This club is a prime spot to hear new and cutting edge music in San Diego. Bands such as Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Alanis Morissette have been among the previous guests. Local bands play here as well, primarily featuring a punk-rock flavor. In addition to music, the club offers pool tables, an enclosed smoking patio, vintage pinball and video games. A stage and dance floor provides plenty of room to dance. Meanwhile, the full bar serves a long list of beverages.
Featuring cutting edge live music, this is a popular hot spot in Old Town San Diego. In fact, when this place was known as Spirit Club, it hosted the then-unknown band called R.E.M. The stage continues to seek talent in rock, blues and alternative modes of music to provide live entertainment for San Diego locals and tourists. With a varying entertainment schedule, guests are advised to call for previews of upcoming entertainment on the telephone hotline. A full cash bar is available.
Aero Club is a popular spot because of its laid-back, mellow atmosphere and clientele. It is a friendly local bar with many businesspeople frequenting after work. The establishment serves 20 draught beers, 30 wines and any number of cocktails. The bar boasts a huge selection so there is something for everyone, from Chianti to Chardonnay wines and Mexican to American beers. This is an ideal spot for evening relaxation. Cheers!
Loft is a popular gay bar that feels like a family gathering every night of the week, as many neighborhood bars often do. There is a sense of camaraderie here that is truly palpable. The friendly atmosphere is conducive to meeting people and is therefore a pretty serious meeting spot for local gays and lesbians. But the main attraction is the great drinks and the welcoming aura that surrounds the entire place.
The vintage-looking signage on the front reads, 'Cold Beer, Warm Friends', and that almost sums up Live Wire. However, it fails to mention some other important tidbits. For instance, all pours here are doubles, from a Johnnie Walker neat to a big 16-ounce mojito. Secondly, the beer selection is killer, heavy on good local brews. The bar is long and inviting, and big, red, comfy leather booths line one long wall, so there's rarely a shortage. The lighting is dim, the pool table is level and the music is loud. Happy Hour begins when the doors open and lasts until 8p, and when hunger strikes, Harar is just a block down El Cajon.
On the other side of a black and white awning, in an dining area with an open ceiling, Splash Wine Lounge offers a selection of 70 wines. In their setting that which includes low hanging ceiling lamps, brick walls, mahogany furniture and flooring, they also offer various flatbread pizzas, Cheese and Charcaturie, and more. For those who prefer a bottle or mug of beer, this wine lounge has a small selection of beers, as well as they offer some non-alcoholic beverages. For those who want to enjoy more of Splash Wine Lounge, they host various events throughout the week, and much more. - Erick Pettersen
Part of UCSD community, this active space is a co-op that features hot new local acts and serves vegan food. With a homey, comfy atmosphere, this place has a youthful vibe but is very welcoming to everyone in the surrounding community. A popular meeting place for grassroots political activism, the space really feels more like a community center than a simple cafe.
This is one of San Diego's fun beach bars, a well-worn place showing evidence of being much frequented and enjoyed. The casual atmosphere is enhanced by the large map of Baja painted on the ceiling and photos of customers on the walls. When you are taking a break from the beach, you can enjoy a game of pool or shuffleboard or one of the many beers on tap. Do not overlook the food. The menu includes fish, burgers and salads.
Friendly and inviting ambiance and great drinks is what The Silver Fox Lounge has to offer. Beer, pool games, darts, happy hours and jukebox all make up to be a fun place to spend lots of time. All these at very affordable rates. The most attractive feature is the large leopard-print carpet that welcomes you in from the door. Step inside The Silver Fox Lounge for an unforgettable evening with friends.
Look no further than Rocky's Crown Pub for scrumptious burgers. Located on the bustling Ingraham Street, this joint is known for serving loaded, flavorful burgers in an eclectic ambiance. Since its inception in 1977, Rocky's has been serving the San Diego residents, delicious meals from its chalkboard menu that hangs on the wall. A completely no frills place, the food menu only focuses on hamburgers, with or without their house fries! The alcohol menu has a variety of beers to choose from. Local taps to delicious bottled beers- take your pick and enjoy your with their delectable food and an exciting game on one of their TVs. Note that patrons under 21 years of age are not allowed here.
Beer lovers will enjoy different in-house brews at New English Brewing Company. The microbrewery has a tasting room and lounge on its premises where you can enjoy their handcrafted brews. With interesting and balanced flavor profiles, there is something for all palates here. From the 16 tap beers served here, the Bourbon Barrel Aged Brown Ale (American Brown Ale), the Zumbar (Russian Imperial Stout) and the classic, Pure & Simple IPA (American IPA) are house favorites. The pet-friendly place has simple and spacious interiors, with a knowledgeable staff and courteous service.
This established San Diego chain of Irish pubs invaded the Gaslamp Quarter, grabbing a prime corner location on the Convention Center edge of the district. Its charming Irish feel (with a somewhat un-Irish outdoor patio seating section) snags passersby, enticing them to come in and enjoy its ambiance. The late-night hours make this a popular spot among the 20-something local crowd, as well as among visitors seeking a lively evening.