When Dennis O’Connor realized his passion was brewing beer, not selling the materials to do so, he converted his home-brew shop into Thorn Street Brewery. Now, the brewery—complete with a seven-barrel brew house and a tasting room—offers oatmeal stouts, Kölsch-style ales, red ales, IPAs, and Belgian-style ales. In addition to sipping in the tasting room or on the open-air patio, visitors to the brewery can take home-brewing classes to hone their skills.
Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, Lestat's Coffee House curates a menu of café favorites, from sandwiches and salads to coffee, tea, and smoothies. Brave baristas concoct the espresso latte ($2.50–$3.75) and the cappuccino ($2.25–$3.60) using Diedrich coffee. A special menu of house hot drinks soothes the senses with combinations including caramel and Mexican chocolate in the Dulcé Mexican mocha ($3.50–$4.75) and peppermint, chocolate, and a disarmingly attractive sense of sarcasm in the Peppermint Patty ($3.50-$4.75). On the chillier side, fruit smoothies, such as the pineapple-, mango-, and banana-packed Hawaiian Vacation ($4.50), set apart surf-ready stomachs, or sustenance seekers can fill the hungry stomach inside their regular stomach with a succinct menu of sandwiches ($4.50-$7.95), house-made soups ($4.25–$5.75), and salads ($4–$6.50).
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.
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).
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.
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.