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Admiring, honoring and shaping the neighborhood’s charm

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Our blended spirits and creative cocktails are one of a kind

LITTLE ITALY GATHERS HERE

Come to The Loading Dock to gather, unload and load up

Welcome to Little Italy's Loading Dock Spirits Co.

Little Italy’s Loading Dock Spirits Co. is a relaxed and welcoming meeting and event spot, offering a fantastic selection of blended spirits, cocktails, San Diego’s finest craft beers, a varied wine list of price performing favorites, and a menu with light bites to surprise and delight each and every visit. 

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APPETIZERS

KETTLE CHIPS AND ONION DIP 5
Bag of warm kettle chips and homemade onion dip

HUMMUS 8
Garlic infused, smoked paprika, and extra virgin olive oil served with warm Naan or fresh cut vegetables

CAPRESE SALAD 8
Freshly sliced tomato layered with fresh mozzarella, basil painted with balsamic reduction and extra virgin olive oil

ENTREES

PEPPERONI & BASIL FLATBREAD 14
Marinara, mozzarella, and pepperoni topped with fresh basil

MARGHERITA FLATBREAD 14
Marinara, thinly sliced tomato, fresh mozzarella, topped with fresh basil

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​​​​​​WE LOVE HOSTING EVENTS! IT’S WHY WE’RE HERE, TO GIVE PEOPLE A PLACE TO GATHER. FUN, SPECIAL, AND OF GREAT VALUE.

Little Italy’s Loading Dock isn’t just a favorite place for locals and visitors alike to hang out in a comfortable environment and enjoy great food and beverages at the best prices in town. It is a gathering place unlike any other in Little Italy. We are able to host private events for 300 people or intimate gatherings of 100 or less in our private special event space located in the loft part of our unique, historic space.

Little Italy’s Loading Dock enjoys hosting corporate seminars, concerts, weddings, and a long list of other special events… all festively presented in our unique setting, which we can dress up in all sorts of fun ways to give events their own special appeal.

In fact, we love hosting events. It’s why we are here, to give people a place to gather that’s fun, special and of great value… A place they’ll come back to gather at again and again.

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ABOUT US

THE HISTORY OF THE LOADING DOCK

80 years ago, the Loading Dock was the central meeting place of the neighborhood. It’s where the community gathered for loading and unloading. Today, San Diego’s Little Italy is a thriving ethnic community that is now home to a wealthy variety of businesses, restaurants and residences. Judging by the diversity of the neighborhood, it is hard to believe that at one time more than 6,000 families lived in Little Italy with a common focus, toiling together to make San Diego the center of the world’s tuna industry.

OUR PAST
At the heart of the community was the Loading Dock located at 2400 Kettner Avenue. For decades, the Loading Dock was the hub of culture and commerce in Little Italy, where the fishing spoils of the day were unloaded and loaded, and denizens gathered to share stories and sustenance. In the most romantic sense, the Loading Dock was the nexus for sharing in the neighborhood for decades… before the demise of the fishing industry found our special space being re-purposed many different ways… until now.

OUR PRESENT
In 2017, the Loading Dock has been recreated as the place where Little Italy gathers again. In fact, Little Italy starts (and sometimes ends) at Little Italy’s Loading Dock. Our name plays off the history of the building and the spirit of the space is emoted at every touch point; offering an inclusive celebration of the modern Little Italy scene. Our inspiration for Little Italy’s Loading Dock is to be that central and accessible place for gathering—admiring what was and conjuring what will be; honoring and shaping the neighborhood’s charm.

OUR FUTURE
Little Italy’s Loading Dock Spirits Co. is a relaxed and welcoming meeting and event spot, offering a fantastic selection of blended spirits, cocktails, San Diego’s finest craft beers, a varied wine list of price performing favorites, and a menu with light bites to surprise and delight each and every visit. 

Regardless of whether you start with us, end with us, or unload and load with us all night, we’re a place for locals and visitors alike to feel at home. 

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