-The MacKinnon family traveled west in the late 1800's, finally arriving in Cardiff "3/4 of a mile from the San Elijo Lagoon Mouth".


-In 1910, 35 years after the Mackinnon's arrival in 1910, " Cardiff " developers saw a  "coastal playground".


-The Kraken building was originally built in 1962 and was the original building Don "Hansen's Surf Shop", before its new location in Encinitas started in 1968.


- May 1st, 1976 Doug Aldred of Detroit opens the doors to "The Kraken".


- Since the mid 70's, Aldred led the Kraken to a salty success, and now in 2014 under local ownership, we very much intend to keep this casual "coastal playground" atmosphere alive and well. We will be doing a lot of the same and adding more events/bigger name entertainment to our guest lists for the Cardiff Community.


- 2014 - We will create a great experience through rad live music, a friendly staff, affordable cocktails and craft beer, a laid back coastal environment and a respite from the sea.


History & Cardiff Community

2531 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff, CA 92007

        "Although  subject of myth, the legend of the kraken continues on with mariners, privateers, and sea salts around the world today."