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Best British Pubs in San Diego


San Diego is famous for a wide variety of mouthwatering food and fun bars. It may come as a surprise to tourists, but San Diego is also home to some outstanding and authentic British pubs. Staff members at the San Diego Pacific Inn hope you will spend a fun-filled evening at any of the following pubs.

Shakespeare’s Pub & Grille

Located on India Street, Shakespeare’s is known for an authentic British ambiance and delicious cider beers. The pub also offers a trivia night once a month and even serves breakfast every Saturday and Sunday until noon. Try the classic fish n’ chips or the Sunday roast for a traditional British meal.

Princess Pub & Grille

The Princess Pub features European ales and ciders along with great local craft beers. The Boddingtons Pub Ale is especially good! The pub also offers an incredible menu that includes Shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and a Sunday roast dinner. Hosting a party? The Princess room is available for private parties and special events.

The Ritual Kitchen and Beer Garden

Featuring an outdoor beer garden and a patio in the back, the Ritual Kitchen and Beer Garden is a favorite among San Diegans. The pub offers an extensive beer list and plenty of food choices. Fish and chips and goat cheese are two menu favorites.

Phileas Foggs

Phileas Foggs is British owned and serves customers over 200 craft and imported beers. They offer traditional favorites such as homemade English pie, fish & chips, and Scotch eggs. Phileas Foggs also hosts events such as a weekly cribbage tournament and a regular comedy night.

Stout Public House

This pub features an outstanding happy hour and a good selection of beers. Stout also provides a full restaurant menu with steaks, pasta, and sandwiches. In the mood for something that’s traditionally British? Try some classic fare like the corned beef and cabbage or the Guinness stew.

Get your fill of British culture without buying a plane ticket by hitting up the pubs above. For easy access to these notable venues, be sure to book your stay at the San Diego Pacific Inn & Suites. Our downtown location puts guests within convenient distance of San Diego’s most popular attractions like Seaport Village, Old Town, SeaWorld, and the Gaslamp Quarter, but for an affordable price. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to reserve one of our newly remodeled rooms. We offer quick and easy booking without any extra fees!

San Diego Beach Bars Not to Pass Up


Top San Diego Beach Bars

We don’t have to recommend spending time at a beach bar — we already know you will. We just want to make sure you see some of the best San Diego has to offer, so the staff at the San Diego Pacific Inn has handpicked 4 favorites to start.

1. Lahaina Beach House

Order a pitcher of cold beer and relax with friends after a day on the beach at this charming bar-slash-restaurant. The drink selection includes an assortment of tequila delights, and there’s also a patio where you can sit, enjoy your beverage, and watch the sunset. Keep in mind it’s cash only here and it can definitely get packed.

Try: The burritos and fish tacos get rave reviews.

2. Beachcomber

Just blocks from the sand (and about 10 minutes from cheap hotels by the SAN airport), this rustic bar attracts a diverse crowd that ranges from college partygoers to gray-haired perpetual adolescents at heart. There are plenty of TVs for catching up on sports when you’re not people watching, and the beers are cold, the popcorn is free (should you need to get something in your stomach between refills), and prices are reasonable.

Try: The theme nights, including karaoke night and trivia night.

3. Firehouse American Eatery and Lounge

Although this local favorite is currently closed for renovations, it should be opening any day now. Firehouse is a previous “Best Beach Bar” winner, and will be serving up an all-new cocktail menu, delicious food, and tunes from top local DJs both inside and on the rooftop.

Try: Everything! The food and beverage menus will be brand new.

4. Guava Beach Bar and Grill

If you want to catch some of the game while taking a break from the beach, this sports bar is definitely the place to be when not riding the waves or soaking up rays. The service is friendly and there is a dartboard, pool table, and giant Jenga. The decent happy hour specials provide an added incentive to stop here.

Try: You can’t go wrong with some wings topped and a Bionic Beaver to wash it down.

Ready to spend a little time in the San Diego sun? We thought so! Give us a call at 1-800-571-2933 and reserve a hotel room in the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter today! As our guest, you can take advantage of our stellar location, flexible dates, and super-low rates! We look forward to hearing from you!

Secret San Diego: Hidden Bars


San Diego's Secret Bars

When the sun goes down and you wash the sand out of your hair, check out San Diego’s secret bars.

