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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!

5 of San Diego’s Must-Drink-At Oldest Bars


Unwind at One of San Diego's Oldest Bars

If you want to experience the real heart of San Diego’s great entertainment and nightlife, venture to some of the city’s oldest bars. Leave your hotel room in downtown San Diego and you’ll find hidden treasures offering a unique atmosphere, cheap drinks, and a good time.

1. Tivoli Bar and Grill
Located in the middle of the historic Gaslamp area, Tivoli was once a boarding house used as a brothel. Opened in 1885, it’s the oldest bar in the old red light district and famous for its wild west history. Wyatt Earp used to drink and gamble here, and the bar still reflects its old saloon atmosphere with the original wooden bar and silver cash register.

2. Tower Bar
Tower Bar is a funky two-level bar in City Heights established in 1932. Originally a drive-in ice cream parlor, the fun ambiance with bright colors and a care-free vibe attracts a large university crowd. It’s a fun night out with great tap beer, punk/alternative music, and a large selection of absinthe.

3. Waterfront Bar and Grill
A Little Italy staple, Waterfront is San Diego’s oldest tavern. Opened in 1933 just days after Prohibition ended, it was a cool waterfront bar for local fishermen in the early days. Today, it has a relaxed vibe with a jukebox, pinball machines, three varieties of grilled cheese, and an awesome happy hour with cheap beer. If you’re staying in one of the boutique Little Italy hotels during your stay, this is a must-do.

4. Pacific Shores
Opened in 1941 just one day before Pearl Harbor was bombed, Pac Shores is a small, funky Ocean Beach dive with cheap drinks and kitschy, under-the-sea decor. The unique atmosphere and cool ocean breeze draw a diverse crowed who love the original jukebox that plays everything from Johnny Cash to The Clash.

5. Albie’s Beef Inn
Albie’s is a kitschy hotel bar and restaurant with a 70′s retro vibe in Mission Valley. Known for great steaks and live piano music, Albie’s offers an intimate setting with dim lighting, Naugahyde booths, and paintings of nude ladies. It’s a great place to enjoy dinner, soft music and a variety of fine wines, liquors, and tap beer.

The best part about this list? More than one bar is within walking distance to Gaslamp Quarter accommodations. Don’t wait too long to book your room at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. We offer the best rate guaranteed, newly remolded rooms, and flexible dates. Call a Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about our great rates and ongoing promotions.

What’s Trending in San Diego


Trendy Lounge in San Diego

This past summer, Forbes and Sterling released a ranking of “America’s Coolest Cities”, with San Diego claiming the #6 spot. They were ranked based on such things as the city’s “foodie” culture, population growth and their art scene.

San Diego is undoubtedly a hip city, drawing in vacationers of all ages eager to check out the latest and greatest restaurants, museums, attractions and downtown San Diego hotels that make this city special. Here are some of San Diego’s current hotspots that are definitely worth adding to your vacation itinerary.

Starlite San Diego | 3175 India Street in Middletown, Mission Hills

When you walk into Starlite, you feel like you are walking onto a classy movie set or into a speakeasy with dark décor and romantic lighting. Their lounge area features an elegant bar, which is always staffed with friendly and knowledgeable bartenders. As far as food goes, they serve everything from a farm-fresh, mouth-watering brunch to late-night dinners. The Jidori Chicken with veggies and lemon cream sauce is delicious and their house specialty is a decadent pistachio-toffee ice cream sandwich.

Sidebar | 536 Market Street, Downtown Gaslamp Quarter

The glamorous art deco yet modern and sexy ambiance at this popular bar is created by mismatched furniture in worn leather, soft velvets, and silky blacks. Most unusual are the 30 deep red bird cages hanging from the ceiling, their notorious black brick walls, and artistic nude paintings. This 21+ venue is great for adults who are seeking a sexy place to mingle with local singles and young professionals. Don’t miss out on their Watermelon Cucumber Mojito, Shirley’s Dirty Orange and the Muddled Honeydew Melon Cocktail. A savory bar menu includes cheddar and smoked bacon stuffed hamburgers and a top sirloin Panini.

Art and Adult Libations

San Diego’s art scene has taken to appealing to the 21+ crowd with a multitude of museum gatherings. Whether you opt for a local art walk such as Ray at Night, which takes place every second Saturday in North Park, or you plan on heading to Culture and Cocktails at the San Diego Museum of Art on October 16, there are plenty of ways that San Diego is spicing up a typical museum outing.

If you want to be in the midst of the San Diego culture and art scene, be sure to stay at a hotel in Little Italy San Diego. The Pacific Inn is a great option due to our ideal location, affordability and available discounts. We’re within walking distance to some of the hottest new eateries, art galleries and boutiques. For more information or to reserve your stay, call (619) 232-6391 today.


San Diego’s Top 5 Craft Beers


Best Draft Beer in San Diego

Everyone loves a good beer and what better place to get it than San Diego- America’s Craft Beer Capital? The big craft beer boom hit San Diego in 2011 when, according to The National University System Institute for Policy Research, the number of craft breweries in the county more than doubled. Brewery tourism is something that attracts thousands of people to San Diego every month. If you’re interested in a beer tasting adventure, book your cheap San Diego hotel and head out to local brew pubs in search of the famous beers listed below. Tip: Visit taphunter.com or download their free smartphone app to find out exactly where you can find these beers.

Cigar City Ramblin’ Rye – AleSmith Brewing Company
This is a rye brown ale that receives fantastic ratings from guests all over. With a rich rye spice flavor and a toasty taste and a rich and creamy texture, this delightful beverage goes down smooth. Most visitors compare this beer to a Roggenbier as well as a rye.

10 Commandments – The Lost Abbey
With a dark and sweeter taste, this Belgian Strong Dark Ale is a favorite among beer aficionados world-wide. It has a full-bodied feel with a hint of carbonation, adding to the fruity taste.

19/10 O’Brien’s Anniversary IPA – Alpine Beer Company
An IPA that has an outstanding rating everywhere, the rich golden craft beer keeps guests coming back to this brewery over and over. It has a citrusy smell, reminiscent of oranges, with just a tad of bitterness to add with the sweetness of the citrus. It is subtly carbonated and easy to drink.

AleSmith Speedway Stout Vietnamese Coffee – AleSmith Brewing Company
One of the highest rated American Doubles and Imperial Stouts in the San Diego area, this brew is a mix of imperial stout and Vietnamese coffee. It is a favorite amongst the locals, having a mocha flavor and heavier feel. The high alcohol content is said to sneak up on you, so drink with caution.

Chez Monus – Alpine Beer Company
Tons of San Diego locals flock to this brewery just to get their hands on this American Wild Ale. It has an apricot taste and smell with slight carbonation. A dry finish ends a fantastic sour brew.

Now that you have a list of some of the best craft beers in San Diego, you know exactly what to do- get out there and try them all! When beer tasting, it’s best to start with small samples so that you can experience a wide variety of beers at each location.

For the most bang for your buck, head to San Diego during San Diego Beer Week taking place November 7-16th. Enjoy beer-themed events, special workshops, meet-and-greets, and limited edition brews and tasting events. Head to sdbw.org for more information and don’t forget to book your San Diego Beer Week hotel in Downtown San Diego.

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