We love our kids, but absence makes the heart grow fonder — even if that absence entails just three hours out with your girlfriends. There’s a reason websites dedicated to moms and their wine are popping up all over the place. A nice glass of merlot after a long day is a welcome occurrence every once in a while. If you can make that happen away from home, even better! We’ve rounded up five of the best wine bars in San Diego that are perfect for a low key mom’s night out. So bribe the pregnant mommy (with promises of cheese platters and chocolate desserts, of course) in your group of friends to be your DD and try one of these great San Diego wine bars.

Vin De Syrah
Put on your skinny jeans and your hottest heels. We’re starting off with a bang! Vin De Syrah is a fabulous wine lounge in downtown San Diego that offers more than just wine. Prepare for ambiance, mood lighting and fabulous cheese and dessert options. If your party is large enough, you can book a wine tasting at the big table for 12 with the sommelier, who will take your wine experience to a whole new level.

901 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, Ca
619-234-4166
Online: syrahwineparlor.com

The Wine Loft
Taking it down a notch, The Wine Loft in North County is a great meeting spot for San Diego moms who want to gab about work, preschool dropoff or oh-my-gaw-my-kid-really-did-that over a glass of red. This locally owned San Diego wine bar has a new tasting menu every week and offers apps including cheese, fruit and bread. Put The Wine Loft on your list if you’re in the mood for a laid back, casual girls’ night.

1911 Calle Barcelona, Suite 151
Carlsbad, Ca
760-944-1412
Online: thewineloft-carlsbad.com

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Mosaic Wine Bar
North Park moms, it’s time to share your secret! Mosaic Wine Bar provides an atmosphere of friendship, conversation and, of course, wonderful wine. Offering specials each night of the week, Mosaic gives ladies who want a kid-free evening away from home a reason to stop by – beyond the night with your sanity savers (a.k.a. friends). If you can swing it, the Tuesday night special is half-price bottles, so… we’re just saying!

3422 30th Street
San Diego, Ca
619-906-4747
Online: mosaicwinebar.com/

Wine Steals
Steal some girl time with your besties at Wine Steals, a local San Diego wine bar chain with four locations – from Hillcrest to Cardiff. Intended as a casual meeting spot for wine lovers, each Wine Steals has a 14-seat stone bar that invites conversation and comfort. Order by the glass, half glass (“taste”) or bottle (for a true girls’ night out). Don’t imbibe on an empty stomach! Wine Steals has an extensive menu for a wine bar – from an olive plate to a cheese board and salads to pizza, you won’t go home hungry.

Urban – Hillcrest
1243 University Avenue
San Diego, Ca
619-295-1188

Lounge – Point Loma
2970 Truxtun Road
San Diego, Ca
619-221-1959

Seaside Grotto – Cardiff
1953 San Elijo Avenue
Cardiff by the Sea, Ca
760-230-2657

Wine Steals East Village
793 and 795 J Street
San Diego, Ca
619-255-7452

Online: winstealssd.com

Wine Styles
For Coronado mamas, a fantastic girls’ night out is just a short walk away. Wine Styles is a great little wine shop, but it’s also a fun, casual meeting spot for a glass of cab and an evening of gab. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, stop by with your ladies for a fun wine tasting. For just $15, you will sample seven premium wines while you take in live music and your friends’ chatter, of course.  Wine Steals is another laid back, casual wine bar.

928 Orange Avenue
Coronado, Ca
619-365-4953
Online: winestyles.net/coronado 

Where do you and your mom friends go for a night out? Leave us a comment below and share your fav spots.

— Laura Willard

photo courtesy of the Wine Loft facebook page