Sip and chomp an over-the-top Bloody Mary at The Farmers Table
La Mesa, Little Italy, Bay Park
In the ever-escalating competition to stuff as many embellishments into your glass as humanly possible, The Farmers Table reigns supreme with their outrageous Barn Yard Bloody Mary. It’s made for four or more people: a full pitcher of spicy, boozy refreshment, plus skewers of bacon-wrapped shrimp, Mexican-style street corn, mozzarella-stuffed mushroom, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, short rib, andouille sausage, various grilled and pickled vegetables, blue cheese-stuffed olives, BBQ sauced bacon and, just for good measure, a whole roasted chicken. There are normal sized Bloodies for the less ravenous, too, including the popular Tijuana Maria with a bacon-wrapped hot dog, Mexican-style street corn, and pickled veggies.
Unleash your inner lumberjack
North Park, Oceanside
Yoga and meditation are great stress relievers, but so is throwing a tomahawk across the room. Try your hand at AxeVentures in North Park, one of several tomahawk axe throwing venues that have popped up across the city. Book a lane online or walk in anytime, learn the ropes from one of the coaches, and spend the next hour perfecting your technique. Corn hole, giant Jenga, and Connect Four are also available if you're less inclined to violent tool-hurling. Afterwards, head across the street to The Friendly for a Dirty Flat Top and a slice, or Fall Brewing Company for a round of crafty beer or two. Safety note: Closed toe shoes are required.
Seek out a secret bar
There’s really no such thing as a secret bar anymore, but it’s still fun to visit ¡Libertad! Tacos a la Brasa in Hillcrest, walk to the back, and suddenly find yourself in a French-inspired speakeasy. Head upstairs at the East Village delicatessen Rare Form and you'll find Fairweather, a rooftop speakeasy overlooking Petco Park -- or check out Kearny Mesa’s Common Theory gastropub, which houses the stunning Realm of the 52 Remedies.