WHO WE ARE
Recovery Happens Here
Whether you are just starting your journey or you have decades of sobriety - welcome home.
Founded in May 1969, the North Shores Alano Club (NSAC) in Pacific Beach serves as a safe and welcoming gathering place for people to begin and grow their life in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. For more than 50 years, the club’s active fellowship has helped thousands of men and women from all walks of life thrive in sobriety. Today, the club hosts more than 35 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week, and is located just blocks from San Diego's beautiful beaches.
In addition to a variety of open and closed meetings for men, women and the LGBT community, NSAC is also a comfortable social club used for a variety of individual and group purposes.
NSCA is a nonprofit 501c3 that relies on membership, donations, and rent from meetings and sober living to pay for operating costs. Please consider a membership and donation today.
Monday thru Saturday: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Need AA-approved literature an tokens?
All are welcome to visit the front counter for Big Books, supporting literature and other helpful information.
Interested in starting a meeting?
Please visit NSAC in person to talk with a staff member and look for an opening in the club’s existing schedule.
In need of Sober Living?
Please call (858) 483-4084, stop by the NSCA in person. For more information, visit the Sober Living Page (LINK)
Clean and comfortable main room for lounging, reading and work.
The North Shores Alano Club is a non-profit organization committed to assisting people in recovery from all walks of life and is supported entirely by dues-paying members. Its primary purpose is to function as a gathering place for recovering alcoholics and their associates. The Club is considered home to daily Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, totaling over 35 per week.
In 1966, the club was located on the corner of Cass and Felspar next to the Cass Street Bar & Grill. The club’s original building is now a small restaurant. During its tenure at the first site, the club hosted about 35 members and their guests and was home to frequent meetings and events.
In 1968, as the club’s membership continued to grow, Russ J., a retired bank president and long-time member of A.A., and Bill N., a real estate broker and fairly new member to the fellowship, combined their professional skills to provide the leadership necessary to accomplish what many, including some of the current old-timers, said couldn’t be done.
About 72 members of a small A.A. club with little funding and resources decided to buy the land where the current North Shores Alano Club now stands. What followed was a plan to build a financial plan, raise capital, identify an architect and builder, and secure a lender.
The method of selling building bonds or notes was chosen as the mechanism to raise money. The largest bond was $1,000 and the smallest was $25 with the goal to raise $20,000 - a substantial sum at that time. The bonds were printed, and sales began in June of 1968. By November of that same year, the bonds were sold and the lot, which was to become the club’s new home was purchased. The lender, Home Federal, was the landlord and there were no individual names on the mortgage as instruments of personal liability. Officers of the club signed the mortgage and Leo Mizyak was selected as the builder.
When the North Shores Alano Club new building finally opened in 1969 it was the third Alano Club in the greater San Diego area, accompanied by the San Diego and El Cajon Alano Clubs. However, it prized it's own distinction as being the only club originally designed and built as an alano club. The new club quickly became the center of A.A. in San Diego County, remaining so for years to come. The North Shores Alano Club’s has influenced the development of other such clubs around the country.
Over the decades, tens, of thousands of recovering alcoholics have passed through the doors and many can look back at the North Shores Alano Club as the place where they began "trudging the road of happy destiny". For them, the club is more than just a meeting place; it has been, and continues to be a major contribution to both their sobriety and health and vital lives they live today.
We hope you will take an interest in supporting the North Shores Alano Club and consider becoming a member, whether you attend regular meetings or simply enjoy the club's distinctive warmth and atmosphere. As we strive to make the club more inviting to potential members, we welcome your suggestions to make the club a place in which you can enjoy and remain active.