Food & Drink

San Diego's best spots to party AND have dinner

Published On 12/06/2013 Published On 12/06/2013
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You're going out on the town, and at some point, you'll need to eat dinner, so we've rounded up San Diego's best spots for a party-filled meal that won't put a dent in your momentum.

McGregor’s Grill and Ale House
Mission Valley
Just up the road from Qualcomm Stadium, McGregor’s Grill and Ale House has an exhaustive selection of beers that’ll make you feel less like a derelict and more like an aficionado, pairing well with the laid-back vibe and the baskets of fish tacos you're about to power through. The elevated party area overlooking the main floor is the best spot to inflate your sense of self worth.

Pizza Port

Pizza Port
A North County institution, Pizza Port has been serving "grub and grog" for more than a quarter century. The exhaustive list of beers that exceed 8% ABV will achieve the necessary numbing effect to help you consume more BBQ bacon cheeseburger pizza.

En Fuego

En Fuego
Del Mar
Camped in the heart of Del Mar, En Fuego draws a crowd whether or not the racetrack is in season with elevated cantina fare (filet mignon rancheros, honey habanero chicken) and plenty of margaritas. Upstairs, there’s a second bar area available for parties, and the wood railing overlooking the courtyard below will have you channeling your inner Wyatt Earp.

Solana Beach
Between its arsenal of throwing knives, flames that reach the ceiling, and warm sake supplying a similarly pleasant burn, there’s a lot to like about Samurai. And while Benihana has reduced Teppanyaki Cuisine to a formulaic experience, the chefs at this Solana Beach hideaway engage with you on a more personal level, flipping scallions across the table into open mouths and tossing back sake bombs with energetic patrons.

Stone Brewery

Stone Brewing World
The Escondido original was so popular with its array of indoor and outdoor seating and sustenance options that live up to the obviously phenomenal beer, Stone Brewery rightfully opened up another epic location at Liberty Station. Either way that pale ale will impeccably wash down those Sriracha-glazed quail knots and tilapia ceviche.

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1. Samurai Japanese Restaurant 979 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Solana Beach, CA 92075 (Solana Beach)

Nothing says a good time like taking down some delicious sushi while surrounded by traditional Japanese decor and waitresses wearing kimonos -- except for maybe the sake bombs.

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2. En Fuego Cantina 1342 Camino Del Mar, San Diego, CA 92014 (Del Mar)

Come to En Fuego for taco Tuesday (a weekly holiday in California) and stay for margaritas on the patio.

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3. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens 1999 Citracado Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92029 (Escondido)

Stone brewing has awesome beers awaiting your tasting, as well as a great menu and gorgeous atmosphere that's perfect for a big group outing.

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4. McGregor's Grill & Ale House 10475 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108 (Escondido)

Pool, shuffleboard, tons of drinks, and huge TVs make for the perfect party setting. Check out their happy hour for half off Bar Bites or try their tin-cupped Moscow Mule anytime!

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5. Pizza Port 571 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (Carlsbad)

What's better than pizza and beer? Nothing, obviously. This California brewery chain specializes in house-made pizza and beer. The pizza menu includes over-the-top creations like a barbecue bacon cheeseburger pie but the original recipes, like the pepperoni, mushroom, onion, and artichoke-topped Pizza Monterey are must-orders. Meanwhile, Pizza Port's hoppy beers have won countless awards for their uniqueness -- the head brewer at each location dreams up their own beer recipe, so the drafts truly are house exclusives.