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Your Guide to Craft Cocktails in San Diego

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Cool craft cocktail bars are one of the hottest nightlife trends in San Diego, and city mixologists are concocting some amazing shaken and stirred creations. Check out some of San Diego’s liveliest cocktail venues and sample the best of SoCal’s innovative libations.

Alchemy, South Park
This aptly named lounge whips up some amazing beertails, the hot national trend of mixing beer with spirits, syrups and liqueurs. Sip a Skip and Go Naked, mixing gin, Ballast Point Old Grove, lemon juice and lager, or sample one of Alchemy’s clever beer-less cocktails like Tricolore, a spicy blend of pepper-infused vodka, tomato juice and secret spices. Relax at the organically-designed curved bar amid changing exhibits of work by some of San Diego’s most talented artists.

Craft and Commerce, Little Italy
San Diego’s sexy and sophisticated Craft & Commerce is nestled between shops, cafes and hotels in Little Italy, drawing an eclectic crowd to its airy, open space lined with vintage bottles and books. From airy champagne cocktails to trendy beertails and shaken and stirred twists on classics, C&C coolly evokes the warm and chummy ambience of days gone by. Try unique concoctions like Black Sheep, a mix of coffee bean-infused whiskey, verna, cynar and bitters, or come with a group and hoist antique cups full of communal punch brews like Mother’s Ruin, a potent blend of gin, sweet vermouth, cinnamon spiced, lemon, grapefruit and champagne.

Grant Grill, Gaslamp District
Channeling old San Diego’s speakeasy scene, this glitzy art deco lounge boasts live jazz, rock, blues, samba and pop Thursday through Saturday nights. Stop by and savor one of mixologists Jeff Josenhans’ sexy creations, whipped up with ingredients fresh from the hotel’s roof garden. Favorites at this popular San Diego hangout include house-made amber vermouth and Cocktails sur Lie, the lounge’s unique bottle-conditioned cocktails.

Prohibition, Gaslamp District
You’ll have to look carefully for Prohibition’s exclusive “secret door”, a nod to the speakeasies of the 1920s. Dark wood, sumptuous leather seating and moody lighting create a lush ambience perfect for enjoying a rotating seasonal cocktail menu created with all sorts of prohibition-era favorites. Ask for a “Dealer’s Choice”, custom concocted for each guest depending on their mood and preferences. Live entertainment Thursday through Saturday nights features excellent jazz, blues and soul. House rules include a strictly-enforced weekend dress code.

After tasting all of San Diego’s top craft cocktails, head back to your affordable downtown hotel near San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. We are ideally situated for visitors looking to explore the city, and are a great option for locals who don’t want to drive home after a long night. Call 7-800-571-2933 for rates and availability.

Insider’s Guide to Nightlife in Downtown San Diego

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Going out in Downtown San Diego

Rumors about downtown San Diego’s nightlife scene seem to travel the world, and many of them are true. Downtown San Diego is, in fact, full of fun, cultural diversity, lavish dance clubs and scenic rooftop bars. The amount of diversions available to visitors in San Diego will leave them with only one thought: I wish I had more time to explore it all!

A great deal of the nightlife in downtown San Diego takes place in a 16 square block area called the Gaslamp Quarter, so named from the gas lanterns that lined the streets in the 1800s. Ninety four historical buildings, mostly from the Victorian era, are now occupied by fun boutiques, great restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.

Dinner

Whether you want a light snack or a multi-course meal at the trendiest new eatery, the 50+ restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter offer something for every taste and budget. You can “dine around the world” at the diverse options surrounding you. Within a few blocks you’ll see American, French, Mexican, Italian, Spanish, Fusion, Steakhouses, and of course restaurants that specialize in San Diego’s deliciously prepared local seafood.

If you’re looking into staying at one of the cheap hotels near Little Italy, right along the outskirts of Downtown San Diego, then consider dining at The Headquarters at Seaport Village where you can enjoy San Diego’s finest tacos at Puesto or arrange for a romantic evening out at Season’s 52.

Drinks

San Diego has one of the longest happy hours in the nation, which I’m sure will sound appealing after you unpack in a cheap hotel near the San Diego Airport. The airport, located just a few minutes away from Little Italy and Downtown, is in a prime location for a quick post-flight happy hour. Try Ironside Fish and Oyster in Little Italy or for a casual and cheap drink grab a stool at Bub’s @ The Ballpark.

We recommend you hit downtown early, giving you enough time to enjoy the cocktail scene: from kitschy dive bars and microbreweries to swanky rooftop lounges and hidden speakeasy style bars, visitors to the Gaslamp Quarter will be able to extend their evenings into the very late hours.

