Press Box Sports Lounge is a premiere play palace for sports enthusiasts entertained by a stylish menu, some 32 craft beers, and 15 HD TVs. Five-star kitchen king Jesus Frias preps palates with a starting line-up of appetizers, such as coconut shrimp ($10.95) and Kobe sliders coronated with gorgonzola cheese ($11.95). Turn side dishes into meals with piles of Press Box fries, six varieties come dressed in saucy lapels, cheese fringe, and rows of snap-on onions. In addition to his burger and sandwich stars ($10.95+), Frias sizzles 10-ounce cuts of new york strips steaks ($23.95) and lamb chops ($23.95) to soothe rampaging appetites or well-done black eyes.
El Cajon Grand has been keeping the tradition of the neighborhood pub alive since 1950, and today it's still a great spot to nurse a drink while watching the big game. Inside the newly remodeled, 3,500-square-foot space, post up near one of nine flat-screen TVs or head outside to the patio for a leisurely game of horseshoe. Nightly specials include deals on appetizer baskets and craft beers and well drinks from the bar.
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.
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.
From any seat in the house, it's impossible to miss the game at Randy Jones All American Sports Grill. Throughout the brightly-colored interior, 30 flatscreen TV's and two high-def projectors broadcast games from NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA, and more. From the bar, two dozen American beers flow through the taps, and a full wine and liquor list is also available. Paired with bar-friendly grub, the food menu is home to sports-themed American classics, such as Randy's Sinkers (a trio of pulled pork sliders), a Padre burger, and the 35's chili dog.
Offshore Tavern's recently updated menu presents juicy burgers and upscale pub fare made with ingredients culled from sustainable and local sources. Hand-dipped, beer-battered onion rings with chipotle ketchup ($7) and an order of tots or fries tossed with herbs, spices, and cotija cheese ($5) stretch stomachs until they are ready to accommodate larger meal deposits. The fuego burger wraps pepper jack, bacon, jalapeños, and habanero jelly in a spicy barbeque-sauce blanket ($9), an eight-ounce grilled ribeye ($15) demonstrates what a half-pound bag of flour feels like in terms of weight, and the B.L. fried green T. orchestrates a fried green tomato, sun-dried ancho aioli, and bacon symphony ($8). Glowing tongue embers can be put out with a jalapeños margarita or sudsy glass of brew.