barleymash: Kick off your Memorial Day celebration with karaoke at ginger’s on Sunday night followed by an extra day of brunching at barleymash on Monday, May 27th. Brunch begins at 10:00 a.m. where weekend warriors can enjoy live music and indulge in a variety of barley hashes, a colossal cinnamon roll or the house made Brown Ale Biscuits and Gravy, with sausage gravy, two fried eggs and pork sausage links. barleymash’s Skyy Vodka Bloody Bar, where you can build your own Bloody Mary, will help ease the party after-effects of the long weekend. 600 Fifth Avenue, San Diego CA 92101
Park 101: If you’re looking to kick off your Memorial Weekend with some family-fun, look no further than Park 101! On Thursday, May 23rd the Carlsbad open-air dining establishment will be hosting a Summer Kick Off Luau with island-inspired food and drink specials throughout the day. The party doesn’t stop once the sun goes down, as guests can look forward to performances from Polynesian dancers and a fire show. Aloha attire is encouraged! 3040 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad CA 92008
Miss B’s Coconut Club: Miss B’s Coconut Club invites you to escape to the tropics this Memorial Day Weekend by enjoying Caribbean-inspired bites and island cocktails, including a blended Pina Colada served straight from a cored pineapple. Soak up the sun all weekend long on the beach bar’s outdoor patio, where a Rum Haven pop-up bar will be setup on both Saturday and Sunday. Dance to the beat of steel drums and let loose this Memorial Day at Miss B’s! 3704 Mission Boulevard, San Diego CA 92109
Point Loma Fish Shop: This Memorial Weekend, head to Point Loma Fish Shop for the freshest fish dishes in San Diego! On Saturday and Sunday, you can enjoy Fried Red Snapper, served with jasmine rice and a side salad. Pop in on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th, to try the specialty Ecuadorian Ceviche, a refreshing bowl of shrimp ceviche with corn, onions, cilantro and fresh watermelon! 1110 Rosecrans Street, St #100, San Diego CA 92106
Mavericks Beach Club: PB’s destination beach bar and club will be the place to be this Memorial Weekend, as they’ve got quite the lineup of fun planned for Sunday, May 26th! Mavericks will be hosting their Memorial Day Block Party from Noon to 9:00 p.m., and will feature a BBQ stand, inflatable hoops game, San Diego’s best DJs and a Splash Zone. Mavericks will be taking it up a notch by setting up cabanas with inflatable pools that can be reserved for bottle service during the block party. 860 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach, San Diego CA 92109
Barrel Republic: Too lazy to fire up the grill this Memorial Day yet still crave a great burger? Sink your teeth into Burger Monday at Barrel Republic. Enjoy fries and the loaded, 100% chuck Barrel Burger with black wax cheddar, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion on a toasted brioche bun all for only $6! Don’t forget to reward yourself with a craft brew from the place that lets you pour a cold one straight from the tap with a simple swipe of a wristband.
Whiskey House: Stay cool during the holiday week by sippin’ on the refreshing and ever-so-trendy Aperol Spitz at the premier Gaslamp Quarter bar, The Whiskey House. Enjoy the classic Italian cocktail for just $5 during Happy Hour all week from 4 to 7 p.m.
Jalisco Cantina: Take the long holiday weekend as an excuse to relax with a drink or two at the trendy Jalisco Cantina. This Oceanside restaurant is known for serving up the most delicious handcrafted cocktails, and on Memorial Day you can enjoy $5 beer, wine and margaritas all day long. Can’t wait to get the fun started? The restaurant is opening at 11:30 that Monday.
Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill is kicking off summertime with the launch of their summer salads and wine flight at all locations. Get your fill of fresh and seasonal flavors with their Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad, packed with arugula, basil and crispy prosciutto tossed in EVOO and finished with a balsamic glaze, or dive into a seasonal favorite with theirWatermelon, Cucumber and Feta Salad, topped with toasted almonds and drizzled in lemon-mint vinaigrette. Barbecue on the mind? Try your hand at their Sweet & Sassy BBQ Salad, prepared with grilled chicken tossed in barbecue sauce, roma tomatoes, gorgonzola, fresh corn, red onion, cilantro, ranch and crispy tortilla strips. Be sure to enjoy their Summer Sips Flight, featuring Sancerre Blanc, Pascal Jolivet Pinot Grigio, Ruffino II Ducale Rose and Jean Luc Columbo 3-oz. tasters.
Situated just outside of La Mesa, The Pioneer is the idyllic spot to slip into a summertime mindset, while also honoring those fallen service members who fought for our country this Memorial Day. The location offers a 10% military discount, as well as crave-worthy barbecue, including options such as dry-rubbed and barbecue-glazed Baby Back Ribs, Burnt Pork Belly Ends prepared with a honey glaze and mac ‘n’ cheese schmear, and their popular Double Cow, a hearty sandwich that comes loaded with flavorsome brisket, caramelized onions and cheddar cheese.
Head to Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas this Memorial Day Weekend and enjoy $15 bottomless mimosas and brunch Saturday – Sunday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., plus live music Friday night starting at 9:30 p.m., a DJ and lounge starting at 10 p.m. on Saturday, and Sunday karaoke at 10 p.m., featuring ½ priced drafts from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.!
Spend Memorial Day Weekend at Waterbar in Pacific Beach and delight in prime ocean-front views, coupled with DJs spinning all weekend long, brunch available Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and a special all-American menu available all weekend. Be sure to stop by on Memorial Day for live music from 7 – 10 p.m., and 20% off for active duty service members!
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend Downtown-style at Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp, and dust off your finest 80’s garb for the location’s Saturday Night 80’s Party. Get your brunch fix Saturday – Monday starting at 9 a.m. with bottomless mimosas, and sip drink specials all weekend long with $5 Bud Light, Pacifico and Modelo drafts. Food specials include a Half Rack of Smoked Ribs priced at $24.95 and Full Rack of Smoked Ribs priced at $31.95, served with smoked cherry barbecue sauce, grilled street corn, jalapeno cornbread, baby kale slaw and chipotle black beans. Pair this with music starting at 10 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, and acoustic music starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Pacific Beach dwellers can spend Memorial Day Weekend living it up at Backyard Kitchen & Tap, with bottomless brunch on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., complete with “backyard” themed games, plus $8 Ketel One & Bulleit Bourbon Frozen Lemonades available on both Saturday and Sunday! Delight in a full brunch on Monday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and receive 20% off if you’re active/retired military or a first responder.
Get hoppy this Memorial Day Weekend at Pacific Beach AleHouse, where you can grab brunch Friday – Monday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and enjoy all the bubbles with $2 mimosas from 9 – 11 a.m. Sip your way to summer with one of their new frozen cocktails, including The Jabroni and Catalina Wine Mixer, while you bump to DJs spinning all weekend long, and 20% off for active/retired military and first-responders all day on Monday.
THE OCEANAIRE: For those looking for an occasion to debut their crispest summer whites, this is it. This Memorial Day weekend from May 24th-27th, enjoy a three-course dinner for two at The Oceanaire. The meal features two starters, entreés and desserts paired with a bottle of wine for the table ($70). Take a stroll by Embarcadero Park after dinner and boating season will definitely feel in full swing. 400 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
CHARLES + DINORAH: Speak the lingo with some Tiki Bingo this Memorial Day weekend during Charles + Dinorah’s Groove Brunch at The Pearl Hotel on Saturday, May 25th from 10am-1pm. A dip into the retro saltwater pool, soundscapes by Sunburnt Reynolds, and rounds of bingo hosted by Miss Tiki Oasis 2016, Sassy Stiletto, will leave you recharged for Tuesday morning. 1410 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106
CARRUTH CELLARS: This year National Wine Day falls on Saturday May 25th! To celebrate, Carruth Cellars is offering BOGO wine tasting flight special at all their tasting room locations (Solana Beach, Carlsbad, Little Italy). If you’re planning to spend your weekend outdoors, Carruth has got you covered with their new sparkling rosé in a can. #Corknotincluded! Refreshingly light with notes of juicy watermelon and brimming bright mineral tension, featuring vivid aromas of red candy apples and sweet Jolly Ranchers, this bubbly beverage is best paired with sunshine and adventure. Carruth Cellars’ limited edition 2018 Sparkling Rosé retails at $12 each, with two glasses of wine in every can. It is available for pick-up at all locations: Carruth Cellars Urban Winery in Solana Beach, their tasting room in Carlsbad Village, and their Wine Garden in Little Italy.