The Noble Experiment

Where: 777 G Street

With a name inspired by the failed “noble experiment” of prohibition back in the 1920s, this bar is actually located near your San Diego Gaslamp Quarter hotel within a restaurant called The Neighborhood. The bartenders, self-proclaimed “mixologists,” will make a drink suited to your preferences if you’re in the mood for something a little more personalized. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly required.


Where: 548 5th Avenue

Put on your best Bond duds (there actually is a dress code) and make your way to…a law office? Don’t be fooled. Just press the buzzer and a doorman will greet you and explain the house rules. It’s first-come, first-served, so start your exploration efforts early in the evening. They’re open Wednesday through Saturday from 7pm to 2am.

Cherry Bomb

Where: 2237 1st Avenue

Located in a strip mall next to a laundry mat just up the hill from several hotels in Little Italy, San Diego, this little bar can be hard to find since the signage isn’t all that great, but it’s worth the effort. Bartenders tend to be friendly and the drinks are strong (but really, one drink here is like three at other bars). In addition to a jukebox, there’s also a pool table and a foosball table here.

Dussini’s Loft Bar

Where: 275 5th Avenue

Found in The Old Spaghetti Factory not far from Petco Park, this hidden Gaslamp Quarter gem includes a fireplace, a pool table and an “ice ring” around the bar area to keep your beverages cool. Drink selections range from fancy (raspberry and champagne mojitos) to simple (good, old-fashioned beer), and the menu here is a bit more extensive than what you get at most bars.

Vin De Syrah Spirit & Wine Parlor

Where: 901 5th Avenue

Even the door to this bar is hard to spot, but that’s part of the fun. Once you get inside, you’ll probably hear claps from the patrons since there’s a hidden camera outside that allows those already inside to watch in amusement as people try to find the door. After making your way inside, you’ll definitely be taken by surprise by the Alice in Wonderland decor. The vibe is laid back and the staff tends to be attentive and friendly.

Wondering what else to do in SD? Reserve a hotel room in Downtown San Diego and you will never be at a loss for fun. When you book with the Pacific Inn, you’ll be minutes from Little Italy, the Gaslamp, the convention center, the marina, and the embarcadero. You’ll also keep more money in your pocket thanks to our ongoing promotions and low rates. Call 1-800-571-2933 and a friendly Reservation Manager can help you reserve your room!

Grab a Drink at These Rooftop Bars in San Diego


San Diego's Best Rooftop Bars

There’s nothing quite like tossing back a beer or sipping flavorful wine while under the brilliant pinks, oranges, and blues of a classic San Diego sunset. Swing by one of San Diego’s best rooftop bars and get a better understanding of why we’re okay paying sky-high rent prices.

Kettner Exchange

A highlight of San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood is Kettner Exchange. It’s just around the corner from a few cheap Little Italy hotels, has a uniquely nautical vibe and high-powered telescope, and offers some seriously creative cocktails like the Artichoke Hold, Chartreuse Swizzle, and the Que Onda.

Glass Door

Offering an amazing view of the San Diego Marina, Glass Door sets a new standard for rooftop bars. Their menu offers just about every type of seafood that swims in the ocean, one-of-a-kind craft cocktails, and their panorama is truly unbeatable.

Lounge Six

The rooftop bar of Hotel Solamar, a premier Gaslamp Quarter hotel, offers everything from a pool and cabanas to fire pits. You’ll be transported to a tropical paradise right in the middle of San Diego. Try the Red Queen, it’s a local favorite made with Bombay sapphire and jasmine tea syrup.

Altitude Sky Lounge

The breathtaking view from 22 floors up is only one of the perks of the Altitude Sky Lounge. In addition to a well-stocked bar and a rotating door of private DJs, you’ll also have the chance to participate in themed nights, upscale parties and other “to-do” events.

SummerSalt Rooftop Pool and Lounge

With creative cocktails and a fun, youthful crowd, SummerSalt is the place to see and be seen in San Diego. It even offers a pool for an evening soak, though you might want to wait 30 minutes after downing one of their special tequila mixes!

The Wood

Part bar, part club, the Wood is where you’ll want to go to enjoy drinks, dancing and all other kinds of daytime or late-night fun. Located in Pacific Beach, the attire is casual with plenty of bikinis and board shorts roaming around in the warm weather.

When you’re throwing a few bathing suits in your luggage, don’t forget to add one or two nicer items—most of these places have a swanky vibe once the sun goes down. You also don’t want to forget to book a cheap hotel in Downtown San Diego, like the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. Our discounts and great, low rates means more money in your pocket for the fun stuff. We also keep fresh coffee and tea brewing 24/7, offer free Wi-Fi, and just recently remodeled our rooms to maximize space and comfort. Call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a Reservation Manager for more information on rates and availability.

