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.
Although it now has more than 430 locations in 28 countries, Hooters wasn’t always welcomed by the public. In fact, when it opened in October 1983 in Clearwater, Florida, the founders of the restaurant were “quickly detained for impersonating restaurateurs,” according to the company's website. But the restaurant was able to prove it was more than just a pretty face—that it was serious about serving tasty American food and frosty brews—and its popularity exploded in the decades to follow.
Amid its beach-themed vibe and flat-screen TVs, Hooters still fuels appetites with original chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, and fresh salads. Of course, nobody carries those casual eats and icy pitchers better than the Hooters girls. To complement their friendly smiles, their uniforms harken back to the ones the original waitresses wore in 1983: orange hot shorts and white tank tops with the emblematic owl on the front—though that owl has lost its Lionel Richie perm.
Since sprouting to existence in 1969, the Padres have rallied West Coast baseball fans with two National League pennants—most recently in 1998—and several Hall of Fame players, including base-hit machine Tony Gwynn. For 33 years, the club shared Qualcomm Stadium's turf with the San Diego Chargers; in 2004, the gates to Petco Park swung open. A celebration of the region's natural surroundings and cultural diversity, Petco Park enhances ballgames with views of the San Diego skyline and the reutilized façade of the Western Metal Supply Company building in the left-field corner, which faces the audience and houses a souvenir shop, a restaurant, and party suites. The stadium's right-centerfield area features "Park at the Park" seating—a grassy slope that rises above outfield walls, letting fans sprawl out and watch games for a reduced price, while working their cores by balancing boxes of Cracker Jacks on their abs.
An arm of a multi-city pub empire, McFadden's entertains multitudes inside an expansive 10,000-square-foot space, provisioning revelers with frosty beers, potent whiskeys, and a menu of contemporary snacks and salads alongside traditional pub fare. Patrons belly up to the 100-foot mahogany bar for libations, or they can munch on fish 'n' chips while watching sports on one of the 40 high-definition TVs. Upstairs, staff members entertain private parties on a 2,200-square-foot patio with outdoor TVs, a private bar, lounge seating, bottle service, and teaching of secret handshakes, and live DJs supply downstairs gatherings with danceable music every Thursday–Saturday.
Thousands of miles from the Land of Erin, this lively Irish pub brings a hearty slice of Dublin-style hospitality to San Diego‰Ûªs bustling Gaslamp Quarter. Sports memorabilia and photos share wall space with Irish maps and flags, giving a lived-in feel to this relatively new establishment. Traditional Irish fare like bangers and mash and Guinness stew is served alongside American favorites like Angus beef burgers and seafood linguine. A good selection of Irish ales, whiskies and, of course, stouts, keeps the crowd going nightly until 2 a.m. A special excitement buzzes across the barstools at Stout Public House during hockey season, when NHL fans convene to watch their favorite teams go to battle on the bar‰Ûªs big-screen TVs.
Pitchers Sports Bar's cordial bartenders oversee a whistle-wetting selection of 20 draft beers and an array of cocktails, and its kitchen pumps out a broad menu of laid-back savories ready for pairing with a pint or a playoff game. New York–style pizza ($7–$15 for cheese only) comes to tables sporting any of a wide variety of toppings ($0.70–$1.60 each, depending on size) and an appetizing new-pizza glow. Throw yourself into a fork-fueled feast with a chicken caesar iceberg salad ($7), or wrap your mitts around a western bacon burger ($7) or classic club sandwich ($7) to keep them from sending base-stealing signs to strangers at other tables. The bevy of brewskis includes most of the heavyweights of hoppery as well as craft selections from Stone, Ballast Point, and others.