National American Beer Day

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National American Beer Day is Thursday, October 27th which means it’s time to celebrate the best drink on Earth! Get the weekend started a little early and head to any of these bars to raise your glass to good ole’ American beer.

Celebrating in North Park? Make your toasts at Encontro. The beer list boasts over 20 rotating taps of local and national suds. Stop by for happy hour Monday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to save $2 off any bottles and drafts.

Just down the street, there are 30 taps waiting for you at True North Tavern. Ballast Point, Green Flash, Karl Strauss, Stone and Rough Draft are just a few of TNT’s pours. Complete with pool tables and 25 HDTV’s, beer drinkers can kick back at this chill neighborhood bar. The praise-worthy extended happy hour offers $1 off all beers from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. making TNT your go-to-spot to kick off National Beer Day celebrations.

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Halloween Fun in San Diego

san diego food findsIt’s time to celebrate the most hauntingly fun month of the year!

From family-friendly pumpkin carving to spook-tacular after-hour parties, we’ve rounded up some of the finest fall happenings of America’s Finest City. Sport your favorite costume (or lederhosen) and join in these Halloween, Oktoberfest and Day of the Dead events.

Pacific and Mission Beach:

Head to the beach where The Duck Dive has a lineup of frighteningly-good October events. Starting on October 26th, Duck Dive kicks into the Halloween spirit with their BYOB Pumpkin Carving event. Carving tools will be provided as you sip on complimentary hot cider and munch roasted pumpkin seeds. The event begins at 9:00, with judging at 11:00 p.m., so don’t miss your opportunity to win!

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It’s A Barkyard Beach Pawtay

Backyard Beach PartySummer in San Diego is conducive to days spent at the beach, and there is no better sandy companion than your pup! Add some excitement to your typical routine by heading over to Backyard Kitchen & Tap for a beach pawtay celebrating the dogs of the dog days of summer. Their upcoming Barkyard Beach Party is a perfect summer activity for the whole family- canines included.

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Get Your Waffle Fix Today

Brians 24 Waffle Cristo

Brian’s 24 Waffle Cristo

Whether you’re looking for stuffed waffles, healthy waffles or a waffle sandwich, these San Diego restaurants are sure to have a waffle that satisfies your craving!

It’s easy to get your waffle fix at Brian’s 24. This 24-hour diner in Gaslamp recreates the classic waffle and the French croque-monsieur with the Waffle Cristo.  Enjoy thinly-sliced ham and cheddar jack cheese between two halves of a bacon waffles topped with powdered sugar and served with a side of extra hot French fries. This all-American diner is taking a French classic and giving them a warm U.S.A twist.

Centered on University Avenue in Hillcrest, Uptown Tavern is the best place to be for some wacky waffles. The Red Velvet Waffle is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Stuffed with bacon and cheese and topped with fried sweet plantains, bacon, spiced walnuts, a coconut milk reduction, garlic butter and Woodford Reserve maple syrup. Uptown Tavern will be making your cheeks blush with these velvety waffles.

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St. Puppy’s Day Celebration

St. Puppy's Day Celebration

It’s a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration to bark about! Dig up that green shamrock sweater, bring your furry friend and join Backyard Kitchen & Tap for their very first St. Pawtrick’s Day!

On Thursday, March 10th, you and your canine companions can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day festivities together while enjoying the company of friends and fellow dog lovers! Save some green during the holiday of green with drink specials like Titos cocktails and wine for only $5. Not to mention, Backyard’s house-made dog treats are sure to have your pooch’s tail wagging. This Pacific Beach puppy party is from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., so be sure to stop by with your furry best friend and an appetite to fit in the fun. Don’t forget to dress up the fur-ball in their Patty’s Day best to compete for some paw-some prizes!

Pawtopia, Camp Run-A-Mutt, and Second Chance Dog Rescue will all be in attendance and supporting the event. If you’re looking for a lucky new addition to your family, Second Chance will have puppies there that are available for adoption.

You don’t have to be Irish to have some fun for the whole family! Get ready for this doggy dreamland and a St. Patrick’s Day celebration to remember. 