Great Happy Hours in San Diego


Happiest Happy Hours in San Diego

Staying in a hotel near the San Diego Convention Center? After a long day at a conference sometimes the first thing you want is a drink, and the last thing you want is to stay in the same place you’ve been all day. Head out to one of these great happy hours and get to know a different part of the city.

Aero Club – Mission Hills

With more than eight-hundred glistening glass bottles of whiskey adorning the walls, this historical bar has a reputation for serving the best mixed drinks in the U.S.A. Antique memorabilia strung from the ceiling and deep booths welcome those who gather to enjoy the bar’s extensive menu while listening to a classic jukebox. Happy hour is from 2pm-7pm daily and Aero Club is a super short Uber ride from any Little Italy hotel.

Baby Cakes – Hillcrest

For visitors with a sweet tooth, this bakery and bar combo is a nice spot for cupcakes and cocktails. Baby Cakes boasts a 1,000 square foot patio with tables and seats surrounded by flowers and greenery. Friday specials are from 4pm-9pm and happy hour is from 5pm-8pm daily, including $3 drinks and $5 food plates.

The Silver Fox Lounge – Pacific Beach

Although the leopard print carpet of this dive bar may be off-putting for some, it has been serving happy guests since 1980. There are three pool tables and free pool is offered 4pm-6pm M-F. Eight televisions, pinball machines, various videogames, darts, a jukebox and a laidback atmosphere set this gathering spot apart from others. Its 80’ bar serves a $2 bottle beer of the month daily and happy hour is from 6am-10am and 4pm-7pm everyday. If you head over, though, keep in mind it’s cash only.

Young Hickory – North Park

With simple community-sized tables, free Wi-Fi, lots of power outlets, and a laidback ambiance, this spot mostly attracts studying students. The music is relaxing and the volume level caters to people who enjoy actual discussion. In addition to great coffee, there are over thirty craft beers on the menu, which changes periodically. All beers are served in a can and happy hour is from 5pm-7pm daily.

Have a conference coming up? Need a hotel room? If you answered yes to both (or just the latter), turn to the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites, a cheap San Diego hotel in downtown. Booking with us is super quick and easy, we don’t charge a booking fee, and your dates are flexible. Reserve your room today by calling 1-800-571-2933.

Staying in Downtown San Diego? Don’t Skip These Bars and Clubs


Downtown San Diego Bars and Clubs Worth Visiting

Sure, there are people who come to San Diego to do things besides go out. But if you’re reading this, you probably aren’t one of them. That said, the staff at the Pacific Inn, a popular Gaslamp Quarter hotel, has come up with a short list of bars and clubs in the downtown area to visit before your trip in sunny San Diego comes to an end.

RoofTop600 at Andaz San Diego

The Andaz San Diego is home to downtown San Diego’s largest rooftop bar. Guests have the option of dancing the night away to live DJs or lounging by the pool overlooking the beautiful downtown skyline. In the summer, Andaz boats one of the best pool parties in town. Private cabanas with personal bottle service are also available.

The Casbah

The Casbah is a historic dive bar that has hosted some of the greatest bands of all time. With its unpretentious and intimate setting, guests are treated to craft beers on tap and amazing live shows. Tickets are decently priced and the lineups are generally very impressive.

FLUXX Nightclub

Just as its name implies, this upscale club’s mood and atmosphere are constantly changing, providing a one-of-a-kind experience on every visit. Featuring a large-scale tree house, a 15-foot chandelier, and attractive art pieces, FLUXX’s decor is eye-catching. The tree house is available for reservations and has a private bar. FLUXX also offers VIP bottle service.

Vin De Syrah Spirit & Wine Parlor

Wine enthusiasts will not want to miss out on this underground wine bar. With an atmosphere reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland thanks to communal dining tables, oversized chairs and grass-covered walls, Vin De Syrah offers an unforgettable experience. Their impressive wine list features over 100 tastings and selections.


Sidebar serves as both an upscale lounge and nightclub. With black crystal chandeliers and burgundy velvet couches, its dynamic atmosphere is set off with the giant birdcage in the back club that houses DJs and serves as a stage for the club’s go-go dancers.

