MOTHERSHIP: San Diego’s Most Popular Alien Bar

San Diego’s unique bar scene has been gaining traction over the years. With innovative concepts and limited-time experiences, people keep coming back for more. One of the latest additions to this scene is MOTHERSHIP, a sci-fi tiki themed pop-up bar located at 2310 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104. This stylish space offers craft cocktails, small plates, and an out-of-this-world experience.

So what makes MOTHERSHIP so popular?

Mothership is a unique bar in San Diego

What is the new alien bar in San Diego?

Stepping into Mothership feels like entering another world. Who would think that “space” and “tiki” would go together? The decor is very well done, the lighting is perfect, and there are special effects that happen around you while you sip your space-tastic cocktail. The music is even on theme and helps bring the whole experience together. While the cocktails and small plates are stellar, the ambiance is really what draws San Diego crowds to MOTHERSHIP.

To make a reservation at Mothership, you’ll need to book in advance on their website. Reservations open up about a month in advance and spots fill up quickly. Mothership only accepts reservations for parties of 2-6 people. You will also have to pay a $5 deposit per person to make the reservation.

How is it?

Having experienced a number of other pop-up, limited-time-only bar experiences in San Diego, MOTHERSHIP is so much different. First of all, it looks like it’s here to stay. At least for longer than the Acey Deucey Club was around. Second, your reservation is only for a 90-minute time slot. The Acey Deucey was a 90-minute closed-door experience that involved great entertainment by the staff members. It was honestly more of a “show”. However at MOTHERSHIP, there is no “staff entertainment” – it’s more of just a time limit on how long you can spend in there. If anything it’s more like Oga’s Cantina at Disneyland – where it’s just a cool bar with a limited time you can spend in there.

MOTHERSHIP San Diego creative cocktails

The cocktail prices were pretty normal, ranging from $15-$17. They were served beautifully and they were decently sized! As for the food, it’s all vegan options because the owners are vegan. This isn’t exactly the type of bar food I prefer, but we ordered the potatoes and they were pretty good!


Mothership is a can’t-miss bar in San Diego. As people continue to search for more uniqueness and less monotony, we will continue to see more creative spaces like this come into existence. Not to mention, we all love a good Instagram-worthy spot! With its lively atmosphere, creative cocktails, and shareable vegan plates, it’s no wonder Mothership has developed such a crazy following.