One of the world's leading live-entertainment companies, Live Nation connects millions of fans to thousands of performances across the globe. Today's deal can be used for any Live Nation concert at the open-air Cruzan Amphitheatre, providing fans with aural stimulation of all stripes, filling ears more pleasantly than the aggressively atonal orchestras that roam the countryside. Upcoming concerts at the venue include such diverse performers as Rascal Flatts, Lil' Wayne, and Maroon 5, giving listeners a cornucopia of euphonic options.
Nestled in East Village next to Petco Park, TOAST was built on the premise of recreating an authentic Italian wine-tasting experience. With more than 400 labels hailing from Abruzzo, Italy, to New Zealand, TOAST allows sophisticated sippers to experience the bodies of prestigious wines from the 17 corners of the world in an intimate and upscale environment. The menu offers a selection of rustic Italian eats to complement pours and satiate appetites with savories such as panino pollo lattuga e pancetta, a thinly sliced chicken breast, pancetta, and lettuce sandwich with spicy tomato sauce ($10). Slip away from singular sipping and combine a glass of prosecco ($10) from Veneto, Italy, with the fusilli corti alla carbonara (gluten-free spaghetti in carbonara sauce, $14). Balance the aroma and flavor of a glass of tempranillo (a red from Catalunya, Spain, $9) with the pizza al prosciutto, which pairs classic pomodoro sauce and mozzarella with piquant prosciutto di parma ($14). Owner and executive chef Martin Gonzalez opened his other Italian restaurant, the notable Acqua Al 2, before developing his vision for injecting East Village with a mighty dose of premier wines.
The Cask Room's vast wine menu rotates each week like a stately Morris dance or a motley safety dance, and might feature the bold tannins of a 2006 Monte da Cal from Alentejano, Portugal ($9 for a glass); a 2007 Rancho Sisquoc River Red fermented and bottled in Santa Barbara, California ($10 a glass); or a 2007 Clautiere Roussanne from the Paso Robles, California ($11 a glass). Passionate wine professionals will guide you through the latest liquid lineup and suggest pairings from a mealtime menu populated by toasted paninis and petite tapas that hearken back to an age when cuisine strived to woo the stomach’s heart without resorting to cyber-stalking. The Sonoma melts together grilled portobello mushrooms with roasted red peppers, goat cheese, roast garlic, thyme, and caramelized onion ($10), while small plates present dishes such as stuffed dates stuffed with goat cheese and baked in a layer of prosciutto ($9) and gorgonzola crostini topped with agave nectar ($8).
The Fleetwood feeds bellies with modernized American comfort dishes and custom cocktails in an upscale, recently updated setting. Several TVs give eyes a chance to watch athletes score points while mouths browse the seasonal menu, which boasts items made in-house and without songbird helpers. For dinner, nab a comforting bite of the apple honey-glazed pork loin snuggled next to white cheddar mac ‘n’ cheese ($18), snarf up the grilled chicken pasta ($13), or slice into the grilled sugar spice rib eye, with toasted, garlicky broccolini, handcrafted tater tots, and drizzles of peppercorn sauce ($27). Weekend brunch allows hungry patrons to wake up the right way on Saturdays and Sundays with the San Diego benedict, featuring poached eggs, tomato, and avocado over a biscuit ($11).
Split and strike through 30 frames at East Village Tavern + Bowl. You get three games plus shoe rental during a single visit to this 12-lane bowling alley—a Gaslamp favorite for its laid-back atmosphere and low rates. SignOnSanDiego.com called East Village Tavern + Bowl a "bowling oasis/sport paradise" for its polished bar, flat-screen TVs, upstairs loft with pool tables, great food, fun bowling, and a polished bar.
Dick’s Last Resort’s servers sling humorous barbs as they dispense such comfort-inducing comestibles as wings buckets, rib slabs, and half-pound burgers from a loaded menu. Diners manhandle large helpings of finger foods including fried pickle chips ($5.99) and crabby balls, real crabmeat fried and scuttling about on a beach of smoky chipotle dipping sauce ($7.99). Midday patrons tackle carnivorous cravings with the Dick’s Big Pig sandwich, delectable pulled pork showered in Carolina barbecue sauce ($7.99), or the Thunder Road burger ($9.99), a half-pound patty covered in jalapeño pimento cheese, chili, and sautéed onions. Seafood savorables such as crawdaddies ($12.99), fried shrimp ($15.99), and catfish ($13.99) spar for dinner-menu turf with the 12-ounce rib eye ($18.99) and the three-cheese pasta ($12.99).