Dancing

Dance clubs line every street in the Gaslamp Quarter, attracting hip-hop lovers to Fluxx and Bang Bang, saucy salsa dancers head to Sevilla, some swing aficionados can be seen at Henry’s Pub, and even those that are 18-20 years old can get their groove on at Spin and Bassmnt on designated underage nights.

Not in the mood to dance? Ten different comedy clubs starring national headliners, up and coming local talent, or featuring improv open mike nights will keep you laughing. Try out American Comedy Co. or Shouthouse for a good time.
End the evening at one of the area’s cigar bars or have a late night coffee or nightcap and reflect on your fun-filled day in Downtown San Diego. Before heading out for the night, be sure you already have a room reserved at one of the top San Diego cheap hotels such as Pacific Inn & Suites. Pacific Inn is currently offering up to 12% off on already affordable room rates, but with our busy summer season fast approaching, we strongly suggest you call us now to book your room before we sell out.

To ask us about our availability, amenities and to book a room over the phone, call Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933.

 

San Diego’s Best Beachfront Bars

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San Diego Beach Bars

There’s nothing better than sipping a cool drink as the sun slides behind the palm trees and turns the sky into a postcard sunset as it sinks into the Pacific. Fortunately, San Diego offers many opportunities to enjoy a relaxing evening with breathtaking ocean views paired with local brews and craft cocktails. Should you ask the locals about the best places to go for such a sublime experience, these are the first 5 that they’ll recommend.

Cannon Ball
3105 Ocean Front Walk
San Diego, CA 92109

Cannon Ball is known for its laid back atmosphere and prime location for stunning sunsets, especially from restaurant’s rooftop bar. The bar’s location not far from downtown San Diego and its upscale atmosphere makes it a great spot for business travelers, as well as those in town for a convention. While the menu is varied, the full service sushi bar is sure to grab your attention with freshly prepared rolls and sashimi plates. Craft beers can also be had for $6, as well as specialty drinks and cocktails for $10. If you’re looking to try out Cannon Ball, learn more about affordable hotels near the SDCC and Mission Beach.

Sandbar Grill
718 Ventura Place
San Diego, CA 92109

This sports bar couldn’t possibly have better real estate. Located on the oceanfront just steps from Belmont Park, Sandbar is open from 9am to 2am daily and serves an excellent breakfast. The TVs are great for catching a game, and there’s always a spectacular view of the beach if things go South for the home team. The laid back sports like atmosphere also makes it among the favorites for those staying at nearby San Diego MCRD hotels. Stopping for a bite to eat? The bar’s fish tacos come highly recommended and the selection of draft beers is superb. Save a few bucks by hitting up the happy hour specials from 4pm to 7pm every weekday.

The Green Flash
701 Thomas Avenue
San Diego, CA 92109

The patio sits directly on the beach, making the Green Flash a top beach bar in San Diego. And what’s better – it’s as great of a place for drinks as it is for breakfast the next morning. If you’re working your way down the Pacific Beach, the Green Flash is the perfect place to stop for a quick meal. While all of the specialty drinks are delicious, they are known for their bloody mary. The tab can add up quickly if you’re not careful, but you get your money’s worth in scenery and service.

710 Beach Club
710 Garnet Avenue
San Diego, CA 92109

If you’re looking for oceanfront entertainment, there’s no better place to go than the 710 Beach Club. This place has everything. Live music, dancing, karaoke, open mics, trivia nights, Monday Night Football parties. Everything. The prices are good too, with drink specials available every day of the week. The only caveat – nominal cover charges on weekend evenings or when live bands are playing.

PB Shore Club
4343 Ocean Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92109

Popular music? Check. Beachfront location? Check. Wednesday night goldfish races? Double check (and watch out, these can get competitive). While the place can get crowded at night, it isn’t overwhelming. The clientele does tend to be younger, though. Case in point – the most popular drink in the house is the RedBull Vodka Slushie. However, before 8pm, the food gets rave reviews from people of all ages.

As you can see, there are a wide variety of options available for everyone looking to spend a San Diego evening on the Beach. Whether you’re looking for a great place for lunch or a nighttime, beachside hotspot, you’ll find some in the heart of San Diego. For more information about local accommodations, contact the Pacific Inn. We are one of the preferred cheap hotels in downtown San Diego offering low nightly rates and spacious and clean rooms and suites. For more information, contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933.

San Diego’s Top Hipster Bars

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San Diego Hipster Bars

What is a vacation to San Diego if you don’t experience the vibrant, trendy and laid back San Diego hipster scene? A hipster is typically someone in their 20s and 30s who follows the latest trends. Urban Dictionary describes a hipster as someone who shuns “mainstream societal conventions “ and values “independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.”

