Visit a boozy arcade
North Park, Gaslamp Quarter
Hang out and play arcade games in a grown-up environment at Coin Op Game Rooms in North Park and the Gaslamp Quarter. These “barcades” feature old-school games like Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Mortal Kombat, with the added allure of craft cocktails, punch bowls, a dozen or so beer taps, and inventive twists on classic bar bites. Both locations also have vintage pinball, and the Gaslamp venue has Skee-Ball machines and Super Shot Basketball games.
Listen to some true confessions
Listen to true stories capturing the essence and absurdities of being human (or tell your own) at So Say We All’s Long Story Short monthly open mic showcase, held at Rooted Kava Bar in Hillcrest. Each storyteller shares a five-minute, theme-based experience without the aid of notes; past themes include “Scorned, Scorched and Scarred,” “Grounded,” and “The Gooder, The Badder and The Uglier.” So Say We All also holds a monthly curated storytelling showcase, VAMP, held at the Whistle Stop Bar in North Park; upcoming themes include “Creep,” “Will It Fit,” and “Home for the Holidays.” New and experienced writers are also welcome at monthly Greenroom Writing Workshops, free creative writing sessions held at Words Alive. So Say We All is a nonprofit organization supporting literary and performing arts, whose stated mission is “to create opportunities for individuals to tell their stories, and tell them better, through three core priorities: publishing, performance, and education.”
Sing with your mouth full
Join the fun at one of Hillcrest’s most popular gay bars, Urban Mo’s, for Showtunes Spaghetti Tuesdays. Just $6 gets you all-you-can-eat spaghetti, along with a sing-along to musical treasures from your favorite TV, movie, and stage productions from 6-10pm and pop-up dance videos from 10pm-close. Wash it all down with $6 Black Lemonades, $6 Skyy Vodka Cocktails, and $4.75 Big Ass Bud Lights from 6pm-close.
Cost: $6 for dinner, dine-in only