If your plane ticket is booked, but your have yet to reserve a hotel room, look no further than the Pacific Inn San Diego. Aside from our unbeatable location and killer rates, we also make booking quick and easy, have free Wi-Fi, and serve fresh coffee and tea 24-hours a day—perfect for the party animals out there. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager.

Top Bars Near Train Stops on the Way to San Diego


Bars by Train Stops Heading to San Diego

In addition to stunning views and the romance of train travel, people often choose the train for road trips, so to speak, over driving because drinking on the train is totally legit. If you’re taking the train down to San Diego, not only can you can get off and stretch your legs, you can pop in and enjoy a drink at a few nearby bars before boarding the train again. In all fairness, the staff at the Pacific Inn, a leading downtown San Diego hotel, hasn’t stopped by every one of these, but we have serious sources confirming the following bars are some favorites among train riders.

Union Ale Brewing Company

214 State Street
Santa Barbara
Enjoy a cold, crafted brew at this Santa Barbara microbrewery. You can also snack on one of their delicious gourmet hamburgers or a Canadian wowie pie while you enjoy a short break from the train. Time your stop right and you can catch part of the game (pick a game, any game) on one of their many televisions.

Blue Tavern

119 State Street
Santa Barbara
Here, you can enjoy a beer or one of their specially designed cocktails. Local faves include the pisco sour, maracuya caipirnha, and the classic margarita. In addition to an extensive drink menu, there are a variety of scrumptious salads and brick-oven fired pizzas.

Traxx Restaurant & Bar

800 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles
This quaint bar is actually tucked away in a corner of the train station, making it especially convenient if your stop isn’t very long. They offer beer, wine and delightful selection of cocktails.

Far Bar

347 East 1st Street
Los Angeles
If you are looking for something a little off the beaten path, you can select from among their large selection of Japanese beers or try one of their specialty cocktails. Also, they offer a selection of Asian fusion dishes and tasty sushi to satisfy your hunger.

Old Town Saloon

2495 San Diego Avenue
San Diego
From the outside, this bar looks like it was meant to be in the Wild West era. Grab a drink before your train departs or upon arrival in San Diego. While you enjoy a cold brew, you can shoot a game of pool or select some music from the jukebox.

Ready to board the train? We thought so. When you arrive in San Diego, unpack your bags at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites, conveniently located near the train station, SAN airport, Little Italy, and the Gaslamp Quarter. Booking with us is quick and easy, your dates are flexible, and we have the best rate guaranteed. Contact us here or call 1-800-571-2933 to reserve your room!

Top Local Breweries in San Diego


Top San Diego Breweries

If you love trying locally crafted beer, San Diego will not disappoint. This beachside town has become a big player in the small brewery market. The staff at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites, a cheap Gaslamp Quarter hotel, carefully evaluated San Diego’s breweries to narrow the long list down to a handful of must-try microbreweries.

Latitude 33 Brewing Company

When you want to find a beer that blends the best of California with the British Isles, this is the place for a pint. From wheat ale to brown ale with a hint of rye, this is the brewery that dares to try something new.

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits

At Ballast Point it is all about choices, and they have something for everyone. You can enjoy ales or lagers, and if you are feeling adventurous you can try the chili beers or a smoked beer. Whatever you choose, no one leaves unsatisfied from this local hotspot.

Green Flash Brewing Company

This brewery made the decision to hire a master brewer a decade ago and the brewer breathed new life into the company. Today, people flock to the brewery in search of delightful high-flavored beers like the 30th Street India Pale Ale with fruity and floral aromas and the Double Stout Black Ale that balances a hint of coffee against bittersweet chocolate.

Alpine Beer Co.

Although a little further out, this tiny brewery offers a wide selection of brews that are worth making the trip. It has become one of the most popular breweries to visit by local beer aficionados for the large selection of lagers, ales, and sours.

Pizza Port

This local brewery offers a variety of beers perfect for washing down a few delicious slices of pizza. It is one of the oldest breweries in the city, and has been home to many amazing brewmasters that have since opened their own local breweries. (Don’t worry–as one awesome brewmaster exits, another stellar one joins the staff).

Feeling excited yet for your trip to San Diego? How about knowing you can get the best hotel rate guaranteed by reserving a room at the San Diego Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites? Aside from unbeatable rates, we offer flexible dates, around-the-clock customer service, and no booking fees. Ready to reserve your room? Call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager today.

