On Miramar Road near Mira Mesa, Brewski’s Bar & Arcade is part arcade, part bar and overall a great place for an informal hang with a group of friends. As a low key space with beer, pool and arcade games, Brewski’s plays to the twentysomething crowd, offering a no-fuss feel and great value. Best of all: the games are completely free. With over 20 options to choose from, plus a handful of pool tables, there’s never a shortage of ways to spend the night. A well-received selection of beers on tap, as well as a generous menu that lets patrons spend the night snacking, keeps Brewski’s popular on weekends.
There are pool tables as far as the eye can see inside On Cue Billiards. At least it feels that way ? there are actually 25, which host rounds of everything from eight-ball to bank pool until 2 a.m. nightly. Since opening in May of 1992, On Cue has also crowns pool champs every Monday night with its in-house nine-ball tournament. Win or lose, everybody can feast like victors at the bar, which supplies pub classics like spicy chicken fingers alongside eight draft beers.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10.98 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4.79 value).
At Kearny Mesa Bowl, groups of players demonstrate their underhand accuracy before crooning hits at the onsite karaoke bar. The alley hosts open hours throughout the week, along with league opportunities for men, women, and children. Lightweight bowling balls are available for kiddies or adults whose arms are tired from bouts of underground gorilla arm wrestling. After open sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings, Kearny Mesa Bowl enlivens its space with the music and flashing lights of Rock 'n' Bowl. The alley also boasts an arcade, café, and full-service bar, where guests can exercise their vocal cords during weekend karaoke sessions.