1806: The first definition of the term Cocktail appears in The Balance and Columbian Repository of Hudson, New York as “a stimulating liquor composed of any kind of sugar, water and bitters.”
1862: Jerry Thomas finished Bar-Tender’s Guide (alternately titled How to Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion), the first drink book ever published in the United States.
1919/1920: The US government passes the Volstead Act, formally National Prohibition Act, enacted in 1919 (and taking effect in 1920) as a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages.
1933: On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified and the Prohibition Act repealed, ending thirteen dry years in the US.
2019: Oculto 477 opens as a neo-speakeasy bar adjacent to an iconic graveyard, giving reverence to the history of cocktails and the tales that surround them.



No. 1
Keep your mind open to new experiences
No 2
Please speak easy and mind your manners
No 3
Do refrain from talking on your phone inside the bar
No 4
No flash photography
No 5
Please be patient. Quality cocktails take time and love.
No 6
Gentlemen, be so good to remove your baseball hats, not wear sweats, or flip-flops.
No 7
No parties larger than six
No 8
Due to the limited availability of seats, we limit each experience to an hour and a half.
No 9
We reserve the right to ask any patron not following speak easy etiquette or intoxicated to leave the bar

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2414 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110