All The Coolest Things to Do in San Diego This Weekend

Beer birthdays, fancy dinners, and more!

Photo courtesy of Death by Tequila

We’ve moved into a new era in the United States, and while we’re a long way from returning to “normal”, there’s a new feeling of optimism in the air. Let’s ride that wave right into the weekend, because we’ve got beer to drink and cooking demos to watch. Plus, you can attend a sensory virtual happy hour, relax with free yoga, and pay it forward for furloughed hospitality workers. Here is everything you can eat, drink and do in San Diego this weekend:

Celebrate a hoppy birthday

Wednesday, January 20-Sunday, January 24
Multiple locations
Award-winning Pure Project Brewing celebrates its 5th anniversary at all locations with five full days of deals, giveaways, new releases, including a beer and coffee package, a to-go beer-pairing dinner for two catered by MIHO Catering and a charity raffle to benefit the Balboa Park Conservancy. Check out their special anniversary release—it’s a quintuple IPA, of course!
Cost: $105 for the beer pairing dinner, other costs vary.

Fancy up your home-cooked meals

Wednesday, January 20-Sunday, January 24
Little Italy
Let Juniper and Ivy’s Executive Chef Anthony Wells show you the ins and outs of their favorite dishes with Cooking at Home with Wells, a weekly to-go meal kit that comes with all the same high-end ingredients that the restaurant uses, along with written instructions for preparation, or you can scan a QR code for access to Chef Wells’ IGTV tutorials. This week’s kits serve two to four people and feature two J&I classics, a whole Gonestraw Farms chicken dinner or a Jorge steak dinner, with more packages to come in the future. Order for curbside pickup Wednesday through Sunday via Tock.
Cost: Kits start at $100 for two to four people.

Keep your Dry January resolution

Friday, January 22
Kearny Mesa
So you committed to Dry January, but now you’re really missing a delicious cold brew with dinner? The San Diego Brewers Guild and Athletic Brewing Company have your back with the first Hops + Harvest Brewing Dinner of 2021. Featuring a four-course menu from MIHO Catering Company paired with four non-alcoholic beers, the dinner serves two and can be picked up at their Kearny Mesa location on January 22 from 4pm-6pm.
Cost: $80 for two people.  

Chill out with a virtual, sensory happy hour

Friday, January 22
Your house
Join Gwen Conley, Cutwater Spirits’ Director of Quality and Innovation, for the latest installment of their Virtual Sensory Experience. Your curated cocktail kit includes Grapefruit Vodka Soda, Bali Hai Dark Rum, and Cutwater’s new Tequila Anejo, an assortment of unconventional, sensory science-backed food pairings to go with, and access to a guided tasting via @cutwatertastingroom’s IGTV. Order your tasting kit online for pickup at the Cutwater Tasting Room any time between January 20 and January 22. 
Cost: $25  

Zen out with yoga and granola

Saturday, January 23
Mission Bay Park & Crown Point North
Join San Diego’s SoulMuch for an hour of all-levels, socially distanced yoga taught by Brittany Griffiths, followed by a healthy, vegan breakfast featuring their brand new, upcycled granola and a raffle for some cool prizes. SoulMuch, founded by two self-titled “tree hugging hippies” who became disheartened with the amount of food waste they saw on the job, also sells upcycled cookies and gluten-free brown rice and quinoa flour. The class and breakfast are free and no ticket is required, but register online to give them an idea of how many attendees to expect. 
Cost: Free

Support local restaurants and help furloughed workers

Various locations
As the pandemic rages on and hospitals ICUs fill while restaurants are empty, many of our local favorite spots are generously reaching out to help those most affected by setting up donation sites and/or offering free meals to hospitality workers who have been unemployed due to COVID-19.  Empress Restaurant Group (Death by Tequila, Wokou Ramen & Yakitori) matches 100% of customers $5 donations and provides free meals to industry workers and healthcare professionals all day every Wednesday at any Death by Tequila or Wokou Ramen & Yakitori location (just mention that you’re picking up an industry meal). Support their efforts by ordering takeout in person or online and donating $5, if you are able. 
Cost: Varies

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Mary Beth Abate is a San Diego-based freelance writer by way of Chicago and Los Angeles. Her hobbies include yoga, pickling and fermenting stuff, reading cookbooks, and drinking fabulous gin. Keep up with her experiments @MaryBeth_Abate.