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This bar is housed in the oldest building in the Gaslamp Quarter. Come and mingle with beautiful people and groove to either live music or a DJ with tunes from the 1970s through the 1990s. Hardwood floors, soaring ceilings and a 40-foot long mahogany bar give a touch of elegance and class. There are three levels, all offering a large number of beers and delicious cocktails.
During your visit to Balboa Park, do not miss this gigantic, world-class musical instrument. Believed to be the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world, this impressive structure was built in 1915 by sugar magnates John D. and Adolph B. Spreckels. Year around, as many as 2,000 people can sit and hear the Sunday afternoon concerts. At other times, local musical talent is displayed. Check website for upcoming performances.
The National Comedy Theatre is San Diego's nationally acclaimed improvisational comedy show. Based completely on audience suggestions, the cast of the NCT create an entire show without a script. This hilarious show has been performed across the country and around the world and with over 3000 performances is the longest running show in San Diego. Shows are appropriate for all audiences.
If gaming is your passion then head to Dave & Buster's. With outlets all over the country, the place is known to have spent 50 million dollars on their equipment. And it shows. You'll find the latest electronic and interactive games, and there are over 200 games to choose from. On a lucky night, you just might cash in your winnings or get your hands on one of the prizes. If all this fun activity gets tedious, move over to the handcrafted, tournament-sized billiards and shuffleboard tables, or head to the Midway or Viewpoint Bar. The restaurant is a good place to go too. It has introduced a brand new low-carb menu for all those watching their waists.
This brave comedy club is striving to bring more laughs to San Diego while sharing space with an adjacent Greek restaurant, the Greek Palace. Check online for free tickets for general shows, or book ahead for special headliners. There's a flat-rate dinner buffet offered some nights; call to verify availability. Be aware that service tips are automatically included in the check totals, there's a two-drink minimum on top of the ticket price, and part of the charm is the line of comedians at the end of the night hoping for some additional largesse. - deTraci Regula