• Solana Beach Address: 118 S Cedros Avenue #C, Solana Beach, CA 92075
• Carlsbad Village Address: 2727 State St #110, Carlsbad, CA 92008
• Little Italy Address: 2215 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
LOLA 55: Traditionally seen as the kickoff to summer, Memorial Day weekend is your chance to set the tone for warmer days to come. Start the season off on the right foot with tacos and cocktails from LOLA 55. Try the Pork belly al pastor (achiote pork belly,mesquite pineapple,frisée, cilantro crema) and, if you can handle the heat, a super-spicy smoked fish (local ﬁsh stuﬀed jalapeño, bacon, citrus soy, red mustard frill, crema, carolina reaper salsa). Vegan options are available as well! We suggest the squash blossom relleno taco (housemade beet soyrizo, almond “cream cheese”, poblano salsa, potato chicharrones, cilantro). Come in for Happy Hour Sunday – Friday from 2-6 pm for $4 margaritas, Modelos and house wine.
1290 F St, San Diego CA 92101
WHISKNLADLE: Indulge with everyone’s favorite farm fresh brunch this Memorial Day at Whisknladle. The local La Jolla mainstay boasts a sunny patio and made from scratch brunch classics by Chef Ryan Johnston like his spicy buttermilk fried chicken or fluffy french toast with fresh farmer’s market strawberries that compliment Whisknladle’s signature seasonal mimosa. Reservations can be made through OpenTable. 1044 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037
CATANIA: After a day of sun, sand, and surf at nearby La Jolla Shores, end Memorial Day with dinner and panoramic views of the sunset at Catania’s legendary patio. Known for fresh coastal Italian fare ideal after a day in the sun like Chef Dusty Karagheusian’s summer citrus salad with or the delicate squid ink spaghetti with fresh Monterey Bay calamari. Take in the ocean views and raise a glass to the start of the summer season. Reservations for Catania can be made through OpenTable. 7863 Girard Ave #301, La Jolla, CA 92037
VIEWPOINT: For those who want their Memorial Day brunch fix and a fun local hike, Viewpoint Brewing Co. in Del Mar is the spot! Situated right on the San Dieguito Lagoon, Viewpoint is a perfect pit-stop along the popular Coast-to-Crest trail (which winds its way directly to the beach). On Memorial Day, Viewpoint Brewing Co will be offering their weekend brunch menu starting at 11am. With a family-friendly open-air patio that offers sweeping water views, a fantastic menu of elevated pub fare, and a massive list of craft beer brewed in-house, Viewpoint Brewing Co. is a great San Diego brewpub to kick off the summer season. Viewpoint does not accept reservations. Arrive early for the best seats in the house! 2201 San Dieguito Dr, Del Mar, CA 92014
MISTER A’S: Wanting to extend your long-weekend? Dive into the coastal flavors with Mister A’s five-course collaboration dinner with Catalina Offshore on May 28th. Featuring seared hiramasa, San Diego spot prawns, and ogo seaweed directly sourced from the pristine waters of Southern California and Baja for only $165 per person (incl. wine pairings). 2550 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103