Top Live Music Bars and Venues in San Diego


San Diego's Best Live Music Bars and Venues

Live music is widespread in sunny San Diego; after all, this city has so much culture that there’s musical talent on every corner. From jazz to indie rock, you can find your favorite tunes played at a number of local bars and restaurants. Listed below are five of the top places to hear live music in San Diego, handpicked by the staff at the Pacific Inn, an affordable hotel in downtown San Diego.

1. Soda Bar
This small, loveable dive bar on El Cajon Boulevard specializes in providing guests with cheap drinks and local music. It regularly features live performances by rock, metal and Gothic bands, but other musicians also occasionally play here.

2. Moonshine Flats
Country music and culture is the main focus at Moonshine Flats on 7th Avenue in downtown. Everything here contributes to the timeless “honky tonk” bar atmosphere, from the bouncers and line dancers to the beer varieties on tap and Southern-style live music. Moonshine Flats has delicious food as well, featuring pork sandwiches and seven layer dips among other dishes.

3. 710 Beach Club
710 Beach Club on Garnet Avenue is a sports bar during the day and a live music venue at night. Performances here are usually given by rock, EDM, acoustic or reggae artists. If you’re hungry, tasty cheeseburgers and quesadillas are served while musicians play throughout the night.

4. Gaslamp Speakeasy
Gaslamp Speakeasy on 4th Avenue, just minutes from several affordable San Diego Convention Center hotels, features prominent jazz and blues bands. Customers say it’s a small bar with a lot of musical heart to make up for the lack of space. Cocktails are served alongside tasty plates of nachos, calamari, rib sliders and much more.

5. House of Blues
Located on 5th Avenue, House of Blues has a reputation for excellent live rock and blues music. This place is a much larger venue than the other bars featured here and often hosts big name, mainstream artists, in addition to other private events. House of Blues serves up classic country dishes and also has a small sidebar for people looking for something more low-key.

If you’re heading to San Diego for an upcoming show but haven’t booked a hotel yet, make the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites your first choice. We offer a variety of promotions to help our guests save, flexible dates, and the best rate guaranteed among hotels in Little Italy. Call a helpful Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to reserve your room today!

Where to Find the Best Trivia Nights in SD


Top Trivia Nights in San Diego

Nestled in the southern region of the state, this “birthplace of California” has a lot to offer its guests. From soaking up the sun at the area’s extensive beaches to exploring the vibrant downtown region, travelers to San Diego will not be disappointed. If guests are looking for some unique San Diego fun, the city has an extensive network of trivia nights throughout the week. Here are the top five picks for trivia nights from the friendly staff at the Pacific Inn, a cheap hotel in downtown San Diego perfect for travelers on a budget.

1. East Village Tavern and Bowl
Wednesdays at 7:00pm
This unique location offers tons of food and beverage options (including 20% off on hump day) in addition to a plethora of flat-screen TVs and, of course, bowling! On Wednesday the bar offers hosted trivia and house cash prizes for winners.

2. 98 Bottles
Thursdays at 7:00pm
98 Bottles offers a mouth-watering selection of craft beers, wine, and sake, and caters to and art and music loving crowd. Its “back room” is famed for live music, and on Thursday nights the bars hosts a rousing trivia night. You can enter the inter-venue tourney for a chance at cash prizes, or stick to in-house trivia to win free bar tab prizes.

3. The Commons Bar
Wednesdays at 7:30pm
The Commons Bar offers a fun atmosphere where guests can relax and be served in style. The full menu boasts specialty entrees and cocktails anyone will love. On trivia night, bring as many people as you–there’s no cap on team size–and enjoy drink specials while you rack up those trivia wins.

4. Gallagher’s Irish Pub
Sundays at 7:00pm
Gallagher’s offers a traditional Irish atmosphere, food, and drinks in Ocean Beach. Guests will love the rowdy Irish feel of the pub as they compete for $1000 in prize money during trivia night. Specials include $3 beer of the month and $4 shots of Fireball of Jager.

5. Wonderland Ocean Beach
Tuesdays at 7:00pm
Also located in Ocean Beach, Wonderland offers a fun, laid-back atmosphere for its guests. Though the amusement park the bar was named after hasn’t been around since 1916, there’s no denying the bar captures the spirit of the park.

Pack your bags, head to San Diego, and unleash the years of useless knowledge you’ve accumulated. Whether you’re looking for a hotel near the San Diego Airport or the Convention Center, the Pacific Inn has you covered. We offer free Wi-Fi, flexible dates, and fresh coffee and tea 24/7 (perfect for those late trivia nights). Call a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to learn more about our unbeatable rates and great promotions!

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