The word “hipster” has made a strong comeback in the last few years. During the 1950s it was used to refer to someone who isolated themselves while wallowing alone with soulful jazz music. This dated definition applies to much of what we know about hipsters today. A modern day hipster will usually be found sporting some form of facial hair –preferably a handlebar mustache- while drinking PBR in a tallboy can, because it’s ironically cliché. While not everyone may understand the pinings and attitudes of a San Diego hipster, none can deny that our nightlife scene is hip indeed.

Here are some of the top bars and clubs where the local hipsters congregate:

  1. Craft and Commerce | 675 W. Beech Street, Little Italy
    The outside of this bar and restaurant is covered in green shrubbery, the inside displays chalk board quotes and classic novels all while the Bible or some other dramatic book-on-tape is being played in the restrooms. I think it’s safe to say that this is a token hipster bar. For a safe menu option, order the mini corn dogs, but if you want to experiment then give the roasted bone marrow a shot! You also can’t leave before trying one of their mason jar cocktails like the Black Sheep with coffee bean-infused whiskey. For more information on what to see and where to stay in Little Italy click here!
  2. The Lion’s Share | 629 Kettner Blvd., Downtown
    This classic hipster bar, located next to top San Diego Convention Center hotels, oozes class and sophistication instead of pretentiousness and nonchalance. Their dim lit lounge is covered in eclectic art work and a mounted antelope head, ironic because of the antelope sliders that sell like hot cakes on their menu. Grab a seat at the bar where you can chat up the friendly bartenders, or mixologists, while you nibble on an Exotic Sausage board. Cheese, apparently, is overrated.
  3. Tiger!Tiger! | 3025 El Cajon Blvd., North Park
    Beer, bicycles, beards and burgers! This bar has everything that a hipster could hope for. Lock up your bike on the railing outside before you stop in for some truffle fries, coconut glazed donuts or pork belly. Of course, you’ll need to order one or three of their rotating craft beers to wash it all down.

Looking for a hip and cheap downtown San Diego hotel that’s close to all of this action? Book a room at Pacific Inn & Suites, located no more than 5 miles away from all of the above mentioned hot spots! We have tons of ways to help you save on your stay during your San Diego vacation. Call our reservations line at 1-800-571-2933 so that we can find you the best deal!

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Your Guide to Downtown San Diego’s Bar & Club Scene!

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Downtown San Diego is full of fun activities, exciting bars, mix and mingle events and dancing. The trick when visiting San Diego is picking the right nightlife hotspot when there are so many tantalizing options. There are literally over 100 options to choose from when you hit the Gaslamp District, making it hard to narrow down your options. That’s why we put together this list of the best places downtown for dancing, drinking, dining, lounging and socializing. Take a peek and go paint the town red after you unpack in your affordable downtown San Diego hotel room.

Dancing

If you’re looking to shake your groove thang downtown you have a few different options. For some swing and sock hop the only place to be is Henry’s Pub for Rockabilly Tuesdays on 5th Avenue.  To celebrate your saucy salsa side, head to Café Sevilla for tapas and the tango. If you’re looking to drop in low in a new and trendy dance club then Bassmnt, Fluxx, and Moonshine Flats will be spinning the latest house, hip hop and country beats.

Drinking

With a bar on every corner it’s hard to navigate where to go when you tour Downtown San Diego. A great place to start is Vin de Syrah for a glass of wine in an Alice in Wonderland type of atmosphere.  Some places to grab exquisite craft cocktails the Gaslamp Speakeasy, Prohibition, Magnolia and The Blind Burro located next to the SDCC. For more hot spots around the venue including cheap hotels near San Diego Convention Center click here!

Dining

Looking for a late night bite in a fun atmosphere? Downtown San Diego caters to the after-hours eaters with some great open late eateries. Check out Brian’s 24 for an upscale Denny’s type of menu, just be prepared to wait on busy Friday and Saturdays. Bang Bang has a trendy late night menu with sushi and Asian fusion cuisine and if you’re looking to party stay after supper for a poppin’ club scene. La Puerta won’t stop serving their delish carne asada fries or fish tacos until 2 a.m.!

Socializing

Grab your posse and your best pick-up lines before you head out to one of these bars if your main goal is meeting new and attractive party people: Altitude Sky Lounge, Searsucker, Coyote Ugly, Bootlegger or The Shouthouse.

After a fun night of seeing San Diego’s nightlife scene be sure you have a nearby hotel room already booked. The San Diego Pacific Inn is an affordable San Diego Airport hotel that is a mere 2 miles from the airport and is also  conveniently located next to the Gaslamp District!

To book a discounted hotel room near Downtown San Diego, call a Pacific Inn reservations specialist today at 1-800-571-2933.

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