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Happy Hour Destinations

Happy Hour Destinations


San Diego’s bar scene is prominent among the masses, but the age old question remains– who has the best happy hour? We did our research and decided to break down each noteworthy spot by neighborhood. Whether you frequent downtown, the beach communities or someplace between the two, we have a place for all the alcohol enthusiasts out there. Next time you’re searching for a spot to quench your post-work thirst, check out these local venues.

Pacific Beach

Coastal-cool vibes come to mind when you step into Tavern. Located just a few blocks from the sandy shore, the eatery offers an extensive menu for both food and booze. They refer to their happy hour as the “Best at the Beach,” and after checking out their specials, the claim to fame really is true. From 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, ALL of their drinks are half off. Yep, you heard right! Their Mixed Ideologies menu features a comprehensive selection of craft cocktails, wine and champagne. Tavern’s recommended drinks are accompanied by a black pig logo next to their description, so be sure to give the select few a try. One of the popular beverages they suggest is the American Mule, prepared with American Harvest Organic Vodka, fresh lime, small batch ginger beer and angostura bitters. You can have it served old school-style or frozen for an extra twist.

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Devour Oodles of Noodles

Oodles of Noodles San Diego

Mac n’Cheese at The Cellar

If you love pasta, there’s good news coming your way. Mark your calendars because Tuesday, October 6th is National Noodle Day. Make sure to celebrate the holiday by slurping down large bowls with oodles of noodles. A popular comfort food staple, there are many types of pastas to discover. Here are San Diego’s top restaurants that will help you choose your favorite noodle.

In the Gaslamp district, barleymash will take you back to when you were younger. Their barleymacs are upgraded takes on our childhood favorite that are a base of cavatappi noodles, poblano beer-cheese sauce, pepper jack beer-cheese sauce, three-cheese blend and panko bread crumbs intensified with additional toppings. If you’re feeling indulgent, choose the Duck, Duck Goat that is covered in a spiced duck confit, crispy duck skin, goat cheese and a baby arugula balsamic-Jäger drizzle.

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October Pizza Obsession

October Pizza ObsessionThere’s more to October than Halloween. In fact, did you know that the entire month was chosen to celebrate our obsession with pizza? What was once considered to be the food of the poor in Naples, pizza is eaten regularly by 94 percent of Americans. Flatbreads and hearty slices are popular in almost every region of the country. You can fill your stomach with gourmet selections at these six prime San Diego restaurants that attract pizza-lovers from all over.

If you’re downtown, Union Kitchen & Tap is an easy and distinctive dining option. For breakfast, order the Breakfast Flatbread, made with roasted tomatoes, bacon, sausage, soft egg and mozzarella. The Pesto Chicken Flatbread is a hearty yet refreshing balance of roasted chicken, roasted tomatoes, bacon and mozzarella. If you stop by during their social hour that is every Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m., you’ll be able to take advantage of $2 off house wines, beer, craft cocktails and well drinks, and half-off bottles of wine.

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Backyard Kitchen & Tap

San Diego Food FindsBackyard Kitchen & Tap presents “a place for PB to play” with the exciting opening of their new restaurant and bar this Friday, February 27th. As its name suggests, this chic, yet cozily coastal American eatery will be a natural fit for the laidback vibe of Pacific Beach. Backyard Kitchen and Tap is taking over the space previously occupied by Moondoggies, renovating it into a modernly rustic grub-and-brew hotspot. Garage doors that open to the street invite all to enjoy interior spaces that are flanked with artfully crafted reclaimed wood interiors. Outdoor areas will be celebrated with three cabanas, live walls, fire pits and an indoor/outdoor bar; setting the stage for memorable nights on the patio with late night DJ’s and live music.

James Nunn, executive chef, brings his expertise from working at Union Kitchen and Tap to create delicious coastal fare that reflects the beauty surrounding Pacific Beach.  Savor homemade specialties any time of day with three large menus that satisfy hungry appetites for brunch, lunch and dinner.  Start your day off right with an order of Egg Benedicts, Biscuits and Gravy, or Pulled Pork Hash.  Backyard’s gourmet flatbreads, pulled pork sandwich, or grilled salmon salad all make perfect meals for a patio lunch surrounded by lush greens.  Finish up your culinary journey with one of Backyard’s many entrées such as Pan Seared Barramundi or Grilled Colorado Lamb Rack.  With an extensive list of craft cocktails and local beers to choose from, Backyard Kitchen and Tap offers the perfect culinary experience for everyone.

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