts for convenient one-stop shopping. The market is locally focused and forges a partnership between the region’s most talented artisans, presenting small businesses the chance to sell their goods on a much larger scale. The market’s debut tenant roster includes:
- AE Floral: fresh cut flowers, small potted plants, succulents, custom arrangements, candles and other home decor
- Baker + Olive: tasting pantry featuring premium olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, fresh bread, assorted salts and spices from this North County staple with locations in Encinitas and Del Mar
- Cane Patch Kitchen: authentic Southern family recipes including gumbo, jambalaya, gator po’boys and beignets
- Cecilia’s Taqueria: gourmet tacos and regional Mexican fare utilizing only locally sourced ingredients and hand-pressed
- Crafted Baked Goods: sweet and savory pastry shop mixing up a variety of tarts, brownies, stuffed pretzels, cupcakes, granola and more
- FishBone Kitchen: fishmonger sourcing local daily catch from surrounding waters for retail alongside oyster, poke and uni bar for in-market dining
- Garden Fresh: greengrocer offering fresh, seasonal selection of fruits, vegetables and exotic mushrooms from local farms
- Fully Loaded Juice: cold-pressed juices using raw, organic, local produce
- Howlistic: natural pet supply store for dogs and cats, offering naturally-made pet food, eco-friendly toys, collars and leashes
- Le Parfait Paris: celebrated French patisserie and boulangerie serving up macarons, fresh bread and other delicious sweets, croissants and crepes
- Liberty Meat Shop: old-school neighborhood butcher shop stocking the finest meats from sustainable farms with all cutting and prepping done in-house
- Local Greens: Solana Beach-based eatery utilizing seasonal fare and locally-sourced ingredients to create salads, wraps, bowls and burritos with a wholesome twist
- Lolli San Diego Sweets: specialty candy shop stocking a selection of bulk candies, locally made chocolates, European sweets, organic cotton candy and more
- Mama Made Thai: inspired by Bangkok’s eclectic street food scene, expect family-style renditions of classic pan-fried noodles and fried rice dishes
- Mastiff Sausage: local food truck churning out a variety of handcrafted sausages, sauerkraut and mustards for retail sale or market dining
- Pacific Provisions: locally made, small batch BBQ sauces, bean-to-bar chocolate, toffees and gourmet goodies for at-home foodies
- Parana Empanada: authentic Argentinian empanadas and a variety of housemade sauces promise to transport diners to the streets of Argentina bite by bite
- Pasta Design: freshly made sauces and pastas including ravioli, fettuccini, lasagna and more
- Roast: roast meats and sandwich shop hailing from Victoria, Canada
- Scooped by MooTime: offers inventive twists on gourmet ice creams and sorbets from Coronado’s iconic ice cream parlour, MooTime
- Stuffed!: organic, grass-fed burgers filled with gourmet cheese, decadent sides include tater tots and deep-fried Oreos
- Venissimo Cheese: European-style cheese shop stocks more than one hundred artisan cheeses alongside a customizable grilled cheese station
- The WestBean Coffee Roasters: specialty micro-batch coffee roaster offering signature pour over coffees, French press creations, and cold brews
- Wicked Main Lobster: authentic New England snack shack serves classic lobster rolls sourced directly from the shores of southern Maine
Liberty Public Market Hours
Daily: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Restaurant + Cocktail Bar + Lounge
Dining Room: Wednesday though Sunday, Dinner Service: 4:30 p.m. to close
Cocktail Bar & Lounge: Daily, All Day Menu: 11:00 a.m. to close
Sunday Brunch: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Wine Bar + Bottle Shop
11:00 a.m. to close
Beer Bar + Bottle Shop
11:00 a.m. to close
What are you looking forward to most at Liberty Public Market?
*Photos are courtesy of Liberty Public Market