Event of the Week
Throw on the fanciest of your pants and check out the La Jolla Concours D’Elegance and Motor Car Classic at Ellen Browning Scripps Park this weekend. Buy tickets to the Rolls-Royce Cocktail Party on Friday or the Bentley VIP Reception on Saturday, or just drool over the cars on display from 9am-4pm on Sunday.
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All Weekend: Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night this Summer you can catch the Dive In Movie poolside at the Lafayette Hotel. They are starting off the season tonight with The Goonies, so get there around 7pm to grab snacks (a Baby Ruth perhaps?) and drinks and claim a spot. The movie starts as soon as the sun sets.
Saturday, April 12th: Sushi Uno is setting up shop inside Poor House Brewing Company starting at 11:30am and will be serving Mexican-inspired sushi rolls, jalapeño pops filled with crab meat, and more for under $10. Poor House Brewing will be pouring their pints for $5.
Sunday, April 13th: Saint Archer Brewing Co. is working with Saltbox to kick off SummerSalt’s first pig roast of the year at their rooftop pool. Starting at 1pm they’ll be roasting a whole pig and serving it up with Saltbox’s signature BBQ sauce and sides like potato salad and jalapeño cornbread. Saint Archer will be providing kegs and cans along with a chance to meet their brewer.
Wednesday, April 16th: Hop on the bus and get a free ride to eight bars for this month’s DrinkAbout. Start at Blind Lady at 7pm or Hamilton’s at 7:10pm and hit up Small Bar, Live Wire, Toronado, Station, Ritual, and Tiger!Tiger! to get your drink on. Buses come around roughly every half hour until 11:30pm to pick you up for the next stop.
1. Lafayette Hotel2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego
2. Poor House Brewing Company4494 30th St, San Diego
3. Saltbox Dining and Drinking1047 5th Ave, San Diego
4. Green Flash Brewing Company6550 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego
5. Blind Lady Ale House3416 Adams Ave, Normal Heights
6. Hamilton's Tavern1521 30th St, San Diego
7. Small Bar4628 Park Blvd, San Diego
8. Toronado4026 30th St, San Diego
9. Station Tavern2204 Fern St, San Diego
10. Tiger!Tiger!3025 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego
Located in North Park, the Lafayette Hotel brings fun in the sun inland. They've been around since 1946 and have the eats and accommodations to live up to their dead-sexy pool.
The "pourers" are these pretty cool chicks who like to drink beer (like, a lot of beer), and they may encourage you to order something called a Poor House Panty Dropper Ale, which has a subtle 18.5% ABV. Poor House is North Park's first microbrewery and prides themselves on their hoppy IPA's -- so go ahead, pride yourself on your ability to drink a lot of them.
Saltbox is a 175-seat, bi-level resto/ "gastro-lounge," the base level of which houses a marble-topped booze dispensary, classing it up with tiled pillars and a lengthy albeit delicious cocktail list. Upstairs you'll find the only slightly less classy grubbin' space.
Green Flash's tasting room is a 4000sqft behemoth featuring 30 taps. With $4 13oz pours and events like film nights, trivia, and beer pairing dinners, drinking Green Flash's brews on site has some serious advantages.
Normal Heights' Blind Lady Ale House scores with its thin crust pies and great beer selection from local and nationally renowed craft brewers. Stop in for a beer flight or an insanely cheap and insanely good $10 Margherita pie. For something a little bit fancier, cheese-heaped quattro formaggi and meat lovers' pies topped with house-made sausage and chorizo hit the spot.
Named after Herman Hamilton, a member of the illustrious Montford Point Marines, Hamilton's Tavern is the oldest beer and wine-licensed location in San Diego. The folks at this South Park alehouse want patrons to feel right at home while picking through their super-extensive beer list, which features more than 200 different bottles and a rotating selection of suds on 28 taps.
Small Bar may be somewhat... small, but it's still able to cram in a bunch of delicious and loaded Bloody Marys, Moscow Mules, and a huge rotation of craft beers on tap -- they've also got a full-service food menu that includes a delicious Southern-style brunch.
A ton of drafts and even more tons of bottles of craft beer mean that you'll have plenty of choices when it comes time to cool down from their spicy mac 'n cheese. Also, show up on Monday for $4 drafts.
A South Park staple, Station Tavern helps foster friendships between carnivores and herbivores. The all-meat burgers here are just as good as the solid vegetarian options, including the house veggie burger (a chickpea patty topped with the regular burger accoutrements, with cucumbers and smoked paprika sauce to boot) and the spicy black bean burger (lime-cilantro aioli, anyone?). Combined with the cozy patio (heat lamps for cooler evenings, strings of light criss-crossing overhead, communal picnic tables and a train-themed play area for the little ones), it’s a veritable crowd pleaser for local dining options. Besides, we’re pretty sure anyone can get behind the addictive sweet potato fries and craft beer offerings at this joint.