Nightlife in Oceanside

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Guests ride into Surf Bowl under a glowing pink and green sign, and once inside, cast their eyes down freshly polished lanes. As an homage to their name and the local culture, a mural running parallel to the lanes depicts bowling pins engaging in beach activities such as lounging in the sand and testing their own buoyancy in the ocean. Players can stop in for classic games throughout the day, or enjoy Xtreme Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling once night falls. Between games, bowlers can break for a pizza, sandwich, or freshly fried snacks at Blue Wave Café, a casual, diner-style eatery with chrome-accented bar stools. The alley also boasts an arcade, bar, and billiards table.

1401 S Coast Hwy.
Oceanside,
CA
US

UltraStar Cinemas cossets moviegoers in cushy seating as they enjoy Hollywood hits alongside buttery servings of popcorn. Film buffs can peruse the current showtimes to handpick an action-packed flick, romantic comedy, or chilling thriller featuring inexplicably aggressive hamsters. The concession stand outfits moviegoers with snacks, drinks, and buckets filled with warm kernels, keeping stomach grumblings to a minimum during showings and providing crunchy projectiles in case of sudden younger-sibling attacks.

431 College Blvd
Oceanside,
CA
US

The athletic mixologists at Rookies Sports Bar serve up a full roster of burgers, sandwiches, and wings alongside frosty glasses of beer and spirits. From their perches on the burgers and dawgs menu, the Chicago-style dog offers cylindrical satiation ($6.95) while the Pounder, a stack of two half-pound patties hoisted upon the back of a titanic bun, runs hunger interference ($10.95). Wings come adorned in a choice of 16 saucy ensembles, such as Jack Daniel's barbecue, hawaiian, feather boa, and lemon pepper ($8.95 for 10, house flavors $1 extra per order). The array of flat-screen TVs competes desperately for eye-time with an enormous assembly of draft and bottled beers, featuring favorites such as Fat Tire, Killian's Irish Red, and Newcastle Brown Ale. A minty mojito ($7.50) off the lineup of specialty drinks freshens the chilled air brought in by the Hypnotic Breeze ($8.50), a concoction of Hpnotiq liqueur, coconut and vanilla rum, blue curacao, and fruit juices that brings back repressed memories of parties attended in past lives.

2216 S El Camino Real
Oceanside,
CA
US

Flying Pig Pub and Kitchen serves delicious gourmet foods made with the highest quality ingredients and served in a welcoming, friendly setting. The farm-to-table restaurant is also a member of the Slow Food Movement, which is a grassroots movement dedicated to slowing down and enjoying life, while making a conscious effort to improve the world. Offering artisanal cuisine, the Flying Pig cooks up handmade pastas that are paired with just the right wines and craft beers to make your meal a memorable experience. The restaurant is run by a husband and wife team who has plenty of experience in the food and wine industry. Their menu is filled with delicious selections such as chicken and dumplings, catfish and grits, and the smoked pork muffaletta sandwich. There are some delightful desserts on the menu and you’ll want to try them all.

626 S Tremont St
Oceanside,
CA
US

The Draft may have recently shed its former Wings, Pizza N Things alias, but it remains locally owned and operated by the same team of dedicated industry professionals. Now with more than 37 high-definition televisions lining its walls, The Draft makes it easy to catch virtually every second of the evening's biggest game. Whether you grab a stool at the bar or settle at one of the high-top tables, it's hard not to have an unobstructed view of at least one screen?assuming you can tear your attention away from what's on the table. The menu specializes in hearty comfort foods, including burgers and chicken patties topped with fixings such as bacon, chili, jalape?os, or pure oxygen. To accompany this rib-sticking cuisine, the bar pours more than 30 craft beers?half of which hail from local breweries.

4225 Oceanside Blvd
Oceanside,
CA
US

Harbor views are typically hard to come by in December, when restaurants pack up their patios and move their business indoors. Thankfully, Dominic?s at the Harbor has perfected an alternative. From the Italian eatery?s heated patio, diners can watch sunlight glint off the water regardless of the season. The smell of salt that lingers on the outdoor breeze complements seafood entrees such as shrimp and mahi mahi saut?ed with garlic and wine. If that sounds like too much ocean for you, try a thin-crust margarita pizza topped with fresh basil and sliced tomatoes or a white pizza with three cheeses and a drizzle of olive oil. Diners can round out any meal with a bottle of vintage cabernet sauvignon or a tall boot of chardonnay from the D?Vino wine bar, located within the restaurant.

268 Harbor Dr. S
Oceanside,
CA
US