People enjoy drinks as part of outdoor dining at American Junkie bar in San Diego’s Gaslamp. Photo: By Kevin Wilkerson, California Nightlife Blogger Attempting to follow whether or not California bars are open is like trying to follow the U.S. tax code. Except the rules in the Golden State often change on a monthly, weekly or – so it seems – daily basis rather than once a year. Here is the current situation, tho it will likely change and will keep this article up to date. Keep in mind that the rules – and in particular the enforcement – is different from city to city and sometimes even bar to bar. As one example of the latter, since the re-opening of outdoor dining the first part of 2021, the requirement of having to have food to get a drink seemed to have disappeared. Until I went


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